December is here, and the holiday season is in full swing!
This time of year is busy for all of us but it’s important to slow down when you can and make the most of this wonderful time of year.
Luckily, there are tons of festive events going on in the city that are free to attend. So, you can give your wallet a little break after all that holiday shopping and enjoy the season!
Here is our roundup of the top 10 free Toronto events happening this December.
Holiday in the Square (December 1 – 23)
Located in the heart of Toronto at Nathan Phillips Square, this elegant Christmas market has it all! Whether you want to do some Christmas shopping, skate, or just enjoy a romantic evening, Holiday in the Square is a must-attend event. There are tons of twinkling lights and you can take the kids to visit Santa Claus on the weekends.
Old Town Toronto Cavalcade of Lights (December 1)
Located in Berczy Park, this lighting ceremony is the perfect way to celebrate winter and the holiday season. The ceremony takes place from 5:30pm to 6:30pm, and there will be hot beverages to enjoy. As well, the Halton JAZZ Singers will be there to entertain the crows with classic holiday songs.
Evergreen’s Winter Village (December 1 – 31)
You can shop, eat, and play this festive season at Evergreen’s Winter Village. Every weekend in December, you can try out delicious treats from local vendors and food trucks, do some holiday shopping, enjoy free public skating, and even pick out a Christmas tree! Evergreen’s Winter Village is nestled in the Don Valley and has a great assortment of sustainably grown Christmas trees. It truly is a winter wonderland.
Winter Flower Show (December 2 – January 2)
Enjoy breathtaking floral scenes at the Winter Flower Show. There are thousands of colourful flowers, vines, and plants from all around the world to see. The conservatories are completely transformed into must-see winter destinations, and on opening day there will be sing-alongs with Victorian carollers and apple cider.
Lavender 9.0 (December 8)
This inclusive holigay dance party is put on by Toronto’s queer community. It’s a night of fun that you won’t want to miss. Admission is $5 or pay what you can, but no one will be turned away due to lack of funds.
Hot Docs for the Holidays (December 14 – 31)
Classic holiday films and special events will be taking place at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema this festive season. Catch classics like Love Actually, White Christmas, A Christmas Story, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, and more! You can reserve two tickets per person and are invited to bring a cash gift or non-perishable food item for The Stop Community Food Centre.
DJ Skate Nights (December 16 – February 16)
Located at Natrel Rink is the city’s number one outdoor winter party. There is an incredible lineup of DJs scheduled this year to bring the party to your Saturday nights this holiday season. Skate under the stars every Saturday night from December 16 to February 16 from 8:00pm to 11:00pm to cure your winter blues.
Kensington Market Winter Solstice (December 21)
This celebration takes place on the longest night of the year and is always one to remember. This parade of music, art, and fire performance celebrates the return to light and is the perfect way to celebrate winter solstice. The festival ends with a fiery finale that is a must-see.
The Bentway Skate Trail Opening Weekend (December 21 – 23)
Toronto’s coolest figure-eight skate trail opens just in time for the holiday season! You can bring the family and make some memories, or plan a romantic date night. Skate rentals and skating lessons will be offered, and there will be food and beverages to enjoy as well. There will also be an expanded winter village complete with warm blankets, cozy lounges, and fire pits. The fall season public art exhibition, If, But, What If?, will also be extended through winter.
New Year’s Eve at Nathan Phillips Square (December 31)
There is no better way to ring in the new year than at Nathan Phillips Square. Skate on the city’s famous outdoor rink to the sounds of DJs as well as live performances, and enjoy an amazing fireworks display at midnight to welcome 2019.
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