The Vine Street Victorian Christmas Showcase in Paso Robles
Because I'm confined to the house after my recent surgery, I'm not doing what I would normally be doing tonight – walking through the Victorian Christmas Showcase on Vine Street in Downtown Paso Robles. Actually, what I would really be doing at this time of night, long after the showcase is over, is editing the many photos and videos I would have recorded. This photo below shows one of my favorite decorations , a locomotive driven by a penguin, and it's only part of the display at this house. The rest is probably on the video.
Attending the annual Paso Robles event is like stepping back in time. All the houses within the blocks encompassed by the showcase are decorated with lights , and there are Christmas sounds and activities everywhere. As you walk along the sidewalk or the middle of the street (blocked to all but foot traffic for the traditional event) you will pass carolers , choirs , dancers, ice carvers, and stations offering hot cider, coffee, hot chocolate, popcorn, and other goodies that vary from year to year. Various churches and community groups man these refreshment stations and contribute to the various forms of entertainment along the route. Here is a photo of the ice sculptor at work.
At the beginning of the event there is a parade to kick it off. Then people roam the street and sidewalks and choose where they will seek entertainment. Those with children may stop at the snow slide. I personally like to stop for the choir concerts, though more comtemporary Christmas music is also to be heard. One man plays a grand piano on his veranda as people go by. I recorded this video of the event last year. What was seen tonight was probably very similar. So I hope you enjoy this narrated tour. The most popular parts of the event, both of which I've captured in video, are the Grinch's house and the house of S#crooge. Both engage the audience with their comments. Scrooge hates them all as they try to get him in the Christmas spirit. The Grinch is just funny. I've given you a shot of the Grinch close-up and Scrooge close-up below.
I spent a couple of hours strolling the event with my camera. I've condensed the experience into a few minutes of video and included parts of the music I enjoyed most. So please come along with me and enjoy.
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