Experiencing a case of the oh-so-common winter blues? Missing the sunshine and the long days of summer? As we settle into the shortest month of the year, for many of us, it can feel more like the longest. This winter has been a wild one, temperatures have been frigid, to say the least. But that doesn’t mean we have to stay inside every night and hunker down under the duvet with a cup of tea. Instead, take your hot beverage to go and hit the Toronto Light Festival!

Toronto Light Festival

It’s back in full swing until March 4th in Toronto’s historic Distillery District and it brings us magnificent beauty and light to brighten those long winter nights.

Toronto  Light Fest

Toronto Light Fest

Visually pleasing, and stimulating, this complimentary access festival is perfect for an evening stroll with friends, family, and little ones. The festival grounds are scattered with light inspired art installations. Each is unique and carefully curated. Here you can unwind from your day and let your creative energy flow as you meander through the charming cobblestone lanes of the Distillery grounds.

Toronto Light Fest Lit Love locks

Lit Love Locks

Toronto Light Fest Mayan Wheel

Stop to admire the vibrant works of art as you go at your own pace. Let your imagination guide you and experience something, perhaps even inspirational, while embracing the cold.

Toronto Light Fest Double Helix

The Double Helix

Toronto Iight Fest American artist Don Kennell’s Polar Bear is usually lit up at night.

Toronto Light Fest Error 101

Error 101 by Russian artist Sofya Batsova

What I love so much about events held in Distillery District is the vast choice of delicious food and drink options in the quarters. This area is known for its restaurant gems. We stopped for dinner after perusing the lights and settled on El Catrin for authentic and modern Mexican cuisine. Here we indulged in the freshest guacamole and chips, the Cuero de Panza al Horno (crispy pork belly) and Baja (fish) tacos with chipotle lime coleslaw. The atmosphere made us forget the winter blues, as we sipped mojitos like two vacationers down south. This spot has wonderful service and definitely lived up its top-notch reviews.

El Catrin Restaurant

Thank you, Toronto for giving us something fun to do during our time with Old Man Winter. So go, walk around, and enjoy the art of light.

Toronto light fest Distillery District

Cover Image:  The three electric flowers by Creator Abram Santa Cruz

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Learn More:

When: January 18 to March 4, 2018, from sundown to 9 pm Sunday to Wednesday and to 10 pm Thursday to Saturday

Visit Tourism Toronto, www.seetorontonow.ca

Distillery District Toronto Light Fest, www.torontolightfest.com