It’s Christmas time in the city + Holdman lights

Last weekend, we took advantage of the good weather (i.e. no rain) to view Christmas lights in the city. The local and provincial government buildings are adorned with sparkling, twinkling Christmas lights.

This is the Agusan Provincial Capitol.

The lights change color from time to time.

The trees that line the sides of the capitol grounds are also decked with lights.

Plus, the fountain is working.

The Butuan City Hall does not want to be left behind with the holiday festivities.The building is decked with lights.

There is also a fountain. Unfortunately, I was not able to take more photos because I was running low on camera batteries. I had to rely on my cousin’s tablet to take photos.

Below is the giant Christmas tree on the city hall grounds. The tree is decorated with native fans (abaniko).

I ran a poll which of the two building looks better.  Result: Capitol:3 votes  City Hall: 2 votes.

Because of these lights, I remembered and episode in “How I Met Your Mother”  where Ted showed a house adorned with Christmas lights which the blinking of the lights was choreographed with music.  I found the video online and I was hoping the people who worked on these lights in the capitol and city hall can recreate the same light show next year.

This house is in Pleasantgrove, Utah.  Equipped with such talent, Mr. Holden programmed this lighting display splendidly. I have not seen anything like it before. What is even more amazing is that the lights ran on wind-power. The power bill for the month would only cost him $150.  Because the display attracted a lot of people, traffic worsen in the gated community where he lives. Thus, display for this year was in the Valley Fair mall.  I think it was not as impressive as 2010 video but it is a start.

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