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September 26, 2005
Cavalcade of Lights -- Toronto's citywide holiday celebration
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,
Toronto's Cavalcade of Lights, presented by Scotiabank, is one of Canada's
foremost festivals of illumination. Capturing the magic of the holiday season,
Cavalcade of Lights takes place from November 26 to December 31 across Toronto.

A tradition spanning close to 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 lights, the city's magnificent Christmas tree
and spectacular fireworks. The Cavalcade of Lights First Lighting celebration
on Saturday, November 26 at 7 p.m. marks the premiere lighting of Toronto's
official Christmas tree. Live entertainment will fill revelers with the spirit
of the season and fireworks will illuminate Toronto City Hall. Music and
fireworks continue Saturday nights, December 3, 10 and 17 at 7 p.m.

The Cavalcade of Lights festival goes citywide with neighbourhood lighting
displays expanding in 2005 from seven neighbourhoods to 13. Ten neighbourhoods
- GreekTown on the Danforth, Bloor-Yorkville, Downtown Yonge, The Kingsway,
Queens Quay Harbourfront, St. Lawrence Market, The Junction Gardens, Kennedy
Road, Korea Town and Rosedale Main Street - will alight as one on Saturday,
November 19 at 6 p.m. Bloor West Village and Yonge Lawrence Village will light
their displays on Thursday, November 17 at 6 p.m. and Little Italy on
Wednesday, November 16 at 6 p.m.

From flowing fountains of light to 10-foot illuminated angels suspended 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
lights by night. This hop on, hop off opportunity allows for a worry-free
seasonal shopping excursion. A weekend pass is $20.

For those making Toronto their seasonal holiday destination, the Sheraton
Centre Toronto Hotel is offering The Cavalcade of Lights Fireworks Package.
Priced from $199 CDN, the package includes overnight accommodation with a room
overlooking the lights and fireworks on Nathan Phillips Square, a buffet
breakfast for two at Bistro on Two, a complimentary Cavalcade of Lights bus
tour and complimentary parking. Call 1-888-627-7175 (ask for PKGLIGHT). Subject
to availability. Some conditions apply.

Admission to Cavalcade of Lights events at Nathan Phillips Square is FREE and
getting there is easy. Nathan Phillips Square is located at 100 Queen St. W.
Take the TTC Queen Streetcar (501), the Yonge subway line (to Queen station) or
the University subway line (to Osgoode station). Yonge-Dundas Square is located
at 1 Dundas St. E. Take the TTC Yonge subway line (to Dundas station).

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

Media contact:

Grant Ramsay
Toronto Special Events
416 395-7318



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