The Official Start of the Toronto Holiday Season
49th Annual Cavalcade of Lights
Nathan Phillips Square
November 28th, 6 pm
Like many people, the holidays are our favorite time of year, with festive events across town starting in early November. But they all lead up to this – the Cavalcade of Lights, now in its unforgettable 49th year. No other annual tradition embodies the holidays in Toronto quite like this, as ice skaters swirl under the stars, live music plays, fireworks blast, and the towering tree in Nathan Phillips Square is first set aglow for the season with a rainbow of over 525,000 LED lights.
An Evening of Memories in the Making
There's a reason this tradition has lasted nearly 50 years, and that's because it's so much fun for everyone! Kids love the Frozen-themed ice skating party that kciks things off, while the whole family "oohs" and "ahhs" to the aerial circus stunts, fire juggling, and fireworks so bright Santa can see them in the North Pole. To help plan your night, here's a helpful schedule of what's happening when:
- 6 pm – Skating Party with the music of
- 6:05 & 6:25 pm – FireGuy – Jaw-dropping light show, fire juggling and swallowing.
- 6:20 pm – Zero Gravity Circus – Aerial stunts with hoops and contortion.
- 6:45 pm – Audience Sing-Along with Toronto Children's Chorus.
- 7 pm – The Nathaniel Dett Chorale group performance.
- 7:15 pm – First Lighting of Toronto's Official Christmas Tree
- 7:25 pm – Live Music – Crystal Shawanda, Beverley Mahood, Sean Jones, Sekou Lumumba
- 8:15 pm – FIREWORKS!!!
- 8:30 pm – Sloan – Live Canadian rock band.
- 9:20-10:30 pm – Skating Party with DJ Serious
- 9:30 & 10:15 pm – FireGuy
- 10 pm – Zero Gravity Circus