Friday, December 11, 2015

What Happened to the Christmas Train?

Showcase Past


In the few years I've been able to attend the Vine Street Victorian Showcase, one of our loveliest Paso Robles December traditions, there are certain Christmas displays I like to photograph year after year. One of these is the house that displays this train. I will show you more photos of this house below.

Other popular attractions are Scrooge's house, of course, and another is the home of the Grinch. These usually draw large crowds.

This is a video of the Grinch's 2010 performance.


If you can bear with me as I walk through the crowd to finally get close enough to catch Scrooge's 2010 performance, you can get a feel for what the audience eats up and responds to as Scrooge dishes it out.



One other house has also drawn me to it year after year. It is the house with the Christmas train. I have put a close-up of it taken in 2011 beside the first paragraph at the top. I wish I could put the rest of these photos side by side in a row, but I can't. So I will put them as you would see them left to right if you were standing in front of this decorated house. You can click each photo to enlarge it to see the details.

Vine Street Victorian Showcase 2011, ©B. Radisavljevic

Vine Street Victorian Showcase 2011, ©B. Radisavljevic

Vine Street Victorian Showcase 2011, ©B. Radisavljevic

Vine Street Victorian Showcase 2011, ©B. Radisavljevic

Vine Street Victorian Showcase 2011, ©B. Radisavljevic
Close-up of Penguin Slide from First Photo, ©B. Radisavljevic
















Vine Street Decorated New Construction, 2015, ©B. Radisavljevic
Vine Street Decorated New Construction, 2015, ©B. Radisavljevic

Showcase Present


Since this is one of my favorite displays, I was trying to find it on my walk this week. I knew approximately where it normally is, but it wasn't anywhere near there.

Finally, I got back to 14th and Vine, Scrooge's former home for the Showcase, and I talked to the owner of the house who was in the front yard and told her I was trying to find it. She solved the mystery for me. I discovered I had seen its place at the beginning of my walk and even photographed the house where it had been. Except now it is this new construction. Even so, it is decorated. I hope maybe the more spectacular display will be back next year. This was not the only new construction on the route of the Vine Street Showcase, but it's the most festive.

What is your favorite holiday tradition in your town?