Monday, December 23, 2013

Snowflakes On The Centre Block

On Parliament Hill, the Centre Block is fully lit up early in December for a month with Christmas lights.

It is a combination of bulbs strung up in the bushes that line the front lawn, the changing of floodlight lenses to combinations of red and green, and projectors that cast snowflakes onto the stone of the building.

It makes for a very colourful effect as you walk up towards the Peace Tower.

The lines of bulbs are strewn throughout the bushes, which as you can see have a healthy cover of snow as well.

It is a completely different experience to come up here at night from other times of the year, and the snowflake projections add a magical effect to the building.

More from Parliament Hill tomorrow in my Christmas Eve blog, as I take you inside....


  1. Pretty! I hope you don't lose power up there. Did the winter storm cause you problems?

  2. Love when they project the snowflakes on the buildings.
    So wonderful.

    cheers, parsnip

  3. I like how you zoomed in (or walked a bit!) and I absolutely adore the snowflakes!

  4. So pretty! I love the snowflake projections. They know how to do things in Ottawa (sometimes at least!).

  5. That is an impressive array of lighting. Just fantastic. And well captured !

  6. This must be beautiful to see in person!

  7. Canadians do Christmas in grand style!

  8. Those snowflakes are brilliant! Festival of light!

  9. @Linda: we missed the worst of that storm. We got snow out of it, but not much freezing rain.

    @Parsnip: thank you!

    @Ciel: in this case, it was heading up the staircase to catch that closeup of the Peace Tower!

    @Halcyon: in this case, they do!

    @Stuart: thank you!

    @Sharon: it is!

    @Norma: indeed!

    @Merry: thank you!

  10. Wow! What an amazing display. It's awesome.

  11. Thank you for your visits and encouraging comments. Hope you have a sparkling Christmas time!

  12. I had no idea it was so well decorated! Love the snowflakes. You're lucky to have missed the ice! I have power but many don't.

  13. So beautiful! Is the canal frozen yet?

  14. @Mari: thank you!

    @Angelika: a merry Christmas to you!

    @Inna: they do it each year. I like the shape of flakes on the stone like that.

    @RedPat: this area still has influences of the Ice Storm of 98 if you go looking for them.

    @Annette: it is, and they're hoping to get it open for skaters before New Year's.

  15. This kind of light projection seems to be a favourite down under, glad to see we also have some.

    1. Since I posted this, it seems they've been doing a different kind of light show.

  16. I love the city at Christmas. Especially at night. "Merry Christmas William. Have a wonderful holiday and safe travels." Hugs, Deb

  17. These computer generated projections are quite something to see. There's a magical quality to every one I've seen and you can feel it in your photos. Thanks for contributing to this week's Monday Mural. Happy Holidays.

  18. If you're like me, you'll really miss all the gorgeous lights when the holiday is done!