While the Holiday season is one of the most fun times of the year, it’s also one of the most expensive times of the year. Sometimes the cash gets tight and the bills get stacked – especially with all the Holiday shopping we have to do. Lucky for you, money ain’t always an issue! There are a ton of activities with free admission or events that won’t cost you in Toronto, so save some cash, ditch the #FOMO and check out 10 free things to do this month.
Free Brewery Tour at Amsterdam Brewhouse (Various dates)
Instead of wallowing away about your #brokelife problems with a pint of beer you know you can’t afford, why not do a free tour and tasting at Amsterdam Brewhouse instead?! Guided tours are taking place every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday, so join them to see how some “dam” good beer is made. To RSVP for a tour head here.
Evergreen’s Winter Market (Various dates starting December 10)
We included the Evergreen Winter Market in our list of top things to do this month in the GTA, but it looks so good we thought we’d mention it here too! Admission to get into the market at Evergreen Brick Works is free and while you may not be able to afford the food and shopping, maybe you can wrangle a friend into treating you to some of the goods.
Christmas Soul Cafe and Market (Sunday 11)
The Kingsway Community Life Centre invites everyone to join them in celebrating the Holidays free of charge at their Christmas Soul Cafe and Market. If you can manage to scrape up a few bucks, get some Christmas shopping done… but if you can’t, go for the live music, movie screening, and Holiday cheer.
Dead Poets Night (December 13)
If you’re one for words and appreciate the beauty of poetry then don’t miss the Dead Poets Night happening on December 13 at Supermarket in Kensington Market. The Rowers Pub Reading Series will be hosting their monthly tribute to deceased bards, with readings from some of the best Canadian Poetry writers.
East End Trivia – Dundas and Carlaw (Every Wednesday)
If you’re a trivia buff then this is the perfect event for you! Dundas and Carlaw hosts a free trivia night every Wednesday at 8 pm. Round up your best team of geniuses (max five per team) because they pick first, second and third place winners every week. Better yet, go for the whole eight-week league and you could even win the grand prize – a keg!
Usful Holiday Market and Skate (December 13 -15)
Time to sharpen your skates! The Usful Holiday Market and Skate is taking place from December 13th to 15th in the heart of Toronto’s Financial District. Skating is free, but be sure to BYOS (bring your own skates) and if your broke situation should happen to change, get a little shopping done from a number of local vendors.
Let it Snow Craft Fair and Exhibit (December 16 – 18)
The Let it Snow Craft Fair and Exhibit is bringing together talented local artisans from across Toronto to help you celebrate the Holiday season. Get a free cup of hot apple cider and do some window shopping while you jam to festive tunes. If you’re feeling lucky, we suggest you take your chances and spend a little because you have a chance at winning a $100 gift certificate or all your purchases!
Free Holiday Classic Movie Screenings (Various dates starting December 17)
The Holidays are never complete without a movie night or two! Watch all your favourite Holiday classics at Hot Doc Cinema starting on December 17. They’ll be playing movies like Elf, White Christmas, Jingle All the Way and more for free! See the whole line up here and don’t forget to reserve your seats.
Annual New Year’s Eve Skating Party (December 31)
If you’re looking to ring in the New Year with some extra cash at hand, save some dollars and join the Harbourfront Centre for their Annual NYE Skating Party (Natrel rink). Skate the night away for free to the hottest hits played by DJ P-Plus. Not only will he be spinning music from every genre (think rock, reggae, jazz and more), but he’ll also be leading the official countdown!
We always complain about the snow, but without it, we’d be missing out on one of the best winter activities. Gather up the crew and head out to one of these hills for some good old tobogganing fun – or get a little rowdy and turn into a booze-tobogganing affair (but make sure to wait until later so there are no kiddies on the hill).