The Botanical Garden in Fort Bragg (Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens) puts on a Festival of Lights each Holiday season. It is more elaborate each year. We braved the cold wet weather for some holiday cheer.
If a local garden or park does something similar, I urge you to go out and enjoy the sight.
When I was a child, living in Virginia, we always went into Washington D.C. to see the lights at Christmas. I still remember the wonder of those bright decorations in the store fronts and the streets.
We now do something similar, taking the train into San Francisco sometime before Christmas and choosing one special ornament each to remember the year. Do you have your own holiday tradition to honor the light as the days are at their shortest?
These flowers are made by the colored lights being pushed into wine bottles, fitting for Mendocino wines.
There was even smoke coming from the volcano.
And this was our favorite.
We finished our walk just as the rain started.
what beautiful colours, I love the lights of Christmas.. not Christmas especially but the lights! So a perfect Christmas post for me! c
Thank you Cecilia for visiting. Yes, I think the lights are special as well.
Glittering lights are one of the best bits about Christmas for me, they’re so pretty, I love seeing them on the houses around us. We always used to take a trip into London to see the Christmas lights 🙂
When I was very young we lived outside London for a few years, it was always a part of our Christmas tradition as well. It wasn’t that long after the war so it was very special to my mother, she had walked the streets as an inspector during the blackouts.
Oh wow, how interesting! What a radical difference that must have been for her?!
Oh Liz, what a glorious sight to behold. For some reason, Christmas lights always make me tear up XX
Me too, they are definitely nostalgic and touch something deeply emotional.
What fagnificent lights…something that we don’t see much of here in Finland. Every once in a while some one will have strung a string of clear lights on a pine tree in the yard or perhaps around a railing and so it is all rather simple, but beautiful in it’s own way. Your light tour was definitely an elaborate show of color! Happy Holidays!
Hello, they were spectacular. A few years ago we didn’t see many residential lights, but now they are back in full force. The show at the Gardens is on an entirely different level! Thank you for visiting. It’s such fun to find out the customs in other countries. Personally I like the elegance of restraint when it comes to decorating with lights. Clear lights are lovely and emphasize the beauty of nature.
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