Media Advisory
November 24, 2023

Tomorrow, the 57th annual Cavalcade of Lights presented by Desjardins Group will illuminate Nathan Phillips Square. It will feature a joyous opening night celebration with free entertainment, live performances and art installations representing more than 15 communities and cultures with inspiration from Christmas, winter solstice and lantern festivals from around the world. The official lighting ceremony will take place at 6:30 p.m.

Date: Saturday, November 25
Time: 3 to 11 p.m.
Location: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. W.

Note: Media access to the upper walkway for photos is available via the staircase at the northeast corner of Nathan Phillips Square. Broadcast media crews are advised to arrive early for setup. For assistance with production needs or spokesperson interviews, media are asked to email or call 437-236-6742.

At 6:30 p.m, Mayor Olivia Chow will be on stage with Deputy Mayor Ausma Malik (Spadina-Fort York), Councillor Anthony Peruzza (Humber River-Black Creek), Councillor Paul Ainslie (Scarborough-Guildwood) and Benaaz Irani, Senior Vice-President, Desjardins Agent Network.

Highlights include:

  • 3:00 p.m.: Welcome and blessing by Indigenous Elder Cat Criger
  • 3:30 p.m.: Performance by the Toronto Chinese Orchestra
  • 5:00 p.m.: Skating showcase with Team Trinity featuring Olympian and two-time National Champion, Madeline Schizas
  • 6:30 p.m.: Official lighting ceremony for the Christmas Tree and Nathan Phillips Square
  • 7:00 p.m.: Fire performance by Hoop You with music by Zaki Ibrahim
  • 9:00 p.m.: Folk dances combined with western street dance by T.S.D. Crew from Taiwan.

Cavalcade of Lights will continue until Sunday, January 7, 2024. Full program details and road closure information is available on the Cavalcade of Lights webpage:

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