The Toronto Light Festival brightens up Toronto’s cold, dark winter days at The Distillery District for a fourth straight winter. The brilliant FREE event launches this weekend and runs from January 17th – March 1st. The festival promises to offer visitors “a visual journey and a playful adventure” throughout the distillery’s historic streets.
Toronto residents and visitors are advised to bundle up and don their toques, scarves and gloves (perhaps also long undies) get outside and celebrate the Canadian winter, creativity and life in the big city. Experiencing the Distillery any time of year is always a fun activity but light it up in winter and it could become part of a perfect date-night or Valentine’s Day night out.
The Toronto Light Festival features exhibits from both local and international light artists. Artworks are curated to educate, warm hearts, inspire or just put a smile on visitors faces.
The idea behind the festival is to “lift the collective spirit of the city,” according to a festival spokesperson. “In a world with so many dark and ominous messages, our goal is to create a positive, magical urban oasis where people of all ages and backgrounds can and will enjoy together.
“Simply put, we want to help transform a moment of consciousness, from the cold and the dark into the warmth of the light (even if it can reach -20 C).”
Where is the Distillery District?
If you are taking the TTC:
Subway from the Bloor Line: Take Subway to Castle Frank station on the Bloor line. Connect to Bus 65A Parliament. Ride bus straight down Parliament. Exit at Front St. and walk one block South to Mill St.
King Streetcar: Take 504 King East Streetcar. Exit at the Distillery Loop. Cross Cherry Street at the Mill Street intersection and enter via Tank House Lane or Distillery Lane.
If you are taking TTC from Union: walk 7 minutes North on Bay Street to King Street; board the 504 King East Streetcar and ride it to the Distillery Loop. Cross Cherry Street at the Mill Street intersection and enter via Tank House Lane or Distillery Lane.
If you are walking from Union Station, the Distillery District is a pleasant (on a nice day or evening) 20-minute walk along the Esplanade.
If you are driving: Take Queen St. West to Parliament then South on Parliament, East onto Front St., and South onto Trinity St.
For more details on directions please visit: torontolightfest.com
Where can you park if you must drive
At the Distillery District, parking lots are accessible from Parliament and Cherry St. Nominal parking fee. At local municipal lots: 65 Trinity Street | 44 Parliament Street
The Distillery Historic District is an accessible site and provides for mobility-accessible parking, ramp access to buildings, shops and restaurants, washrooms with child changing facilities, and wheelchair accessible stalls. We remind all visitors of the Distillery Historic District that the streets inside the District are made of cobble stone and are in some locations uneven, and that the popularity of the Toronto Light Festival gives way to large crowds during peak times (weekends).