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13 Free Holiday events in Toronto

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Ainsley Smith Dec 05, 2016 12:37 am 552

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Get into the festive spirit by participating in any one of these free holiday events in Toronto this month.

From magical Christmas villages to Santa Claus sightings, check out these Christmas events taking place in the city.

Toronto Christmas Market

The Toronto Christmas Market definitely needs to be at the top of your holiday bucket list this year, especially because entry is free on weekdays! Here you’ll be able to enjoy some delicious apple cider, take some sweet holiday-esque Insta pics, and get a head start on your holiday shopping.

When: Now until December 22
Where: 55 Mill Street

Wishlist Holiday Pop-up

thisopenspace and Hermann & Audrey have teamed up for Wish List; a holiday gift pop-up shop opening this weekend! Wishlist features five different brands: Frank + Oak, KOTN, Bobbies, Mary Young, and Chance & Fate. This is a one-of-a-kind unmissable shopping destination for everyone on your list.

When: Now until December 15
Where: 12 Ossington

Union Station Holiday Market

Head down to Toronto’s busiest transit hub this December to visit the Union Station Holiday Market. This holiday market features a curated mix of approximately 20 local businesses, designers, artisans and gourmet food vendors offering a selection of the city’s best gifts.

When: December 5 to 16
Where: Union Station, 65 Front Street West

Holiday Fair for Epilepsy Toronto

Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square will be transformed into a quintessential European holiday market complete with free admission, shopping, skating, midway rides, Santa visits, live performances, and so much more all in support of Epilepsy Toronto.

When: 
Where: Nathan Phillips Square

Toronto Christmas Festival

Over 60 vendors, entertainment, and Christmas cheer awaits you at Harbourfront Centre! Don’t forget to check out the DJ skating nights while you’re there.

When: December 9 and 18
Where: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West

A Christmas Story Screening

Bring an unused and unwrapped toy and you can catch a free screening of the classic holiday film A Christmas Story. Hosted by CTV Toronto and The Salvation Army, cash donations will also be accepted.

When: Saturday, December 10, 4 pm
Where: 
Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles

Toronto Green Market Holiday Edition

Give your loved ones sustainable and green gifts this year! Head to the Great Hall and enjoy a day filled with delicious local eats, local vendors, and plenty of holiday cheer. Admission is free and four-legged friends are welcome.

When: Sunday, December 11, 10 am to 6 pm
Where: The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St West

Gladstone Christmas Flea Market

Start crossing names off of your Christmas list at the Gladstone Christmas flea market. Here you’ll find artist goods, reclaimed vintage, craft, jewelry, clothing and so much more for everyone on your list.

When: Sunday, December 11, 10 am to 4 pm
Where: 
Gladstone Hotel1214 Queen West

Trinity Bellwoods Flea Local Holiday Market

Come and find a special gift for that special someone on your list at this one of a kind holiday shopping experience. Here you’ll find plenty of handmade, local, art and vintage vendors and artisans selling a gift-worthy selection of goods.

When: December 17 and 18, 11 am to 6 pm
Where: 
Studio Bar, 824 Dundas West

Toronto Etsy Christmas Market

Wrap up your Christmas shopping at the third annual Toronto Etsy Christmas Market. here you’ll find amazing handmade and vintage sellers, festive music, yummy treats, and a crafts table for the kids. The first 50 shoppers through the doors at 11 am will get receive a swag bags filled with goodies and offers from vendors and sponsors.

When: December 17, 11 am to 5 pm
Where: 365 College Street

Skate with Santa

Fun for the whole family this holiday season. Join Greater Toronto Skating Academy for a Skate with Santa. This event is free. Bring your friends, bring your skates and a helmet and bring your joyful spirit.

When: December 17, 11 am to 12:30 pm
Where: Scotiabank Pond, Rink 4, 57 Carl Hall Road

City of Toronto Christmas Concert

Hosted by Adam Wylde from KiSS 92.5, the City of Toronto Christmas Concert will feature musical performances from All The King’s Voices, Toronto Beaches Children’s Chorus, Toronto Mass Choir, The Tower Brass, and James Bourne.

When: Friday, December 23, 11:30 am
Where: 
City Hall, 100 Queen Street West

New Year’s Eve Ice Jam

Ring in the New Year as you skate to the sounds of DJ P-Plus as he plays the hottest songs of 2016. Make sure to dress warm and bring along a thermos filled with your favourite hot beverage.

When: Saturday, December 31, 8 pm to 1 am
Where: 
Natrel Rink, 235 Queens Quay West


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Ainsley Smith
Ainsley is a Staff Writer at Daily Hive. She's a former Vancouverite turned Torontonian who is always on the hunt for her next avocado toast.

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