Photo: illumi Mississauga

The Largest Light Show on the Planet Is in Canada and You Can See It This Month

Canada Art + Architecture
by Morgane Croissant Jan 6, 2023

The holidays may be behind us, but winter and its long, dark nights aren’t, so why take down the Christmas lights when they bring so much cheer to the dreary months before spring? illumi Mississauga, the largest light, sound, and multimedia show in the world certainly isn’t backing down. From January 1 to January 29, 2023, their show “A Dazzling World of Lights” will illuminate a little corner of Canada daily from 5 PM to 9 PM, and it’s a sight to see.

@matadornetwork #IllumiMississauga near Toronto, Canada, is the world's largest light show 🤯 It's the size of 10 football fields and has about 20 million lights. It will be open until January 2023 🎥 @TravelMowgly #torontothingstodo #lightshow #torontobucketlist ♬ original sound – AjWavy

Located in the city of Mississauga, just outside of Toronto, Ontario, illumi Mississauga is a huge outdoor display. There are 14 different universes represented in the show, all of which cover the equivalent of ten football fields with millions of lightbulbs, projections, animatronic creatures, and light structures. You’ll need to download the map to find your way in this bright maze and budget between 60 to 90 minutes to see it all.

Despite the show taking place close to the holidays, the 14 universes are not focused on Christmas. There is a herd of 200 lit-up, galloping horses; an area dedicated to red and oversized arachnids; a unniverse inspired by the traditions of East Asia; there are giant automated dinosaurs keeping guards around the 154-feet illumi Tree; and much more.

illumi Mississauga is not just for families with children — everyone, no matter their age and mobility, will enjoy making their way from one universe to the other on the large winding path, taking in the creativity and beauty of these installations. Couples, for example, are sure to find walking through the “Tunnel of Love” very romantic, and adults will rejoice in the fact that alcoholic beverages and snacks are available on site.

You can purchase your ticket to illumi Mississauga in person at the venue, but because there is a limited number of entries per day and per time slot, it’s recommended to buy tickets online in advance. Admission for adults (13 and older) is $27.50, children between the age of two and 13 pay $18.50; Children under two years of age can enter for free; Seniors (65 and over) pay $25.

A different version of this event, with 19 universes more geared towards children, is also taking place in Laval, Quebec, until January 29.

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