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November 1, 2016
Cavalcade of Lights event at Nathan Phillips Square on November 26 to mark the start of Toronto's holiday season
The 50th annual Cavalcade of Lights presented by Great Gulf on Saturday, November 26 will mark the official start of the holiday season in Toronto.

This beloved Toronto tradition features the first lighting of Toronto's official 18-metre (60-foot) Christmas tree, sponsored by Hudson's Bay, along with live performances, a skating party and spectacular fireworks. This event brings thousands of people together in Nathan Phillips Square each year under the sparkle of more than 525,000 energy-efficient lights provided by Toronto Hydro.

Cavalcade of Lights will kick off at 7 p.m. with internationally renowned, Toronto-based singing group Choir! Choir! Choir!, followed by performances sponsored by Great Gulf, featuring the smooth and soulful sounds of Don Amero, YouTube R&B sensation Dan Talevski and captivating world music from JUNO-award-winning artist Kiran Ahluwalia. These performers will be accompanied by the Cavalcade Orchestra led by musical director Cris Derksen and including Chippewa Travellers, Raven Kanatakta, Megan Hodge and Dr. Draw.

A dazzling fireworks display will begin at about 8:30 p.m., then the evening will continue with a concert by Whitehorse – the JUNO-award-winning husband-and-wife folk-rock duo – and end with a skating party featuring DJ General Eclectic.

The Christmas tree is scheduled to arrive at Nathan Phillips Square on Saturday, November 5 at 9 a.m. It will be decorated and adorned with more than 700 individual ornaments and 3,810 metres of LED lights to be ready in time for the first lighting on November 26.

The complete event schedule is available at

Cavalcade of Lights is committed to creating an accessible event. An accessible section and ASL interpreter will be onsite for all to enjoy this special evening.

High-resolution images are available at

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