Free Seasonal & Holiday Events 2019




Holiday Fair in the Square

As great as the holidays are in the Greater Toronto Area, we love the season even more when we can do some festive family activities for free! Start your holiday countdown by crossing off one of these can’t-miss free things to do, in and around the city.


Santa Claus Parades
Various Dates in November and December
Santa is coming to town! It's time to dig up your jingle bells and festive decor − the holidays are just around the corner. Find Santa Claus Parades coming to the GTA. More


Free Kids Building Workshop at Home Depot
November 9, 2019 and November 30, 2019
FREE Hands-on Workshops designed for children ages 5 - 12. Each child can bring home a newly constructed project, an achievement pin and certificate. On November 9 - Build a Snowman Decoration. On November 30 - Build a Christmas Countdown Calendar. More


Toronto Christmas Market
November 14, 2019 to December 22, 2019
The magic of the Christmas season returns to Toronto, November 14 to December 22, with the 10th annual Toronto Christmas Market at the Distillery Historic District. Ranked one of the best Christmas Markets in the world! Free admission during the week. More


Breakfast with Santa at Market & Co
November 16, 2019 to November 23, 2019
Join Santa in the kitchen for a very merry breakfast event, especially for tiny cooks! We start with a jolly storytime with Santa before kids head into the kitchen where the fun heats up! Kids will make and enjoy Santa pancakes with berries, along with orange juice. Free but registration is required. More


Santa at the Eaton Centre
November 16, 20198 to December 24, 2019
It's the most wonderful time of the year and now your visit with Santa is easier, faster, and more magical than ever before for you and your little one(s). Pick the experience you want and pick a time that works best for your family to pre-book your slot. No long lines, no waiting, and no worrying you’ll forget. There are 3 events to register for. The Meet & Greet with Santa is Free. More


Santa at the Fairview Mall
November 16, 20198 to December 24, 2019
It's the most wonderful time of the year and now your visit with Santa is easier, faster, and more magical than ever before for you and your little one(s). Pick the experience you want and pick a time that works best for your family to pre-book your slot. No long lines, no waiting, and no worrying you’ll forget. There are 4 events to register for. The Meet & Greet with Santa is Free. More


Santa at Markville Mall
November 16, 2019 to December 24, 2019
It's the most wonderful time of the year and now your visit with Santa is easier, faster, and more magical than ever before for you and your little one(s). Pick the experience you want and pick a time that works best for your family to pre-book your slot. No long lines, no waiting, and no worrying you’ll forget. There are 4 events to register for. The Meet & Greet with Santa is Free. More


Christmas in the Village
November 22, 2019 to November 23, 2019
Kick-off the Holiday Season with us in Streetsville! The Streetsville BIA is excited to present the fourth annual Christmas in the Village festival and it’s sure to be an exciting one. More


Bloor-Yorkville Holiday Magic
November 23, 2019
On Saturday, November 23rd from 5:00pm – 7:00pm, the Bloor-Yorkville BIA (BY BIA) and Canadian pop-star Ruth B. celebrate the festive season with Holiday Magic, a free public concert and lighting ceremony taking place in the Village of Yorkville Park. More


Light Up the Square at Celebration Square
November 23, 2019
It's time to lace up your skates and hit the ice for the official opening of the rink, and celebrate the wonder of the holiday season as we illuminate the Square at the Official Tree Lighting Ceremony. Free. More


Holiday Market at Scarborough Museum
November 23, 2019 to November 24, 2019
Shop for artisan items while exploring Scarborough's community museum! Vendors will be set up throughout the historic buildings. So treat yourself to a special day out and check some purchases off your gift list at the same time! Free admission. More


Holiday Market at TBG
November 28, 2019
Go green this holiday season at our eco-minded and nature-inspired Annual Holiday Market. Over 40 local artisans, three DIY workshops, All-day Amaryllis Potting Bar, Ontario Honey Tasting Station, Seasonal Fresh Greens and more! Enjoy our relaxing shopping experience with FREE admission. More


CP Holiday Train
November 28 and 29, 2019 (GTA Stops)
The CP Holiday Train will set out once again to entertain hundreds of thousands of people, collecting food and raising funds for food banks across North America. Thursday, November 28 - Oshawa, Milton, Hamilton and Toronto. Friday, November 29, 2019 - Vaughan. Free. More


DeClute Light Up The Beach
November 29, 2019
Join us for this highly anticipated, free family holiday event that brings the Beach and surrounding communities together to get into the holiday spirit. Watch Santa Claus as he magically illuminates the Beaches Boardwalk with 80,000 lights and turns it into a winter destination. Free. More


Kidzfest at Yonge-Dundas Square
November 30, 2019
Join us for a day of fun for the kids and the whole family! Free admission. More


Cavalcade of Lights Toronto
November 30, 2019
Cavalcade of Lights kicks off the holiday season in Toronto with the first lighting of Toronto’s Official Christmas Tree and Nathan Phillips Square. The event features live musical performances, a DJ skating party, and a spectacular fireworks display. Free. More


Light Up Riverside and Shop the Neighbourhood
November 30, 2019
Riverside invites you to share the warmth of the season and shop the neighbourhood with tree lighting, Santa, live music, treats and more! Free. More


Holiday Market at Montgomery’s Inn
December 4, 2019 and December 18, 2019
Join the vendors of the farmers’ market along with special local artisans in this special edition of the Inn’s Wednesday market. Shop for unique gifts while cozying up in front of the Inn’s fireplace, sip mulled cider and buy a gingerbread man from the winter witch! Free admission. More


Cineplex Community Day
December 7, 2019
Cineplex Entertainment will be hosting its 7th annual Community Day on Saturday, December 7, 2019. Families across Canada are invited to a morning of free movies at their local Cineplex theatre, with all donations and concession sales supporting the Boys and Girls Club of Canada. No tickets are required. Featured movies are A Christmas Story, Elf, Gremlins, Nat'l Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and The Polar Express. More


Holiday Fair in the Square
December  7, 2019 to December  23, 2019
In the heart of Toronto at Nathan Phillips Square, the Holiday Fair in the Square runs December 7th – 23rd. Combining the charm and elegance of a Christmas market with the excitement and allure of a thriving winter carnival, Fair in the Square is a new favourite Toronto holiday tradition. Free. More


Light Up The Holidays
December 7, 2019
Every year in Fairbank Village, we light up the holidays in true family style! We offer free snacks, drinks, and family fun! Free. More


SWEA - Toronto’s Swedish Christmas Fair
December 7, 2019 to December 8, 2019
The SWEA Toronto’s Christmas Fair has moved! This year marks the 39th annual Christmas fair in Toronto and you can find us at the spacious venue, Daniels Spectrum in Toronto. Lots of excitement awaits with fun for the whole family, food, traditional performances and a market overflowing with arts and crafts. Free admission. More


Vaughan Christmas Market
December 13, 2019 to December 15, 2019
A recreation of the festive and warm atmosphere of the major European Christmas markets, in the magical setting of Revel Park. Extraordinary foods, original gift ideas and local products, free activities for children, Christmas music and choirs; everything is here to immerse you in the magic of the holidays! Free admission. More


Withrow's Winter Market
December 21, 2019 to December 22, 2019
Locally handcrafted goods, artisanal foods & local farmers: the perfect opportunity to find unique gifts and delicious holiday treats! Free admission. More


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