Free or cheap family activities for 2011 holidays - Toronto

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Dec 2nd - 18th, 2011Toronto Christmas MarketDistillery District - Central EastFreeInspired by the Old World and influenced by the New, this free annual event captures all of the tradition, heritage and charm of a European Christmas Market, while showcasing hundreds of unique and local handcrafted products. Family friendly entertainment,carolers,children's choirs, holiday themed stage presentations, Rudolph's Reindeer Zoo and of course … Santa and his roaming elves! There will be great shopping, specialty beer and mulled wine gardens, sweets and treats, and all the great restaurants of The Distillery Historic District. Come and experience the fun and magic of Toronto's first and only Christmas Market!

For more information contact:

  • Phone: 416-364-1177


  • Distillery District
  • 55 Mill Street
  • One block south of King St East and Parliament St.

Public transit directions

  • Bus #65 from Castle Frank Station. Exit at Front Street and walk one block south to Mill Street
  • 504 King Streetcar. Exit at King and Parliament. Walk 2 blocks south on Parliament St. to Mill St.
  • Bus # 172 from Front St. & Bay St. to Cherry Beach via the Esplanade and Mill St.
November 19, 2011Nutcracker Fair Christmas BazaarSt. Martin-in-the-Fields ChurchFreeSt. Martin-in-the-Fields Church

Date: November 19, 2011
Event Time(s): 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Phone: 416-767-7491
The annual NUTCRACKER FAIR Christmas Bazaar featuring a Silent Auction, home made pies, baking, hand knits, gifts, vintage costume jewelery, crafts and more! Peameal breakfast and hot home made lunch available to purchase at great prices!Wheelchair accessible.

  • St. Martin-in-the-fields
  • 151 Glenlake Avenue
  • Bloor Street West and Keele Street
November 20, 2011The Santa Claus ParadeDowntownFreeWebsite:

Email: [email protected]
The 2011 Santa Claus Parade will be held on Sunday, November 20th. The Parade will be broadcast on CTV and CP24! Since 1905, the Toronto Santa Claus parade has made its way through the streets of downtown Toronto. Today, The Santa Claus Parade is the longest running children's parade in the world and one of the overall largest parades in the world.The Santa Claus Parade begins at Bloor and Christie, goes along Bloor to University, University down to Wellington, and ends at Front and Jarvis.

Nov 26 - Dec 31, 2011Cavalcade of Lights City Hall - DowntownFree A spectacular 45 year Toronto tradition, Cavalcade of Lights marks the start of the holiday season with live musical performances, twinkling lights, ice skating, the lighting of Toronto's official Christmas tree and a fantastic fireworks display all at Nathan Phillips Square.

Public Transit: Exit Queen or Osgoode subway station.

November 26, 2011Christmas BazaarCentral WestFreeEvent Time(s): 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 416-922-6413

  • German International School Toronto
  • 585 Cranbrooke Avenue
  • Lawrence and Bathurst
November 26, 2011Santa in The JunctionCentral WestFree Event Time(s): 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 416-767-9068
14 Live Performance Windows featuring 100 young dancers from the Creative Children's Dance Centre; Wendall Ferguson's Country Guitar Carolls; Visits with Santa; Hot Roasted Chestnuts; Strolling Carollers; The Junction Children's Choir; The Acts of Sweetness Cookie Truck; A 30'x80' ball hockey rink; Santa's Workshop; Mrs Santa's Story Time and a whole lot more.
Location: Pacific Street and Dundas Street West

Nov 26, 27, 2011Winter Artfest 2011Central WestFreeEvent Time(s): 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM


Email: [email protected]

Phone: 416-622-5294

Artists and artisans will be showing and selling their wares. There will be live music, refreshments, kids’ activities, art demos and much more! Great opportunity to find unique, original gift items for the holidays!


  • Neilson Park Creative Centre
  • 56 Neilson Drive
  • Dundas Street West and Hwy 427
November 27, 2011Holiday Brunch at Casa LomaCasa Loma - Downtown$50 - $59
Nov 9 - Nov 30, 2011Window WonderlandDowntown YongeFreeRyerson Retail Management students pair up with Downtown Yonge business members to create magical holiday window displays on a budget of $100!

Public Transit: College, Dundas or Queen Subway Stations (on the Yonge line)

Nov 18 - Dec 4, 2011BuskertainmentDowntown YongeFree Visit various locations throughout Downtown Yonge and see mimes, illusionists, human statues, stilt walkers, balloon artists and more.

Public Transit: College, Dundas or Queen Subway Stations (on the Yonge line)

Dec 10 - Dec 18, 2011Free Skating During Winterfest Weekends at Harbourfront CentreFreeHarbourfront - DowntownTIME: 10am-11pm


Families are invited to enjoy a variety of Skate Culture events on Harbourfront Centre’s Natrel® Rink – including lessons and skating parties with some of Toronto’s top DJs! Located along the scenic shores of Lake Ontario, the Natrel® Rink offers spectacular views of the downtown core, Lake Ontario and the Toronto Islands.


  • York Quay Centre - Natrel Rink
  • 235 Queens Quay West
Jan 1 - Dec 31 2011Eyes on the SkiesOntario Science Centre - Central East$10 - $19This one-of-a-kind, lively program introduces pre-school children to the night-time sky through singing, connect-the-stars constellations and a journey to the moon. The program was designed especially for our youngest visitors and lasts no longer than 20 minutes to accommodate wandering minds and little feet. All participants receive a certificate of landing on the moon and a follow-up activity guide.

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