We didn’t head for the Holidazzle parades in downtown Minneapolis. Instead, we went to Rice Park in downtown St. Paul yesterday for the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony. The tree is humongous, standing at 60 foot tall, decorated with twenty thousand energy-efficient LED lights and holiday décor. Alongside are the dozens of other glittering trees. Initially, my husband and I were puzzled by the two wires hanging in the sky near the stage in the center of the park. We were amazed when we saw the fuse lighted up and the flame travelled from one end along the wires to the other end to light up the Christmas tree. It was indeed magnificent as the lights were set in a twinkle-frenzy of five minutes per hour.
Next to Rice Park, outside Landmark Center is Wells Fargo WinterSkate. Yesterday marked its grand opening. In addition to the tree-lighting-ceremony and the skating exhibitions, there were dance and music performances as well as fireworks.