Whenever big mass UFO sightings happen on big holidays, the first thoughts that pop into my noggin are Chinese lanterns, or may fireworks. Celebrations tend to yield these things, and as a results, UFO sightings spike! That doesn't mean there aren't real UFOs flying about just like on any other day, however. And in fact, those who have suspicious crafts at their disposal may choose nights like Christmas night to test them in public.
Anyways, we have a great video (it's actually 2 parts) featuring a set of several orbs hovering and flying about the night sky in Houston. It's difficult to call these Chinese lanterns - they appear to move like air craft, but also appear to sit stationary in the sky and even interact with each other, too. But of course this could all be a trick of an eye. We could also be watching planes at a distance or some other surprising but no less straightforward explanation.
For now, please check out the video and witness report, both submitted to MUFON:
At approximately 1:40/45 in the morning I was sitting in my truck in a parking lot talking with a friend. He pointed out the driver window and said "what is that?" I looked and saw 5-6 small red/orange lights flying in the air. My first thought was reflection on my window so I rolled it down but that wasn't it. We got out and watched as they flew in a loose formation. The lights appeared to flicker slightly not flash or remain constant as aircraft. There was no noise at all. I was watching the brightest one in the back when my friend said the front ones just faded away. A few seconds later the last one faded away as well. There were clouds and they did appear to fade into the clouds but there was no visible light behind the clouds. Approximately 10-12 min later I saw the lights reappear again with no noise. Again they were in a loose formation and again faded away. They were not simply floating randomly but were directed somehow. There were fewer the second time. Video was taken with iPhone 5s.
Others from around the web chimed in to share similar stories. Some might very well be of Chinese lanterns, but others might still be good mysteries worth investigation:
I saw the exact same thing last night in Orlando, FL last night 12/25 around 7pm, it was a group of 3 orange balls moving horizontally with the same speed in the distance slowly fading and disappearing one by one a couple minutes after I saw them, 10min later a group of 4 same movement and speed as the first, and one last one at a different part of the sky about 20min later, this one was moving faster than the first 7 (other than that same color and slowly faded away over a couple minutes). I was watching at the sky for another 20-30 min but I didn't see anything else. The balls were orange and bright a little bigger then the biggest brightest star in the sky. The last one was a little bigger and moving faster (maybe it was simply closer to me so it seemed that way). Anyway I have no idea what they were.
Did you see anything funky in the night sky on Christmas Eve or Christmas? Santa, aliens? Report a UFO!