Despite any hard feelings you might have about winter, the truth is our province comes alive in the colder season. Between magical outdoor festivals and cozy indoor escapes, there’s plenty of frozen fun to go around. So if you’re on the hunt for affordable things to do in Ontario this month, look no further. 

It may only be January, but your winter bucket list is probably a mile long already. Sorry, because we're here to add to it. 

From whimsical and nostalgic exhibits that will take you back in time to futuristic light displays and all of the cheap food and wine your heart can handle, there’s a little something for everyone. 

And the best part? At $35 or less per person, none of these activities will break the bank.

In fact, some of the items on this list are completely free!

That post-holiday bank statement might look a little scary, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop having a good time.

So, take a peek at the affordable activities and events below, then text your BFF and let them know what shenanigans you’ll be getting up to this month.

Visit The Rosebud Motel Sign Display

Price: Free

When: Until April 2020

Address: 205 Wellington St. W., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can head over to the Toronto CBC Broadcast Centre and snap a few selfies in front of the iconic Schitt's Creek Rosebud Motel display


Sip Tea @ Canada's Largest Chatime

Price: Prices vary

When: Open daily

Address: 675 Somerset St. W., Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: Sometimes, you just need to treat yourself to a tasty tea, so why not visit Canada's largest Chatime location to do it?


Experience Magic @ Dr. Seuss Experience

Price: $35

When: Now until March 22

Address: 199 Rathburn Rd. W., Mississauga, ON

Why You Need To Go: This display was so popular they had to extend the dates, and we totally see why. You can feel like a kid again as you wander through the whimsical experience. 


Twenty Valley Winter Winefest

Price: Starting at $10

When: January 10-12

Address: Jordan Village, ON

Why You Need To Go: This festival marks the official start of the Niagara Icewine Festival and it promises to be a boozy good time. 


Light Up The Night @ Terra Lumina

Price: $33.89

When: Until April 13

Address: 2000 Meadowvale Rd., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can see the Toronto Zoo in a whole new light at this truly magical exhibit. 


Get Nostalgic @ FreePlay Toronto

Price: Prices vary

When: Open daily, hours vary

Address: 300 College St., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can play retro arcade games and enjoy delicious bar and food menu items at this new Toronto spot. Talk about a nostalgia trip. 


Make Your Own Kit-Kat Bar

Price: Prices vary

When: Open daily

Address: 3401 Dufferin St., North York, ON

Why You Need To Go: Give yourself a break this month and DIY your very own custom Kit-Kat bar. Yum.


Indulge @ London Wine & Food Show

Price: Starting at $12

When: January 16-18

Address: 845 Florence St., London, ON

Why You Need To Go: Wine, food, and live entertainment? You know we're there! 


Stay Home & Binge

Price: Free

Address: Your house

Why You Need To Go: Finally, sometimes you just need a solid day at home to binge your favourite shows on Disney +, Netflix, or whatever streaming service you prefer. Others are available, of course.



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