The Toronto Light Festival is Back this Winter

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Travel writer & photographer, Arienne Parzei, shows us around the Toronto Light Festival at the Distillery Historic District.

The annual Toronto Light Festival is a bright addition to the line-up of festivals throughout the year. Taking over the historic Distillery District in the city’s east end, over 20 light installations are scattered throughout the district, coming to life after the sun goes down.

Our House /
Tom Dekyvere -- Belgium

The Toronto Light Festival brings a lighter feeling to the city during these winter months. The art installations come from local and international artists and are meant to be fun and accessible to the general public. Art and light installations of various sizes and materials fill the area and can even be found within some of the old Victorian industrial buildings.

Run Beyond /
Angelo Bonello -- Italy

One of the standout pieces from last year was Run Beyond by Angelo Bonello of Italy, a large-scale installation spanning the rooftops of two buildings. Running in sequence, an LED figure can be seen making the leap between the two buildings.

The Toronto Light Festival is great for families, couples, and even groups of friends. It runs from January to March and is open every day starting at sundown, plus it’s free to enjoy and very Instagram-worthy. Tag your photos with #TOLightFest to share online.

For more information, visit the official website for the Toronto Light Festival.

Digital Origami Tigers /
LAVA -- Australia
The Uniting Lightstar /
Venividimultiplex -- The Netherlands

About the Author

Arienne Parzei is a travel writer, videographer and photographer from Toronto, Canada. Her insatiable curiosity for learning about different cultures first-hand has led her to some amazing destinations and experiences, including climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, living in South Korea for two years, and backpacking for eight months through China, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Open to trying just about anything, she shares her adventure activities and cultural experiences on her website,, and hopes to inspire you in the process.

All photos and video by Arienne Parzei.