A much-anticipated annual event, on until January 7, at Nathan Phillips Square. The 57th annual Cavalcade of Lights, presented by Desjardins Group.
The event showcases a 16.75-metre (55-foot) majestic white spruce tree grown in Baldwin, Ontario, adorned with over 500 ornaments, creating a dazzling spectacle throughout the holiday season. With sustainability in mind, after the holiday, the tree will be recycled into mulch for spring tree planting.
The opening night on November 25 featured an array of free special programming from 3 to 11 p.m., including skating presentations, art installations, food vendors, and live performances. The ceremonial countdown to the tree lighting, sponsored by Toronto Hydro, was a highlight of the evening, taking place at 6:30 p.m. at Nathan Phillips Square.
In addition to the tree lighting, the square was set aglow with 300,000 energy-efficient twinkling lights, interactive displays, and festive décor surrounding the iconic public skating rink. The event was inspired by various international celebrations, including Christmas, the winter solstice, and lantern festivals, transforming Toronto City Hall into a downtown winter wonderland.
The entertainment lineup was diverse, reflecting Toronto’s multicultural community. It included performances by the Toronto Chinese Orchestra, a skating showcase by Team Trinity featuring Olympian and two-time Canadian Champion Madeline Schizas, and a fire performance by Hoop You with music by Zaki Ibrahim. Other highlights included performances by Banda do Senhor Santo Cristo of Toronto, R&B, soul, and jazz artist Zaki Ibrahim, folk band Polky, and the T.S.D. Crew from Taiwan showcases a mix of folk dances and western street dance.
Cavalcade of Lights continues to delight visitors until January 7, 2024, offering a unique experience that combines traditional holiday charm with a modern, multicultural twist. This event is a testament to Toronto’s status as a diverse and vibrant city, celebrated through light, music, and community spirit.
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