Friday, December 28, 2018

The Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights Across Canada is the title of a national program of lights at various sites in the country. That includes lights at a number of spots downtown. Confederation Park is where I start, and in recent years it's been the trend here to go with coloured spotlights illuminating the trees as opposed to hung lights.

Across the street from the park is Ottawa City Hall, and here are two views of Christmas lights on the grounds. The skating rink outside the building has been busy over the holidays.

Here we have a view looking over the Rideau Canal at night towards Parliament Hill, with Christmas lights in the mix.

Proceeding on my way, I stopped to photograph the glass lantern at the National Arts Centre, suitably lit up for the occasion.

Coming around towards the War Memorial, I paused to photograph the NAC again. The statue in silhouette is Andrew Hamilton Gault, the businessman turned military officer who organized the formation of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry at the outset of the First World War- a military unit that still exists today.

Here we have views of the War Memorial amid Christmas lights in the trees, first seen from the east with the Peace Tower beyond it.

This perspective includes the Chateau Laurier off to the northeast side.

And this looks back towards the NAC from the approach to the Memorial.

Turning around again gives us a look at the buildings collectively called The Chambers, which overlook the Memorial.

While this view is from the north side of Wellington Street.

I headed up to Parliament Hill, where a winter light show has been playing each evening since early December and will continue into early January. I'll show you that in the next couple of days. In between those shows, the Christmas lights set in the bushes at the north end of the lawn have been lit up, turned off when the show starts up again.


  1. Looks very festive ! and you also had nice weather to take photos. Unfortunately this was not the case here it was foggy or it rained !

  2. The lights in the darkness are more my thing than most of the other decorations.

  3. I like the one at the National Arts Center.

  4. Muito bonitas estas iluminações e aproveito para desejar a continuação de umas Boas Festas. 🎄

    Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
    O prazer dos livros

  5. your city is so pretty ... love the colors. enjoy the sweater pattern ...what a cool idea. fun times. ( ;

  6. ...I recognize many of these spots, they look so festive lit by the colored lights.

  7. All was calm, all was bright...

  8. @Gattina: we're pretty much into the snow now for the duration of the winter.

    @Marianne: they definitely are.

    @Jan: I go for them too.

    @Marleen: so do I.

    @Francisco: thanks!

    @Beth: thank you!

    @Tom: they really do.

    @Sandi: quite fitting.

  9. So beautiful...and you've captured the lights and the surrounding environment so well. Thanks for sharing. I notice everything covered in snow too!

  10. Beautiful lights, very festive. Thank you for sharing them. :-)

  11. It is so hard to photograph lights and you've captured them nicely! It is as if we are on a walk with you.


  12. The city is looking very beautiful for the season!

  13. The glass lantern is my favorite, but the Chateau sure reminds me of our Henry.

  14. I think bare-branch trees festooned in lights are so beautiful, even more so than the pines because their shapes aren't so uniform. These are wonderful photos, William.

  15. Just to look at your photos lifts the spirit. They have done a great job of decorating Ottawa.

  16. It looks like Ottawa was properly lit for the holidays.

  17. @Barbara: I imagine we're keeping our snow for the foreseeable future.

    @DJan: you're welcome.

    @Janis: thank you!

    @RedPat: it is.

    @Iris: the Chateau is quite distinguished.

    @Jeanie: thank you!

    @Red: they have!

    @Italiafinlandia: that's what I think when I see it.

    @Sharon: it has been, yes.

  18. fantastic displays and photos. Tweeted.

  19. All decked out, the lights are absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing, William.

  20. The lights are beautiful. It looks as if it would be wonderful to be out there amongst them all:)

  21. Some very fancy light shows! But I was intrigued with the skating rink. I used to love to skate. Would probably break a leg now, but i'd still like to try again!

  22. You do such fine photos! We made it into Bells Corners, but not Ottawa last week. Well, this week, I guess it was.

    Thank you.
    P.S. I like your header!

  23. @Mari: thanks.

    @Cloudia: thank you.

    @Bill: you're welcome.

    @Rosie: I certainly thought so.

    @Lowell: I've never learned how!

    @Jennifer: you're welcome.

  24. Dazzling night photography! Love Xmas lights!

    Happy New Year to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  25. So nice to see your photographs, and I especially liked the glass lantern at the National Arts Centre.

    All the best Jan

  26. The places are beautiful in this winter night scenery.

  27. One of my fave things about December...the lights and decorations everywhere!

  28. @Carol: thanks.

    @Mari: thank you.

    @Jan: I do too.

    @Klara: I think so.

    @Jenn: there's a lot of it.