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The holiday season kicks off in Toronto with The Cavalcade of Lights at the Nathan Phillips Square, one of the favorite local traditions, when thousands of people gather to see the lighting of Toronto’s official Christmas Tree, listen to live music and skate on the illuminated rink. The evening ends with a spectacular firework display.
The Cavalcade of Lights has been an annual event since 1967. It is usually held during the last week of November. The show features 525,000 glittering LED lights and one big sparkling Christmas tree. Initially, the Cavalcade of Lights was a one-night event, but since 2002 it has been extended to a month-long exhibit at the Nathan Phillips Square. The lights stay on every night until 11 pm.
The Cavalcade of Lights usually features Canadian and international headliners performing live on the stage. In the past, it hosted Serena Ryder, DJ Denise Benson, DJ Tony Sutherland, Andrew Craig, Toya Alexis, Maestro Fresh Wes, Kardinal Offishall, and Shad. The Cavalcade of Lights 2016 was headlined by Gordon Lightfoot.