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Top 3 Christmas Lights Destinations in Fresno

LAST UPDATED 11/15/19

Viewing Christmas Lights is a family-friendly, free and memorable tradition and Fresno happens to be a great place for it!  Here are Fresno’s top three family-friendly Christmas lights destinations:

1. Christmas Tree Lane

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 a 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 95-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): Tuesday, December 3rd & Wednesday, December 11th from  6:00 pm -10:oo pm

Su – Th, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Fr – Sa, 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.

2. Santa Claus Lane

Santa Claus Lane celebrates it’s 5th season this 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 39 houses synchronized to music.

Santa Claus Lane is open every night during the Christmas season starting Friday, November 29th. The total length of the show (all 16 songs plus announcements) is approx. 1 hour long. 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.

Learn more here.

3. Candy Cane Lane (Cindy Lane)

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.

No information is available yet on when this neighborhood will open their displays up to the public. Please check back again soon for more information about when the Lights will be displayed.

 

There are two entrances: 1) Cindy Ave (off of Alluvial) & 2) Athens Ave (off of Peach):

 

Honorable Mention: Davis Family Christmas


Since 2016, The Davis Family has welcomed the Fresno Community to their Musically animated light show outside their home in Fresno. Their light show improves every year as they continue to add to it. This year, there will be 31,629 lights on display. Opening night is Monday, November 25th. Lights are on from 6:00 PM-10:00 PM.

 

Their home is located in the 3600 block of North Laverne Avenue in Fresno. Learn more at their website.

About Jenni Solla

Jenni and her family have lived in Fresno since 2010. Jenni believes that Fresno is not only a great place to live, but has also seen it grow and improve over the years she's lived here. Together with her husband Nathan, she is a founding partner at WorldLight Media LLC, a creative web design and marketing firm that has been in business for over 13 years and is headquartered in Fresno. Nathan and Jenni have two children, Their oldest is 14 and has been diagnosed with Autism. Their youngest is 12 years old. Things Jenni loves about Fresno: The sunshine, traffic (or lack there of), the small town feel combined with the big city conveniences, the local food, and her church.

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