What is going on here? Is this some HOA gone out of control, or was there a particularly big sale on inflatable Santas at the local department store? No, this is a case of a neighborhood having fun. The residents of Inglewood Drive in Toronto have 29 giant inflatable Santas in front of their homes. Amy Westin had considered an inflatable when she found a "14-foot, totally Griswolds, obnoxious-looking Santa" and bought it for laughs. Another neighbor asked if she minded if he got one, too. Then came the neighborhood party, when Westin told everyone she'd gotten her Santa at a Canadian Tire store.
After a few holiday libations, someone else decided they’d buy a Santa. And another.
Within a few days, seven goliath Santas — some taller than the houses — dotted the lawns on Inglewood.
Eventually, Canadian Tire stores in Toronto sold out of their inflatables, but the company rounded up more from far-flung locations to satisfy the demand.
A minivan showed up one day to deliver 23 brand new inflatable Santas, a gift from Canadian Tire. A Christmas party was then held on the street, including a Beavertail truck, carolers and mugs of hot cocoa.
Keeping with the giving spirit, residents brought canned food items to the party and filled seven bags for the food bank.