November on the Cheap! 2019

Toronto Christmas Market

While Santa Claus Parades may be the month's main events, it's certainly not the only must-do outing to put on your family calendar. November is when the city unveils magical windows, spectacular holiday displays and other festive events. There are many fantastic non-holiday events for families, too!

Read on for the best Free and Cheap things to do this month...


Free Playground Access at Area51 Lasertag | Planet Play
Until January 31, 2020
Area51 Lasertag | Planet Play is proud to support the Sick Kids Foundation. Attend during the weekdays from 10am to 5pm, for FREE Playground entry, with a donation of $2, $5, or $10. More

Pumpkins on Parade Events
November 1, 2019
Each year, after the sun goes down on November 1, local parks invite the public to bring their decorated pumpkins, to celebrate the end of Halloween! All events are free! More

Santa Claus Parades
Various Dates in November
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

The Natrel® Rink at Harbourfront
Opens in November
The Natrel Rink has been an unparalleled skating destination in Toronto for over 30 years. Best of all – skating is FREE! The Rink usually opens mid to end of November, weather permitting. More

Pumpkin Party at Gibson House
November 1, 2019
Bring your carved pumpkin to Gibson House Museum to showcase your design. The Pumpkin Party includes cooking demonstrations in the historic kitchen, hot apple cider and treats. Free admission. More

BSM Warm the Sole Sock Drive
November 1, 2019 to November 30, 2019
During the month of November, visitors to the museum are encouraged to bring a donation of a pair of new, unworn socks to donate to the Scott Mission. If you make a donation on a Saturday or Sunday during the drive, you can visit the museum for free that day! More

You, Me, Us: Outstanding Books for and about Young People with Disabilities
November 16, 2019 to January 26, 2020
Annual family-focused exhibit highlighting “the best of the best” from The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Collection for Young People with Disabilities. This exhibit features books published around the world that are recognized for their exceptional content and design. Features Family Storytimes and Guided Tours. Free. More

Solar Observing at Ontario Science Centre
November 2, 2019
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. Free. More

Stackt Presents: Jarritos & Amigos Celebrate Mexico on Day of the Dead
November 2, 2019
The all ages festivities will include face painting, Disney Pixar’s Coco screenings, live music from Viva Mexico Mariachi, DJ Boogat (from Montreal), DJ Medicineman, food from La Brea Street Food, Frisaca, ConMiTaco, & live Lucha Libre wrestling! Free. More

Dagmar Resort Open House and Ski Swap
November 2, 2019 to November 3, 2019
There will be tons of new and used equipment to look through for all ages. A portion of all sales do go to the Kawartha Ski Patrol to assist with their funding for the season. Free admission. More

Family Fun Mystery Weekends at Scarborough Museum
November 2, 2019 to December 1, 2019
Something mysterious is going on at the museum every weekend in November! Explore all of Scarborough Museum's secrets with mystery themed treats, games and activities. Free. More

Annual EcoFair at the Barns
November 3, 2019
A free, family-friendly event that informs and inspires people to make greener choices in their homes and communities. Join us to celebrate the programs, products and services of over 40 environmental not-for-profit organizations and eco-friendly businesses. More

Sunday FUNday - Pen & Ink Letters to Santa
November 3, 2019
Learn how to use pen and ink to write letters, just as Victorians did. Children can write letters to Santa in time to mail them at the Santa Claus Parade! Free. More

Volunteer Toronto Youth Expo 2019
Nov 9, 2019
The Youth Expo is the place to start if you're looking to complete your 40 volunteer hours for high school graduation. Plus, it's FREE to attend! More

Day of the Dead Festival at Harbourfront
November 9 and 10, 2019
This free, two day, family-oriented festival is Toronto’s longest running celebration of one of Mexico’s most important holidays. 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 Craft Con
November 10, 2019
Are you crafty? Just can't get enough of crafting, slime making or beading? Come to Toronto Craft Con! Buy crafts, make crafts, sell crafts! Admission is free. Some fees for activities. *This event has been delayend until Spring. More

Power Kids: Free Kids Activities
Sundays, November 10, 2019 to November 24, 2019
These FREE arts workshops for children ages 7-12 begin with a tour of the gallery and conclude with an art activity, inspired by the ideas behind the current exhibition. 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

3rd Tuesday Nights FREE at ROM
November 19, 2019 to March 17, 2020
Bring family and friends to the ROM on the 3rd Tuesday Night of each month and enjoy free admission from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. With complimentary access and extended hours, visitors are invited to explore art, culture, and nature in the Museum’s 40 permanent galleries. 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

Skate on the Square
November 23, 2019 to March 20, 2020
The Celebration Square ice rink in Mississauga opens Saturday, November 23, 2019 and closes March 20, 2020. Free. More

Google Nest Presents Legends of Arendelle at CF Toronto Eaton Centre
November 25, 2019 to December 8, 2019
To celebrate the beginning of the holiday season and help you catch up with what’s been happening in Arendelle as Disney’s “Frozen 2” hits theaters, Google is bringing an interactive experience powered by Google Nest Mini to CF Toronto Eaton Centre. 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


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. 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. More

Cineplex Family Favourites - 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. More

Toronto Biennial of Art
Until December 1, 2019
For 72 days, Toronto and surrounding areas will be transformed by free exhibitions, talks, and performances that reflect our local context while engaging with the most pressing issues of our time. Free. More

Among All These Tundras (Family Kit Activity)
Until December 7, 2019
Looking for something to do with the kids in the city? Bring the family to Onsite Gallery, OCAD University! We're happy to offer a free interactive guide for families and young visitors to creatively engage with our current contemporary art exhibition, ᐊᕙᑖᓂᑦ ᑕᒪᐃᓐᓂᑦ ᓄᓇᑐᐃᓐᓇᓂᑦ / Among All These Tundras. Free admission. More

Library Story Time at Toronto Botanical Garden
Until December 9, 2019
Drop in to the Weston Family Library for nature stories and songs. Mondays from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. FREE! No registration required. More

facingNORTH Indigenous Art Exhibition at Vaughan City Hall
Until December 24, 2019
To highlight the history and heritage of Canada’s National Indigenous Peoples, the City of Vaughan is displaying a curated exhibition of Inuit art for the community titled facingNORTH: art | symbol | story. Free. More

Evergreen Brick Works Scavenger Hunt
Until December 31, 2019
Explore Evergreen Brick Works and discover new things about the site, its history and the Don Valley where we're located. You'll leave with a better sense of what this wonderful place is all about. Free. More

More Free Events in November
Our Events Calendar is always updated 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. This page will also be updated so check back often.

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