Crews on manlifts putting lights up on the arches over the future skating rink
Fireworks at City Hall by Joe Hamilton
4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Red Pepper Spectacle Arts Lantern Workshop. Make paper lanterns to help illuminate Nathan Phillips Square.
6 - 7 p.m. Skating pre-party with DJ General Eclectic.
7 p.m. Audience sing-a-long with Choir! Choir! Choir! including John Lennon's Imagine with special guests, Melissa McClelland and Luke Doucet.
6 - 10:30 p.m.
7:25 p.m. First lighting of Toronto’s Official Christmas Tree sponsored by Hudson's Bay and powered by Toronto Hydro.
7:35 p.m. Cris Derksen's Cavalcade Orchestra:
8:30 p.m. Procession of Light by Red Pepper Spectacle Arts.
8:35 p.m. Spectacular fireworks display.
8:40 p.m. Whitehorse Concert sponsored by Great Gulf.
9:40 - 10:30 p.m. Skating party with DJ General Eclectic.
The focal point of the annual Cavalcade of Lights celebration is the lighting of Toronto's official Christmas tree. For 2016, the tree will be approximately 18-metres (60-feet) tall and feature around 700 individual ornaments and 3,810 metres of energy efficient lights (525,000 lights).
Interesting facts about Toronto's Official Christmas tree
The tree is selected a year in advance from the Bancroft, Ontario area.
The tree is usually a white spruce.
The tree arrives on a flatbed truck and is lifted into place with cranes.
It takes a crew of eight people three to four hours to put the tree into place.
The tree needs three days to settle before it can be decorated.
It takes two weeks to decorate and string lights on the tree.
Countless pieces of large machinery, including a cherry picker, are used to assist the decorating crew in placing each ornament onto the tree.
Unlike an indoor tree, Toronto's Christmas tree does not need watering.
Usually the tree is 15 to 18 metres tall (55 to 65 feet).
The tree remains on display throughout the holiday season and is then recycled.
Toronto’s Official Christmas Tree sponsored by Hudson's Bay and powered by Toronto Hydro."
The 2016 Christmas Tree is in place
The Stars are hanging in place