This yuletide, the town has been treating its residents with a new festive event. Every evening since the first Sunday of Advent, the two pedestrian bridges crossing the river Aura have been turned into a fairyland of colour and sound.
The Theatre Bridge was converted into an enchanted forest with 200 spruce trees, 6000 LED lamps, numerous colour-changing lights, spotlights – and speakers echoing farytale forest sounds such as whispering of elves and howling of wolves.
I went to shoot the bridge on the first Sunday in December when the river had been frozen for a while and we even had some snow. The ideal winter weather was carrying a constant stream of strollers to marvel at the show.
The above photos span half an hour or so. The performance at the Library Bridge (below) is more low-key: just colour with the addition of a few speakers playing Christmas carols and other season-related melodies.
The evening acts will continue until Epiphany, the so-called Three Kings’ Day on January 6. The views have been less wintry for quite some time now. According to the latest forecast, our New Year’s Eve may be record mild (around 6°C or 43°F) but colder weather is expected to return after that.
Happy New Year to you all! Let’s make it a good one, colourful and bright for the young and old alike.