Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Santa Claws

Christmas is fast approaching, and my posts for the next few days reflect the holidays. These four shots actually date to December 2016, taken at the Canadian Museum of History over in Gatineau, with the Christmas tree overlooking the Grand Hall and its totem poles.

What follows are from this year. This is the Christmas tree in Fifth Avenue Court in the Glebe.

This large Christmas tree is in the World Exchange Plaza, an office complex downtown. A set of five narwhals and belugas hang from the ceiling around it and beyond it.

This is the Christmas tree in the Rideau Centre, accompanied by a pair of lit up reindeer, larger than life.

The mall's decorations include large sparkling ornaments hanging in many of the open areas.

The main Ottawa location of the Hudson's Bay Company is linked to the Rideau Centre, and someone there thinks these Christmas suits are, well... amusing. It seems to be a trend this year, as I've seen them or similar designs elsewhere online. I think they're even more hideous than the traditional Ugly Christmas Sweater. Wouldn't this rate as cruel and unusual punishment to wear these? 

This Santa has been hanging around a house in Centretown across from Dundonald Park.

Highjinx is the name of a vintage store in the downtown core. They have a couple of shop cats inside, and one of them was sitting in the window among the Christmas decorations one morning as I passed by.


  1. It is nice to see all the festive decorations around.

  2. It certainly looks festive. The cat and the holiday suits are my favorite.


  3. ...your area sure is in a festive spirit.

  4. The decorations look very festive! I like the hanging round ornaments.

  5. @Francisco: thank you!

    @Marianne: it certainly is.

    @Janis: that cat was such a cutie.

    @Tom: it seems so!

    @Marleen: I do too. It's a neat way to decorate.

  6. I really like those large, hanging and sparkling ornaments.
    Such a Christmas suit would fit Trump, I'd say ...
    That hanging Santa is very funny.

  7. I love the cat sitting in the midst of the Santas!

  8. Wonderful Christmas photos ~ love the cat in the window ~ sweet ~

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  9. Christmas decorations give us many interesting things to see. Our town giant tree is an outdoor real tree.

  10. Love the cat on the window!
    Merry Holidays!

  11. One thing I love about City Daily Photo blogging is seeing Christmas decorations from all over the world. Wonderful.

  12. Hello, I love all the pretty Christmas trees and decorations. It all looks so festive. Thanks always for your visits and comments this past year. Have a happy day and week ahead. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  13. @Jan: that would fit Trump's mentality.

    @RedPat: looks like he or she knocked one over!

    @Carol: thanks!

    @Red: we've got a lot of trees downtown decorated. I've got most of my Christmas shots taken, I just have to get the posts organized.

    @Maywyn: thank you!

    @Sharon: it is good. This year I fear I might be quite late in my comments though, given how far behind I am.

    @Eileen: thank you.

  14. ADORE the cat with all the santas!

  15. ADORE ! this post how very happy it is.
    The sparkling huge ornaments hanging are wonderfully beautiful.
    Thank You for all these special posts.

    cheers, parsnip

  16. Beautiful Christmas scenes and photos, William !

  17. What a lovely post William, perfect for the Season.
    Happy Christmas to you and your family.

    All the best Jan

  18. I love Christmas decorations although I would draw the line at that suit.

  19. Fantastic Christmas scenes and excellent photos. Thank you, William.

  20. Lovely trees. I've seen those Christmas suits also. A friend wore one last night for the Christmas show at the 29 Palms Inn. He is in the band.

  21. I completely agree with you about those holiday suits. And the picture of the cat at Highjinx is wonderful. (You knew I'd say that.)

  22. I recognized that first big room all right!

  23. Very pretty decorations. I think someone needs to help Santa in your second to last shot. He may not make it up to that balcony. And I thought they overdid Christmas sweaters for women. Those suits definitely take it over the top.

  24. Zounds! Your Christmas post put mine to shame. Super pics, William. Love that header, too, and my favorite of the other photos is the one of the Canadian Museum of History. What a grand place that is. Hope all is well.

  25. I like the header! Very nice Christmas decorations and love the sparkling balls hanging from the ceilings. Santa Claus needs some help, its not fun hanging there by himself!

  26. Very Nice!!! Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

  27. Beautiful...and the kitty is awfully cute!

  28. @Cloudia: he or she was cute.

    @Parsnip: you're welcome.

    @Karl: thanks!

    @Jan: thank you.

    @Fun60: I definitely would!

  29. @Bill: you're welcome.

    @Mari: I've seen buskers here wear them on Canada Day, and I've seen a couple of guys in the last few days wearing them.

    @Catalyst: cats rule!

    @FG: it is a grand space.

    @Kay: Santa had some spiked eggnog.

  30. @Lowell: thanks!

    @Nancy: he could definitely use a hand.

    @Wilf: thanks!

    @Klara: they are.

    @Norma: emphasis on cute.