Nathan Phillips skating

Free skating at Nathan Phillips Square starts this month

Sharpen those skates, Toronto – and clear off some camera space while you're at it.

Toronto's largest (and most photographed) outdoor ice rink is set to open at Nathan Phillips Square in just a few weeks for The Cavalcade of Lights.

City Hall's annual holiday kick-off event takes place this year on Saturday, Nov. 25.

Featuring fireworks, live musical performances and, of course, the lighting of Toronto's official 60-foot-tall Christmas Tree, this year's Cavalcade of Lights also includes two different "skating parties" on the iconic outdoor NPS rink.

Toronto DJs Fawn Big Canoe and MelBoogie, both considered pioneers in their respective fields, will be spinning at 6 p.m. and 9:40 p.m. respectively for our skate-dancing (or cautious wobbling) pleasure.

As usual, the entire event is 100 per cent free – though I recommend bringing a few bucks for hot chocolate. Because what's ice skating without hot chocolate, really?

Lead photo by

Sean Smith


Join the conversation Load comments

Latest in Sports & Play

Kyle Lowry stages hilarious rookie initiation ceremony for new Raptors

Toronto gym staging mass outdoor workouts to protest Ontario closures

People in Toronto are playing tennis in the streets now that outdoor courts are closed

These are the outdoor amenities that are still open in Toronto

People are still playing outdoor sports in Toronto despite new restrictions

Everything you need to know about the Toronto Raptors' newest Canadian Khem Birch

The history of the baseball stadium at Hanlan's Point on the Toronto Islands

Golf courses and outdoor sports in Ontario are being shut down by new restrictions