Free or Cheap Christmas Holiday Events in Toronto 2018

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Kidzfest at Yonge Dundas Square is one of the most popular free or cheap Christmas holiday events in Toronto 2018
Kidzfest at Yonge Dundas Square in Toronto

The Christmas holiday season is fun, but it sure can be hard on the wallet! It’s important to establish and follow a budget during the holidays because you don’t want to facing the new year ridden in debt. These Christmas holiday events in Toronto 2018 are free or cheap so you’ll be able to catch the Christmas spirit without forking out a lot of cash. You might also be interested in reading about family friendly Christmas events in Toronto.

The Bentway outdoor skating rink in Toronto
The Bentway outdoor skating rink in Toronto

The Bentway Skate Trail

The Bentway Skate Trail outdoor ice rink opens on Friday, December 21, 2018. Located underneath The Gardiner Expressway, The Bentway features a figure-eight skate trail in the heart of downtown Toronto. Skate rentals and skating lessons will be offered again this year and there will be curated food and beverage options on select dates. Enjoy an expanded winter village with blankets, warming lounges, and fire pits. Access to The Bentway is free and accessible with free Wifi courtesy of Beanfield. The Bentway is located at 250 Fort York Blvd near Strachan Avenue and Lake Shore Blvd. W.


Kidzfest at Yonge Dundas Square is one of the most popular free or cheap Christmas holiday events in Toronto 2018
Kidzfest at Yonge Dundas Square in Toronto

Kidzfest at Yonge Dundas Square

Kidzfest is a free event at Yonge-Dundas Square on Sat., Nov. 24, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Kids can enjoy letter writing to Santa; stage performances of science and music; arts and crafts from Power Kids; as well as science and technology activities with Pueblo Science and MakerKids. Other fun activities include face painting, bouncy castles, sweet maple syrup and other treats while spending the day with hosts from TVO Kids and characters from PJ Masks.

Free Concert with Orpheus Choir at Roy Thomson Hall 2018

Enjoy a free concert at Roy Thomson Hall with the Orpheus Choir on Wed., Dec. 19, 2018 at 12 p.m. The choir, conducted by Robert Cooper, with Edward Moroney on piano and organ, will sing holiday favourites. Front doors open at 11 a.m.; auditorium opens at 11:30 a.m.

A Christmas Carol at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church

Enjoy a free evening of seasonal music and dramatic readings from Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol on Sat., Dec. 1, 2018 at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church on 73 Simcoe Street. Historic St. Andrew’s Church at 73 Simcoe Street will be decked with garlands, lanterns and candles to provide a Victorian atmosphere setting for Dickens’ classic Christmas tale. Reading A Christmas Carol will be Michael Enright, host of CBC Radio’s The Sunday Edition, classical music educator Rick Phillips, soprano Neema Bickersteth, tenor Joe Angelo and St. Andrew’s member Indra Narayansingh. The program will include musical interludes and audience singalongs.Free gingerbread cookies and hot apple cider will be available afterwards. Admission is free, but the church is requesting a donation to the St. Andrew’s Out of the Cold program. Register at Eventbrite .

Festive Front Street Windows at Fairmont Royal York Hotel

Take the family to the Fairmont Royal York to see their 12 storied Festive Windows, designed by Frank Rea. Each window has its own holiday theme. The windows will be unveiled on Thursday, November 22, 2018 and will be on display until the end of the year. Window displays are located on the Front Street exterior of the hotel.

Aurora Winter Festival is one of the popular free or cheap Christmas holiday events in Toronto, photo courtesy Aurora Winter Festival
Aurora Winter Festival, photo courtesy Aurora Winter Festival

Aurora Winter Festival at Ontario Place

Ontario Place is undergoing a transformation as evidenced by the new winter festival taking place Nov 29, 2018 to Dec. 30, 2018. The Aurora Winter Festival will take you into a mystical world featuring the Arctic Retreat, Luminous Gardens, Disco Den and Whimsical Forest inspired by the North Pole. These lands are populated by ice elves, ice queens and even Santa. Kids can play on the 170 foot slide covered in snow, make crafts at Santa’s Workshop, enjoy carnival rides including a 60 foot Ferris Wheel and a tube park or take selfies at the 50 foot LED light dome. Bring your skates so the whole family can skate on the Frozen Pond. Shop for holiday gifts at the vendor booths along Main Street. Tickets start at $14.99 and can be purchased online.

DeClute Light Up The Beach

Come down to DeClute Light Up The Beach to see Santa illuminate the Christmas lights on the trees lining the shores of Lake Ontario on Friday November 30, 2018 at 7 p.m. More than 80,000 individual LED bulbs will decorate trees along the boardwalk. Lights will shine nightly until late February along the Boardwalk from the Leuty Lighthouse to The Balmy Beach Club.

Please let us know in the comment section if you have any suggestions for free or cheap Christmas holiday events in Toronto 2018.

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