Toronto’s Cavalcade of Lights to illuminate Nathan Phillips Square Saturday evening

The City of Toronto will kick off the start of the holiday season Saturday evening as its Cavalcade of Lights display gets underway at Nathan Phillips Square.

The event will be marked by the first lighting of the City’s 58-foot Christmas tree at 5:15 p.m. as well as a DJ skating party, and live entertainment.

Guests can also experience tunnels made from thousands of energy-efficient bulbs or glowing ice sculptures in an enchanted forest all while beams of light animate City Hall.

Performances at this year’s event include one by Montreal-based Le Patin Libre, featuring national ice-skating champions and world bronze medalists Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier. A Bollywood dance by Kanushree Jain and a lantern installation by Muse Arts will also be featured.

Nathan Phillips Square is home to one of 38 locations open to skaters looking to get some ice time in the city as of today, weather permitting. The remaining 13 outdoor rinks will open on Dec. 4.

There are some road closures in effect as a result of Saturday’s event, including:

  • Bay St. from Dundas St. to Queen St. W.
  • James St. from Queen St. to Albert St.
  • Albert St. from James St. to Bay St.
  • Elizabeth St. from Foster Pl. to Hagerman St.
  • Hagerman St. from Elizabeth St. to Bay St.

The event was developed with guidance from Toronto Public health. As such, the city recommends that guests keep a two metre distance from people they don’t live with as much as possible.

“Provincial regulations require mask wearing at outdoor events when physical distancing is not possible. If you are sick or have cold or flu-like symptoms, please stay at home and seek testing,” the city said in a news release.

Festivities for this year’s event begin at 3 p.m. and end at 11 p.m. The month-long event runs until January 2.

This year’s celebration will not include a fireworks display. Those unable to catch the event in person can watch the live stream here.

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