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8 Free & Festive Things To Do In Toronto That Are Better Than Laying Around All Day

Don't worry, they don't break any rules!
Ontario Associate Editor

The holiday season is in full swing, and while your heart may be full of cheer, your wallet might be feeling a little empty.

These free Toronto Christmas activities will let you have some fun without spending a dime.

With all the shopping, festive food, and decorations, holiday expenses can quickly add up, but there's no need to worry about a bill when visiting these spots.

From drive-thru light festivals to magical skate trails, you can enjoy the season to the fullest without going broke.

Leave your wallet behind and enjoy some of these free activities around the city this holiday season.

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Step Into A Twinkling Wonderland

Price: Free

When: Until March 31, 2021

Address: Distillery District, Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: The Distillery District's Winter Village features starlit canopies, a grand Christmas tree, festive music, and more.

Drive Through A Wonderland Of Lights

Price: Free

When: Until January 2, 2021

Address: Elgin Park Dr., Uxbridge, ON

Why You Need To Go: Just outside of the city, you can drive through a sparkling paradise at the Uxbridge Fantasy Of Lights. You can see over 75 glowing displays without leaving your car.

Glide Along A Winding Ice Trail

Price: Free

When: Until January 31, 2021

Address: 250 Fort York Blvd., Toronto ON

Why You Need To Go: The Bentway's iconic figure-eight ice rink lets you glide along a glassy trail beneath the Gardiner. Pre-registration is required this year.

Visit A Dazzling Christmas Market

Price: Free admission

When: Until December 27, 2020

Address: 621 Richmond St., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: Sweaters N' Snowflakes brings a little bit of the North Pole to the city, with a twinkling tunnel, Christmas trees, and tons of festive food.

Explore An Illuminated Christmas Village

Price: Free

When: Until December 31, 2020

Address: Bloor-Yorkville, Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: Wander through a glowing light tunnel and gaze at giant snowflakes, flying reindeer, and more at Bloor-Yorkville's twinkling village.

Skate Through A Snow-Covered Garden

Price: Free

When: Launches December 27, 2020

Address: 550 Bayview Ave., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: Glide through a magical winter garden at the Evergreen Brick Works skating trail. Reservations are mandatory.

Explore Giant Glaciers

Price: Free

When: November 30, 2020 - January 3, 2021

Address: 56 Front St. W., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: Union Station has an immersive outdoor glacier wall and a glowing frozen waterfall installation.

Watch Festive Windows Come To Life Through Augmented Reality

Price: Free

When: Until January 31, 2021

Address: Junction Neighbourhood, Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: Watch window artwork come to life using your phone as you stroll through the Junction this season.

Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your adventure.

    Madeline Forsyth
    Ontario Associate Editor
    Madeline Forsyth is an Associate Editor for Narcity Canada’s Ontario Desk focused on Toronto restaurants and is based in Toronto, Ontario.
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