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Bright Lights, Big City

The award-winning Cavalcade of Lights illuminates the city with lighting displays in 20 neighbourhoods including Greektown, Little Italy and Chinatown. For the first time, this year, two of the city’s most notable attractions, the CN Tower and the Toronto Eaton Centre also light up.

Look way up at the CN Tower as it’s decked out in festive hues for the holiday season—it’s part of the brilliant nightly illumination of the icon with a new LED lighting system capable of millions of colours and effects. Then swing by the tower’s WinterLights Gardens, where a path of decorated trees provides a sparkling walkway to the pièce de résistance, a stunning 40-foot-tall white spruce.

Neighbourhoods flick the switch on November 17 as a prelude to the official kick-off on November 24 at Nathan Phillips Square (Queen and Bay streets), when this premier display is lit to live music and a spectacular fireworks show. Renowned Toronto-based designer Brian Gluckstein planned the more than 300,000 lights that festoon the square—the first time a Canadian has been bestowed this honour! Call 416-338-0338 for more details on this free event.

TIP! The most convenient way to take in all the neighbourhood displays is on the popular Cavalcade of Lights bus tour ($20). Every Friday and Saturday during the event, a 90-minute tour departs at 6 and 8 p.m. from Nathan Phillips Square.

Web Exclusive! For more festive fun to have this season, see 10 Holiday Happenings.—Linda Luong

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