Denver’s getting all lit up

Denver City and County Building lights
The Denver City and County Building is lit up every year; this year I made it to the lighting to get a few photos. (Daniel J. Schneider)

Every year, the City and County Building in Denver is covered with thousands of holiday lights from November through the following January. In 2011, reported that according to Yahoo! Travel Denver’s holiday lights displays were ranked fourth in the nation, including the City and County Building, the Denver Zoo Lights and the displays at the Denver Botanic Garden.

According to, over 600,000 lights go on from Denver’s Union Station to the City and County Building during the Grand Illumination.

Boy holds candle at lighting of lights
Three young men were still holding lit candles a few minutes after the City and County Building was switched on, sitting at the foot of a dark lamppost before the steps of the brightly-lit building. (Daniel J. Schneider)
Girl in Pink, Lights in Green
This young lady, riding her grandfather’s shoulders, is enthralled by the shifting, moving lights on the freshly-lit Denver City and County Building. (Daniel J. Schneider)
City and County Building Holiday Lights 2010
The City and County Building covered in holiday lights for the 2010 holiday season in Denver, Colo. (Daniel J. Schneider)

All these photos are shot using a Canon EF20mm f/2.8 at 2.8 and ISO800. Adjustments were minor and include white balance and slight noise reduction.