MTM: Bright Nights

I mentioned when I started doing the MTM posts that Edmonton is Festival City. Well, this is the only winter festival that I enjoy!

This event has been raising funds for charities and food for the Edmonton Food Bank for eleven years now. In the last few years they have been working towards being more energy efficient too and are claiming this season to be a "carbon-neutral event"!

“In our continued pursuit of environmental sustainability, we are pleased to have made so many strides with BrightNights,” says Chamber President and CEO Martin Salloum. “We are excited that this year we are not only bigger and brighter, but also greener.”

Alas, this year we have not managed to attend ourselves, the best night to go is the opening night. That is the night they allow you to walk through the park and they only allow city buses into the park. Or at least that is how they had it the one year we made it on the first night. The rest of the time it is open, you are driving your car through the park. Admittedly that is usually much warmer in this neck of the woods, but if you happen to be the one doing the driving your attention gets split and then you just get frustrated.

This year they have put some of these wonderful displays up in Churchill Square downtown and our Legislature grounds are always very prettily decorated. I might get a chance to get out a get some photos later this week.

Yes, I am still photo-less on my computer, so many thanks to the contributors above.

Have a good day all.

MTM is hosted by Travis Erwin.

EDIT: top three photos by: Douglas Dollars, bottom photo by: Susanne & Stefan Herz

Sorry I didn't get this in earlier, I am at work and actually had to do something!


Leah J. Utas said...

Excellent pics. Who are the contributors?
I saw the decorations at the legislature once many long years ago. Quite something.

Jay said...

Great Christmas display. And great pics too. I love Christmas lights.

debra said...

Lovely lights :-)

Gary Rith Pottery Blog said...

Probably unbelieveably cold there, so why not have fun?

Reb said...

Thanks Leah..I got interrupted, I have edited to add the names.

Jay, it is very lovely.

Debra, thanks.

Gary, it is rather chilly, yes.

Anonymous said...

Lovely lights! Are they going LED? (That is our goal with the after-Christmas/Boxing Day sales.)

Reb said...

Kcinnova, yes, they went LED a couple of years ago and this year they have ditched the diesel generators and are getting power from wind farms.

Hilary said...

Looks colourful and whimsical. I can remember eons ago, walking through a park in Simcoe, Ontario, which had dozens of themed light displays. It was an extremely cold night and though the lights were beautiful, we needed to warm up. I drank my first Tim Horton's coffee that night.. and to date, it was the best one I'd ever had.

Reb said...

Hilary, it is a sight to behold. The blurb that I added there is a link and it mentions there are over 900 displays and some are over 40 feet tall!