Chicago – December 2022 – Downtown Lights

A quick trip to Chicago just after Christmas meant sunset came at 4:30 in the afternoon, with the lights of the city coming on.

Views from the Hancock Tower.

The Christmas Tree at the Tribune Building.

A cold slushy Michigan Avenue.

The sun is setting for the day on State Street.

The 1926 Nederland Theater on West Randolph Street.

Back on State Street at the Chicago Theater.

A couple of views from Millennium Park.

The Chicago River looking towards the lake from the Michigan Avenue bridge.

The Bean!

The Millennium Park Christmas tree.

The final view is from the 21st floor of the Residence Inn looking down Kinzie Street to the west.

Tucson – December 2022 – Parade of Lights

For almost 3 decades Tucson has had a Parade of Lights to celebrate the holiday season. After a 2 year absence it is back!

One group had restored fire trucks which were impressive with their size and decorating.

From 1962 until 1977 the Checker Cab Company built these ‘airporter’ cars. They make great sleigh’s for deliveries.

Not sure if the extra lights will drop the range of the Tesla.

A stylish way to bring the snowman to town.

There were a couple of heavy equipment reindeer renditions.

The City of Tucson was well represented.

Just in from the desert.

Towmater from Cars

A full size gingerbread house.

Tow truck carrying tow truck.

The Grinch family has arrived. The parade was tough to photograph, but an excellent event.

Huntsville, Alabama – May 2019 – Chinese Lanterns at the Botanical Gardens

On a recent road trip we found ourselves in Huntsville, Alabama for one night, with our hotel about a mile from the botanical gardens. While looking for something to do that evening we discovered that the Chinese Lanterns were in town at the aforementioned gardens.



We arrived about 45 minutes before sundown to check out the gardens. The fountain was catching the setting sun just right to make a rainbow.



The family of geese were heading home for the evening.



As the sun was setting we stopped by the stage to watch the martial arts demonstration.



Now that the sun had mostly set, the lanterns were vivid in their illumination.



The setting in the botanical garden provided a more interesting setting than we were used to, with ponds to display (and reflect) the lanterns.



There was a large display of one we hadn’t previously seen.



The main display on a pond was fantastic.



Huntsville is a much smaller city that Columbus, yet they put on a nice show.



We usually see the lanterns around Christmas in Ohio when it is very cold. It was nice to check them out in summer attire.






Columbus – December 2018 – Annual Visit to the Dragon Lights

So my friends at WordPress have changed their editor, so we shall see how this posting comes out!

What has become an annual tradition is a December visit to the State Fairgrounds for the annual Chinese Dragon Lights. In my opinion they are far more colorful and brilliant than any Christmas light display.

There were over 30 displays, all with the fabric framing and back lighting.

This year each had a small sign detailing the display, as well as a small ad. It is good to see they have the support of the business community so we are assured this will continue to be an annual event.

Not expecting to end up there on this evening, all the photos here were taken with an iPhone!

In addition when we went into the pavilion for the entertainment, it was packed. Without a zoom lens, this year’s blog posting is strictly the exterior displays.

The new editor does not allow additional spacing between the photos.

Still despite the photos from an iPhone, and the quirky new editor, the display are vivid online, as well as in person.

This display seems to make it’s way around the midwest each year. Earlier in the year it was in Cleveland, so it is not a ‘Christmas thing’.

To accompany the panda display they had televisions with a live view of panda’s at a zoo in China.

The tunnel lead to the ‘grand finale’

While there were a number of new displays, the castle was a repeat, but worth it.

Always a great evening – the Chinese Dragon Lights.