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Cabin Radio’s tour of Yellowknife Christmas lights


Cabin Radio sent its most battle-hardened Christmas reporters out on the streets to judge Yellowknife’s festive flourishes for 2018.

Our reporting team kept a Yule log of the city’s finest, and most fascinating, decorating efforts from private homes and the occasional local business.

On this page, you can check out some of the displays that caught our collective eye – updated with a selection of your own photos, too!

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Did we miss a classic – or a disaster? You can always let us know by messaging photos to our Facebook page or emailing them to news@cabinradio.ca (because this is, obviously, news).

And if all this Yellowknife-centric nonsense is leaving you feeling left out in another NWT community, we’d love to receive your festive photos too.

Well done to everyone who took the time to throw together a display and make your northern community look that bit more special this holiday season. We hope you all have a wonderful time (and details of our festive programming follow shortly!).


Yellowknife Christmas lights: A blue dinosaur on Moyle Drive
A blue dinosaur on Moyle Drive. Sarah Pruys/Cabin Radio

We begin on Moyle Drive, where – for reasons not immediately apparent – a triceratops is celebrating Christmas. This is one of at least three inflatable dinosaurs spotted during our tour.

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Yellowknife Christmas lights: Inflatable Santa on Haener Drive
Inflatable Santa on Haener Drive. Sarah Pruys/Cabin Radio

Inflatables are definitely in this year, although it’ll take some doing to beat the sheer size of this blow-up Santa occupying a front yard on Haener Drive.

Yellowknife Christmas lights: Inflatables in various states on Magrum Crescent
Inflatables in various states on Magrum Crescent. Sarah Pruys/Cabin Radio

On occasion, it appears as though keeping the inflatables suitably supported and angled was… tricky. Or we may have just turned up at nap time. This house on Magrum Crescent also deploys a projector to shine the Paw Patrol and Avengers logos on its garage door, which is a crossover we would definitely watch.

Yellowknife Christmas lights: Abominable snowmen on Kasteel Drive.
Abominable snowmen on Kasteel Drive. Sarah Pruys/Cabin Radio

Abominable? Deranged? Simply misunderstood? A thoughtful little display in front of a house on Kasteel Drive.

Yellowknife Christmas lights: Santa trying to escape a display on Gwilliam Crescent.
Santa trying to escape a display on Gwilliam Crescent. Sarah Pruys/Cabin Radio

It’s hard to find an angle which does justice to the sheer amount going on in this Gwilliam Crescent front yard.

Maybe it’s because he’s claustrophobic. Maybe it’s because he’s out of the spotlight. But one thing is for sure…

Yellowknife Christmas lights: Santa looking a little aggrieved on Gwilliam Crescent.
Santa looking a little aggrieved on Gwilliam Crescent. Sarah Pruys/Cabin Radio

… Santa does not look thrilled.

Yellowknife Christmas lights: Excellent tree and house synergy at Wong Court.
Excellent tree and house synergy at Wong Court. Sarah Pruys/Cabin Radio

We move on to Wong Court, where this house impressed the judges with its chemistry between the understated decoration of the home itself and the beautifully lit trees.

Yellowknife Christmas lights: Santa and Rudolph on Rivett Crescent
Santa and Rudolph on Rivett Crescent. Sarah Pruys/Cabin Radio

It is difficult to conceive of ways in which this Santa is fitting down any Yellowknife chimneys. No wonder he’s stuck outside, thumbing a ride on Rivett Crescent.

Yellowknife Christmas lights: Lights galore on Dagenais Drive
Lights galore on Dagenais Drive. Sarah Pruys/Cabin Radio

Our notes for Dagenais Drive read: “Mental light show.” Worth seeing it for yourself if you get the chance. This house definitely wanted our attention.

Yellowknife Christmas lights: Nativity under the northern lights on Finlayson Drive
Nativity under the northern lights on Finlayson Drive. Sarah Pruys/Cabin Radio

There is a subcategory of Cabin Radio’s festive scoresheet devoted to outdoor nativity scenes, and this one on Finlayson Drive did very well indeed: note the marvellous, judicious use of a projector to put the northern lights in the ‘sky’ behind the nativity and beneath the guiding star.

Yellowknife Christmas lights: Snowmen on Finlayson Drive
Snowmen on Finlayson Drive. Sarah Pruys/Cabin Radio

These snowmen a little farther down Finlayson Drive are the essence of the word ‘homemade’ and demanded inclusion in our guide (though they didn’t demand it forcefully enough to warrant standing up).

Yellowknife Christmas lights: A festive forest in Grace Lake
A festive forest in Grace Lake. Sarah Pruys/Cabin Radio

Meanwhile, across town, here’s the well-lit, wintry scene outside a home in the Grace Lake subdivision.

Yellowknife Christmas lights: The gang's all here on 54 Street
The gang’s all here on 54 Street. Sarah Pruys/Cabin Radio

By the time we reached downtown Yellowknife, the inflatables had found time to regroup. This 54 Street menagerie includes everything from a Minion to a Christmas tree with glowing eyes and a mouth (and a surprising variety of facial expressions).

Yellowknife Christmas lights: An old truck on Lundquist Road
An old truck on Lundquist Road. Sarah Pruys/Cabin Radio

Under a blanket of snow, this truck on Lundquist Road makes an elegant addition to the scene.

Yellowknife Christmas lights: A classy light show on Wiley Road
A classy light show on Wiley Road. Sarah Pruys/Cabin Radio

On Wiley Road, the elegant red-and-white illuminations outside this property gave us pause.

Yellowknife Christmas lights: A very Wildcat Christmas
A very Wildcat Christmas. Sarah Pruys/Cabin Radio

Across the road – and lastly in our tour – the Wildcat Café looked resplendent in bright white ‘icicles’.

Yellowknife Christmas lights: Johnson Crescent
The Grinch on Johnson Crescent.

Now, on to your submitted photos. Michelle sent us this great shot of the Grinch up to his old tricks on Johnson Crescent.

Thanks again to all those featured for their time in producing great displays for residents to enjoy. And once more, if we missed your pièce de résistance, we’re sorry! Send us a photo.

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