Fire breathers, stilt walkers, giant puppets, choirs, dancers, drummers all join in a lantern-lit carnival parade through Kensington Market culminating in a huge burning-man-esque revel at Bellevue Square Park.
This is one of those wonderful community celebrations where you join in. No standing on the sidelines watching the light go by. Wrap your self in colourful scarves and ribbons. Decorate yourself with bells and bangles and glow sticks. Light your lanterns. Bang your drums. Bring your noise to chase off the demons and your light to chase of the darkness. Become a part of the celebration welcoming back the light.
Meet us in Kensington Market at 6pm at the corner of Augusta and Oxford where the procession starts. We’ll become a part of an amazing event as we move through the market listening to the choirs, watching the vignettes on the rooftops, and keeping back the dark.
The procession ends with a fiery revel in Bellevue Square Park, and then we go for Chinese! Warm up with tasty BBQ pork, steamed greens and Singapore vermicelli at House of Gourmet on Dundas.
For us, this is the start of the Christmas season and we’d love to have you be a part of it.
This is If you haven’t been to the Festival of Lights – you must come, bang a drum. If you have been, you know how great this is – so you must come! Make sure you dress warmly!
6pm on December 21st at the corner of Augusta and Oxford. See you there.
Make a lantern to carry in the parade:
For just $7 you can join in and make your own lantern for the parade at workshops on Sat Dec 10, Sun Dec 11, Sun Dec 18th from 12-4pm at 21 Nassau St, and Sat Dec 17 at 260 Augusta – St. Stephen’s Community House.