Saturday, November 22, 2008

Lighting of the Doves 2008 - costumes galore

Russian symphony performer who played traditional Russian songs

Line waiting to experience the ice slide on an inner tube.

Santa Cow (I suppose. We weren't formally introduced.)

Across the waterway from the park. Lights were lit about everywhere in the park to give the place a festive feeling.

A variety of cultural presentation by dance were performed by dance schools and folkloric groups such as this one. Native costumes to celebrate Christmas highlighted the festivities, representing the diversity of culture present in The Woodlands residents and businesses.

Derechin Elementary School ornament trees.

The skating rink

And the familiar Christmas tree

Russian folkore

Japanese booth, one of many countries represented in booths. There were several South and Central American countries represented also.

You know this guy, our own Puffy Pine Cone with his Santa helper's hat

One of the international dance schools present

Another dance school

The 100 foot ice slide

The ice sculpture activity

It was international night in The Woodlands with the grand displays of talent from afar. As The Woodlands celebrated the arrival of a new Christmas season, many joined to witness the fanfare which included celebrities such as Hayes Carll and Grupo Batachá. The fireworks display seemed to be everywhere to those inside and outside of the Town Green Park next to the Pavilion.

This year the ice skating rink has moved to the Waterway at Six Pines on the southern end of the park. The presentation inside and outside looks much the same as in past years.

Derichin Elementary displayed trees of international ornaments from each grade. Congrats children on your work. You did a fine job.

Santa came all decked out landing aboard a boat on the waterway. This is always very popular with the kids, but this year seemed to attract the adults equally.

Based on observations, I would estimate that there were 1000+ cars parked in the two designated parking lots. Add to that those who parked on the streets nearby, one would probably double that number. There is no doubt that thousands of people attended. Traffic was quite congested late in the evening, around 5-6PM and there were many people in the park. The skating rink did not seem full but certainly busy. This is a great family event and it is free except for parking, food and drink and some of the special attractions like the ice skating rink and the ice slide.