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NOTE: This Post is from 2016. For 2017 Christmas Lights Info, Click Here.
Viewing Christmas Lights is a family friendly, free and memorable tradition and Fresno happens to be a great place for it! Here’s Fresno’s top three family friendly Christmas lights destinations:
Perhaps one of our family’s most favorite Christmas traditions is our annual visit to Christmas Tree Lane. There is truly nothing else like a slow trek down the 2 mile stretch of VanNess Boulevard. With the beautiful Christmas lights, displays, the backdrop of gorgeous historic homes, Christmas music on local radio broadcast, and of course Santa Claus.
This Fresno Christmas destination truly is one of a kind and we Fresnans aren’t the only ones to agree. The historic 93 year old tradition has received national media attention including Highlights by Sunset Magazine and The Learning Channel. Check out the awesome time lapse video made by Terry Cole:
The opening night of Christmas Tree Lane which will be December 3rd this year, millions of lights are turned on at 6:00 p.m. and remain lit until 10:00 p.m. Some 140 homes and 300 trees are decorated. Christmas Tree Lane is located on Van Ness Blvd between Shields Ave and Shaw Ave in Fresno, California.
Walking Nights (lane closed to vehicles): Saturday, December 3rd & Tuesday, December 13th
Su – Th, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Fr – Sa, 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Santa Claus Lane opened for the first time last year and is truly unique compared to our two other favorites. Unlike other neighborhood Christmas light displays, Santa Claus Lane displays 100% high tech Christmas lights- computer animated to Christmas music with 16 houses and over 160,000 lights synchronized to music.
Santa Claus Lane is open every night starting Nov. 25th through New years Eve. The total length of the show (all 16 songs plus announcements) is approx. 1 hour long. Walking only nights are Friday November 25th, every Saturday through Christmas, so no car traffic is allowed. On those evenings people are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and sit and enjoy the whole show. Shows start nightly at 6:00 PM and go until 10:00 PM.
Santa Claus Lane is accepting cash donations for Faith Community Church of the Nazarene’s Food Pantry Distribution outreach.
Santa Claus Lane is hosted by Clovis Festival of Lights at Ladera Ranch a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Santa Claus Lane is Located in Clovis near Gettysburg and Locan. The Ladera Ranch SubDivision is on the 3100 block of Indianapolis.
During the Christmas season the residents of Wawona Ranch Estates on Peach and Alluvial in Clovis, CA decorate their homes, a tradition that has been around since 1993. The entire neighborhood gets involved.
Candy Cane Lane is open for both pedestrians and drivers all the time. Drivers are encouraged to dim the lights on their cars and watch for pedestrians. Pedestrians are asked to park outside of the neighborhood and walk in.
The season begins on December 1st at 6pm. Some concessions such as hot chocolate, churros and popcorn will be available for sale.
There are two entrances: 1) Cindy Lane (off of Alluvial) & 2) Athens Ave (off of Peach):