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Toronto Eaton Centre unveils stunning 108-foot-tall Christmas tree

The holiday season has arrived in Toronto with the Eaton Centre's annual lighting of its massive, magical Christmas tree — the largest of its kind in all of Canada at 108 feet tall.

An estimated 15,000 people crowded inside the iconic downtown mall on Thursday night to watch as officials dropped the blue curtain that's been hiding this year's tree for weeks.

Revelers had plenty of fun dancing to a live DJ while waiting for the tree to be lit.

Especially this guy:

When the lights came on, they did so in spectacular fashion.

In total, this year's Eaton Centre Christmas tree boasts 160,000 LED lights. You'll find it in the mall's Centre Court at Level 2. It's virtually impossible to miss.

Cool lights and sheer size weren't the only draws for this year's holiday kickoff at the mall, either.

On hand to MC the tree-lighting festivities was none other than Mississauga-born tennis champion Bianca Andreescu, who in September beat Serena Williams to become the first Canadian Grand Slam singles title winner in the history of the sport at just 19 years of age.

Andreescu, who attended the tree-lighting ceremony as a member of the crowd last year, says she was thrilled to be this year's guest of honour.

"It's been truly a blessing. I really don't know the impact I'm making," she said to CTV on Thursday night. "I am just beyond grateful. I'm really happy to kick off the holiday season here."

Lead photo by

Hector Vasquez


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