Events, Family Events

FREE and Low Cost Winter Events in Toronto and the GTA

Are you looking for some fun events to participate in with your family this winter break? It can be difficult to find the right events to attend in a big city like Toronto. To make planning easier for you, we have compiled a list of fun and family-friendly winter events for you and your family to enjoy over the break:



Toronto Christmas Market

Cost: FREE from Monday-Friday and $8-12 from Friday after 6pm-Sunday

Details: A staple in the City of Toronto, the Christmas Market is a beautiful chance to enjoy the holiday ambience, try some delicious food and even get some holiday shopping done. During select times they also have stage performances, including a Daily Carolling Sing-Along.


Evergreen Brickworks

Cost: FREE

Details: This holiday season, the city’s historic brick factory has been transformed into a Winter Village, complete with skating, entertainment, tasty food and a holiday market.


Outdoor Skating

Cost: Various

Details: Skating is a fun winter time activity that also has the added bonus of getting you and your family active! If you don’t have a set of skates, many of the rinks also offer skate rentals. You can find the location nearest to you on the City of Toronto website, the City of Brampton website, and the City of Mississauga website.


Aurora Winter Festival

Cost: $14.99 for Children (4-12), $19.99 for General Admission and $59.99 for a Family of 4

Details: During the Aurora Winter Festival, Ontario Place is transformed into a magnificent winter wonderland that includes “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”


Tunnel of Glam

Cost: FREE

Details: Located at Yonge and St. Clair, this 80-foot tunnel features over 14 million reversible sequins, the Tunnel of Glam is perfect for photos and those young ones who enjoy tactile things.


Casa Loma’s A Nutcracker Christmas at the Castle

Cost: $20 for Children (4-13), $25 for Youth (14-17) and $30 for Adult

Details: Visit Casa Loma during their Nutcracker Christmas at the Castle event to experience the wonder of seeing the castle decorated with lights, as well as participate in holiday activities including an illusion show, an ice skating show, crafts and even a Paw Patrol meet-up!


Toronto Public Library Events and Mississauga Public Library Events

Cost: FREE

Details: If you are looking for a wide variety of free and fun things to do, don’t forget to check out the cities’ public libraries, for both general and holiday themed events. Selections vary by branch, but some events that are taking place close to UofT’s three campuses include:


Black Creek Pioneer Village

Cost: $15 for Adults, $11 for Children (4-11) and Free for Infants (Under 4)

Details: Visit the Black Creek Pioneer Village for the chance to participate in a variety of fun holiday activities.. During the Family Christmas Weekends you can participate in a variety of traditional activities and even visit Santa.


ROM for the Holidays

Cost: $14 for Children, $18 for Youth and Students and $23 for Adults

Details: From December 26 to January 5, you have the chance to celebrate the festive season with the ROM and visit the museum’s three featured exhibits–Bloodsuckers: Legends to Leeches, It’s Alive Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection and the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2019.


Winter Fun Mississauga

Cost: FREE

Details: During the winter season, visit the Mississauga Celebration Square to participate in a variety of fun activities, including a beautiful tree, skating, music, and tobogganing.



Cost: Various,cost starts at $21.99 per child
Details: For the winter season, Canada’s Wonderland has been converted into a magnificent winter wonderland, full of lights, entertainment, food, and fun. Some featured activities include Charlie Brown’s Christmas Tree Lot, Candy Cane’s Candy Castle and the Elf Village.


Scarborough Museum

Cost: FREE

Details: In addition to their regular programming, the Scarborough Museum will be hosting a Saturday Night Lights event every Saturday night during the month of

Emily Pritchard

Emily is currently completing her undergraduate degree with a specialist in Criminology and a minor in Sociology. She plans to pursue a career in social work, with a focus on working with children and youth. When not studying or working at the Family Care Office, she spends her time reading the latest books and trying out new recipes. So, that’s Emily in a nutshell, reading, writing and cooking. Quite the picture, I’m sure!

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