Illumi

Its Illumination Mississauga (Illumi) – opened with more than 20 million brilliant lights in 13 magical universes on a 600,000 square foot site, the equivalent of 10 football fields.
As darkness fell on 22 October 2022, we with our grandson James drove to the Illumi location, about 15 minutes from our home. Having purchased our tickets online, there was no waiting at the ticket counter. We entered the Jack-o-Lantern area – Halloween is around the corner and Canadian homes are decorated with carved pumpkins to form Jack-o-Lantern. More than 50% of the pumpkin grown in Canada gets converted into Jack-o-Lanterns.

We were welcomed by the Tree of lights – 47 meters high – as tall as the Statue of Liberty! Made of 44,000 interactive luminous spheres. It is visible from kilometer around and is the hallmark of Illumi. Its unparalleled display of brilliance of multimedia sound and light show.
The Crazy Boulevard depicts a Hollywood movie set with extravagant Boulevards and a make-believe neighbourhood.

Various architectural wonders of the world were depicted with dancing lights.
A scene from a Western movie depicted in recognition of Hollywood in entertaining humanity over the years.
A dozen of huge Cinderella’s glass sandals were a great attraction.

Illumi recognised the Canadian sports-persons and various sporting events Canadians excel.

How can the Canadians forget the Fall. Trees in various shades red and yellow, made out of lights was a true representation of the season outside.

The Fall got to be followed by the severe Canadian Winter – with Snowman and skating. Gigantic glowing crystals form an icy world, a sparkling ice castle and a pathway lined with snowmen leads you to memories of frosty Canadian winters.
This section was aptly named The Happiest Farm.

Reminisced about my childhood – the brood of hens and the majestic rooster Amma reared.

Children enjoyed the pigs and the piglets more than anything else.

At the Europea Place was the Merry-Go-Round Square and James hopped on to a white horse on the magical carousel.

Welcome to the animal kingdom. The area welcomed visitors with melodious Bollywood songs.

Majestic pachyderms stood with elegance and grace.

Zebras and the geese in contrasting colours attracted kids.

Red and white waterbirds
James atop a cheetah.
Giraffes and snakes co-existed peacefully.

The Land of The Scarlet Spiders where hundreds of gargantuan red tarantulas attracted both adults and children alike at the Illumi. The monstrous matriarch and her progeny of 250 arachnid predators are sure to give you goosebumps.

The Infinite Poles was all about the Poles – The North and the South. Icy regions of the Arctic and the Antarctic are represented the icy world with lights where penguins, whales and igloos coexist in an endless forest of stalagmites.

The Magic Lanterns sections was a walk-through among traditional arches surrounded by huge bright flowers, bamboo shoots and pandas to discover the stately soldiers and cavalry of the emperors. We strolled into the pagoda and admired the school of koi fish guarded by a fabulous imperial dragon.

The horses reminded me of our equestrian classes at the National Defence Academy. A herd of 200 sparkling stallions, inspired by Cavalia’s white show-horses, a colossal herd, constructed from thousands of dazzling lights, showcased the gracefulness of Cavalia’s equine stars. Cavalia has made a name for themselves over the last decade and a half. Since 2003, they’ve been touring the world with their eponymous acrobatic and equestrian show.

Cavalia is a Canadian entertainment company that specialises in creating, producing and marketing large-scale live shows and events. A family business founded by Normand Latourelle, has its expertise in high technology, multimedia and special effects that create a magical, unique, never-before-seen experiences.

Illumi – A Dazzling World of Lights is Cavalia’s latest creation: a magical and captivating nocturnal journey created with thousands of monumental light sculptures.

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