Toronto’s annual holiday tradition

KATHLEEN LIANG

November 2, 2015

Every year at the end of November, the lighting of the Christmas tree in Nathan Phillips Square marks the beginning of the holiday season. December is approaching and so is winter. So celebrate the new season and the upcoming holidays by attending the Cavalcade of Lights. This year, it will be taking place on Saturday, November 28th starting from 6 pm. With lots to see and do, this event is bound to kick start your holiday spirit. Plus, it’s free!

The 49th Cavalcade of Lights marks the official lighting of the Christmas tree in Toronto. Alongside that, there will be musical performances and fireworks, including music from DJ Serious and the Nathaniel Dett Chorale. While listening to music, one can also skate around a festively decorated rink. If you are a fan of Disney, there will be music from Frozen to accompany the skating. Otherwise, you can enjoy the many different genres of music that will be played by the musicians afterwards. The skating rink is open throughout the winter, and it can be a fun leisure activity throughout the season. Skates are available for rent.

An interesting fact about the huge Christmas tree is that it is more than 60 feet tall with thousands of lights and hundreds of ornaments. It takes weeks to prepare the tree so that it is in prime shape. To be energy-efficient, LED lights are used. The tree is lit in the evenings throughout December.

The Cavalcade of Lights is definitely an event you should check out this winter. With an abundance of musicians of different genres, there is something for everyone. Spend time skating with your friends and marvel at the firework show that will take place. Come see for yourself, and celebrate the season of giving!