Happy new year!

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It was a quieter evening than usual on Thursday night at Calgary’s Olympic Plaza, typically home to the city’s new year’s eve celebrations. With the public health emergency still ongoing, there was no big party and no official fireworks display to ring in 2021. Seen here are some of the Christmas lights at Olympic Plaza in the foreground, with Calgary’s Historic City Hall in seasonal colours in the background.

Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas

Skaters enjoy the view of a giant Christmas tree and the surrounding cityscape at Olympic Plaza in downtown Calgary, earlier this month. Best wishes of the season to all!

Dear Santa

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Dear Santa

Santa Claus gets ready to take a peek at a last-minute Christmas wish before he checks his list twice and heads out on his annual visit. This scene was from a light show outside the Rio hotel in Las Vegas in December 2018.

Candy cane

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Candy cane

Alas this one’s just to look at, of course, not for eating.

Lone snowflake

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Lone snowflake

Here’s one solitary artificial snowflake, a Christmas decoration spotted at a Las Vegas hotel last year.

String of festive lights

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String of festive lights

Something to brighten the mood in the lead-up to Christmas.

Ho, ho … oh, oh!

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Oh oh!

Last year, I captured this Christmas display (from behind) in the door of a business in the Downtown Container Park in Las Vegas. Little did I know what kind of “oh, oh” we were all in for in the year to follow.

Frosty and friends

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Frosty and friends

From a couple of years ago: Frosty the Snowman (I presume?) hangs out with his pals as part of one of many displays at a winter lights show outside the Rio hotel in Las Vegas.

Scarecrow Santa

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Scarecrow Santa

An excellent repurposing of a fall staple! Spotted in Calgary’s Sunnyside neighbourhood.

Party at the back

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Party at the back

I’ve never wandered down the alley behind the businesses on Kensington Crescent N.W. in Calgary. Their back sides are definitely more colourful than their façades!