Okay, I give in – it’s holiday time. Here are a couple of events to get you in the holiday spirit. Not quite there yet? We have a few more free or almost free activities for the family in TOw.

It’s on – first weekend of the Toronto Christmas Market. It’s pretty magical, plus there has always been a pretty awesome Santa (free photos), some kid-friendly performances and the carousal and ferris wheel. Open 10 a.m. on Sat and Sun; $6 per person on weekends starting at 5 p.m. on Fridays. Kids 2 and under free. (PS – free on weekdays – so if you can hold off for an after school adventure, you’ll avoid the crowds.) What you can expect here.


The 113th annual Santa Claus Parade takes place on Sunday, November 19 beginning at 12:30 p.m.


Orienteering in High Park on Saturday November 18th from 1:30 – 3 p.m. Kids can learn how to use a map and compass and learn about the natural history around High Park. Drop-in; recommended donation $2-$5


Saturday, November 18 Free Guided Family Nature Walk at Tommy Thompson Park. (No registration required.) What you can expect here.


HotDoc’s annual Roald Dahl Day & Matilda on Saturday, November 18. 12 p.m. crafts and games; 1 p.m. screening. $6 per kid.


Family Dance Party at Rorschach Brewing Co. on Sunday, November 19th from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. – A pint of beer, a juice or pop and one tapa for $20.