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Guide to Visiting the Toronto Cavalcade of Lights


Guide to Visiting the Toronto Cavalcade of Lights

Weather permitting, free ice skating is offered daily from 10 am to 10 pm by mid-November.

Photo Courtesy City of Toronto

Overview of the Toronto Cavalcade of Lights:

For more almost 50 years, Toronto has kicked of the holiday season with Cavalcade of Lights, a festive evening at City Hall that features the illumination of Toronto’s official Christmas tree, performances by top Canadian musical talent, a spectacular fireworks show and skating party at Nathan Phillips Square.

Live music is varied and includes rock, jazz, soul and gospel performances by big-name Canadian musical artists.

Cost: Cavalcade of Lights is free

When: End of November (November 30, 2013).

Time: Festivities begin at 7 pm when musicians hit the stage; tree is lit shortly before the fireworks, which begin at 8 pm; concert continues at 8:15 and ice skating opens up to all.

Where: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen St. W., between University and Yonge.

Getting There: Easily accessed by the TTC Queen street car (501), or the Yonge Line subway (exit Queen station) or the University line (exit Osgoode Station).

Car parking is available in the underground parking garage at Nathan Phillips Square as well as metered parking on University Avenue which is just a couple of blocks west of Nathan Phillips Square.

Nathan Phillips Square is wheelchair and scooter accessible.

Good to Know: Dress warmer than you think. Chances are the temperature will be below freezing.

Where to Stay: Several hotels, including the Sheraton, the Hilton and the Delta Chelsea, are within a 10 minute walk of Nathan Phillips Square.

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Free Ice Skating at Nathan Phillips Square:

Skate under the holiday lights at Nathan Phillips Square’s famous outdoor ice rink.

Weather permitting, the rink is usually open daily from 10 am to 10 pm by mid-November.

Call the Rink Hotline: 416-338-RINK (7465) for details. Please note that all children under age 6 need a CSA approved helmet before going on the ice.

Skate rentals and indoor change rooms are available to visitors. For skate rental info call: 416-368-8802.

Visit the Cavalcade of Lights website


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