News Release
December 8, 2021

Today, Mayor John Tory announced that the City of Toronto will ring in 2022 with a New Year’s Eve fireworks show across the waterfront.

There will be a 10-minute, high-altitude fireworks display launching simultaneously at midnight across Toronto’s waterfront, viewable from Etobicoke to Scarborough — anywhere across the city with views of Lake Ontario.

The unprecedented fireworks display marks the beginning of 2022 – a year in which Toronto’s progress bringing the pandemic to an end will continue and the city will come back stronger than ever.

Ahead of the display on Friday, December 31, the City will have a livestream from the CN Tower with a mix of live and pre-recorded performances from iconic Toronto music and performing arts venues.

The free, livestreamed broadcast will be available on the City’s CultureTO YouTube channel

The City’s New Year’s Eve programming is designed with guidance from Toronto Public Health to provide a safe environment for anyone participating.

Artist lineup and partner venue details will be announced on Tuesday, December 21 here

This year’s New Year’s Eve event will be different from previous years and will not be anchored at Nathan Phillips Square.

The 2021 Cavalcade of Lights continues with a month-long display of enhanced lighting installations, décor and the City’s 17.67-metre (58-foot) Christmas tree at Nathan Phillips Square for the public to enjoy until Friday, January 7. At Nathan Phillips Square, the public can also explore tunnels made from thousands of energy-efficient bulbs, discover glowing ice sculptures in an enchanted forest, an LED light show on City Hall and public ice skating.

Skating and ice sculptures are weather-dependent, and access to light tunnels may be limited after a heavy snowfall, but are still available for viewing and photos.

This year, local Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) across the city are participating in Cavalcade of Lights to bring the magic of the holiday season to other neighbourhoods. The public can experience cultural seasonal events and animated lighting displays, while supporting local shops and restaurants.

Discover holiday lights and activities in neighbourhoods across the city with the ShowLoveTO Urban Game. Presented by the City and powered by Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA), the ShowLoveTO Urban Game encourages players to use their mobile devices to find 25 illuminated, six-foot, three-dimensional heart installations located throughout the city, while solving clues for a chance to win great prizes. This family-friendly game can be played until Sunday, December 19 and offers an opportunity to explore the city and support local businesses. Information on how to play is available here

The New Year’s Eve celebration and the extension of the Cavalcade of Lights program are in partnership with ShowLoveTO and are funded in part by the Government of Canada through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) and the Government of Ontario. The City is thankful for the support from official lighting sponsor, Toronto Hydro.

High-resolution images of this year’s Cavalcade of Lights are available on Flickr . Cavalcade of Lights details are available here


“After an unprecedented two years confronting the COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to celebrate Toronto in the biggest way possible and the beginning of a new year where our city will come back stronger than ever. I hope people enjoy the fireworks that will span the waterfront from Etobicoke to Scarborough and log onto the New Year’s Eve broadcast hosted from the CN Tower.”

– Mayor John Tory

“This year’s Cavalcade of Lights is a magical, month-long public celebration that people can experience at Nathan Phillips Square from now to January 7. I also encourage everyone to try the new ShowLoveTO Urban Game to explore the city.  Get out and visit Toronto’s vibrant communities this holiday season, and while there, support local businesses.”

– Deputy Mayor Michael Thompson (Scarborough Centre), Chair, Economic and Community Development Committee

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