This is not the largest or fanciest city in the realm, not by a long shot, but the local Powers That Be decided that it could be one of the best-illuminated during Yuletide.
So here we all are, in Central Park, after dark, to see if the display lives up to the hype.
Odin’s Eyepatch! I think this animated sculpture is supposed to be the North Wind, but it looks too much like my stoopid brother Thor for my taste. (If you scroll quickly, it’s sort of like watching the lights in motion.)
Thor always was a blowhard.
The North Wind/Thor is blowing us toward the Snowflake Forest.
Do you know, I really can’t see any two alike!
It looks like the rest of the park has a series of lit-up figures. Sigyn, shall we just stroll?
A Santa-hatted alien delivering the Yule pie? Were the designers on drugs?
This bear is definitely on drugs.
Hold tight to my arm, Dearest. There is a whole cohort of elf-alien hybrids up ahead.
I don’t trust any of them!
Ehehehe! The human female says this is a proper botanist elf.
He is pointing out the key characters of the Ligustrum bush–opposite leaves, prominent lenticels, and other boring things. Hush, woman! Can you leave no occasion unruined by your constant twaddle?
It used to be tradition to bring the Yule tree home via horse-drawn sleigh.
I suppose a snowmobile is the modern counterpart? Though there do appear to still be sleighs…
But with the reins wrapped around his neck, I don’t give the poor horse much chance of getting very far.
This tree is going places via that most traditional of conveyances.
Look, Sigyn! Reindeer!
They appear to have been sampling a rather boozy eggnog.
The camels seem to be much more abstemious and dignified as they promenade among coconut palms.
Sigyn is completely smitten. I suspect she will be asking for a real camel for Yule. The HOA may have something to say about that, but I can deny my sweetie nothing, so they can lump it. (Or would that be “hump it”?)
Best part of all these LED lights?
Cool to the touch and excellent for dangling!
They say there are a million lights here. I’m not sure about that (and I have better things to do than count them), but it really is an impressive display. Someone put a lot of thought into the designs. And so many of the light sculptures move. Still photos don’t do them justice, so I made a little movie. My favorite is the Snow Tank that scoops up the snow and fires it.
Got to get me one of those…