Posted on Dec 18, 2013

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The holiday season is supposed to be the most wonderful time of year, and for the most part it is, but if we’re honest it’s also a really stressful time of year. Between scratching all the names of your naught and nice list, attending all the holiday parties and trying to squeeze in everyone you may not always have time for, it’s hard to take a minute and enjoy the true spirit of the season.

We’ve rounded up a few FREE things to do around the city whether you’re planning a romantic staycation or looking for a fun and frugal way to spend some quality time with friends and family.

Allan Garden’s Christmas Flower Show: If you haven’t had a chance to check it out yet, this show runs till January 12th, 2014. The flower show is open daily from 10am to 5pm and they have extended hours on December 21st and 22nd where you can view the Conservatory by Candlelight till 7pm.

Hot Docs Cinema: They will be showing four classic holiday films on Monday, December 23rd. You can get two tickets per person per film for free! The line-up includes White Christmas at 1pm; A Christmas Story at 4pm; Home Alone at 6:30pm and Die Hard at 9pm.

Leslieville Gallery Crawl and Reception: If you enjoy art this seems like a fun way to spend a day. On Sunday, December 22nd you can enjoy a tour of five contemporary art galleries in the city’s east end. You can wander around from 1-6pm or take the guided tour that starts at 3:30pm and even attend the reception at Project Gallery with caroling and refreshments.

Life on the Grid -100 years of street photography in Toronto: This exhibit runs till May 2014 so if you’re busy during the holidays you’ll have plenty of time to check it out later. The City of Toronto Archives is showcasing an assortment of photos taken in different neighbourhoods over the last 100 years.

And if all else fails you can always take a lazy stroll down one of Toronto’s well-lit streets. Check out the light displays in Yorkville, go ice-skating at Nathan Phillip’s Square or join the skating party with DJ DLUX and DJ Lissa Monet on December 21st at 1 LOVE T.O as part of Winterfest on Toronto’s Waterfront.

Here’s wishing you and yours a safe and happy holiday season from the staff at Gallery Next and Studio Next. Stay merry!

Photos courtesy of Allan Gardens Conservatory