I timed it for an interesting moment. I had just walked up, set my camera onto the leg overlooking the Leg, pressed record, and about ten seconds later: blink! The holiday light display turned on.
In mid-December, around 4:30 pm the holiday light display of the Alberta Legislature grounds comes to life. With a bit of the dusk light still in the air you can get a sense of the decorations. I imagine it’s even more spectacular at full dark, but (a) my camera isn’t that good, and (b) I just caught a bit of this as I was making my way to catch the train back home for the evening, and I wasn’t handing out any longer than I had to!
There’s a ton of construction downtown this year, which is exciting.
But there’s a ton of construction downtown, which is kinda putting a big giant “MEH” on the annual decoration efforts.
Work on the new LRT means Churchill Square has more plywood barricades than food trucks. Work on refurbishing the downtown library means that what was once a brutalist architectural eyesore of an old building will be replaced by a promising work of post-modern shape of angles and glass and modern style, but is now a concrete skeleton with some jutting steel and a crane looming over the whole thing.
The New Years fireworks have been moved away from City Hall.
And there is definitely no fifty-foot-tall tree in the square.
I took some early morning video to share what it looks like on Jasper Avenue, Churchill Square and in front of City Hall this month.
There is a bit of effort. It doesn’t quite look like the holidays are skipping our City this year. Fortunately there was some forethought put into (permanently?) lighting the larger trees, and the ice rink in front of City Hall still beckons wee skaters to show off to the mayor sitting in his office overlooking the spectacle.
It’s a subdued, meh-kinda holiday season downtown… but by necessity for a brighter, fresher version in a year or two.