Toronto Light Festival Returns to Distillery District

Lighting up both the night and day, the festival will run daily and is free to the public.

The Distillery District’s favourite takeover is back. From January 18 to March 3, the Toronto Light Festival will return, transforming the pedestrian district into one of the largest open-air sculpture galleries in North America. 

More than 35 light art installations from local and international artists

Works include rainbows, polar bears, deoxyribonucleic acid, and the meaning of life, created by artists from Canada, the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. The names and details of the light art installations will be revealed on opening day, January 18.  

New this year

The Distillery District is enhancing its wintertime experience by offering arts, culture and entertainment-centric activations during the day on weekends.

Offerings will include:

· Art produced by some of Toronto’s leading mural artists
· A heater forest paired with mulled wine, hot toddies and (potentially spiked) hot chocolate
· Jazz and classical music performances in public spaces and in some of the retail boutiques
· Complimentary ice wine samplings on Saturdays
· Complimentary champagne tastings on Sundays
· There will even be an outdoor weekend brunch served on the spectacular El Catrin Patio

Our goal is to make people smile,” says Mathew Rosenblatt, Executive Director of the festival. “During our coldest months of the year, at a time when people might feel isolated, we want to bring them together to experience something really special and add more warmth and light to their livesWe ask that everyone who attends the festival leave their phones at home. We don’t want people taking photos,” says Rosenblatt. “Just kidding! This festival was made for Instagram.”

About the Toronto Light Festival

The Toronto Light Festival is a visual journey and imaginative cerebral adventure designed to entertain and inspire. During the cold, dark days of winter, city residents are invited out of their traditional indoor habitats to experience one of the largest open-air lighting galleries in North America at The Distillery District. The event exhibits the creativity of local and international light artists and takes place January 18 to March 3. For more information, visit

Some shots from last year's festival:

Photo Credit: Toronto Light Festival
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