Free Toronto Christmas Activities for Kids

Toronto Christmas Market 2013

Sticking to free festivities this holiday season doesn’t make you a scrooge. There’s plenty of merry to be had at any of these no-cost Christmas events happing in Toronto this December.

Toronto Christmas Market

Free (and less crowded) on weekdays, attractions at this European-inspired market at the Distillery include daily caroling and sing-alongs with Santa’s elves, a ferris wheel, Santa’s village, holiday gift booths, and piping hot snacks, including hot chocolate, schnitzel, waffles, roasted chestnuts and more. Bonus: Parents will love the mulled wine.  

55 Mill Street, Toronto 

Cavalcade of Lights

Toronto’s official Christmas tree lights up on Saturday, November 26 at Nathan Phillips Square with fireworks and a Disney characters on ice show. If you miss it, check out the magical lights and family friendly festivities that continue throughout the season.

Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West, Toronto 

Light Up the Beach

Keep cosy with free hot chocolate on Friday, November 25th as Toronto’s Beach neighbourhood lights up the beach boardwalk with 80,000 twinkling lights.

Leuty Avenue at the boardwalk 

natrel rink

Natrel Rink

Set against the best view of the lake, Harbourfront’s Natrel Pond has free skating every day in December, with deejayed weekend events. Hot drinks and snacks are available inside, and there’s helmet and skate rentals available at the kiosk downstairs.

Harbourfront, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto

Riverdale Farm, 201 Winchester Street, Toronto


Melissa Carter

Melissa Carter is a writer and editor, living in Toronto. She loves baking apple crisps and fruit pies, napping on a blanket at the beach, running on the shore, and camping out in the living room for fried chicken picnics.

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