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September 1, 2006
Cavalcade of Lights Toronto’s City-Wide Holiday Celebration
Toronto Special Events — Cavalcade of Lights, presented by Scotiabank, Toronto’s city-wide holiday celebration returns for its 40th year with brilliant fireworks, sparkling lighting displays, a calendar of festive events and one-of-a-kind tours of some of Toronto’s most unique neighbourhoods. One of Canada’s foremost festivals of illumination, the award-winning Cavalcade of Lights captures the magic of the holiday season from November 25 – December 31, 2006.

Created in 1967 to showcase Toronto’s newly constructed City Hall and Nathan Phillips Square, Cavalcade of Lights is now a Toronto holiday tradition spanning four decades. Experience the wonder of Toronto’s Cavalcade of Lights at City Hall’s Nathan Phillips Square featuring a breath-taking display of 100,000 sparkling LED lights, the city’s magnificent Christmas tree and spectacular fireworks.

The Cavalcade of Lights First Lighting Celebration on Saturday, November 25 at 7 pm marks the premiere lighting of Toronto’s official Christmas tree. Live music will fill revelers with the spirit of the season and fireworks will illuminate Toronto City Hall. Concert and fireworks continue Saturday nights, December 2, 9 and 16 at 7 pm.

The Cavalcade of Lights festival continues to grow across the city with neighbourhood lighting displays expanding this year from 14 neighbourhoods to 21. New neighbourhoods this year include Bloorcourt Village, Bloordale Village, Corso Italia, Eglinton Way, Mimico by the Lake, Parkdale Village and St. Clair Gardens. Returning neighbourhoods include Bloor West Village, Bloor-Yorkville, Downtown Yonge, GreekTown on the Danforth, Queens Quay Harbourfront, The Junction, Kennedy Road, Korea Town, Little Italy, Old Cabbagetown, Rosedale Main Street, St. Lawrence Market Neighbourhood, The Kingsway and Yonge Lawrence Village.

Participating neighbourhoods will alight as one on Saturday, November 18, 6 p.m. one week prior to the lighting celebration on Nathan Phillips Square.

From flowing fountains of light to 10-foot illuminated angels suspended on high, these brilliant creations serve as the focal point for a one-of-a-kind Cavalcade of Lights neighbourhood bus tour. Hop-on the Cavalcade of Lights bus tour and hop-off to shop in unique neighbourhoods by day and view the beautiful LED lighting structures and designs. This hop-on, hop-off opportunity allows for a worry-free seasonal shopping excursion.

Admission to Cavalcade of Lights events at Nathan Phillips Square is FREE and getting there couldn’t be easier! Nathan Phillips Square is located at 100 Queen Street West. Take the TTC Queen Streetcar (501), the Yonge Line subway (exit Queen station) or the University Line (exit Osgoode station).

For more information on all Cavalcade of Lights events and other Toronto Special Events, call Access Toronto at 416-338-0338 or

Media Contact:
Grant Ramsay
Toronto Special Events
416 395-7318



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