With everyone buying up presents left, right, and centre this time of year, going to an event that you won’t have to dip into your wallet for is a welcome change. Now don’t think that just because these events are free of charge, it doesn’t mean that they’re any less fabulous than ones that cost money. From family-friendly holiday fun and ice skating, to seeing your fave Christmas flicks and ringing in the new year, these December events have it all.
Keep reading for 7 super fun and free December events in Toronto!
From December 7 until the 23, experience the excitement of Christmas while enjoying the magic of a winter carnival at Holiday Fair in Nathan Phillips Square. Located in the heart of Toronto, this free and fun holiday market has it all — skating, rides, games, seasonal treats, and drinks!
Grab the family and head to Yorkville Village on December 7. From 10 a.m. until 12 p.m., enjoy activities like letter writing to Santa, story time, ornament making, face painting and more. While the event is free for all to attend, a toy donation is suggested as it’ll benefit CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish.
It’s not really the holiday season until you watch your favourite Christmas movie, is it? Whether you’re into classics like White Christmas, or prefer newer ones like The Holiday, head to Hot Docs for a free screening from December 14-21. Tickets can be reserved for members but if you’re not a member, fear not because you can grab your tix at the box office!
Who doesn’t love a good, old fashioned winter skating session? Grab your family, friends, or go solo, and head to Union Station to enjoy skating at Union Station’s Union Holiday that’s open until January 4. Don’t have skates? No prob because skating lessons, skate, and helmet rentals will be offered by TD and Union for free.
What could be better than a morning of free movies? From 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. on December 7, you and the whole family can enjoy holiday films like A Christmas Story, Elf, Gremlins, The Polar Express, and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation at Cineplex’s Community Day. While the movie tickets are free, concession items like popcorn, soft drinks, and select candy will be just $2.50. All proceeds from donations and select concession sales will go to Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada.
Get festive at stackt market this year and sing along to your favourite holiday carols. On December 7 and the 21, Toronto’s first rock choir, newchoir, will be performing holiday hits from artists like George Michael, John Legend, Wham, this will be a holiday spectacular unlike any other!
Don’t think that just because Christmas will be over, it doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. Head back to Nathan Phillips Square to ring in 2020 in style. Admission is totally free and the event features DJ skating parties, live performances, and of course, a mind blowing fireworks display.
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