700,000 dancing lights to dazzle holiday crowds at Yorkdale Shopping Centre



    - Starlight Spectacular, a digital symphony of stars, first-of-its-kind
    in North America -

    TORONTO, Nov. 16 /CNW/ - Yorkdale Shopping Centre will be unveiling a
groundbreaking approach to holiday décor tonight. Featuring over 700,000
dancing lights choreographed to music, Starlight Spectacular, the
first-of-its-kind symphonic light show in North America, takes advantage of
21st century digital technology while embracing and reinterpreting the magical
traditions of the holiday season.
    The nine minute show was overseen by a computer programmer who programmed
the display with close to 95,000 mouse clicks and almost five kilometres of
mouse movement, to make sure each light blinks in time to the music. It took
over 160 hours to program the digital symphony of stars with its trillions of
blinks and hundreds of thousands of lights. The lights move across the atrium
at over 200 mph, synchronized to a techno version of Carol of the Bells by
Starchild Excalibur, two traditional versions of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker
Suite, and a revved up version of Flight of the Bumblebee.
    "We wanted to create a state-of-the-art experience - a contemporary show
with some flair," says Jai Lee, Marketing Director, Yorkdale Shopping Centre.
"Our stylish shoppers have come to expect the best from Yorkdale and we know
they'll be blown away by this show."
    Set in the glass ceiling of Yorkdale's new wing, the high efficiency LED
lights are run by over 100 custom-designed networked computers. It will all
come to life tonight at 7 p.m. when Starlight Spectacular is launched by Santa
and a six-year-old girl representing the Starlight Starbright Children's
Foundation, Yorkdale's charitable partner for the holiday season. The
organization helps seriously ill children and their families through family
activities, entertainment and education. Tonight's show will also be kicked
off by a parade featuring a traditional marching band, ostrich-riding elves,
sleigh-pulling man-deer and high fashion helpers.
    For the next six weeks Yorkdale will be bringing shoppers a unique and
innovative holiday experience, including:

    
        -  The world premiere of two 20-foot-tall video-integrated Christmas
           trees at Santa's Magical Forest by the Second Cup.
        -  A 20-foot tall Dancing Santa Tree, featuring 350 mini Santas
           grooving all day long by Sears.
        -  A new Free Personal Shopper Service for the holidays, available at
           yorkdale.com. Register for a personal shopping trip with one of
           Yorkdale's shopping experts or go for a complete cyber service and
           have gifts delivered directly to you. Space is limited.
        -  Children can have their photos taken with Santa at the Magical
           Forest beginning November 17 every day. For November: Monday to
           Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday
           12 noon to 5:30 p.m. For December, until the 30th: Monday to
           Friday 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday
           9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
        -  Pets can have their moment with Santa too on November 18, and 25,
           6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and December 2, 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
        -  Beginning December 1 gift wrapping is by MAC and the coat checking
           service is by the subway corridor, with proceeds to benefit the
           Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation.
        -  Starlight Spectacular, the digital symphony of stars, will play
           daily on the hour beginning at 6 p.m. to December 24.
    

    A photo will be made available later on this evening, after the event.

    Yorkdale Shopping Centre, with more than 240 shops and services, is
located at Hwy 401 and Dufferin Street. Managed by Oxford Properties Group,
Yorkdale is Canada's premier fashion destination, boasting more than
1.6 million square feet of pure shopping pleasure. Visit www.yorkdale.com.

    /NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available on
    the CNW Photo Network and archived at http://photos.newswire.ca.
    Additional archived images are also available on the CNW Photo Archive
    website at http://photos.newswire.ca. Images are free to accredited
    members of the media/




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please contact: Michelle Easton, Edelman, (416) 979-1120 ext. 347,
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