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Toronto Cavalcade Of Lights 2013
Enjoy Free and Fantastic Array of Exciting Activities
Fabulous fireworks, magnificent music and dazzling lights - the annual Toronto Cavalcade of Lights features wonderful combination of these electrifying actions, right in the heart of the city centre.
The Cavalcade of Lights kick-start Toronto's festive holiday season with the sparkling illumination of Nathan Phillips Square and city's official Christmas tree in the final weekend of November.
The event offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy the festivities with friends and family.
You can enjoy live concert by top Canadian performers, traditional Christmas songs, great fireworks amazingly synchronized with the music and glowing lights.
Don't forget to bring your skate gears to enjoy ice-skating at Nathan Phillips Square's famous outdoor ice rink. Best of all, the events and activities are free for everyone.
The lighting extravaganza was initiated in 1967 to demonstrate Toronto's newly constructed City Hall and Nathan Phillips Square.
What was first started as a single day event, the Toronto Cavalcade of Lights has now become a month-long merriment featuring weekly concerts, shows, live performances and ice-skating events.
Since last few years, the Cavalcade of Lights spans city wide featuring brilliant energy-efficient LED lighting displays across more than a dozen Toronto neighbourhoods and tourist attractions.
Opening Ceremony and Main Event
In 2010, the festivities begin at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 27, with the lighting of Toronto's official giant Christmas tree, live musical performances by Divine Brown, Shawn Desman, and Sarah Slean under the direction of Wade O. Brown.
The evening celebration continues with fantastic fireworks display at 8:00 p.m., followed by a skating party celebrating 40 Years of the 'Juno Awards' featuring award winning Canadian music from the past 40 years.
So bring your family and friends and have a great time. Don't miss it!
This year the Cavalcade of Lights takes place for one night only due to renovation of the Nathan Phillips Square. However, the lighting display at Nathan Phillips Square is available from sunset to 11.00 pm throughout the holiday season.
The festival also illuminates nearly 20 Toronto neighbourhoods and tourist spots with a series of marvellous energy-efficient LED lighting displays. Many participating neighbourhoods offer visitors several activities, shopping, entertainment and refreshments.
Toronto Cavalcade Of Lights - What to Wear
Check the weather before you leave for the event. It gets very cold in late November, especially in the evening.
Layered clothing is best option for you. Put on jeans, long sleeve t-shirts or shirts, sweaters/hoodies/sweatshirts/thermal wear and warm winter jacket. Take warm hat or scarf and gloves/mittens. It is important for you to use closed-toe, waterproof footwear.
Toronto Cavalcade Of Lights 2013 - Tourist Information
Venue: The Cavalcade of Lights spans city wide, but most of the activities, including the opening events and Saturday night concerts, fireworks and ice-skating, takes place at Nathan Phillips Square.
Nathan Phillips Square - 101 Queen Street West, Toronto, M5H 2N2
Opening Event Date & Hours:
Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 7.00 pm
Transit and Driving Directions:
Nathan Phillips Square is easily accessed by the TTC Queen street car (501), the Yonge Line subway (exit Queen station) or the University line (exit Osgoode Station).
From the South or West - Follow the QEW into Toronto, where it turns into the Gardiner Expressway. Exit onto Spadina Ave. North and turn right onto Queen Street
From the East - Take Highway 401 into Toronto and exit onto the Don Valley Parkway Southbound. As you approach Downtown, this will turn into the Gardiner Expressway. Exit at Spadina Ave. North and turn right onto Queen Street
From the North - Take Highway 400 into Toronto, exiting onto Highway 401 West. Continue until you reach Highway 427 southbound. Follow Highway 427 to downtown via the QEW/Gardiner Expressway. Exit onto Spadina Ave. North and turn right onto Queen Street
Parking: Beneath Nathan Phillips Square is one of the world's largest underground parking garages, with space for 2,400 cars. Look for the 'Green P' parking signs at the entrance to the lot on Queen Street, just west of Bay. There are also several above ground parking lots within walking distance of Nathan Phillips Square.
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