The Cavalcade of Lights

Cavalcade of Light
Cavalcade of Lights
Nathan Phillips Square
100 Queen Street West
When: Late Nov – Dec
416-338-0338


The Cavalcade of Lights was created in 1967 to showcase Toronto’s newly constructed City Hall and Nathan Phillips Square. The festival is a month long holiday celebration that traditionally falls on the final weekend of November to kick-off the holiday season and runs through to December.


When the event was first introduced, it was only a one day gathering. Since 2002, the Cavalcade of Lights has turned into a month long festival starting with the official illumination of the Square and giant Christmas tree with over 300,000 festive lights!

Along with the lightning of Toronto?s official Christmas tree, the Cavalcade of Lights festival also offers, fireworks, live musical performances and Saturday night skating parties to live music at Nathan Phillips Square’s famous outdoor rink.

Beyond Nathan Phillips Square, the Cavalcade of Lights festival spans city wide, illuminating neighbourhoods and tourist attractions across Toronto.

Cavalcade of Lights Hours

Starting from the final weekend of November to and through to December, the festivals peak hours are Saturdays at 7:00pm when all the live musical performance, fireworks and skating parties start.

Directions and Map to the Cavalcade of Lights

By Car

From the Don Valley Parkway (DVP): Head south on the DVP, take the Richmond St exit, merge onto Eastern Ave and make a slight right keeping to Richmond St. Make a right on Power St and a left on Queen St. Nathan Phillips Square will be on your right hand side once you pass Yonge St.

From QEW / Gardiner Expressway:  Head East on QEW which turns into the Gardiner Expy, Take the Spadina Ave exit, Turn left at Spadina Ave, Turn right at Queen St W, Nathan Phillips Square will be on your left hand side once you pass York St and just before Bay St.

By Public Transit

Nathan Phillips Square is located just west of Queen Subway Station. Take the Yonge (Yellow line) to Queen Station.

Map of Cavalcade of Lights Location

Video of Cavalcade of Lights

Contact Cavalcade of Lights

Email: accesstoronto at toronto.ca
Tel:  416-338-0338

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