November on the Cheap! 2014

Kidzfest at Yonge-Dundas Square

This month, there’s an incredible array of free and cheap events taking place in Toronto and the GTA! Santa flies into town and many holiday celebrations kick into high gear. Here's our list of free or cheap activities, events, performances, and festivals for families 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 $2.50. It's a fun and affordable way to enjoy the weekend with your family! Get the line up for November 2014.
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Shakespeare in Action - TD Shakespeare for Kids Library Club
Saturdays in November
This is a FREE readers' theatre program for Shakespeare Kids ages 7-12! Join SHAKESPEARE IN ACTION for storytelling adventures! Explore the world of magic, witches, ghosts, silly mix-ups, and swordplay in some of the greatest stories ever told!
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KidzFREE60 at Kidz360 Active Learning Centre
Fridays in November - 9:30 am until 11:30 am
Every Friday we open our doors to the community for two hours of FREE play and activities! This time is open to the community for parents and kids (under 3 and a half years) to connect, participate in our free play, and experience our new, fun programs each week. Every Wednesday will have a different craft for the kids so there is always something new to look forward to at KidzFREE60! Free.
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Movember Weekends at Scarborough Museum
Nov 1, 2014 to Nov 30, 2014 - 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm
Things are getting hairy at Scarborough Museum! Make your own moustache or bake one and sample it with some freshly potato soup. Admission is Pay What You Can.
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Day of the Dead Celebration
Nov 1, 2014 - 4:00 pm until 10:00 pm
Aztec dance circle, performance of Chicano play "Johnny Tenorio" by Carlos Morton, presented by Doubledouble Performing Arts, music of sonJarocho by Cafecon Pan, Cecilia Guerrero with Mariachi VIva Mexico, Native Canadian Drumming songs by Spirit Wind, Mexican food, crafts, art, and more. Aztec Dance Ceremony will open the celebration at 4:00 pm. Free admission.
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Día de los Muertos Celebration at Evergreen Brickworks
Nov 2, 2014 - 10:00 am until 3:00 pm
Join us for a special celebration of Latin American culture, with all day events including live music and dance, a churro competition, calavera (skull) face-painting, a Mexican Market and tequila, mezcal  and maiz taste education tables. An essential part of the Dia de los Muertos celebration, ofendas (altars), are built to remember and honour the memory of passed loved ones. Free event.
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Day of the Dead Festival at Harbourfront
Nov 8, 2014 to Nov 9, 2014
Harbourfront Centre celebrates the contemporary stories, rituals, and practices of Mexico and other Latin American countries with Day of the Dead/Dìa de los Muertos festival (Nov. 8-9), presented by Scotiabank. Produced in partnership with the Consulate General of Mexico, the two-day festival runs from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm and offers patrons an opportunity to explore celebrations from Mexico, and other areas of Latin America, with handcrafted ofrendas, concerts, films, family activities, and more. Free admission.
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The Toronto Zoo's Annual Remembrance Day Ceremony
Nov 11, 2014 - 9:30 am until 11:00 am
Veterans and the general public are invited to join in remembering and honouring the many wartime sacrifices that Canadians have made for their country. Admission for veterans and all guests attending the ceremony is free from 9:30 am to 11:00 am. At the Waterside Theatre. Ceremony begins promptly at 10:55 am.
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Illuminite at Yonge Dundas Square
Nov 15, 2014 - 5:00 pm until 7:30 pm
Expect the unexpected! Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area promises another spectacular tree-lighting ceremony at Yonge-Dundas Square. Audience will witness no ordinary holiday lighting ceremony. Using different spaces in and around Yonge-Dundas Square, performers will appear from every corner and will leave the audience in awe. Be prepared to be surprised at every turn. Take the whole family and experience this one-of-a kind show that culminates with fireworks and the lighting of 52,000 LED lights. Free.
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Bloor-Yorkville Holiday Magic
Nov 15, 2014 - 5:00 pm until 6:30 pm
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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The Natrel® Rink at Harbourfront
Nov 15, 2014 to Mar 1, 2015
Harbourfront Centre’s Natrel® Rink is a popular skating destination in the heart of the city. Visitors can enjoy our artificially-cooled outdoor rink while skating to music and taking in the beautiful surroundings of Lake Ontario and the Toronto Islands. On-site skate rentals, helmet rentals, change rooms, rental lockers, and skate sharpening are available. Free admission.
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DX Family Day
Nov 16, 2014 - 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm
Held once a month during the run of the exhibition Politics of Fashion | Fashion of Politics, Family Sunday invites children, parents, and caregivers to explore and engage with the exhibit. Each program features drop-in, hands-on design activities for all ages led by DX educators. Plus, make it a memorable experience with our photo booth! During Family Sunday hours, exhibition admission is free for up to two adults accompanying children under 12.
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Eglinton Square Celebrates Santa's Arrival
Nov 21, 2014 - 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm
Join us Friday, November 21, 2014 for Santa Claus' arrival at Eglinton Square Shopping Centre. To celebrate his arrival, Eglinton Square is hosting a Holiday Carnival, complete with face painters, balloon artists, temporary tattoo artists, a magic show, and of course, Santa Clause himself. The celebration starts at 4:00 pm with a magic show in the Eglinton Square branch of the Toronto Public Library and Santa Claus will parade through the mall at 6:30 pm. Come out and enjoy the festivities. Free for the whole family.
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Swedish Christmas Festival at Harbourfront
Nov 22, 2014 to Nov 23, 2014
Christmas shopping, entertainment, food, sweets, and much more! SWEA Toronto celebrates the holidays with its annual Christmas festival. Join us for festive entertainment with two shows daily featuring the renowned Lucia pageant – a procession of children singing traditional Swedish Christmas carols. Other entertainment includes traditional folk dancing, children's crafts, dancing around the Christmas tree, and more. Free admission.
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EcoFair at the Barns  
Nov 23, 2014 - 12:00 pm until 4:00 pm
EcoFair at the Barns is a fun, family-oriented event that informs and inspires people to make greener choices in their homes and communities. Last year, there were more than 30 exhibitors and interactive activities. Approximately 800 people came out to learn about green initiatives and achievements in our neighbourhood and in our city, explore new ideas, and share green tips and tricks. The event is FREE and everyone is welcome! Kids activities! Good food! 
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Christmas Open House at Colborne Lodge
Nov 27, 2014 - 5:00 pm until 7:30 pm
Join us in celebrating the start of the Christmas season at our biennial Open House. Everyone is welcome to drop by to tour the Howards' 1837 home decorated for a 19th-century Christmas and enjoy period refreshments by the hearth in the Winter kitchen. Bring your family and friends. Free admission.
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Lowe’s Toronto Christmas Market
Nov 28, 2014 to Dec 21, 2014
This holiday season Toronto will once again celebrate the romance and magic of a traditional Christmas at the Toronto Christmas Market. Inspired 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 locally handcrafted products. Family friendly entertainment includes musicians, carolers, and children's choirs. FREE.
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Kidzfest at Yonge-Dundas Square
Nov 29, 2014 - 11:00 am until 5:00 pm
Bring the whole family and have a day of fun free entertainment and activities. This year will feature the new children’s favourite characters – the Octonauts. There will be lots of singing from the Frozen Ice Queen, and Peter Pan and his friends; there will be lots of activities – face painting, crafts, games, and a whole lot more! Free.
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Cavalcade of Lights Toronto
Nov 29, 2014
Saturday, November 29, 2014 will mark the official start to the holiday season in Toronto with the celebration of the annual Cavalcade of Lights presented by Great Gulf. Featuring the illumination of Toronto’s official Christmas tree, performances by some of Canada’s top musical talent, a brilliant fireworks show and a skating party at Nathan Phillips Square, the festive event is a holiday tradition in Toronto. The Nathan Phillips Square ice rink will be open for skating (weather permitting) during Cavalcade of Lights and skate rentals are available on site. Free.
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More Free Events for November
We continuously 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!

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