Spotted: A Cavalcade of Lights at Nathan Phillips Square
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Spotted: A Cavalcade of Lights at Nathan Phillips Square

A very large Christmas tree was lighted, fireworks were set off, revellers revelled: the holiday season has now officially begun.

SPOTTED BY: d_pham, from the Torontoist Flickr pool.

WHERE: Nathan Phillips Square

WHEN: Saturday, November 29, starting at 7 p.m.

WHAT: The 48th annual Cavalcade of Lights, which officially kicks off the festive season in Toronto. Thousands turned up to watch the lighting of the City’s very own Christmas tree (which, as is only proper for the official Christmas tree of a whole entire city, is quite substantial at 18 metres tall); take in some spectacular, holiday-season-kicking-off fireworks; enjoy performances from musicians such as Maestro Fresh Wes, Kardinal Offishall, and Shad; and participate in a public skating party.

And here’s a photo of the tree itself, a massive white spruce that, for many of us, serves as a massive white-sprucey reminder of all the ways we have not yet prepared for the holiday season.