It’s that awesome of year again when the city lights up to help battle the winter blues. Or in Toronto’s case, the winter greys. This year the Toronto Light Festival presents 20 art installations that are brightening the city’s skies in the Distillery District.

We had a walk – and swing through the clouds thanks to the Cloud Swing (by Lindsay Glatz + Curious Form from the US) – on a weekday night. There were Firefly Fields (by Toer from the Netherlands), an enormous sunflower Helianthus Enorm (by Chad “Fez” Gaetz from the US) and some very cool astronauts, aka Sydmonauts (by Amigo & Amigo from Australia.)

Toronto Light Festival – Cloud Swing by Lindsay Glatz + Curious Form.
Sydmonauts by Amigo & Amigo.

It’s an easy circuit for kids to explore by foot well before bedtime.  It’s free and lights up the skies from sundown to 9 p.m. (Sunday to Wednesday) and to 10 p.m. (Thursday to Saturday) until March 1, 2020.


Getting there: The Distillery is located between Parliament and Cherry streets south of Front Street. There is lots of paid parking around the site. On TCC, take the Parliament bus or streetcar along King and walk the few blocks south. The site is stroller-friendly.

Low-down: Free admission – general info here. One of the installations are indoors Shrooms located off Parliament Street along Gristmill Lane.

Shrooms by Amigo & Amigo.

Food: We stopped at the Beer Hall for a bite. They’ve got a pretty good kids menu, plus shuffle board open to patrons.