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Nathan Phillips Square, November 30 from 7 – 10:30 p.m.

On November 30, 2019 the Cavalcade of Lights event will mark the official start to the holiday season in Toronto. The 53rd annual celebration will feature the first lighting of Toronto’s 50-foot (15-metre) Christmas tree, live musical performances, circus arts, a skating party and a spectacular fireworks display.


6:30 p.m. Pre-Show Skating Party with DJ MelBoogie sponsored by Tim Hortons | Award-winning pioneer of Canadian hip hop, DJ MelBoogie has opened for Lauryn Hill, Busta Rhymes, Major Lazer, and more.


DJ MelBoogie performing at an event
DJ MelBoogie

7:20 p.m. Traditional Welcome by Elder Garry Sault | The Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation is a thriving and vibrant community, bursting with people reaching for their roots as well as the future as they prepare to teach the next seven generations it’s history and culture.

7:30 p.m. Performance by Riit | From majestic Nunavut, Riit is a new artist making space in the electropop world with Inuktitut lyrics and deep rhythmic vocals layered over gemological synth cuts and sticky, staticky electronic textures.

Nunavut musician Riit

8:10 p.m. First Lighting of Toronto’s Official Christmas Tree | Powered by Official Lights Sponsor, Toronto Hydro.

8:35 p.m. Concert by Lemon Bucket Orkestra sponsored by Great Gulf | Toronto’s original guerrilla-folk party-punk massive has been heralded worldwide as a ground breaking, genre-bending phenomenon. Equal parts exhilarating precision and reckless abandon, LBO’s live shows are a truly immersive experience.

Toronto based band Lemon Bucket Orkestra
Lemon Bucket Orkestra | Photo Credit: Carlos Garete

9:30 p.m. Fireworks sponsored by Toronto Real Estate Board | Spectacular fireworks display from the towers of Toronto City Hall by leading pyrotechnic specialists Group Fiatlux-Ampleman.

9:35 p.m. Skating Party with DJ MelBoogie sponsored by Tim Hortons | Award-winning pioneer of Canadian hip hop, DJ MelBoogie has opened for Lauryn Hill, Busta Rhymes, Major Lazer, and more.

6:30, 7:45 & 9:35 p.m. Performance Les Oiseaux (The Birds) by les Chasseurs de rêves | Spectacular, life-like large wooden bird puppets manipulated by stilt-walking knights.


DJ MelBoogie performing at an event
Les Chasseurs de Rêves

8:20, 9 & 10:10 p.m. The Queen by Creations In Vivo | Eccentric characters mesmerize audiences as they sway back and forth, plunging towards the ground before regrouping high up in the air. Join The Queen for a journey of discovery, freedom and magical movements.


Creations in Vivo artist performing on high sway poles with a view of Ottawa Parliament in the background.
Creations In Vivo

The City of Toronto has taken care to minimize barriers and welcome all residents and visitors to the Cavalcade of Lights event. Please review details below regarding the accessibility features. For accommodation requests, please email spevprog@toronto.ca.

American Sign Language (ASL)
Will be provided on the Main Stage at the event for interpretation of hosting dialogue and event announcements.

Dedicated Accessible Viewing Area
An accessible viewing area will be available at the event for people with disabilities and their support persons and service animals. Volunteer staff will be available to provide assistance, if required. There will be three accessible viewing areas located on Nathan Phillips Square, wheelchair and standing areas will be located at the northeast corner of the main stage and beside The Archer sculpture. An accessible viewing area with seating will be available on the Concessions Roof accessible by elevator.

CART Services for Described Video
Speech to text translation will be provided to large format video screens.

Accessible Parking
Paid parking is available. Nathan Phillips Square is accessible by elevator from the parking garage. For parking rates visit Green P Parking. Carefully review event road closures ahead of event.

Wheel Trans Pick-up and Drop-off locations
Southwest corner of Chestnut Street and Armoury Street.

For information about accessible subway stations visit the TTC website.

Nathan Phillips Square is located at 100 Queen Street W. and is easily accessible via public transportation.

Due to event road closures streetcars will be diverting in this area. Visit the TTC website for further information on how to get to this event.

Line 1 Yonge-University exiting at Queen Station.
Line 1 Yonge-University exiting at Osgoode Station.

GO Transit
From Union Station, walk north via Bay Street to Queen Street and arrive at Nathan Phillips Square.

Public transportation is encouraged due to road closures and the large volume of visitors who attend Cavalcade of Lights. The following streets will be closed from 4 to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 30:

  • Elizabeth Street from Foster Place to Hagerman Street
  • Hagerman Street from Elizabeth Street to Bay Street
  • Bay Street from Dundas Street West to Richmond Street West
  • Queen Street from Yonge Street to University Avenue
  • York Street from Queen Street West to Richmond Street West
  • Albert Street from James Street to Bay Street
  • James Street from Queen Street West to Albert Street

Parking is available in the City Hall parking garage and at the nearest Green P locations.


Cavalcade of Lights is supported by:

Cavalcade of Lights corporate sponsor Great Gulf company logo
Black and white logo of Tim Hortons
Cavalcade of Lights sponsor Toronto Hydro
Black and white logo of Toronto Real Estate Board


Cavalcade of Lights media sponsor CityTV company logo
Cavalcade of Lights media sponsor OMNI company logo
Cavalcade of Lights media sponsor CHUM 104.5 company logo
Cavalcade of Lights media sponsor Toronto Star company logo