November 26 to January 7

Experience the magic of the holiday season with the much-loved Cavalcade of Lights presented by Desjardins Financial Group at Nathan Phillips Square. Inspired by international lantern, fire and light festivals, this year’s festivities will transform City Hall and its surrounds into a dazzling wonderland each night until 10 p.m.

Enjoy the glittering tree, participate in public skating and bask in the glow of thousands of energy-efficient bulbs as they adorn the heart of downtown Toronto.

Make memories to last a lifetime and share the magic with loved ones using #CavalcadeOfLights.

Lunar Lanterns of Indigenous Lights

South lawn by Queen St. W.

A stunning fusion of Asian traditions and Indigenous cultures, this installation draws on stories that bring us closer as a diverse community. Presented in partnership with LunarFestGTA.

Global Vision

Surrounding the Circle Stage

This work by artists Nargiza Usmanova and Maxim Zinchuk embodies the theme of immigration from Europe and Asia to North America. Each triangular prism is connected to another in some way, reinforcing the idea of the intersection of human destinies.


South of Main Stage

An interactive installation produced by Desjardins Financial Group that allows participants to explore the hidden power of their unique voices.

கோலம் (Kolam): A Parallel Coexistence

On the Main Stage

Featuring thousands of illuminated threads, this glowing mandala reflects artist Whyishnave Suthagar’s Tamil Canadian upbringing. The mandala is an ancient Hindu symbol of eternal time and hope, representing the idea of history repeating itself.

Collective Dreams

In front of City Hall main entrance

Created by Toronto locals in partnership with Muse Arts, each lantern represents the makers’ dreams and personal experiences. When placed together, they form a community that complements one another in a mosaic of unity and solidarity.

The Barricade Cover Project

Various locations across the square

Artists David Chinyama, Nancy Ospina and Lidia Barrera transform barricade covers into stunning works of art. Presented in partnership with Muse Arts.

Skate Rental

Bring your own skates or rent them onsite through Nathan Phillips Skate Rentals.


Parking is available under the square and nearby. Find Green P parking lots available during Cavalcade of Lights.


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GO Transit Weekend Passes

GO Transit passengers may take advantage of the $10 or $15 GO Transit Weekend Passes to visit Cavalcade of Lights.

Sheraton Hotel Offer

Take advantage of the Cavalcade of Cheer offer, which includes a room at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel with a view of Nathan Phillips Square + a family snack pack full of treats and a $25 food and beverage credit.

Presenting Sponsor

Green logo of Desjardins Financial Group

Christmas Tree Lighting Sponsor

Cavalcade of Lights sponsor Toronto Hydro

Hotel Sponsor

Black and white logo of Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel

Media Partners

Chum Logo in black and white
Black and white logo of Virgin Radio 99.9
Black and white logo of Toronto Star