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10 free things to do in Toronto this December

Free things to do in Toronto this December will help you say goodbye to a very turbulent 2016 with lots of celebrations, music, gatherings and most importantly, skating.

  • Free events you don't want to miss
    Date
    About the Event
    Location
    • December 2
      Head to the CBC building starting at 5:30 a.m. for some coffee and snacks (while they last) and listen to your fave radio shows recorded live. Meet a bunch of CBC personalities and watch live performances all day from local acts like Ria Mae, the Jerome Tucker Band and The Good Lovelies.
      CBC Broadcasting Centre
    • December 2
      This one's a month-long and collaborative artist-maker residency with over fifteen vendors at Elephant in the Attic. This is a totally free event at this adorable Dundas West shop with music by Cat and the Queen, tarot readings by Jess Harvey, and Veronique Petit styling the photo booth.
    • December 6-13
      Find your inner Beyonce and give all your holiday party dancefloors a run for their money. This is a two-hour intensive course where you’ll learn choreo from Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” video. It’ll cost you $5 to register but you get your money back in the form of a gift card when you show up to class.
      Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
    • December 8-23
      This massive European-style Christmas market, where folks are welcome to skate, shop and then a have drink at the bar, runs throughout the month of December. There will also be food and carnival rides on site.
      Nathan Phillips Square
    • December 10 - February 28
      Celebrate the holiday season at Evergreen's Winter Village at the Brick Works! Check out the new Street Food Market, the Farmers Market and play outdoors all over the Brickworks grounds until December 31. Admission is free and there will be activations happening all throughout the month.
      Evergreen Brick Works
    • December 17
      The Harbourfront Centre kicks off its free skate night series with a DJ set from Austra’s Katie Stelmanis from 8 to 11 p.m. Expect to hear a “sonically diverse set” when she combines dance music with her classical and jazz roots. All you have to do is let it be the soundtrack to your skate under the stars.
      Harbourfront Centre
    • December 17-25
      Hot Docs Cinema shows your favourite holiday classics on the big screen for absolutely free! Check out the schedule on their official site and plan your movie-loving afternoon. Films like Elf, Love Actually and White Christmas start Dec. 17 and run until Christmas Day at various times. 
      Hot Docs Cinema
    • December 21
      The 27th annual winter solstice party in Kensington market is an explosive night lights, fire, parades, giant puppets, music and community. Welcome in the new season on the longest, darkest night of the year with free night of entertainment from the Red Pepper Spectacle Arts crew.
      Kensington Market
    • December 23
      Head inside City Hall and warm up with this free holiday concert with music from All The King’s Voices, Toronto Beaches Children’s Chorus and Toronto Mass Choir. The show starts at 11:30 a.m. and lasts about an hour - rumour has it Santa is showing up at the end.
      Toronto City Hall
    • December 31
      This is Toronto's biggest skating and dance party, complete with fireworks and shows. The fun begins around 8 p.m. with DJs, performers, hot chocolate everywhere and of course, a countdown to 2017 just before midnight.
      Nathan Phillips Square
    Lead photo by

    Felix Mo

Lead photo by

Felix Mo


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