Light It Up!
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Light It Up!

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Energy efficient LED lights in the sky are as enchanting and romantic as the starry nights of the countryside. Perhaps that’s a lie. Regardless, LED lighting displays have been set up in 19 neighbourhoods across the city for the 40th annual Cavalcade of Lights. Even in the less than attractive Bloordale Village, “blue and white illuminated festoons [are] suspended on light poles lining Bloor St from Lansdowne to Dufferin.” Festoons, eh?
Take the Cavalcade of Lights bus tour for an in-depth viewing of Toronto’s lighting displays. For a mere $20, the tour is “designed to make your holiday shopping a breeze” as you can have unlimited access to weekend travel on a “luxurious coach bus” that stops in several neighbourhoods around the city. Torontoist loves a good breeze. The tour would be incomplete without an expert tour guide who will tell “fascinating stories” about our fine city. There’s a choice between 2 different tours which run on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays until Dec 17. Unfortunately, the bus doesn’t stop at Honest Ed’s, which happens to be the most spectacular lighting display in the city.
A better idea would be to explore the city sans the tour bus. Use your feet to stroll the streets, bring navigation tools (a map and/or compass may come in handy), and persuade a companion to talk your ear off with fascinating stories. Spend the saved $20 on your very own energy efficient festive and frugal holiday lighting and/or red wine to keep things warm for the winter season.
The Cavalcade of Lights has been brought to you by the letter S for Scotiabank.
Photo by bugu from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.

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