Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Christmas Lights and Hot Cocoa

We often travel in the weeks leading up to Christmas, and whether it be for work or leisure, we try to fit in a visit to local holiday light displays. 

I have seen too many to count over the years but I thought I would share the following with you on this 6th day of the 12 Days Blogmas Challenge.

Glittering Lights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway - This annual event held at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, is in its 17th year and benefits the Speedway Children's Charity. With over 3 million LED lights, this drive-thru Christmas light display is quite amazing. If you prefer, you can book a spot on the open air Santa tram, sit back and enjoy the show. There is also a living Nativity on certain nights in December, as a community project by area churches. It's a lot of fun.


Photo courtesy of Glittering Lights at the Speedway
Christmas Windows at Disney Parks - Disney does an amazing job at all of their holiday decorations and while the animated Christmas windows aren't strictly Christmas light displays, they are a wonderful reminder of the days when our parents would load us up in the family station wagon and join our cousins for a treat of hot cocoa and hot roasted cashews from a street vendor as we oohed and aahed over the Christmas windows at the T. Eaton Store in downtown Toronto. Those days are long past but you can still see animated windows at Ogilvy's department store in Montreal (for this year at least, I've heard this may be changing in future.)


Mickey window at Disneyland (sorry about the lights reflecting from across the street)
Canadian Pacific Holiday Train - The CP Holiday Train has been traveling across Canada and the northern U.S. since 1999. Stopping in towns along the way to entertain folks as they collect items for local food banks, the Holiday Train has raised more than C$13 million and four million pounds of food along its routes. This moving Christmas Light display is extra special for our family since both my husband and eldest daughter work for CP Rail. Hubby has been the engineer on the train twice over the years, and our daughter has been able to take our grandson for a ride on it a couple of time. (I get to be the driver, dropping them off at one station and picking them up at the next but I don't mind, the entertainment is always first rate!)

Here's a video of last year's run in Alberta (it was so cold I thought my fingers would freeze onto my phone while taking it!)



Boulder City Parade and the House on 5th Street - Another moving light display, Santa's Electric Night Parade in Boulder City Nevada is a fun event with a lot of community involvement. The city also boasts the home of the 2016 winners of ABC's "The Great Christmas Light Fight" (I don't have a good photo but check out the link for a video from 13 Action News)


Little princesses in Santa's Electric Night Parade 
Clark County Museum - I love visiting this little museum during the holidays. Located in Henderson, Nevada, the Clark County Museum celebrates the season with their Heritage Holidays event. Two nights of family fun and holiday activities in early December. They decorate the houses on Heritage Street, both inside and out, reflecting the time period of each home. I've seen the decorations several times but I'm still looking forward to attending the Heritage Holiday event for the first time this weekend!



Upper Canada Village - My last entry is also at a museum, this time the living history, Upper Canada Village. We were fortunate to attend one of their Alight at Night events with a group of coworkers and had a fantastic evening. There are carolers, lights, refreshments, wagon rides, and (if you are well dressed and can stand the cold) miniature train rides along the St. Lawrence River. If you are ever in the area, this park is well worth the visit.



These are just a few of the spots we have enjoyed during the holiday season. Of course, a person doesn't need to travel to find Christmas lights since most communities have displays and many have parades as well. Visiting the lights and enjoying a Christmas treat with friends and family is a great way to take some time to relax during the hectic holiday season.