Christmas Lights in Lyon

There is not a lot that can be said about Christmas lights and decorations around the city. They are welcome during the short days of December and they justify walking around the city camera in hand.

I filmed more than I photographed this year. The resulting short film of the Christmas Lights in Lyon is now available on my YouTube channel and embedded below.

Once again editing this short highlighted how much I have to learn about filming and editing. I need to film with a narrative in mind. Photography rewards capturing a single moment; filming needs context and a story to weave the scenes together. It is going to be a long road to any sense of mastery.

Photographs of Lyon’s Christmas Lights

Lyon’s Christmas Market

Christmas market.

A Christmas market appears in Lyon near the beginning of December. It is held in Place Carnot infront of Perrache train station.

The square is full of Christmas themed stalls. Most of the stalls are dedicated to food and drink, with a good mix of trade crafts and other bits as well. A small internationally themed cluster of stalls makes an appearance and is always fun; these stalls sell local treats from each represented country.

We have made a habit of going with the intention of treating ourselves to a food item from a stall. This year, partly in honour of our Belgium trip, we choose freshly cooked waffles. The waffles were on sticks, shaped like a Christmas tree, and had Nutella smeared on them.

Christmas decorations in the square
Christmas decorations in the square
The square Father Christmas figures returned this year.
The square Father Christmas figures returned this year.
A stall selling food and drink.
A stall selling food and drink.
A stall selling handcrafted goods
A stall selling handcrafted goods
Every French event requires a carousel.
Every French event requires a carousel.
Illuminated statue in Place Carnot in Lyon.
Illuminated statue in Place Carnot in Lyon.
Marshmallows. Our treat last year.
Marshmallows. Our treat last year.
Oven built on a pile of wood.
Oven built on a pile of wood.
Christmas decorations.
Christmas decorations.
Tree wrapped in lights.
Tree wrapped in lights.
A stall selling food and drink.
A stall selling food and drink.
A man cuts into nougat.
A man cuts into nougat.
A stall selling beers and hot wine.
A stall selling beers and hot wine.
Chocolate available for sale.
Chocolate available for sale.
A stall selling freshly cooked waffles.
A stall selling freshly cooked waffles.
Christmas decorations.
Christmas decorations.

Christmas Decorations Around Sydney

Happy Christmas banners adorn the city of Sydney

Decorations started appearing around the city of Sydney in November. As we sped from one event to another around the city, it was difficult to resist stopping and taking the odd photo.

Happy Christmas banners adorn the city of Sydney
Happy Christmas banners adorn the city of Sydney
Myer Food Court - Christmas trees line the entrance
Myer Food Court – Christmas trees line the entrance
Manly - decorations wait to be unboxed
Manly – decorations wait to be unboxed
Manly - decorations wait on a bench
Manly – decorations wait on a bench
Darling Harbour - Father Christmas looms over a boat
Darling Harbour – Father Christmas looms over a boat
Darling Harbour - Father Christmas looks down on shoppers
Darling Harbour – Father Christmas looks down on shoppers
Darling Harbour - Father Christmas looks down from the shopping centre
Darling Harbour – Father Christmas looks down from the shopping centre
Darling Harbour - Father Christmas hangs onto the Convention Centre
Darling Harbour – Father Christmas hangs onto the Convention Centre
Sydney City Westfield - a light decoration
Sydney City Westfield – a light decoration
MCA living Christmas tree
MCA living Christmas tree
The Rocks - MCA's living Christmas tree of plants
The Rocks – MCA’s living Christmas tree of plants
The Rocks - two Christmas wreaths
The Rocks – two Christmas wreaths

A year ago, I was photographing Christmas decorations in Melbourne.

Christmas Show at Crown Casino

Christmas Tree at Crown Casino in Melbourne

Oddly, Melbourne’s casino has a Christmas show aimed at young children. We caught the lunch time show along with crowds of tired parents and little ones. Australia has a strange relationship with gambling.

I managed to film the entire show. You can watch it below or in High Definition (HD) on YouTube.

Christmas Tree at Crown Casino in Melbourne
Christmas Tree at Crown Casino in Melbourne