It’s the Last Day to Visit the Toronto Light Festival


Orange astronauts greet you as you walk into the Distillery District

The 2020 Toronto Light Festival at the Distillery District brightened up our lives for about a month since it opened on January 17. Today is the very last day to visit the historic, pedestrian-only district to enjoy the sparkling lights and creative installations. Coming out to this event will make your -20 degree, sunset-at-4pm winter day a little less dreary. The *free* festival is open from sundown to 9pm. Besides the Light Festival, the Distillery District is also known for its famous Christmas Market which you can read all about here.


See if you can find these whimsical fireflies at the festival

The annual event, now in its fourth year, has the goal to “create a positive, magical urban oasis where people of all ages and backgrounds can and will enjoy together.” There are a mix of Canadian artists and international artists from the U.S., U.K., Netherlands, and Australia. The exhibits are sure to bring some warmth into your life just as your toes are about to freeze off. It helps that there is an indoor installation of glow-up inflatable mushrooms that gives you a break from the bitter cold and an oasis into the shroom-filled room!

Check out the snapshots below to see some of my favourite installations from the event.


A woman emerges from her shell


A gigantic, futuristic sunflower standing tall


The swing set of your dreams


Bright blue engravings found on a dark night


The ankh – an ancient Egyptian symbol for life


The key to peace on earth


Blue waves are sent through this geometric design


This woman only appears when you are standing at exactly the right place


Not an installation, but these dangling lights from a restaurant’s walkway are gorgeous


Following the festival, you’ll be sure to gain a little perspective!

If you are interested in going out to a winter light exhibition in Toronto but can’t make it out for the last day at the Distillery District, the Ontario Place Light Festival is open until March 29th and runs daily from 4pm to 11pm (it’s free to enter!). It’s sad that these events are coming to a close, but that just means that spring is just around the corner. March 19th is officially the last day of winter this year – are you excited?!


Have you been to the Toronto Light Festival? Leave a comment below to share your thoughts!


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