10+ Things To Do In Toronto This Winter Under $100
Toronto is a city packed with culture, sports, food, art, outdoor experiences and so much more. During the Holidays that is as evident as ever and best of all, you don’t have to break the bank. Whether you’re a local or visiting, there are plenty of things to do in Toronto this winter under $100.
Inside or outside. Family or date night. Old or young. Active or passive.
Toronto offers something for everyone.
From the classic family experience at the Toronto Christmas Market to grabbing a local craft beer, the city is sure to deliver entertainment and memories to all.
Here are 10+ things to do in Toronto this winter under $100.
Head To The Toronto Christmas Market
This is straight out of every “top ten” list or tourism website. It’s a popular recommendation for a reason, the Toronto Christmas Market at the Distillery Historic District in downtown Toronto is a classic Winter tradition.
The Market is a mix of sweet treats, live music, light shows, crafts, family entertainment and a beer garden.
Perfect for date night or family adventure.
The Toronto Christmas Market is a not-for-profit and very cost-effective.
- Weekdays are free
- Weekends starting at 5PM on Friday until Sunday night are $6 per person
- Children under $2 are free.
In 2018 the Market is open Thursday, November 15 – Sunday, December 23. It’s highly recommended to visit on a weekday if possible due to how busy weekends can get. You’ll get free access and can save your cash to cover the cost of a warm drink, baked goods and an artisan gift for the Holidays.
It’s easily accessible by public transit, car, Uber/Lyft or walking.
Get all the details on tickets, activities and directions to the Toronto Christmas Market here.
Snowshoe At Crawford Lake Conservation Area
Next up is another outdoor adventure that will give you a great slice of the Canadian outdoors just outside the city of Toronto.
The Crawford Lake Conservation Area features a reconstructed 15th century Iroquoian village with snowshoeing trails ranging from 1.5 kilometres to 3.6 kilometres in length (over 8.0 kilometres in total trails).
There are sunset (family friendly) and moonlight (14 years and up) hikes with experienced guides and instruction. Both hikes include hot chocolate and the opportunity to roast marshmallows around the fire.
What’s the cost? $13 to rent modern aluminum frame snowshoes.
Driving time from downtown Toronto should be under an hour depending on traffic to the Conservation in Milton.
Get all the details, maps and more on the Crawford Lake Conservation Area.
Take In A Toronto Marlies Hockey Game
What would a Toronto experience be without a little professional hockey? Unfortunately the Maple Leafs fall outside our things to do in Toronto this winter under $100.
However, their top farm team and defending AHL Calder Cup Champions, the Toronto Marlies, are located in the west end on the Exhibition Grounds. Playing out of Coca Cola Coliseum (formerly Ricoh Coliseum).
They provide exciting, fast-paced, hard-hitting and high-scoring hockey at a fraction of the cost of the Leafs. Plus over half the current Maple Leafs roster was developed in the Marlies system.
You can snag a pair of tickets for under $40 and there isn’t a bad seat in the house.
The neighbouring Liberty Village is packed full of good food and drinks to source a pregame or post-game meal and drink.
You won’t regret checking out a Marlies game.
Graffiti, Doner & Board Games In Kensington Market
The Kensington Market is a spot you’ve surely seen on Instagram when people are showcasing photos of Toronto.
The area is packed full of artisan shops, tasty cheap eats, dive bars and hidden night clubs. Plus there is amazing graffiti lining the walls on almost every corner and walkway.
Take an afternoon to stroll the streets and snap photos of the iconic artwork.
Visit One Of The 50+ Outdoor Skating Rinks
The next budget friendly activity to do in Toronto this winter is lacing up the skates and hitting one of the 50+ outdoor rinks.
A classic Canadian winter in Toronto isn’t complete with a skating session in the fresh air. Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned pro, put this on your to do list for a fui time with family, friends, coworkers or loved ones.
If you don’t own skates or are just visiting, there’s nothing to worry about. The vast majority of the outdoor rinks have a skate rental shack to get you sorted out and the costs will be light on your wallet.
Two pairs of skates and some hot chocolates will cost you $25.
There are outdoor skating rinks in every corner of Toronto (and Ontario for that matter). This master list of rinks from the City of Toronto has you covered.
Make sure you dress warm as the wind and time outside can quickly drop your body temperature.
Pro tip: bring a little Bailey’s bottle in your winter coat pocket and top up a hot chocolate or coffee. It’s a surefire way to enjoy the Canadiana experience.
Stop By The WinterStations Art Exhibit
The 5th annual WinterStations International Design Competition will be taking place from February 18, 2019 to April 1, 2019.
A public art exhibit in The Beaches neighbourhood of the east end of downtown Toronto.
Designers, architects and artists create unique, powerful and engaging displays on the beaches, in the lifeguard stands and surrounding area.
Want to know what you might see at the exhibit? Check out the photos from the 2018 event.
The “winner” of the competition will be granted a monetary reward and be crowned the top WinterStations 2019 design.
Grab a hot chocolate, get your Instagrammable moment and enjoy the free art.
Grab Some Local Craft Beer
Toronto might not have the same craft beer scene as Vancouver but there are still some great stops to wet your whistle.
Cost-friendly, fun and supporting local business.
Each of these breweries have delicious varieties of beer brewed fresh on location as well as bottle shops to take home your favourites.
Here are some suggestions on local craft breweries:
- Bellwoods Brewery: Great spot opened in 2012 on Ossington Ave. in the west side of downtown Toronto
- Left Field Brewery: Leslieville brewery that opened in 2013 with a great tap room and tours
- Great Lake Brewery: Over 30 years of brewing experience helps make this brewery one of the best in Toronto
- Duggan’s Brewery Parkdale: A smaller more blue collar brewery offering specialty beers in the Parkdale area of Toronto
There are a handful of other located throughout downtown and the adjoining neighbourhoods. You could make a day of it and tour multiple via walking or taking transit.
Tour The Hockey Hall Of Fame
One of Toronto’s top destination for both sports fan and tourists alike is the Hockey Hall Of Fame.
Located right in the downtown core close to Union State, the Hall features the world’s greatest collection of hockey memorabilia, historical exhibits, activations, interactive games, special movies and much more.
Take a picture with the Stanley Cup. Sit in a mock Montreal Canadiens Dressing Room. Read the profiles of the hundreds of honored players. Challenge a friend or family member to a shooting competition.
Even if you aren’t the biggest hockey fan there are enough activities, interactive exhibits and powerful stories to keep you engaged and appreciative.
Admission is $20 for adults and $14 for youth.
It’s the be all and end all of all everything hockey fandom and history.
Brave The Royal Ontario Museum Spider Feature
This might startle, strike fear and scare many as the Royal Ontario Museum hosts a special feature until January 6, 2019.
Spider: Fear & Fascination brings over 400 live and preserved specimens from the 8-legged family. Interactive features, augmented reality and various displays will help introduce guests to the wild world of spiders.
Whether you’re afraid or fascinated, the exhibit is of the highest quality and packed with education and entertainment.
Tickets come in at $32 for adults and $21 for children.
Ignite your curiosity. Conquer your fears.
Take Advantage Of The Theatres, Restaurants & Pubs
Toronto is an entertainment and cultural hub, there is no debating that.
The downtown core and surrounding neighbourhoods offer a diverse range of food and entertainment every night of the week.
World class theatres, concert halls and fun. Food and drink from every corner of the world served by friendly, welcoming people.
- Check out the city events calendar
- Review the theatre guide to see what shows are playing and track last minute deals
- Scope the best Toronto cheap eats recommendations
From the buzz of the Entertainment District, shine of Yorkville, charm of the Distillery District and unique appeal of the dozens of other neighbourhoods, it’s truly a city offering something for everyone.
In Closing…Things To Do In Toronto This Winter
Whether you’re braving the elements outside or staying warm in one of the cities various entertainment offerings, Toronto shouldn’t be overlooked as a cost-effective and fun destination this Winter.
You can fill the day exploring a museum and then the evening at a hockey game before enjoying the great pub scene later that night.
Families, couples and singles don’t have to break the bank to enjoy the city.
These 10+ things to do in Toronto this winter under $100 are only a small snapshot of what you can do over the Holiday season and beyond.
Have you visited Toronto before?
What were your favourite experiences?
Let me know in the comments below.
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