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As I stated on my Sunday's Summary post, Bud and I attended the annual Christmas Tree lighting ceremonies this past weekend; Harbor Lights Ceremonies. Beginning in the afternoon and going past sundown and into the early night, the city holds a special event. One traditional event that has been held nearly 30 years running. Let me tell you now, that the tree lighting 'marvel' [snide remark] was done this year on a new tree. Last year, the city council decided that the one used yearly for 25 years or more was doomed. Of course it's artificial...in fact it's wired and covered with green garland that juts into the sky 75 feet into the air. I really don't like it much during the daylight hours, but let me tell you...at night, viewing it from a distance from the piers on the bayfront, with the water and reflections of the 50,000 lights...it's so very beautiful. For me personally, I think it's the reflection off the bay waters that appeals to me most. And when the boats at the marina are lighted up with Christmas Lights from the decks high into the night sky, on the masts....well, it's close to phenomenal. We got ourselves a Subway Sub sandwich and drink and went outdoors and sat near the seawall and enjoyed ourselves. It was a beautiful, beautiful evening...temperatures in the lower 70s and a gentle sea breeze. After the tree is lighted then the best part of the evening begins!! The Christmas Boat Parade on the Bay.....












and of course, not to forget the old jolly elf himself...Santa!!



40 comments :

  1. How fun. The Hawaii Kai Boat Parade is the 18th. It's a lot of fun to go to. I've always wanted to enter our boat but never have. One of these years I'm going to do it. :) We always eat at Panda Express when we go. :)

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  2. great reflection. My little camera can't take photos like you.

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  3. Wonderful photos of the Christmas lights and boat parade. I love seeing the lights reflecting.

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  4. The scenes look magical!

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  5. Great photos. We missed the Christmas lighting ceremonies in our area but last year we were able to attend. Fantastic reflections too.

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  6. Wow, colorful lights in the dark! The light reflections on the water are indeed attractive.

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  7. Oooohhh, how fun! I've always wanted to see a Christmas Parade on the water. I think there is just something magical about the lights dancing on the water!
    Thank you for sharing....Happy Holidays!

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  8. What a lovely water parade. Love all the lit up boats and the way the mast head lights give the impression of a Christmas tree.

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  9. Arija I never looked at them that way until you mentioned it. They DO resemble a Christmas tree!!

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  10. It was a really interesting and spectacular event!
    Have a nice day!

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  11. Thanks for commenting on my blog. I love winter illumination! Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day.

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  12. Fantastic pictures and we thank you for sharing them. The sailboat's masts decorations are amazing.
    Happy Wednesday..
    Hugs to Winston, Tahoe and you of course,
    Madi and Mom

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  13. I can really sense the holiday christmas here. Indeed, it is very beautiful looking at it during night time, and lights have that special effect. And the boat, oh, so lovely!

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  14. the lighted boats looks festive :)

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  15. How beautiful with all the lights reflecting in the water. We always enjoyed Daytona Beach Fl. boat parade when we lived there.

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  16. Fun, Fun, Fun parade. Loved your post.

    Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

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  17. Oh I love this parade and the lights are beautiful.

    Merry Christmas

    -Jo
    -LazyonLoblolly

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  18. What fun! I've never heard of lighting boats, but I can see that it's gorgeous!

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  19. great shot on the boats. it must be fun watching the colorful lights ON THE BOATS.

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  20. What fun to attend tree-lighting ceremonies. I haven't done that in a few years.

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  21. Oh Anni this post makes me homesick. I so miss living on the water.
    It has really been calling me since my accident. I keep saying I am going to spend a day sitting on a beach soon but now it has turned so cold. lol
    Hope you put your name in the hat for my giveaway.
    I think of you often wondering how you are doing
    Love
    Maggie

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  22. That must have been beautiful !!

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  23. beautiful lights! the reflections are enchanting.

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  24. Beautiful lights and reflections in the water! Very impressive!

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  25. Beautiful and you are so fortunate for your warm evenings. Cold and rain have been keeping me from enjoying the lights around here.

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  26. Wow love the lights. And the reflection is awesome!
    Fountain of Red

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  27. Lovely photos. I love lighted boat parades. Happy Outdoor Wednesday.

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  28. Those were some beautiful shots.
    If I had a subway,drink in our temps here it would be frozen before I got to the parade.LOL
    Have a great day

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  29. they're so cool! i love them all decorated up in lights... neat!

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  30. Beautiful and some great reflections.
    Thanks for your thoughts regarding the flooding in Australia. It has been happening out in the bush and country areas but we've had our fair share of rain in the city recently too.

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  31. wonderful images! the lights are great.

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  32. What beautiful pictures of boats and lights! My husband would love this, too!

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  33. The reflection of the tree on the water is gorgeous. The boats are all beautiful with their Christmas lights. It sounds like you had a perfect evening.

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  34. Anni, the lights and the reflections are gorgeous... And it's soooo cold there...

    Thanks for your visit and comment. Have a great day :)

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  35. I have not seen a boat parade before. Looks like heaps of fun.

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  36. Aww... I miss the boat parades. We used to live in Simi and visit the Ventura and Channel Islands Harbor boat parades every year. I miss it. I wonder if they have any boat parades down here in Florida? They are sooo much fun!

    oops... I left the comment under the wrong post :)

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  37. sounds like a very nice tradition. Which we has something like that.

    So you call it "beach umbrellas"? We use parasoll when it is for shading and umbrella for raining. :)

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  38. So pretty! :) I love the reflections of the lights on the water.

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  39. WATCHING FOR THE WET STUFF

    Water for the thirsty,
    Water just for play,
    Water for the forests,
    Water for the hay—

    Water’s what we’re seeking,
    Both on sea and land,
    Watching for the wet stuff,
    Cameras in hand.


    © 2010 by Magical Mystical Teacher

    Cutting through the Waters

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  40. Oh, very beautiful. Nighttime Xmas light scenes are so hard to render well. I know it wsa gorgeous there. This is the kind of situation where a little post-production (Photoshop or something like it) can really make the photos sing.

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