Glittering Lights, Live Music, Skating & Winter Fireworks
November 24, 2018

This holiday tradition features the first illumination of Toronto’s Official Christmas Tree, spectacular fireworks, a skating party, and performances by some of Canada’s top musical talent.

6 pm – Skating party with DJ Sean Sax and fire and light performances by Illuminair, sponsored by Tim Hortons | Hip-hop veteran Sean Sax has been involved in Toronto’s Black music scene for over 25 years and has spun alongside some of today’s most respected deejays.
Black and white photograph of Sean Sax
DJ Sean Sax

6:50 pm – Supercharged soul from Tanika Charles | Polaris Music Prize and 2017 Juno R&B/Soul Recording of the Year-nominee, Tanika Charles is a staple in the Canadian soul scene. She is a commanding performer and band leader presenting a selection of songs from her debut full-length album, Soul Run.
Black and white picture of Tanika Charles
Tanika Charles

7:30 pm – First lighting of Toronto’s Official Christmas Tree, powered by Official Lights Sponsor, Toronto Hydro.

7:40 pm – Red-hot swing and seasonal songs by Tami Neilson | Canadian-born, New Zealand-based country and soul singer/songwriter, Tami Neilson is known for her powerhouse vocals and soulful voice straight from the golden age of country and rockabilly music.
Photograph of Tami Neilson with a red backdrop
Tami Neilson

8:25 pm – Breathtaking circus entertainment using fire and light by Illuminair | Toronto’s most acclaimed, internationally travelled, bespoke circus company.
Photograph of the Illuminair Group posing

8:35 pm – Fireworks display.

8:40 pm – Concert by Kobo Town, sponsored by Great Gulf | Founded and fronted by émigré Trinidadian songwriter Drew Gonsalves, the 2018 Juno Award World Music Album of the Year-winner Kobo Town presents their distinct calypso-inspired sound mixed with dancehall reggae and trombone-heavy brass.
Photograph of Kobotown sitting with a guitar
Kobo Town

9:40 pm – Skating party with DJ Dre Ngozi accompanied by Illuminair, sponsored by Tim Hortons. | Spinning everything from classic hip-hop and R&B to island sounds and Afrobeats, Dre Ngozi’s work is fueled by a mash-up of sounds, a true reflection of her nomadic spirit.

Skating at the Nathan Phillips Square ice rink continues all season long. Skate rentals are available on-site.

Black and white photograph of Dre Ngozi
DJ Dre Ngozi

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

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.

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 Osgood 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 that attend Cavalcade of Lights. The following streets will be closed from 4 to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 24:

  • 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

Parking is available in the City Hall parking garage as well as street parking on University Avenue.

Cavalcade of Lights is supported by:

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


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