The parade starts at 6 p.m. on December 21, 2013... and you're in it!
On the night of December 21, through the Kensington Market, cars give way to pedestrians and to the joyous parade engulfing stunned passers-by. This is one funky event! It's been going on for over 20 years (formerly called Kensington Festival of Lights). We're not talking about standard, tiny Christmas lights. The festival is referring to the lights of sun and fire, symbolic or genuine: Hanukkah candles, the fire of Christian faith, the pagan celebration of the solstice. Take your pick. And it's not a parade that people watch passively. We are the parade and move along the course where several attractions await. Playful families hold elaborate lanterns dancing over the crowd (you can borrow them at the starting point of the parade).
The whole affair used to end in Bellevue Square but it now ends at Alexandra Park, where a giant sculpture is burned with cries of joy. The ambience is unique, and the kids get it! The funky Red Pepper Theatre is behind this event.