The month of November is definitely more dreaded than loved among Torontonians. It's dark, gloomy and way colder than we want it to be. It's still considered fall but really it's like pre-winter since the sun starts going down super early and it'll probably be snowing almost every day.
But even though November is one of the worst months of the year doesn't mean you have to stay in and let it get you down. There are tons of fun things going on in the city this month! Since you'll probably be blowing all your money on holiday presents for your family and friends, you want these things to be as cheap as possible. And what's more cheap than free?
All these super fun things are completely free to enjoy in the city in November!
Experience the magic of the Toronto Christmas Market
The Toronto Christmas Market is the most anticipated holiday event of the year and it's clear why. The Distillery District transforms into a magical winter wonderland filled with twinkly lights, Christmas decorations, festive music, tasty treats and drinks, a giant light tunnel and so much more! The market is completely free to enter and will run this year from November 15th until December 23rd.
Enjoy an explosion of winter cheer at the Cavalcade of Lights
One of the best events happening this November will kick off the winter season with a bang! Head down to Nathan Philips Square on November 24th and enjoy live music, their official Christmas tree lighting, skating parties, and a huge display of fireworks lighting up the night sky! You definitely don't want to miss this event.
Enjoy one last fall event at the Annual Pumpkin Parade
Even though October has officially come to an end and therefore, so has Halloween, that doesn't mean we have to give up our love for pumpkins. Head to Trinity Bellwoods Park on November 1st and watch as the neighbourhood pumpkins are paraded through the park! Bring your Jack'O Lanterns complete with a tealight candle and join in the fun.
Relive your childhood at the Santa Claus Parade
Can you believe that this will be the 114th annual Santa Claus Parade in Toronto? If you want to relive your childhood memories head down to Bloor and University in Downtown Toronto on November 18th and you'll find the magical joys of Christmas that we all know and love! There will be tons of fun stuff in the parade and of course, our favourite character, Santa Claus will be making an appearance as well.
Wander through Allan Gardens Conservatory
If you're looking for something fun to do that won't cost you a dime in the city, head down to the stunning Allan Gardens Conservatory. It's like a jungle oasis in the heart of downtown and it's open 365 days out of the year! Walk through the multiple greenhouse rooms and admire the cacti, tropical plants, and flowers blooming!
Experience the stunning Art Gallery of Ontario
Head down to one of Toronto's best art galleries, but for free! Every Wednesday evening from 6-8:30 p.m. you can explore the entire gallery without having to pay at all! It's a great opportunity for Torontonians who can't afford the steep regular admission to experience it.
Get all your shopping done at the King West Holiday Pop-Up
The holiday season is fast approaching which means we need to start thinking about all the shopping we have to get done for our loved ones. This can be one of the most stressful times of the year because trying to show how much you love someone through a gift can be difficult, to say the least. But if you really want to give them something heartfelt, head over to the King West Holiday Pop-Up from November 24-25 and buy something from a local vendor right here in Toronto! It's completely free admission, you'll only have to pay for the adorable gifts you buy.
Enjoy good food at the Toronto Chanukah Market
Toronto's super popular Jewish food festival, NoshFest, is presenting a new event called the Toronto Chanukah Market! On November 25th, celebrate Jewish food and culture with a fun holiday twist. You can enjoy tons of classic Jewish treats, shop for holiday gifts from local vendors, and even watch cooking demos!
Watch a free concert at the Canadian Opera Company
While going to the opera usually doesn't strike you as a free thing to do usually, it actually can be with the Canadian Opera Company! Every month they run a Free Concert Series that makes it completely affordable for everyone to go to the opera. Get a little dressed up if you like and watch a show in their bright, all-glass room!
Go for a late fall stroll through High Park
Fall is probably the most beautiful time of year in the city, so why not get out there an enjoy it while you still can? November is basically the last little sliver of fall until winter arrives for good so head over to High Park and enjoy the end of the fall foliage! You can also enjoy the animals at the High Park Zoo while you're here.
Read a good book in the stunning Toronto Reference Library
If you want to spend some time in a quiet, beautiful space hidden in downtown Toronto, the Toronto Reference Library is the place to go. Here you'll find rows and rows of books to explore and then you can find a spot to settle down and read! It's also a great place to catch up on work or school.
Take a free tour of the city with the Tour Guys
Even though we might live in the great city of Toronto there's probably a lot of things we haven't actually seen or experienced yet. There's a company here in Toronto called the Tour Guys that offer completely free tours of the city! Discover the history, graffiti, and even ghost tours through the city.