Toronto's Nathan Philips Square kicks off the winter holiday season tonight, transforming into a winter wonderland with its annual tree lighting ceremony of Toronto's official Christmas tree and the seasonal opening of the Square's infamous outdoor skating rink. 

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Officially known as the Cavalcade of Lights, the 51st annual Cavalcade of Lights ceremony begins at 6 p.m., with skating open to the public and entirely free of charge! 

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The lighting of Toronto's official Christmas Tree takes place in the centre of the Square. And although we don't know exactly what this year's theme will be, decoration of Toronto's tree has been well underway for weeks.

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But we do know that this year, the tree will stand at about 18 metres tall and be adorned with hundreds of ornaments as well as over 50,000 lights, making this event one you do not want to miss! 

And to ring in the festivities, the Cavalcade of Lights includes musical performances by Canadian artists, as well as a fire and LED entertainers that will be putting on a pyrotechnic show for event-goers all night long. 

The tree lighting starts at 7 30 p.m., followed by musical entertainment and the fireworks show at 8 35 p.m. 

You can check out the complete list of performers and ceremony festivities here.

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