If you like Christmas and are all for the lights, Candy Cane Lane can’t be missed. Candy Cane Lane was started over 40 years ago by a small group of residents in Crestwood Community of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
It all started with a few houses putting up some impressive lights and decoration displays. The spirit spread to other residents along 148th street from 100th avenue to 92 avenue. Today there are more than 10 city blocks that are considered being on the lane. What I think is really great about Candy Cane Lane is that is all voluntary and there is no commercial or municipal sponsorship. With this many lights and expensive decorations you would wonder, but it’s all done in the spirit of Christmas.
With hundreds of thousands of visitors every Christmas season, a group of residents on the lane thought that it might be a good idea to give visitors the opportunity to bring non-perishable food items for the Edmonton Food Bank. Now the big green containers line the sidewalk making it easy for passersby to donate. Whether you’re visiting on a weeknight or Sunday night, the Lane is busy with visitors, which enhances the Christmas spirit.
To enjoy the lane in its full beauty is to walk. This year the weather is quite mild in the Albertan capital and all you’ll need is a warm beverage to keep you going. There may not be a one-horse open sleigh, but there are multiple sleighs drawn by two horses. Although there is more than one sleigh, it could be hard to get a place so you can book your sleigh ride online. Take your significant other and listen to the sleigh bell ring while you ride through the winter wonderland full of lights.
With families walking their dogs down the Lane, children laughing and couples strolling along hand-in-hand, it’s a postcard Christmas.