Chasing off the darkness.


Unite to ignite the longest, darkest night at the
Festival of Lights 
in Kensington Market on December 21st.

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. 

Toronto Photography Meetup Group

Oh, and the TPMG is heading over to Sneaky Dee’s after the parade.

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Alexa Clark

Alexa is a digital marketer and author with over 20 years in digital & interactive communications in the food and tech industries. Alexa's CheapEats Restaurant Guides, for both Toronto & Ottawa, were Canadian best sellers. She is a recognized authority on social media and has been named one of Canada's 20 Leading Women in Social Media.

3 thoughts on “Chasing off the darkness.

  • December 18, 2005 at 4:43 pm

    I’m working on joining you for this, for the first while anyway. Working on bringing a friend with me … stay tuned … between this, brunch, and New Years, you guys are gonna be sick’o’me! 🙂

  • December 21, 2005 at 11:25 am

    Triple Gingerbread Dudes

    . Last night I succumbed to a Solstice Eve baking frenzy and filled our house with the smell of warm gingerbread. Generally, I try and hold off any Xmas baking, shopping and decorating until after the Festival of Lights

  • December 21, 2005 at 2:54 pm

    Happy Solstice To All and To All A Good Feed.

    It is finally here. The day I talk about all year round. The event I missed most of all!!! It’s time for the Festival of Lights!!! So here is the plan for this evening: Meet @ 5:30 in front of


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