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October 29, 2009
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 in anticipation of the 43rd annual Cavalcade of Lights presented by Scotiabank.

The tree is a 68-year old white spruce near the end of its natural lifespan. A full height it will stand over 18 metres high and will arrive on a 16 metre flatbed trailer, lifted into place by a 25 tonne 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, October 31
Time: Tree arrives between 8 a.m. - 9 a.m., lifting and assembly from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: City Hall, Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. W.

Neil Weller, Weller Tree Service Ltd. of Keswick, Ontario is choosing and delivering the tree and will be onsite 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 28 - December 31, 2009. For more information about Cavalcade of Lights the public can call 311 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. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. 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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