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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 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 and I would have recorded. This photo below shows one of my favorite , a locomotive driven by a penguin, and it's only part of the display at this house. The rest is probably on the video.

I took the photo.

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 , 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 , , 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.

I took the photo.

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 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 close-up and close-up below.

I took the photo.

I took the photo.

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.

Pictures and content are original and may not be used without permission, B. Radisavljevic, Copyright 2014, All Rights Reserved

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scheng1 wrote on December 14, 2014, 4:29 AM

Wow, you are like bringing us to a fairyland, and we do not have to pay the entrance fee.

BarbRad wrote on December 14, 2014, 4:37 AM

There is no entrance fee if you attend in person, either. The only problem is finding a place to park close to Vine Street that night.

scheng1 wrote on December 14, 2014, 4:41 AM

That is not a problem for me, because I do not know how to drive.

MegL wrote on December 14, 2014, 4:47 AM

I must take note of this article. I have a couple of Victorian websites that I could link to you on if you like, and embed video?

bestwriter wrote on December 14, 2014, 7:47 AM

Oh what a way to celebrate Christmas - the whole area in the Christmas mood and how!!!

Ellis wrote on December 14, 2014, 8:55 AM

Very nice pics...hope you are feeling better...

BarbRad wrote on December 14, 2014, 1:24 PM

I'd love that, Meg. Be sure to let me see those links somehow on Twitter (barbsbooks) or Tsu (BarbRad) and mention me so I'm sure to see them. Then I'll be able to share them.

BarbRad wrote on December 14, 2014, 1:27 PM

It's just this one area of town that has to put lights on their homes. Many others who live outside that area also decorate their homes. The Victorian Showcase makes it easy to see a lot of Christmas spirit at once. But the special attractions only are there the one night of the year when the whole town turns out.

MegL wrote on December 14, 2014, 2:24 PM

It's nice to see what happens elsewhere.

MegL wrote on December 14, 2014, 2:25 PM

BarbRad . Do you want a link to any particular web site attached to them? Only to happy to provide a link.

AngelSharum wrote on December 14, 2014, 7:14 PM

The lights are pretty. I do love the train.

BarbRad wrote on December 14, 2014, 9:21 PM

I'd like to see them all so I can link to the ones most appropriate from my sites.

BarbRad wrote on December 14, 2014, 9:23 PM

Once I got outside I forgot about all my aches and pains. I'm about to go out again, now that's it's dark, to get some photos of the Christmas lights in our neighborhood.

BarbRad wrote on December 14, 2014, 9:24 PM

I wish I could show the train from every angle. You just can't do it in one shot, and there is so much detail.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on December 15, 2014, 1:44 AM

I hate that you have to miss it this year, but at least you have the photos and video.

MegL wrote on December 15, 2014, 2:42 AM

BarbRad , sorry, I meant did you have a link of your own to one or more of your own sites, that you would like me to add in?

BarbRad wrote on December 15, 2014, 12:47 PM

I don't always go, even when I can. If it's really cold or rainy, I often skip it. It's not much fun to go alone, and Hubby gets tired after a few minutes and complains about the more contemporary music. I know he only goes to humor me. The video isn't the same a being there, especially since copyright issues prevent my being able to video the entire concerts of the choral groups.

maxeen wrote on December 15, 2014, 3:36 PM

You have a picture of my house there.. Enjoyed the snaps .

BarbRad wrote on December 15, 2014, 10:50 PM

I used to have this as a Squidoo lens, which I deleted and what I have here is a condensed version of it. I'm planning when I have time to publish some of those deleted local lenses to a blog, but with all else going on, I haven't had time to do it yet. I'll have to check my local blog to see if there is something there I've forgotten.. I've also posted a few Bubbles with some of other aspects of this, but I'll be deleting those soon. If I have your site links, I'll be able to incorporate them when I get my posts up on my sites.

BarbRad wrote on December 15, 2014, 10:52 PM

How can that be? Aren't you in the UK? What did I miss here? Surely you're not Scrooge or the Grinch!

MegL wrote on December 16, 2014, 3:13 AM


maxeen wrote on December 16, 2014, 4:13 PM

Ha! My Daughter sometimes says we are like scrooge ....

MegL wrote on December 16, 2014, 6:14 PM

&Barbrand One version is here: It's a page for a local Victorian street fair but that's over for this year. I haven't had the pictures yet to add a gallery for this year. I will also put something up on if you are content with that?