Getty Images/Justin Sullivan John Toomey, (R) dressed as Santa Claus, talks with Stacy Clark on December 10, 2010 in San Francisco, California.

In Kingston, Ontario, it’s not the Grinch but a 24-year-old man who police say stole Christmas.

An hour into the city’s Santa Parade on Saturday, as Christmas-themed floats slowly travelled down Princess St., the voice of a man yelling at startled children that Santa Claus doesn’t exist was heard over the crowd.

The man, whose gelled hair “looked like a set of devil horns protruding from his head,” was reported to Kingston police, Const. Scott Koopman said.

Police arrested arrested a 24-year-old man around 6 p.m.

“It was pretty despicable that someone, during this time of the year, would tell kids Santa isn’t real — which of course we would argue,” Koopman said.

Kingston residents went to Twitter and Facebook to express their outrage.

“It irritates me when things like this happen … let a kid be a kid,” said a Twitter user named Kim V.

Others called the man a Grinch and wondered if he would receive coal in his stocking for Christmas.

The man is facing public intoxication charges and breach of probation.

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