Candy Cane Lane

At long last Candy Cane Lane is open! We just did our annual drive through (one of about 30 this year) tonight and it was as enchanting as ever. If you aren’t familiar with Candy Cane Lane (and you should be!) it’s one of Seattle’s oldest Christmas traditions. The tradition has become a must for our holiday season and I don’t think I’ve missed one since 1991 when I moved out here from California. The houses are decorated beautifully in the large cul de sac with a center traffic island covered with huge mechanical decorations as a centerpiece. Christmas music is piped in from somewhere and I was lucky enough to arrive when they were playing the Peanuts songs, which are some of my favorites.

From the Candy Cane Lane site:

Candy Cane Lane is a free light display put on by the neighbors of Park Road and Ravenna Boulevard. One of the most popular displays in Seattle, it’s been running each Christmas since the late 1940s.

I did some research online to get its operating hours but it seems candycanelane.org is down so I had to dig it up via the wayback website. I am guessing the schedule listed from last year still applies but take it with a grain of salt just in case.

The 2005 Candy Cane Lane begins December 10th and runs through New Year’s Day, operating each day from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., except for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve, which run until midnight.

I think Santa makes an appearance there at some point but I couldn’t tell you when. Helpful I know! I do suggest hitting the University Village Tully’s before you do your drive through though. Also if you have kids or a dog, or if you just love Christmas you should find a place to park and do it as a walk through. There are lines to get in if you’re driving but they usually don’t take more than a minute or so. They’ll likely be much worse closer to the big day.

4 Comments so far

  1. George (unregistered) on December 10th, 2006 @ 10:55 am

    We were driving around last night looking for fun Christmas light displays and just happened upon Candy Cane lane. Definitely a great show, but also was nice to see many of the houses display signs saying “Peace” in many languages. Appropriate given our current events.


  2. lindsay (unregistered) on December 17th, 2006 @ 6:59 pm

    I would love to go enjoy the lights. where in Seattle is this neighborhood?


  3. Jeremy (unregistered) on December 17th, 2006 @ 9:42 pm

    Candy Cane Lane is in the Ravenna neighborhood. Right next to Ravenna Park actually. If you’re familiar with the University Village area it’s very close to that. I wish I had a good point of reference to give you for directions. It’s on Ravenna Boulevard and Park street. Hope that helps some!


  4. Kim (unregistered) on December 22nd, 2006 @ 12:54 pm

    Here’s the map to get to Candy Cane Lane.

    http://www.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=seattle+washington&ie=UTF8&z=15&ll=47.670243,-122.310576&spn=0.026616,0.06772&om=1

    Note Ravenna Park smack in the center of the map. Park Road is on the SOUTH side of the park. Park Rd. is not marked on the map. However, if you follow along eastbound on NE Ravenna Blvd., you’ll cross 20th Ave. NE and you should see on your left hand side Park Rd. with a white street sign marking the start of Candy Cane Lane. Looking at the map, Park Rd. is south of 21st Ave NE. There are lots of lights so this should be easy to find.

    This is the second time this week that we’ve walked through the area. The first time there was soft Christmas music playing at a couple of spots. Last time, we arrived a little later in the evening (about 10:30-11:00’ish) and it was silent. Still, the lights/decorations were great and the kids were impressed!



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