Tuesday, December 15, 2015

river of lights

On one of our warm spring-weather winter nights, I took a stroll through the park where the Simcoe Panorama of Lights is displayed. It has been going on for over 50 years and started when the floats from the Christmas Parade were parked in Wellington Park. 
It has been added to and adjusted over the years, but much is also the same. There are dozens of (carefully and lovingly) refurbished wooden displays from children's stories to a manger.

Thousands of lights are strung around the trees and displays from a carrousel, to a tree in the river and a fairy tale castle, to several buildings with displays reminiscent of department store windows - a church, a general store and Santa's workshop make this feel very homey. 




makes for lovely reflections!
















Several Santas of varying vintages will greet you


as well as a Santa Moose and skiing polar bears. Christmas music plays throughout the park and there are horse drawn trolley rides on the weekends. This is but a tiny example of what can be seen, partly because it was windy and quite a few of my pictures were blurry, but mostly because I was drawn to the hot apple cider and cinnamon buns available, so my hands were full. The lights attract many busloads of tourists every year and you have until January 3rd, 2016 to see this year's edition. The town of Simcoe is located on Highway 3 by Lake Erie
a Monday Walk for Restless Jo with a few signs for Lesley's signs, signs

22 comments:

  1. What wonderful lights! Especially the tree reflected in the water.
    Anabel's Travel Blog

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    1. The tree was special – it was on some sort of pontoon, so it was moving ever so slightly with the water.

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  2. Love the reflections of those Christmas lights in the water.

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    1. the river flowing through the park was a surprise to me, next time I must bring my tripod.

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  3. I knew I'd love it! :) Especially like the lighthouse and the tree. Many thanks for sharing and a very happy Christmas to you!

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    1. Christmas lights help make this a magical time of year.

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  4. I so love those with the reflections...so, so pretty!

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    1. the lights are sorely missed in the new year.

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  6. Such a magical display of lights. Love the idea of a river of lights.

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    1. The river was a pleasant surprise to me. And I was glad it was so mild that I could get reflections on moving water.

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  7. Hmmm, I don't think I see my name on Santa's list.
    That is one spectacular tree!

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    1. My name isn't there either (yes, I had a good look!)

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  8. I especially love the night time reflections.

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    1. These lights are on from 5:30pm to 11pm.
      Though, all the floodlights made it challenging to get a good landscape photo.

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  9. I love Christmas lights. Thanks for the tour!

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    1. I wish I had good pics of all the sights - there were so many!

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  11. I love all the reflections in the water, so pretty. Have a good Christmas :)

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