Huge festival of lights extends its summer stay in Mississauga

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Published August 28, 2023 at 10:15 am

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A popular festival of lights will keep its All Summer Long show in Mississauga just a little bit longer.

The renowned illumi–A Dazzling World of Lights, which attracted several hundred thousand visitors during its first run in Mississauga from last September through this past April 10, has decided to extend its summer stay by four weeks, bringing it into the early fall.

Running since June 29 under its summer moniker, illumi: All Summer Long, the show and its 20 million LED lights will now stay in town until Sept. 30. Initially, it was going to wrap up the summer show on Sept. 4.

The attraction offers 14 different “universes” and is set up on a huge north Mississauga site near Hurontario St. and Hwy. 407 equal in size to 10 football fields.

After closing the end of September, it will reopen later in the fall for a session that will continue into 2024, according to officials with Montreal-based illumi.

Organizers say their summer show “means visitors of all ages can experience the magic of the largest sound, light and multimedia show in the world in T-shirts, shorts and sneakers.”

They add “the warm temperatures allow for a completely different experience while discovering the 14 timeless and magical universes. This summer, we’re playing summertime classics that will have visitors dancing along with the patterns of light under the famous illumi Tree of Lights.”

Illumi creator Normand Latourelle said in a news release earlier in the summer that the company is confident it will build on the success of its first run, which drew some 300,000 visitors to the 600,000-sq.-ft. Mississauga site at 7174 Derrycrest Dr.

Organizers say the attraction offers an epic and extraordinary adventure for kids and adults alike.

“Visitors travel to jaw-dropping worlds through a spectacular walking journey. Inventive and surprising concepts are transposed into thousands of larger-than-life light structures that take shape with over 20 million LED bulbs,” they say.

“Cutting-edge programming technologies, high-definition projections that blur the boundaries of reality and animatronic Jurassic creatures that immerse visitors in scenes worthy of Hollywood films also make illumi the family event of the summer not to be missed.”

An illumi spokesperson said earlier this year that the company is working closely with the City of Mississauga to keep the attraction in town “potentially until 2026-27.”

Scheduled to come to Mississauga on several occasions since late 2021, the illumi festival of lights finally opened in the city last Sept. 14.

Visit the illumi website for tickets and more information.

Here are the 14 “universes” featured in the summer show:

  • The Colourful Animal Kingdom
  • A Kid’s Paradise
  • Tunnel of Love
  • The Crazy Boulevard
  • The Magic Lanterns
  • The Europea Place
  • Jurassic Encounter
  • The Cavalia Horses
  • The Happiest Farm
  • The Scarlet Spiders
  • The Tree of Lights and its Village
  • The Land of Frost
  • The Infinite Poles
  • Seasonal universe (changes with the seasons)
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