Huge Mississauga lights festival draws quarter-million visitors, will stay in town longer


Published February 8, 2023 at 12:16 pm

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A renowned festival of lights that has proven extremely popular since setting up in Mississauga last September continues to extend its stay in the city.

Illumi–A Dazzling World of Lights, which has welcomed some 250,000 visitors to its massive north Mississauga site near Hurontario St. and Hwy. 407 since opening to the public last Sept. 14, will now remain in Mississauga until at least March 19, Illumi officials say.

Initially intended to close up shop on Jan. 8, the attraction first extended its stay by three weeks until Jan. 29. That date was then subsequently pushed back even further to the mid-March date.

Asked if the attraction will continue to extend its stay, shut down temporarily and reappear again later this year or remain open in Mississauga year-round, a spokesperson for Illumi would only say that various plans are being considered.

The spokesperson added that future dates “have yet to be confirmed, but (are) definitely in consideration.”

Scheduled to come to Mississauga on several occasions since late 2021, the Illumi festival of lights finally opened in the city last Sept. 14. It’s located at 7174 Derrycrest Dr.

Billed as the “largest light, sound and multimedia show in the world,” the attraction is set up on a 600,000-sq.-ft. site that’s equal in size to 10 football fields, a spokesperson for Montreal-based Illumi said earlier.

“The extraordinary light show is the first of its kind in the Toronto market and the largest light, sound and multimedia show in the world,” a spokesperson for the festival of lights wrote in an earlier email to

Featuring more than 20 million LED bulbs, the seasonal festive attraction has captivated kids and adults alike “as they embark on a spectacular outdoor journey on foot through 13 magical worlds,” organizers say.

Brought to life by “cutting-edge programming technologies, the immersive Illumi universe features high-definition projections, jaw-dropping state-of-the-art animatronic creatures (and) thousands of light structures” in addition to the millions of brilliant LED bulbs, creators of the attraction say.

The show features seasonal theme changes as well, from Halloween to the Christmas holidays.

Last August, organizers unveiled the company’s hallmark installation, the Tree of Lights, at the Mississauga site.

Standing 154 feet tall, which is three feet taller than the Statue of Liberty, and made of 28,000 interactive luminous spheres, the Tree of Lights has been lit up each night since its unveiling and will continue to be throughout the attraction’s stay in Mississauga.

Ticket information can be found here. Ticket prices are subject to change based on high demand.

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