November 25 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 and winter solstice celebrations, Cavalcade of Lights is a free event that transforms City Hall and its surrounds into a dazzling wonderland.

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. Bring your own skates or rent them on site.

Share the magic with loved ones using #CavalcadeOfLights.


South of Main Stage

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

Lunar Lanterns of Indigenous Lights

Around Circle Stage

Explore stories of family, nature and hope by Indigenous artists celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with this illuminating display by LunarFest GTA.

Peace & Love Lanterns

City Hall Main Entrance

Check out lanterns from Zigong in China’s Sichuan province, hand-crafted by more than 50 Zigong artisans, in partnership with Woodside Square Shopping Centre.

Decorative Banners

Various Locations

Enjoy imagery on barricade covers inspired by cultures, communities and light festivals from a diverse array of international artists, in partnership with MuseArts.

Each night during Hanukkah, one candle of the City’s official Menorah is illuminated at approximately 4 p.m.


Nathan Phillips Square 
100 Queen St. W.


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


Visit to plan your trip to Cavalcade of Lights.

GO Transit

Plan your trip to Cavalcade of Lights using GO Transit and learn more about the GO Transit Weekend Passes.

Sheraton Hotel Offer

Take advantage of the Cavalcade of Cheer Offer at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, steps from Nathan Phillips Square and with dazzling views of the festive lights. This package includes a room 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


Logo of 95 Developments
Logo of Ferrero Rocher
Black and white logo of Toronto Regional Real Estate Board
Logo of Snow T.O.

Christmas Tree Lighting Sponsor

Logo of Toronto Hydro

Hotel Sponsor

Logo of Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel

Media Partners

Logo of CHUM 104.5
Logo of CP24
Black and white logo of Toronto Star
Logo of Virgin Radio 99.9

Transportation Partners

Logo of GO Transit
Logo of TTC