Toronto's Holiday Season Begins with the Cavalcade of Lights Celebration at Nathan Phillips Square

The 49th annual Cavalcade of Lights presented by Great Gulf on Saturday, November 28 will mark the official start of the holiday season in Toronto.This Toronto tradition features the first lighting of Toronto's official 18-metre (60-foot) Christmas tree, sponsored by Edward Jones, along with live performances, skating parties and fireworks. Thousands of people are expected to attend the celebration in Nathan Phillips Square amidst the glow of more than 525,000 lights provided by Toronto Hydro.The Christmas tree will arrive at Nathan Phillips Square on Saturday, November 7 at 9 a.m. The tree will be decorated and adorned with about 700 individual ornaments and 3,810 metres of LED lights over the next few weeks in time for the first lighting on November 28.The Cavalcade of Lights celebration will kick off at 6 p.m. with a skating party featuring Disney® Frozen music and an audience sing-a-long of "Let It Go" with the impressive Toronto Children's Chorus. Following will be concert performances sponsored by Great Gulf, including internationally-renowned Afrocentric ensemble Nathaniel Dett Chorale; JUNO Award winning country, roots and blues artist Crystal Shawanda; popular country singer-songwriter Beverley Mahood; and Toronto's own soulful Sean Jones.A stunning fireworks display, sponsored by TekSavvy, will begin at about 8:15 p.m.A concert from iconic rock/power pop quartet Sloan and a skating party with DJ Serious will end the magical evening. The complete event schedule is available at http://www.toronto.ca/cavalcade.

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