Cavalcade of Lights

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Event date November 2019 (dates to be announced) LocationNathan Phillips Square Official website Official website

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

Fireworks explode over Toronto City Hall during Cavalcade of Lights.

Launch the Holiday Season in Style!

This festive event, a Toronto tradition for nearly 50 years, features the illumination of Toronto’s official Christmas tree, performances by some of Canada’s top musical talent, a brilliant fireworks show and a DJ skating party – all in the heart of the city at Nathan Phillips Square.

The 2018 event features:

  • Skating Party with DJ Sean Sax, 6 p.m. Spinning hip hop and funk classics, this veteran DJ has been a prominent fixture in Toronto’s music scene for more than 25 years.
  • Tanika Charles, 6:50 p.m. A Polaris Music Prize and 2017 Juno R&B/Soul Recording of the Year-nominee, Charles is a staple on the Canadian soul scene.
  • Tami Neilson, 7:40 p.m. Renowned for her powerhouse vocals and soulful voice, Neilson’s music is straight from the golden age of country and rockabilly.
  • Illuminair, 8:25 p.m. Toronto’s acclaimed circus performance troupe is known for its breathtaking shows using fire and light.
  • Fireworks display, 8:35 p.m.
  • Concert featuring Kobo Town 8:40 p.m. These Toronto favourites, and 2018 Juno Award World Music Album of the Year winners, are known for their distinct calypso-inspired sound mixed with dancehall reggae and trombone-heavy brass.
  • Skating Party with DJ Dre Ngozi, 9:40 p.m. Her work is fueled by a mash-up of sounds, a true reflection of Dre Ngozi’s nomadic spirit.

Don’t worry if you miss the kick-off event, the 525,000 lights and beautiful 60-foot Christmas tree will be twinkling away every evening all through the holiday season.