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October 29, 2001
Toronto's Tree of Light at the Cavalcade of Lights: thousands of lights and hundreds of messages for the world.
Toronto Special Events - For the 2001 festive season, the City of
Toronto's giant Official Christmas Tree, the Tree of Light, will feature a
spectacular tree top ornament created by local artist Andrejs Ritins. The
dramatic ornament will hold messages of hope for the world, written by children
from Wilkinson Junior Public School. The Tree of Light is sponsored by Hydro
One and will stand in Nathan Phillips Square from November 30 through the New

The Tree of Light is a unique and timely project, offering visitors to Nathan
Phillips Square an opportunity to reflect while enjoying a wonderful Toronto
holiday tradition which spans more than three decades.

The ornament, tree, and entire surrounding civic square will be illuminated in
a dazzling display of 100,000 lights on November 30 at 6:30 p.m. as part of
Cavalcade of Lights presented by Scotiabank.

Tree of Light Schedule:
  • Tree Delivery to Nathan Phillips Square: Saturday, November 17, 2001
  • Ornament Unveiling and Message Encapsulation: Monday, November 26, 2001
  • illumination of Tree and Ornament: November 30, 2001
For the past 35
years Cavalcade of Lights has kicked-off the holiday season in downtown Toronto
with a dazzling ice show and the lighting of Toronto's Official Christmas Tree
and the surrounding civic square with 100,000 festive lights. The 2001 event
scheduled for Friday, November 30, 5:30 - 11:00 p.m. at Nathan Phillips Square
promises to be the most spectacular event in Cavalcade history with the launch
of a new festival format, including a full evening of live music and
illuminated street theatre, plus the addition of the Walt Disney World
Fireworks Spectacular.

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

For more information on this or other Toronto Special Events, call our Hotline
at 416-395-7350 or visit a/special_events

Media Contact
Kimberly Bain
Toronto Special Events



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