November on the Cheap!




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When Halloween is over, that can only mean one thing: time for Santa. November is the start of the Holiday Season and there are lots of events to celebrate. But that's not all! Check out our list for all the free family fun happening this November!

Santa Claus Parades in the GTA
Various dates in November
Santa will be bringing some holiday cheer to Toronto and the GTA with this season's Santa Claus parades. See which city streets Santa will be hitting this year!
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Cineplex Family Favourites for November
Saturdays in November
Join Cineplex on Saturday mornings at 11:00 am for Family Favourites. Watch a family favourite film each week for only $2.99. It's a fun and affordable way to enjoy the weekend with your family! Get the list for November.
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Free Admission on Wednesday Nights at the AGO
Weekly on Wednesdays
The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is an art museum in Toronto's Downtown Grange Park district, on Dundas Street West between McCaul Street and Beverley Street. Its collection includes more than 80,000 works spanning the 1st century to the present-day. The gallery has 45,000 square metres (480,000 sq ft) of physical space, making it one of the largest galleries in North America.
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Rouge Park Guided Walks
Various dates in November
Winter is just around the corner and our park residents are busy preparing for the months ahead. Join our hikes as we look for signs of this annual activity. Free admission.
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The Natrel® Rink at Harbourfront
Opens in November
Set against the beautiful shoreline of Lake Ontario, the city's most scenic rink awaits! The Natrel Rink has been an unparalleled skating destination in Toronto for 30 years. It has a heated indoor change room with lockers and washrooms. Best of all – skating is FREE! Hot food and drinks are available at our rink-side restaurant, Boxcar Social. The Rink usually opens end of November - stay tuned for details!
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The BSM’s “Warm the Sole Sock Drive”
November 1, 2016 to November 30, 2016
The BSM annual sock drive is back for its eighth year this November. Accepting generous donations of new unused athletic socks which will be donated to local community organizations in need, this vital campaign can’t be done without your support. Please consider donating and if visiting on a weekend during the campaign, receive one free admission with each donation.
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Centennial Park Pumpkin Parade
November 1, 2016
Join us for a spooky display of Halloween Jack-O-Lanterns! Bring your pumpkin to be part of the parade and check out all the neighbourhood pumpkins on display. All are welcome to this FREE event.
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Mimico Pumpkin Parade
November 1, 2016
Bring your Jack-O-Lanterns to light up Mimico Square and Amos Waites Park on Tuesday November 1st beginning at 6pm. Please bring your own lighter and candles. Volunteers will load the pumpkins into bins for composting the following morning. 
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Old Town Toronto Halloween Pumpkin Parade
November 1, 2016
November 1st, bring your jack-o-lantern to the St. James gazebo from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. and join the pumpkin parade by adding your pumpkin onto the edge of a pathway. A prize will be given for best pumpkin design by a family/kid and by a business. There will be free hot chocolate and hot apple cider while supplies last. Free admission.
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Solar Observing at Ontario Science Centre
November 5, 2016
Safely observe the sun with specially filtered telescopes. Learn about our nearest star and try your eye at spotting exotic surface features, including sunspots, spicules and prominences. This program is offered by members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. Free.
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Day of the Dead Festival at Harbourfront
November 5 and 6, 2016
Harbourfront Centre is excited to announce the return of Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos), a festival of reverence for those who have left the world of the living. Presented by Scotiabank, the two-day festival will explore Mexico’s most popular cultural celebration with live music, theatre, art installations, family activities and more.Admission is free.
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2016 EcoFair at the Barns
November 6, 2016
The 8th Annual EcoFair at the Barns is a free, family-friendly event that informs and inspires people to make greener choices in their homes and communities. Join us on Sunday, November 6th from 11am-4pm to learn about and celebrate the programs, products and services of over 40 environmental not-for-profit organizations and eco-friendly businesses.
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Free Kids Building Workshop at Home Depot
November 12, 2016
Build a Helipcopter. Saturday, November 12, 2016 – 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Kids will learn how to build a helicopter with easy to follow step-by-step instructions.
Kids' projects can be painted in-store. Please dress appropriately for painting. FREE Hands-on Workshops designed for children ages 5 – 12.
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Toronto Christmas Market
November 18, 2016 to December 22, 2016
Guests are invited to rediscover the magic and romance of Christmas by taking in stunning light canopies, enjoying unique shopping experiences, traditional music and dance performances, and activities for the whole family to enjoy. Foodies will also have the opportunity to taste traditional European street-style food and delicacies and Canadian homemade treats. Free during the week. Admission on weekends.
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Santa Arrives at Eglinton Square  
November 18, 2016 
Join us on Friday, November 18th, 2016 for Santa’s Arrival at Eglinton Square Shopping Centre. Magic Show: 4:00pm to 4:30pm at Eglinton Square Shopping Centre. Balloon Sculptors, Face Painters and Crafts for Kids from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. Santa Parade starts at 6:30pm. Balloon Sculptors, Face Painters and Crafts for Kids will stop at 6:15pm and will resume at 7:00pm after the Santa Parade. Free.
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Illuminite at Yonge Dundas Square
November 19, 2016 
Downtown Yonge BIA invites you to kick off the holidays with Illuminite, a magical evening of music, dance & spectacle in Yonge-Dundas Square. Enjoy music from Toronto’s Ride the Tiger, followed by a stunning tree lighting performance from TDC Entertainment with special guests the St. Michael’s Choir.
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Swedish Christmas Fair at Harbourfront
November 19, 2016  to November  20, 2016
Get into the spirit at this two-day holiday extravaganza! Warm up to the sounds of children singing carols at the Lucia Pageant and participate in folk dancing, craft making and more. It’s the perfect place to sample delicious Scandinavian food and have a rinkside drink of glögg. Check off your gift list with imported handmade crafts, unique Christmas decor, textiles and tasty Swedish delicacies. Free admission.
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Bloor-Yorkville Holiday Magic
November 19, 2016 to December 31, 2016
Join us for the official lighting ceremony and kick-off to Holiday Magic! Enjoy complimentary hot apple cider and cookies. See Bloor-Yorkville transformed into a magical holiday wonderland! Free.
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Kidzfest at Yonge-Dundas Square
November 26, 2016
Join Downtown Yonge BIA at Yonge-Dundas Square for a day of fun for kids of all ages, meet Paw Patrol’s Chase & Little Charmer’s Hazel, ride the Ferris wheel and much more! Free admission.
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Cavalcade of Lights Toronto
November 26, 2016
Celebrate the 50th annual Cavalcade of Lights presented by Great Gulf on Saturday, November 26, 2016 at Nathan Phillips Square. This holiday tradition features the first illumination of Toronto’s Official Christmas Tree, spectacular fireworks, a skating party, and performances by some of Canada’s top musical talent. Skating at Nathan Phillips Square ice rink continues all season long. Skate rentals are available on-site. Free.
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Note: Lowes will not be holding their monthly Kids Building Workshops Build and Grow, for November and December.

More Free Events for November
We continuously update our Events Calendar so there may be more free and cheap events taking place in November! Check back on this page as it will be updated or CLICK HERE to get a list from our Calendar of Events. It's already been sorted by Free Events for the month! 

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