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October 31, 2008
Toronto’s official Christmas Tree to arrive at Nathan Phillips Square
The City of Toronto’s official Christmas Tree will be delivered to Nathan Phillips Square tomorrow in preparation for the 42nd annual Cavalcade of Lights presented by Scotiabank.

The tree is a 68-year-old white spruce near the end of its natural lifespan. At full height it will stand 62 feet high. The tree will arrive on a 53-foot flatbed trailer and will be lifted into place by a 25-ton crane. It will take nine workers approximately six hours to secure the tree, where it will settle for at least four days before the decorations and lighting begins.

This is an ideal photo opportunity to capture a city tradition that kicks off the holiday season in Toronto.

Date: Saturday, November 1
Times: Tree arrives between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m.; lifting and assembly from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: City Hall, Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. W.

Neil Weller of Weller Tree Service Ltd. in Keswick, Ontario is choosing and delivering the tree and will be on-site and available for interviews.

Cavalcade of Lights is produced by the City of Toronto and sponsored by Scotiabank. A holiday tradition spanning over four decades, Toronto’s free city-wide holiday celebration offers brilliant fireworks, sparkling lighting displays, a calendar of festive concerts and events, and 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 29 to December 31.

For more information about Cavalcade of Lights, call Access Toronto at 416-338-0338 or visit

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Giannina Warren, Economic Development Culture and Tourism, 416-395-7318,



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