Preparations are underway for Toronto’s annual holiday event, the Cavalcade of Lights. Watch as the city’s stunning Christmas tree lights up the night sky, illuminating Nathan Phillips Square this Saturday.

The beloved Cavalcade of Lights will take over Nathan Phillips Square on November 26 with an opening night celebration from 3:00 PM to 11:00 PM.

This is when our big and tall Christmas tree will shine bright as the official tree lighting ceremony will take place later in the evening. You can expect special performances around Nathan Phillips Square and the skating rink open to all.

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Here’s a timeline of events kicking off on Saturday at the square:

  • 3:00 PM – Welcome with local Indigenous Elder
  • 4:00 PM – Nirkoda Israeli Dancers of Toronto
  • 5:00 PM – Traditional Latin American music and dance by Tocani
  • 6:00 PM – Abenaki & Franco-Ontarian folk music by Mimi O’Bonsawin
  • 7:45 PM – Electronic QuĂ©bĂ©cois music by MĂ©lisande [Ă©lectrotrad]
  • 8:30 PM –  Christmas Tree & Nathan Phillips Square lighting ceremony
  • 9:30 PM – Contemporary African dance music by 10-piece Asiko Afrobeat Ensemble

The beloved event kicks off Toronto’s holiday season, lasting until January 7. This year’s festivities are inspired by international lantern, fire, and light festivals. It’s set to transform City Hall into a spectacular wonderland every night.

Cavalcade of Lights – Tree lighting ceremony

When: November 26th
Where: Nathan Phillips Square