December on the Cheap! 2015




Toronto Zoo Treats and Talks

Our wallets tend to take a lot of hits at this time of year, so it's a bonus when we can find festive family fun that's also free or inexpensive. Here's a list of Free or Cheap things to do with the kids in and around the city this December, to celebrate the season and much more!

More Santa Claus Parades
Various dates in December
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 December
Saturdays in December
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 line up for December 2015.
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Bloor-Yorkville Holiday Magic
Nov 14, 2015 to Dec 31, 2015
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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Toronto Christmas Market
Nov 20, 2015 - Dec 20, 2015
Celebrate one of the world’s best Christmas Markets here in Toronto. Guests will immerse themselves in 28 days of European delicacies and Canadian homemade foods, a romantic atmosphere, stunning light canopies, unique shopping experiences, traditional music and dance performances, and activities for the whole family to enjoy. Admission is free during the week and $5 on weekends.
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The Natrel® Rink at Harbourfront
Nov 28, 2015 - Mar 1, 2016
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!
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Santa and Winter Market in the Junction
Dec 5, 2015
Join us, as we celebrate Santa’s visit in the Junction with both indoor and outdoor markets, workshops, presentations, performances, crafts and holiday promotions. Be sure not to miss the children’s choir and a live music performance by an original brass quintet at the Junction train platform. Free.
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Kids Free Building Workshop at Home Depot
Dec 5, 2015
Kids will learn how to build projects with easy to follow step-by-step instructions. From 10am to Noon, The Home Depot at locations across Toronto is hosting a free DIY workshop for kids. The workshop is for kids ages 4 – 12 and they must be accompanied by an adult. Free. On December 5, build Holiday Stacking Blocks.
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Solar Observing at Ontario Science Centre
Dec 5, 2015 - 10:00 am until 12:00 pm
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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Sunday FUNday - Pen & Ink Letters to Santa
Dec 6, 2015 - 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm
When you write a letter to Santa Claus you can use a pen, pencil marker or whatever you like, but this year why don’t you mix it up a bit and join us for Sunday FUNday where we’ll be using a pen and ink to write our letters to Santa! Just come down to the museum on Sunday, December 6, 2015 at 12 pm for this festive get together. Free. Donations accepted.
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Power Kids: Inner Voice
Dec 6, 2015 - 3:00 pm until 5:00 pm
Inspired by Dora García’s exhibition I SEE WORDS, I HEAR VOICES at The Power Plant, participants in this arts workshop will examine the idea of the inner voice and how we interact with our inner selves. To explore this concept, participants will use their imagination to write a detailed description and sketch out a visual representation of their inner selves. Free.
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December Activities in the Evergreen Children’s Garden
Dec 6, 2015 to Dec 27, 2015 - 10:00 am until 4:00 pm
Join us in the Children’s Garden at Evergreen Brick Works for songs, dance and art as we learn how different plants and animals live during the winter season.  The theme this month is hibernation and we’ll be celebrating the return of light with the winter solstice. Free admission.
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How The Grinch Stole Christmas Stage Show
Dec 10, 2015 - 7:00 pm until 8:15 pm
The holiday classic How The Grinch Stole Christmas comes to stage at Bridlewood Mall for an evening performance that's sure to delight all ages! FREE EVENT!
Raffle prizes and FREE photos with the Grinch.
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Build and Grow Clinics at Lowe's
Dec 12, 2015

Conveniently shop while your kids build a fun and educational project! Recommended for children from grades two to five. Kids will take home the toy they made, a merit certificate, name tag, apron, and goggles. On December 12 build a Holiday Train Engine.
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Story Time With Santa at the Maplelea Seasonal Store
Dec 13, 2015 - 10:30 am until 11:00 am
Join us Sunday Dec. 13th at the Maplelea seasonal store as Santa starts his day at the Promenade Mall by reading a Christmas holiday story! This is a FREE event & all children are welcome.
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Winterfest on Toronto's Waterfront
Dec 18, 2015 to Dec 20, 2015
Santa will be making two stops at The Waterfront BIA's annual Winterfest on Toronto’s Waterfront this holiday season.  Families can also join Santa and his elves for the Santa Brunch Cruise aboard Mariposa Cruises’ Northern Spirit. Pets can get in on the action with Pet Photos with Santa at Purina PawsWay, while families can learn more about the Arctic and create their own piece of art at the Museum of Inuit Art. Free. Some activities/events require admission.
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1LoveTO Holiday Skating Party at Harbourfront
Dec 19, 2015 - 8:00 pm until 11:00 pm
Our annual 1LoveTO Holiday Skating Party always brings the brightest smiles to the faces of our skaters. Get ready to hear DJs Dlux and Lissa Monet bring their fresh sounds to the rink as the 1LoveTO crew hosts its very popular holiday skate party! Free admission!
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Decorate a Cupcake at the Market Gallery
Dec 19, 2015
Drop by the West Mezzanine Kitchen of the South St. Lawrence Market for cupcakes and colouring, then visit the Market Gallery for an arts & craft activity! For children of all ages! Sponsored by the St. Lawrence Market Tenants Association & the Market Gallery. Admission is FREE.
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DJ Skate Night at Harbourfront
Dec 19, 2015 to Feb 20, 2016 - 8:00 pm until 11:00 pm
DJ Skate Nights promises a musical journey that spans eras – taking you back in time to funk, soul, R&B, jazz, disco and so much more. This season, our DJs bring ambiance to the Natrel® Rink while transforming your skating experience into a dance club on ice featuring 1 Love T.O, a New Year's Eve Dance Party and more! Free admission.   
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Story Time With Santa at the Maplelea Seasonal Store
Dec 20, 2015 - 10:30 am until 11:00 am
Join us Sunday Dec. 20th at the Maplelea seasonal store as Santa starts his day at the Promenade Mall by reading a Christmas holiday story! This is a FREE event & all children are welcome. Follow story time up with your holiday shopping, a visit with Santa in the mall, or another Maplelea store activity.
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Toronto Zoo Treats and Talks
Dec 26, 2015
The Toronto Zoo is the place to be on Boxing Day! Enjoy 50% off admission all day and check out our extensive Keeper Talk Program that offers a fun holiday theme and delightful seasonal treats for the Zoo's animals. Please bring a non-perishable food item for the Daily Bread Food Bank.
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City of Toronto Christmas Concert
Dec 24, 2015 - 11:30 am until 12:30 pm
Annual Christmas Concert at Toronto City Hall, featuring three choirs. Come sing along and celebrate the season. The concert is free and all are welcome. Toronto City Hall Rotunda Performances by: All the King's Voices Toronto Beaches Children's Chorus Toronto Mass Choir Accompanied by the Tower Brass and James Bourne, Organist. The concert concludes with a visit from Santa Claus. Free admission.
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More Free Events for December
We update our Events Calendar so there may be more free and cheap events taking place in November! CLICK HERE to get a list from our Calendar of Events. It's already been sorted by Free Events for the month!

Photo credit: Toronto Zoo
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