Quiet, comforting NYE light show in Edmonton caps tumultuous year in 2020

The New Year’s Eve light show in Edmonton was closer to the ground this time around. With no big fireworks show in the sky, it was time for the bridges and buildings to shine. 

“It was a quiet, comforting way to enjoy New Year’s Eve this year,” said Shannon den Besten, Civic Precinct Supervisor with the City of Edmonton.

“We hoped the lights would bring smiles to people’s faces, and show how pretty our city is.” 

The idea was to dress up some of Edmonton’s landmarks in a Northern Lights colour theme. 

The High Level Bridge:

High Level Bridge in Northern Lights theme, December 31, 2020.

The new Walterdale Bridge and old Rossdale power plant:

View of Walterdale Bridge and separated shared-use path, old Rossdale power plant, December 31, 2020.View of Walterdale Bridge and separated shared-use path, old Rossdale power plant, December 31, 2020.

The pyramids at the Muttart Conservatory: 

Muttart Conservatory, December 31, 2020.

Edmonton City Hall: 

City Hall, Edmonton, December 31, 2020.

Some buildings on the skyline helped with the lighter mood, too.

Christmas colours on TELUS Building, Fairmont Hotel Macdonald, December 31, 2020.

“We wish everyone in Edmonton a very Happy New Year and all the best in 2021,” said den Besten.