Over the past 60 years, El Segundo’s Acacia Avenue (east of California Street) unofficially becomes Candy Cane Lane during the winter holiday season. Private residents work in concert to decorate their homes with colorful lights and trains, as well as decorative lit sculptures of the likes of Santa and Mrs. Claus, elves and reindeer. Some owners have taken the time to recreate Peanuts and Looney Tunes characters out of plywood, while holiday music choreographed with dancing lights adorn other homes.
On Friday, December 12, at 6:00 p.m. sharp, locals congregate to this Westside community to ring in the opening night of Candy Cane Lane. My family and I know, however, that an encore presentation of the El Segundo Concert Band occurs at the intersection at 6:30 p.m. for those families who could not make it to the opening ceremony. Santa Claus then makes his anticipated 7:00 p.m. appearance in a covered sleigh nearby the home at the end of the cul-de-sac. Get there early because the line to meet Santa gets long fast!
Candy Cane Lane itself is closed to cars, but ample parking is available throughout the ten-block radius of the neighborhood. Be sure to bring some $1 bills so that you can patronize the local residents who are selling hot cocoa and home baked cookies (or bring your own Thermos full of hot cocoa or freshly baked holiday cookies), dress yourself and your little ones in layered clothing (it can get cold here) and expect lots of people who enjoy the holiday lights to share in your excitement for this happy time.
Candy Cane Lane
1200 East Acacia Avenue
El Segundo, CA 90245
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