With Halloween (just) behind us, it seems we’re all starting to switch our gears over to all things holiday. Shopping for gifts, decor, and food can get pretty pricy so if you’re looking to save where you can, then you won’t want to miss out on these super fun and free events happening this November in Toronto.
Keep reading for 11 fun and free Toronto events happening this November!
Celebrate Mexico on Day of the Dead at Stackt Market this weekend on November 2. Not only can you catch one of two screenings of the movie Coco, but you can also watch live Lucha Libre wrestling. Kids can get their faces painted, while adults can enjoy live music from Viva Mexico Mariachi and live DJs. There will be food from La Brea Street Food, Frisaca, ConMiTaco, and more, plus make sure to stop by the Jarritos booth for a bevvy.
Nintendo Switch Playhouse, November 2-3
Attention all gamers! Head to The Berkeley Bicycle Club on November 2 or 3 to check out Canada’s first Nintendo Switch Playhouse. Across multiple rooms, you’ll experience the Nintendo Switch family of systems and some of the brands hottest new releases for the holiday season, including The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, Luigi’s Mansion 3, and the brand-new Nintendo Switch Lite.
HBC Stripes + Color Me Courtney, November 7
Head to Hudson’s Bay on Queen Street on November 7 for a discussion with Color Me Courtney’s Courtney Quinn and Bumble’s Emily Ramshaw as they talk all about the inspiration behind Hudson’s Bay’s new playful collection. In addition to free gift wrapping, you can even bring your pup for a great photo op!
free slice of pizza day, November 13
The middle of any month can easily feel like you’re going through a slump, but this month you can get your hands on a free slice of tasty Pizzaiolo pizza to shake things up. On November 13, all 40 of the GTA’s Pizzaiolo locations will be offering a free slices of gourmet pizza from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. While the pizza is free, donations will be accepted in support of Feed Ontario.
the Toronto Christmas Market, Starting November 14
While admission to the Toronto Christmas Market is charged on weekends, if you go during the week, you can get in for free! Don’t miss out on experiencing all the fun including great photo ops, indulging in all the tasty treats, shopping for holiday prezzies, and of course, spending quality time with the fam. The Christmas Market is a Toronto icon and its light display and giant Christmas tree make the holidays feel so magical.
Eaton Centre tree lighting ceremony, November 14
Come together and take in the magic that is the Eaton Centre tree lighting ceremony. Kick off the holiday season and watch the iconic 108-foot-tall Christmas tree come alive with spectacular lights. This is the mall’s fourth annual Tree Lighting event and it marks the unofficial start to Toronto’s holiday season. The tree lighting ceremony takes place at James Street entrance on Level 2 and runs from 6:30 p.m. until 6:45 p.m.
Free admission at the ROM, November 18
On the third Monday of every month, the ROM (Royal Ontario Museum) blesses us with a night of free admission. This is a great chance to take in some culture in the museums 40 permanent galleries. Bring the whole family in from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Yoga Wellness Weekend at Detox Market, November 16-17
If you thought wellness practices had to cost you an arm and a leg, think again because on November 16 and 17 at Detox Market on Spadina, you can take part in a wellness weekend. Take part in a free yoga class thanks to Yoga Tree on Sunday, November 17th at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. In addition to the yoga, you can also sample and shop natural health supplements from Niyama Yoga Wellness, browse collections by good hYOUman, and even have the chance to win prizes all weekend long.
115th Santa Claus Parade, November 17
The famed Santa Claus Parade comes back to Toronto for it’s 115th year and it’s a great way to get into the holiday spirit. The parade is taking a new route this year that’ll begin at Parliament Street and will travel south on University Ave before ending at St. Lawrence Market.
Bloor-Yorkville Holiday Magic 2019, November 23
From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday November 23, celebrate the festive season in Bloor-Yorkville with a light ceremony, and a live performance by Ruth B., who won the Juno Award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year in 2017.
Union Holiday at Union Station, starting November 29
Nothing feels more like the holidays than getting your skate on at a skating rink, right? Head to Union Station on November 29 until January 4th to go for a skate. This is the first time that Union Station’s Sir John A. McDonald Plaza on Front Street will be home to a free outdoor skating rink in Toronto, that’s approximately half of the size of an NHL ice rink. What’s even better is that even skating lessons, skate rentals, and helmet rentals will also be offered by TD and Union for free.
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