My older daughter and I set out around 3:30 walking up the street, then waiting for a train to cross, and then around the Science Museum and up 5 levels in the elevator there and then out the door to the nearby Central Library where I returned four books, renewed a couple and checked out two more.
We then went across the street into Rice Park. Music attracted us.
Nearby I noticed a toy soldier figure.
And of course there are some angels heralding a new season.
After this we walked into the Landmark Center to see what might be happening there.
We found a toy train exhibit.
We were enjoying it when a woman standing beside us asked her children to pose for a picture. We stepped aside a bit, and I'm glad we did. One of the children stumbled and fell down backward bringing down the protective ropes around the exhibit and knocking the train off the tracks. The woman never did take a picture; the family just crept away.
A big chess board took my eye.
Then we walked over again to Rice Park, thinking the tree lighting was at 5:00. Well, no 5:30. A lot of speeches and some performances promoting various shows at the Ordway.
And as it got dark we could see the outline of the Saint Paul Hotel.
At last it came time to throw the switch and 15,000 LED lights glowed and the fire works started going off.