Monday, December 23, 2019

Deck The Halls

Christmas lights are to be found in many places around the capital right now. This view from the Mackenzie King Bridge looks north over the Rideau Canal's final stretch, including landmarks like the National Arts Centre and Parliament Hill.

I was outside the National Gallery of Canada one evening, and took note of the Christmas tree inside the glass tower.

On another evening, I was passing through a series of courtyards in the Byward Market. This courtyard had lights about.

Confederation Park goes for a different kind of lighting, with coloured spotlights illuminating the trees, and ornament balls lit up here and there.

Here we have a view of lights around the National War Memorial.

Turning around gives us a view of the National Arts Centre.

I headed up into Major's Hill Park for some more lights, as seen here with the Connaught Building in the background.

And here was the view looking towards the U.S. embassy.


  1. The city's going to have a big bill for the electricity burned by all those lights! Looks festive though.

  2. Beautiful and colourful snowy night scene.

  3. Love it. Wish this could stay till Spring.

  4. ...and let there be light, Merry Christmas William.

  5. There is a lot of light in the coloured Ottawa winter.

  6. Very pretty lights. I like to see all the decorations at this time of year, and you captured them well. :-)

  7. Beauty photos, lights create seasonal magic.

  8. Glad to see such pretty evening colors of the season!

  9. The spotlights make a great effect!

  10. It is a festive time of year! I like that second photo where you can see the tree through those tall windows.

  11. These are stunning photos! I wanted to go out and snap some in Perth, but I don't know what settings, and hubby's still sick, so I will just enjoy yours!

  12. @John: it does.

    @Nancy: very much so.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Iris: if only.

    @Tom: thanks.

    @Revrunner: indeed.

    @Jan: there is!

    @DJan: thanks!

    @Anvilcloud: definitely.

    @Maywyn: that's true.

    @Barbara: and a lot of it.

    @RedPat: they do, yes.

    @Sharon: I do as well.

    @Jennifer: thank you.

  13. Beautiful Christmas lights. Confederation park looks very pretty and colorful! Merry Christmas to you :-)

  14. Very bright Christmas decorations in Ottawa.

  15. It all looks so pretty all lit up with lights.

  16. Absolutely Wonderful In A Winter Wonderland - Well Done Brother


  17. @Catalyst: thank you.

    @Tamago: it is colourful!

    @Mari: thank you.

    @Red: there are!

    @Happyone: it does.

    @Padre: thank you.

  18. You know, the lights are as grand as fireworks.

  19. Incredibly beautiful! Merry CHRISTmas!

  20. You capture the beauty of the Christmas lights so well ~ and the beauty is within you also ~ Happy Christmas ^_^

    Happy Moments to You,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  21. @Joanne: they are.

    @Marie: they stand out.

    @Kay: very much so.

    @Kathie: I agree.

    @Carol: thank you.

  22. really enjoy all the windows and snow. so pretty! ( ;

  23. Christmas lights are always so beautiful to see, but alas I never have good luck in photographing them, so thanks William for these photos. Nice too that there was snow as the snowfall we had here a couple of weeks ago is melting away. Merry Christmas to you!

  24. Lovely, the lights do look pretty.

    All the best Jan

  25. I love the lights. They just cheer me. You have a lovely city.