We hope you're able to celebrate the season well. Christmas is a time to enjoy, to be generous, to eat, and have fun. And in Saskatoon, there are many ways to celebrate the season meaningfully without overdoing it financially. It really is possible to have a lot of fun without spending a lot of money. To help keep the expenses down, and the fun high, we’ve compiled a list of 16 free or inexpensive ideas and things to do In Saskatoon this Christmas. We hope you and your family (if you’re a parent) will find a few of these suggestions helpful.
1. Make Christmas Cards at the Saskatoon Public Libraries Art Reach Program
Art Reach is a child-oriented program hosted by the SPL that inspires imaginative family art-making. Drop in for projects guided by practicing artists.
On December 9th at the Frances Morrison Central Library from 11am to 1pm you can make beautiful Christmas cards for your friends & family for free.
2. Enjoy A Good Christmas Book
When was the last time you curled up under a cozy blanket and enjoyed a hot drink and a good Christmas Book? It’s simple, cozy and practically free.
Why don’t you take a look at this list of The 50 best Christmas books and find one that interests you. Then head over to the Saskatoon Public Library, check it out and enjoy.
Do you have kids? Pick a book that they would like and make it a family affair. Reading a book aloud together is a easy way to make special memories that your kids will want to repeat.
3. Drive Around and Look At Christmas Lights
The Enchanted Forest at the Forestry Farm is beautiful, but it also costs $30 to get in. You can save a few dollars by loading the car up with your friends or family and enjoy a drive around the city looking at all the beautiful houses decorated with Christmas lights. Check out the Charlie Brown displays on Brown Crescent, or the Smurfs displays on Murphy Crescent. Each year, the StarPhoenix assembles a map of the best Christmas light displays in the city. So be sure to look that up online before you hit the road. Finally, check out a good Christmas CD from the Saskatoon Library and play that in your car as you drive around. You’re all set for a fun night.
Extras: You can make Hot chocolate or Coffee at home and bring it along in the car to sip on while you drive around. If you have a couple of dollars, pick up a small box of Timbits which are a tasty treat.
4. Go Sledding on Saskatoon's Many Hills
A favourite winter activity for many families is tobogganing! And Saskatoon has a number of great places to enjoy the snow! Grab a sled or pick up a crazy carpet at Dollarama, and head out to one of these great spots.
To learn about a few great hills around YXE, check out this post - 10 Best Places to Toboggan in Saskatoon!
5. Enjoy a Christmas Movie Night at Home
Who doesn’t enjoy a winter night at home watching a good Christmas movie by the tree? Whether it’s one of the classic like “It’s A Wonderful Life” or the newer favourites like “Elf” & “The Santa Clause” you can find a great Christmas movie for FREE and enjoy it over the holidays.
We have an amazing public library program here in Saskatoon and every December the fine librarians set up displays of Christmas books, CD’s, and movies. If you get yourself a library card, you can check out a few great Christmas movies and enjoy a fun evening by your Christmas tree with a bowl of popcorn.
6. Go Skating at the Cameco Meewasin Skating Rink near the Bessborough
It’s a picturesque scene right out of a Christmas movie: the skating rink is set along the river’s edge next to the Delta Bessborough Hotel and it's open daily.
The best part is you don’t need personal skates as it’s all provided for you. When you get cold, you can step inside the warm-up shelter or get cozy by the outdoor fire pit.
7. Get a Picture with Santa Clause
If you have little children, Christmas is not quite complete without getting your picture taken with the man in red! Luckily, Ol’ St. Nick spends a fair bit of time in Saskatoon throughout December.
You can find out where Santa’s going to be this Christmas Season right here - Where to Find Santa in Saskatoon
8. Enjoy a Puzzle Night & Christmas Music or an Audiobook
I know, I know. This might seem a little old fashioned, but sometimes it’s doing the simple things together that make the sweetest memories.
If you don’t have a good puzzle you can pick one up for a dollar or two at a thrift store (Value Village, or the Salvation Army) and clear the kitchen or coffee table. Make some hot chocolate or pull out the Christmas baking and turn on some Christmas music that you can check out for free from the Saskatoon Public Library (SPL). If you want to listen to something other than Christmas music, the SPL has some great audiobooks that you can listen to for free through the app Hoopla Digital. You can find a great Christmas audiobook and enjoy the story while you build the puzzle.
9. Enjoy A Free Community Movie Night - “The Muppets Christmas Carol”
On Friday, December 22nd at 7pm there is a free showing of "The Muppets Christmas Carol" at Saskatoon Christian Centre in Saskatoon north end.
Admission is by a Toy or Clothing Donation that will be given to Ronald McDonald House and The Lighthouse. There will be free Popcorn and Lemonade for everyone who comes. This is a fun night out for a great local cause.
10. Go Skating for FREE at the Clarence Downey Skating Oval
Starting on December 10th, Public skating is FREE, believe it or not, at the Clarence Downey Oval. No need for specialty speed skates!
There are lanes available for all skill levels. Find out more details here.
11. Participate in the Lighten Up! Fun Run
If you like to walk or run then you might enjoy this great community event. Participants get all decorated with bells, and battery operated LED lights. and enjoy a fun run at the start of winter. There are no fees or registration. You can just come out & have some fun. The run starts at D’Lish by Tish Cafe on December 17th @ 6:30pm.
For more details see the facebook event here.
12. The Berry Barn Christmas Lights Display
Did you know the Berry Barn sets up a spactacular Christmas Light Display? From sparkling candy canes to Santa's sleigh you'll be captivated by the magical Winter Wonderland!
The cost is fairly inexpensive too, it’s only $5.00 per person or $15.00 for a family, and children 5 & under are FREE.
The other great part is the proceeds are going to be donated to this year's CKOM's Adopt-A-Family and Telemiracle.
13. Volunteer Somewhere This Christmas
It is the season of giving, right? You don’t have to have a lot of money to give generously. Around YXE there are a number of soup kitchens, shelters and organizations that are helping the less fortunate over the holidays.
14. Enjoy A Colouring Night with the Family
Turn on the Christmas music, pick up some pencil crayons from Dollarama and a couple of Colouring books (Kids & Adults) and enjoy an hour of colouring some pictures. Make a tasty drink and set out a plate of cookies and enjoy a simple but relaxing activity.
If you want you can download and print some free christmas colouring pages and have a competition with your friends and family to see who colours it better.
15. Home For The Holidays Benefit Concert
Needing a jolt of holiday cheer in the lull between Christmas and the New Year? You should check out the Home for the Holidays benefit concert for Saskatoon Opera.
On December 29th at 7:30pm, some of the city's best voices from near and far will gather together for a night of beautiful music. Hosted in the Knox United Church, it’s going to be a night packed with hit after hit and admission is by donation at the door.
16. Enjoy a Friends or Family Games Night at King Me Boardgamery & Cafe
This is a gem of a place on 20th Street in Saskatoon. King Me has hundreds of games to choose from, for any level of gamer and interest and it’s only $5 for anyone 12 and up to play and $2.50 for kids under 12.
You can order snacks and drinks or just enjoy playing games you’ve never heard of or the classics. This is a great night out that will give you a big bang for your buck.