10 Insanely Cheap Things To Do In Toronto This Weekend (Dec 1-3)

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(Photo courtesy of Aurora Festival via Facebook)

With the holidays quickly upon us, there’s no shortage of ways to celebrate the season. From festivals to concerts, and all sorts of attractions, these 10 cheap things to do in Toronto will keep you busy all weekend long.

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Whether it’s a family centred event you’re after or a touch of classical music, there’s something for everyone.

1. Tom Allen’s The Judgment Of Paris

Where: Mazzoleni Concert Hall
When: Saturday
Cost: Free!

As the thunderclouds of the Great War pile up and burst, the musical revolutionary Claude Debussy and his one-time follower Maurice Ravel compete for the love of Paris. The Judgement of Paris is a mix of cabaret, history, and story-telling.

2. A Christmas Carol

Where: St. Andrew’s Church
When: Saturday
Cost: Free!

Enjoy a free evening of seasonal music and dramatic readings from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. The historic St. Andrew’s Church, decked with garlands, lanterns and candles will provide an atmospheric setting for Dickens’ Victorian tale. A talented cast of readers will bring Ebenezer Scrooge and other unforgettable characters to life.

Cheap Things To Do In Toronto Photo courtesy of NORDEN: Festival of Cool
(Photo courtesy of NORDEN: Festival of Cool)

3. NORDEN: The Festival Of Cool 

Where: Harbourfront Centre
When: Saturday and Sunday
Cost: Free and ticketed events

Featuring some of the most creative driving forces in contemporary art, music and thought leadership, Norden: The Festival of Cool promises to make you think differently about the dark nights of winter. Discover the meaning of “happiness” through lively conversations, and groove on Toronto’s most scenic skating rink.

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4. DeClute Light Up The Beach

Where: Leuty Avenue
When: Every Weekend
Cost: Free!

DeClute Light Up The Beach was conceived as a way of making the Boardwalk and Beach more of a destination for local residents in the cold winter months. DeClute Real Estate dedicates an enormous amount of resources every year stringing lights as high as 65 feet above the Boardwalk. Santa strolls the Boardwalk and counts down to light each tree in sequence.

5. Winter Wonderland Newmarket

Where: Newmarket Riverwalk Commons
When: Every Weekend
Cost: Free!

Winter Wonderland is the most beautiful light display in Newmarket hosted for a month from November 30 to January 4, 6 to 9 p.m. Every night enjoy the light display and free outdoor skating on the Tim Hortons Skating and Water Feature.

Cheap Things To Do In Toronto
(Photo courtesy of One of a Kind Show)

6. One of a Kind Winter Show

When: All weekend
Where: Enercare Exhibition Place
Cost: $13

Since 1975, One of a Kind has been bringing together makers and the people who love them (and their products). Everything from baked goods, jewellery and clothing to furniture and major artworks are here, along with the designers and craftspeople, so you can learn first-hand the inspiration behind the work.

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7. Holiday Fair In The Square

Where: Nathan Phillips Square
When: All weekend
Cost: Free!

In the heart of Toronto at Nathan Phillips Square, the Holiday Fair in the Square runs December 1st – 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 Toronto holiday tradition.

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(Photo courtesy of Holiday Fair In The Square)

8. The Beach Guild Of Fine Art Christmas Show

Where: Kew Gardens
When: Saturday and Sunday
Cost: Free!

The Beach Guild of Fine Art was founded in 1994. Their mandate is to support one another as artists and to promote and encourage the appreciation of art in the community. They will be presenting some work at their annual Christmas show throughout the weekend in the lovely Kew Gardens.

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9. A Nutcracker Christmas At The Castle

Where: Casa Loma
When: Every Weekend
Cost: General Admission

Enjoy new shows by illusionist entertainer Professor Wick and ice skating performers Glisse on Ice. Guests will be surrounded by holiday magic throughout the castle which will be resplendent with holiday décor, including a 40ft tall tree in the Great Hall and eight other signature trees by talented Canadian designers.

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(Photo courtesy of Aurora Festival via Facebook)

10. Aurora Winter Festival

Where: Ontario Place
When: All weekend
Cost: $10 and up

This Christmas season, experience Canada’s Largest Winter Festival. Escape to a hidden village with a beautiful skating rink, a tube park, massive light displays, a Christmas Market, amusement rides, food gardens, magical characters, and plenty of other exciting activities.

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