Below is a list of events taking place this weekend (Nov. 16-18) in the GTA:

For families: The Santa Claus Parade, the largest outdoor entertainment show in the country, takes over the streets of Toronto for the 108th year in a row. With 24 floats, 20 marching bands and over 3,000 volunteers, the parade is guaranteed to put everyone in the holiday spirit. The parade is at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, begins at Christie Pits Park. Free event. There’s also the City of Toronto’s Cavalcade of Lights on Saturday.

For visitors: Just because the NHL is on hiatus doesn’t mean Toronto is hurting for professional sports. Tennis stars Andy Roddick, Serena Williams, Agnieszka Radwanksa and homegrow-talent Milos Raonic will battle it out at an exhibition match. Air Canada Centre (40 Bay St.) 7 p.m. Friday, $10-$215.

For singles: Find your skates and a willing partner as the Harbourfront outdoor skating rink opens for the first time on Saturday. Stumble across the ice and take in views of Lake Ontario. Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay W.), 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Sunday-Thursday), 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Friday-Saturday). Free event.

For charity: Brownies and Toronto police are working together to collect warm clothes for the city’s homeless. Donations of new — or used but usable — hats, mitts, scarves, gloves, socks and hoodies are appreciated. 11 division station (2054 Davenport Rd.), 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Friday, plus other dates and times. More info

For kicks: Toronto is going to the dogs as the Direct Energy Centre plays host to Winter Woofstock. Show off you pooch, shop for toys and treats and meet other pet owners at the two-day event. Direct Energy Centre (100 Princes’ Blvd) 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Saturday-Sunday), $10/$5 seniors (60 plus).

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