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Enchanted Forest: Christmas Lights Photo Tour

Friday, November 16, 2012

After a long day (140 fitness minutes of the elliptical and kickboxing for my morning workout) and a poor bridge game, I was tired, but when Mom and Angus offered to take me to the opening of the Enchanted Forest lights display at our local zoo park, I jumped at the chance. They always kick it off with a walk through tour only, with no cars allowed. It was a great evening for a change, not too cold. The last time we did it, it was bitterly cold with a high wind chill.
We got to start off with the VIP's grand opening -can you believe this, ONE switch turns the WHOLE site on at once!!
This was the newest display:

Two baby polar bears:

A seal:

An igloo:

Santa's workshop:

Santa taking off. It was animated, with the reindeer's legs moving which you can't see in a still photo of course :P

Mom always loves her pointsettas, buys a bunch every year :)

Presents :)

There was an animated hockey scene with the goalie having just been scored on. In the background is a continuously moving 'fireworks' display and Noah's ark!

Caught more of the fireworks:

I didn't get a good photo of the animated curling scene -it showed a guy delivering a rock, two sweepers going down to the other end of the rink, and the skip with his broom in the correct position. This was the start:

Candy Lane

A close up shows these figures are all rope lights, and well maintained as there were none burned out in spite of these being many years old:

Cute stocking:

Neat cracker:

Fairy tree :)

Bison

Eagles. We actually have two pair of bald eagles that nest in our city in the summer:

They had the Twelve Days of Christmas, including these Three French Hens :)

Dancers:

Milking Maids:

Liked the Lords leaping -the skipping ropes moved:

The pipers:

The drummers. I briefly played the drums in a school band and tried a pipe & drum corps, but never performed in either as I was too painfully shy:

A wonderful Nativity Scene:

coyotes:

Got to have more wildlife, after all its in a zoo park :)

Kind of an odd combo:

Proceeds go to:

SIGA is a big sponsor of a lot of things around our city, thanks to their highly popular casinos:

The Indian's arrow on target:

Singing birds:

Kitty in a shoe:

This was animated, one squirrel drops a nut from the tree and the other one comes running and snatches it away:

The roadway had these neat arches, peace & joy is what they say:

Our city has the largest lights display of its kind in Canada:

The snowflakes were constantly changing colors:

What I really enjoyed seeing was these massive pine trees decorated with small LED lights, looked so impressive:

Peacocks!

Eddie

Just LOVE these trees:

Its Canada, eh, got to get a mountie in here ;)

It took us an hour to go through it all it was so big. I fast jogged through it all, with stops to get photos or I would have been there all night :P It felt good to do that and not get out of breath. We had a brief stop for hot chocolate in water with two cookies, one a ginger snap and one a oatmeal date cookie. All the displays are sponsored by individual companies as no one company could afford to do it all. Kind of nice they are all cooperating to help raise funds.
I came home, saw the laundry was free, so did a quick load, vacuumed, had supper and finished up Sparking.
I am hoping to go walking in the morning with the Probus group, then attend Dorothy's funeral.
I hope you enjoyed walking along in the lights tour with me :)
Have a Fantastic Friday all!
Hugs,
Linda
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  • v ENUFF81020
    Hi there,

    A town that is about an hour and a half from here does a "Festival of lights" event and the lights are a lot like these. (It is near my husband's home town and where Mitchell went to college. We would take everyone when we went to pick him up from school.)
    They used to do a parade that we never got to see with all of their lights on display in the parade. I always wished I could see that so I could see how they could make the lights mobile. Your photos sure bring back memories.

    As always, many thanks for sharing with us!!
    Sylvia
    1375 days ago
  • v NYKIMMIE
    emoticon looks like a great place!
    1383 days ago
  • v POSITIVELY_EB
    Love the pics as always! Especially, the pine trees - so pretty!

    HUGS!
    1383 days ago
  • v JUNEAU2010
    I've never seen lights like that! Thanks for sharing.
    I'll be working tomorrow, but I will think of you at her funeral. emoticon
    1383 days ago
  • v PHEBESS
    Wow, what an amazing place to visit!!!!
    1383 days ago
  • v KNITTABLES
    What an amazing photo blog you did, I love looking at Christmas Decorations outside and it is nice that everyone got together to help out. Have a great walk and hugs for tomorrow.
    1383 days ago
  • v WATERMELLEN
    What an amazing light show . . . you got fantastic pictures!! Really love those massive trees, so pretty with the tiny lights. I can see why it would be fun to be there for the flip of the switch!!

    1383 days ago
  • v C8TSON
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    1384 days ago
  • v 1BEACHWALKER
    Thanks for sharing...hope you have a great weekend Linda. Even though you have to go to a funeral today...hang in there. My sympathies. emoticon
    1384 days ago
  • v LUVSBULLDOGS
    A great holiday tour of lights. Thanks for posting the pictures.
    1384 days ago
  • v HAPPYSOUL91
    What a great way to get in your exercise, enjoying the sites!
    1384 days ago
  • v GAYEMC
    What a cool display. Our zoo in Portland does something like that also. I love the Holiday lights!
    1384 days ago
  • v PRINCESSAMY
    Those were some wonderful pictures. I cannot wait until the displays are up in my neck of the woods!!!
    1384 days ago
  • v MEXGAL1
    Wow, what a neat display. Thanks for taking the time to take photos and post and share with us.
    Have a terrific day.
    Sallie
    1384 days ago
  • v SUZYMOBILE
    How beautiful! My favorites are the LED lights on the pine trees, though. I'm a sucker for little lights in trees.
    1384 days ago
  • v CRYSTALJEM
    Wow! What wonderful pictures. I haven't heard that Regina has theirs up yet and when I drove by where it usually is I didn't see anything (but it was daylight and I did for get to pay particular attention). I haven't been to ours for a few years, maybe will go again this year - it was nothing compared to yours though and I thought ours was pretty good. Your pics could be used for promotion they are so cool. Weather permitting I'd definitely rather do a walking tour than driving. Thank you so much for sharing this Linda - you've put me in "the spirit" this morning.

    Hope your walk goes well. Thinking of you today. Hugs.

    CJ
    1384 days ago
  • v GERIKRAGH
    What a wonderful way to start the season! Thank you for sharing.
    1384 days ago
  • v NEW-CAZ
    Magical! I'm so glad you went and enjoyed it.

    1384 days ago
  • v ANGRITTER
    That was amazing! I loved the peacocks as we have a peacock farm down the road - well, we did, and now we just have wild peacocks that show up in your yard and holler out and scare you to death because they sound like kids yelling!

    Our zoo does something every year as well, but I haven't been in years. It just costs too much.

    Thank you for sharing!
    1384 days ago
  • v HICKOK-HALEY
    That was wonderful. I'm glad you went. Looks like so much fun. My Mom loved pointsettas. I think that was my favorite!
    1384 days ago
  • v FITANDFIFTY2
    How awesome! Thank you for sharing! Hugs, Kathy emoticon
    1384 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/16/2012 1:05:39 AM
  • v LJCANNON
    emoticon What a Lovely Park!! Our Christmas Park Display will open this Saturday. I am hoping to walk through it at least a few times this year.
    Thanks for sharing your walk with us!!
    1384 days ago
  • v BRACEYM1
    Looks great. I love lights in the winter
    1384 days ago
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