‘Tis the season for festive time-lapses

Christmas celebrations have already swept the Internet off its feet, dominating search results and social media since yesterday morning. One day into December and the country is already wishing the next three-and-a-bit weeks away!

Snowfall at a site we are time-lapsing
How many coverings of snow will we get this year?

From the daily dose of joy that the constant #adventcalendar trend on Twitter is bringing, to the announcement of the UK’s favourite Christmas song (it’s so obvious, so no prizes for guessing!), early signs suggest it’s going to be a little more than 12 days of Christmas this year.

Even Britain’s older Christmas tree will be spruced up with decorations for the first time in over 100 years.

So to start off the final month in 2014, we’ve pulled together some fantastic festive time-lapse videos for you to enjoy.

There’s no better place to start than Snow Globe Los Angeles, a quaint look at Tinseltown. It might now be the USA’s second largest city, but this toytown-like photographic look at it has a truly homely feel for the Christmas holidays.


Snow Globe Los Angeles from All Cut Up Films on Vimeo.

There’s one thing that video significantly lacks, however. And that is snow! Ready to get things on track is this short-but-sweet snowfall time-lapse from Michael Black, documenting 5 inches of snowfall in just six hours.

Snow being synonymous with the holiday period means when it does fall, everyone gets a little excited. Whilst white Christmases are rare, there’s still something magical about hurtling down a hill on a sled with absolutely no control. And those little moments of joy are captured perfectly in Paul Octavious’ Snow Day, watching hundreds of people gather at the top of an inconspicuous hill to simply enjoy the snow.


Snow Day from Paul Octavious on Vimeo.

All good things come to an end – like the frozen life of this snowman. Desperate to hold onto that last bit of winter, the solitary figure bends unimaginably before finally succumbing to his fate. This is a brilliant example of how time-lapse photography can help to unwrap the mysteries of the natural world.


Death of a Snowman from Pete Scott on Vimeo.

This final video is, in itself, another piece of magic. Shot in the home of Father Christmas himself – Lapland – the ‘jerky’ nature of the wispy aurora borealis contrasts magnificently with the still, serene snow-covered landscape below. It’s the perfect winter wonderland.


Full moon aurora and aurora startrails from Skyport.com.es on Vimeo.

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