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Hot Date: Holiday Beacon at City Hall

NOVEMBER 26 Even after 44 years, the lighting of Toronto’s official Christmas tree never gets old. The bulbs on the tree have evolved since the first shining spectacle in 1967—it now features thousands of energy-efficient LEDs—but the reason for the illumination remains the same: to mark the beginning of the holiday season. This festive event known as the Cavalcade of Lights also features a live concert and a dazzling fireworks display. And don’t forget to bring your skates and glide around the ice rink. Nathan Phillips Square, 7 p.m., free admission; call 311 (within the city) or visit here for more information.

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