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Downtown for the holidays


downtown christmas decorations

It was a rather gloomy, hazy day today but I got myself on the train to go downtown anyway. I like to go this time of year to wander around and look at the holiday decorations. Above is one of the Christmas trees at Grand Park with Los Angeles City Hall in the background. I did the best I could to bump up the blue sky but it just wasn’t there.

downtown christmas decorations

The shocking pink color scheme of the tree matches the color of the chairs and tables throughout the park.

downtown christmas decorationsThis is my favorite photo of the day. A selfie with City Hall behind me reflected in the pink ball.

downtown christmas decorations
I always like a cigarette that can tell a good joke!

downtown christmas decorationsTrees at the midpoint of the park adorned with gifts.

downtown christmas decorationsThe Arthur J. Will Memorial Fountain at the north end of Grand Park with another Christmas tree.

Arthur J. Will Memorial FountainIt wouldn’t be Christmas without palm trees.

Arthur J. Will Memorial Fountain
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Music Center hiding behind the tree. The Music Center is north of Grand Park, across Grand Avenue. The Music Center actually just celebrated its 50th birthday. I should do a post on that.

Arthur J. Will Memorial Fountain

Another selfie!

Arthur J. Will Memorial Fountain
Looking back at City Hall.

Arthur J. Will Memorial Fountain

downtown christmas decorations

I was disappointed there was no tree at the Music Center this year but I guess Grand Park made up for it. However, the area was festively decorated.

Arthur J. Will Memorial FountainAnd a nice bow on the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

downtown christmas decorationsMoving south on Grand Avenue I saw these trees inside the lobby at California Plaza. They came out pretty well despite all the reflections on the glass.

downtown christmas decorations

California Plaza really came through in a big Christmassy way. There were some kiddies running around in great excitement at this display.

downtown christmas decorations

Note the train running around the base of the display. I love trains whether real or scale model.

downtown christmas decorations
I also love reflections.

A beautiful purply tree inside the Wells Fargo Center.

downtown christmas decorations
Purple happens to be my favorite color so if there’s anything better than a purple Christmas tree, it’s two purple Christmas trees!

Wells Fargo Plaza building
And so you don’t think I’m playing favorites with Wells Fargo, the Bank of America Plaza across the street sports these planters with beautiful red, white and gold begonias and poinsettias.

downtown christmas decorations
Red and white begonias seem to be very popular all over the city this year.
downtown christmas decorations
At this point I was about decorated out. But I was happy that I made the effort to capture a little holiday spirit.

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Author: RMW

I am an explorer and creative person. I've had many jobs, careers and interests... everything in life and the universe fascinates me. Born in Brighton, England, I've lived my entire adult life in Los Angeles, California. A few years ago I rediscovered photography which is a great excuse to get outside and look. I'm also in the process of re-writing some of my unpublished short stories and possibly a novel. .

10 thoughts on “Downtown for the holidays

  1. Thank you for the fabulous tour, Roslyn! Love these beautiful Christmas trees and decorations. Merry Christmas to you! 🙂


  2. Agree with your favorite shot of the day ~ that is pretty cool & clever 🙂
    A post that is a perfect thing for me, as I am getting into the Christmas spirit and sunshine is needed too. Cheers.


  3. Thanks for taking us to downtown L.A., Ros, for the spirit of SoCal Christmas. I like the reflective shots that catch you shooting from behind. Very artsy! Yes, they did you right with the purple trees this year, indeed. 🙂 Merry Christmas, my friend.


  4. Wow, amazing colors! We were in LA last month but decorations weren’t up yet 😒 Would have loved to see these but thanks for the photos, which are terrific!


  5. Oh gosh ! What a fabulous showcase,what a brilliant parade of Christmas decorations and trees and not only !
    Thanks dear friend Roslyn for the wonderful tour all over this festive ambiance !!! I so much enjoyed each photo for different reasons and I loved the selfies ! Bless you for the work you did ! Merry Christmas my new friend ! Have an enjoyable festive season!
    Doda 🙂 ~(˘▾˘~)
    PS : I’m so glad the rain didn’t spoil your day 🙂


  6. Very festive and colourful. Lovely.


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