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Wollishofener 19.11.2010 21:40

new Christmas lighting at Bahnhofstrasse Zürich
 
I yesterday evening saw the new Christmas lighting at Bahnhofstrasse Zürich. It is really nice

http://www.aargauerzeitung.ch/altdat...erImage/detail

Midas 19.11.2010 21:43

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I saw it too, at midnight, strangely it was flashing on and off like a strobe, quite strange.

Kittster 19.11.2010 21:44

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Is it already on? I'm sure I'll love Lucy ;-)

Wollishofener 19.11.2010 21:51

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Originally Posted by Kittster (Post 1019175)
Is it already on? I'm sure I'll love Lucy ;-)

Yesterday it was fully on at 8pm, but got shut down at 11pm, and then apparently re-started. Heard that it is the test-phase until next Wednesday, and then will officially be started on Thursday.

19.11.2010 22:35

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A few years ago I saw the Bahnhofstrasse lighting almost exactly the same as this and was told it was for the last time, as they were going to "modernise" their decorations. Apparently the change didn't go down well, so they decided to go back to the old-style which I have to say IS better!

Tamala 19.11.2010 22:58

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When I visited Zürich in December last year, my Swiss friend was so ashamed of the decorations that he refused to take me to Bahnhofstrasse. :D

Deep Purple 19.11.2010 23:29

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I understand why the last ones were not universally popular. I guess they were a bit radical and modern for some.

I actually liked them, partly for the technological aspects. I am equally looking forward to seeing the new ones at Christmas. They seem to be a good combination of modern and traditional.


boxcarracer 20.11.2010 15:59

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Quote:

Originally Posted by petitepart (Post 1019206)
A few years ago I saw the Bahnhofstrasse lighting almost exactly the same as this and was told it was for the last time, as they were going to "modernise" their decorations. Apparently the change didn't go down well, so they decided to go back to the old-style which I have to say IS better!

Yea that's what my coworkers told me... people were really turned off by the new lighting!

foliorose 20.11.2010 16:53

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Originally Posted by Wollishofener (Post 1019179)
Yesterday it was fully on at 8pm, but got shut down at 11pm, and then apparently re-started. Heard that it is the test-phase until next Wednesday, and then will officially be started on Thursday.

So Thursday the 25th is the actual lighting ceremony? Has anyone attended? Is it worth going? Thanks!

grover 21.11.2010 12:23

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Personally, I did not really enjoy the lights from recent years. I am not a huge fan of the modern and thought that the lighting lost a lot of its charm when they decided to modernize it. I am looking forward to seeing the new lights. Thanks for letting me know that they are already up. I have not been to the official ceremony before, but am hoping to make it next week.

Guest 22.11.2010 11:54

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I thought the old 'new' ones were a great concept & would've grown to be loved if some clown hadn't decided to make the colour of them cold blue.

If the'yd been a warmer colour they would have gone down a lot better.

Anyway, as for being ashamed of them, nothing can ever stoop as low or shameful as London's Tango soft drink sponsored ones in the late 90's - All down Regent St: "'Tis The Season To Be Tango'd"

http://brynz0rz.files.wordpress.com/...pg?w=497&h=327

möpp 22.11.2010 12:01

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Official "switching on" of the lights is this Thursday, 25th, and most of the stores will be open till 10 p.m. (that's 22:00 for the continentals among us;))

nqnln 22.11.2010 12:05

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In conjunction with the throwing of the switch on Thursday (at 18:00), the shops will be open till 22:00.
Source.

see you there for some Glühwein :)

ali_the_nomad 22.11.2010 12:10

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Deep Purple (Post 1019241)
I understand why the last ones were not universally popular. I guess they were a bit radical and modern for some.

I actually liked them, partly for the technological aspects. I am equally looking forward to seeing the new ones at Christmas. They seem to be a good combination of modern and traditional.

I thought the old lights were really cool, but can see that they did not fit to some christmassy stereotype.

What I think they could do is have the modern 'xmas' lights up 11 months of the year, which gave an interesting feel to bahnhofstrasse and the traditional xmas lights up over the xmas period.

Everybody's happy ;)

(except the taxpayers who pay for the extra electricity costs, environmentalists and those who plain old loathed the lights)

Pinup 24.11.2010 10:02

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People, thanks for the info... I want to take some good pictures so I will be there!

Guest 24.11.2010 10:38

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I for one am pleased that the powers that be have 'seen the light' and gone back to a more traditional aproach. Personally, I hated the 'snot icicles' with their oozing and writhing shadows.
I have noticed that if the Swiss Germans have a weakness, it is that they completely lose their objectivity and their grip on their wallet when approached by couple of skinny-black-polo-neck and rimless-rectangular-spectacle wearing, metrosexual architects / con(ceptual) artists / w4nkers who make a fandabbydozy presentation about the need for an extraordinary (and eye-wateringly expensive) project that will surely have the global cogniscenti in awe.
Other cities, Basel and Stuttgart for example, were running 'Come to our Christmas market' adverts on the Zürich trams, with on one side a fully decked out Christmas tree representing their city, and on the other, a neon tube in a Christmas tree holder representing Zürich.
The shame...

Cheers

Jim

Jimmy Bee 24.11.2010 10:40

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Nice rant

I thought it looked awesome and something a little different. Each to their own i guess

Wollishofener 24.11.2010 11:35

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Originally Posted by Jimmy Bee (Post 1023128)
Nice rant

I thought it looked awesome and something a little different. Each to their own i guess

Such things of course always are subject to personal taste. To me, the Bahnhofstrasse decoration of last year was like ice-cold alcohol-free whiskey mixed with rhubarb-juice ;)

Deep Purple 26.11.2010 00:52

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Lights being switched on earlier tonight


dodgyken 26.11.2010 08:55

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The new new ones looks crap IMHO. They are just so boring. The OPs picture is not how they look in real life.

The old new ones, which no-one liked, I thought were great - especially last year when they had got the programming sorted and the patterns were really impressive.

Damn those traditionalists.


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