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Cavalcade of Lights

November 27, 2021 to January 2, 2022 | Nathan Phillips Square | Official website

Kick off the holiday season with the lighting of Toronto’s official Christmas tree at this annual celebration.

Fireworks in Toronto over City Hall during the Cavalcade of Lights
Toronto quite literally lights up during the Cavalcade of Lights

Launch the holiday season in style!

This festive event, a Toronto tradition for over 50 years, usually features the illumination of Toronto’s official Christmas tree, performances, a brilliant fireworks show and a DJ skating party — all in the heart of the city at Nathan Phillips Square.

This year, the reimagined festivities will be different, transforming City Hall and the surrounding area into a dazzling winter wonderland each night from 5 to 11 p.m.

The City’s glittering tree and skating events return plus – new for this year – mesmerizing light installations inspired by cultural festivals from around the world. Explore tunnels made from thousands of energy-efficient bulbs, discover glowing ice sculptures in an enchanted forest and watch as beams of light animate City Hall like never before.

Find more event details on the official website for the Cavalcade of Lights.


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