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Candy Cane Lane Seattle 2020

(Photos by Jillian O'Connor)

Candy Cane Lane: A trip down memory lane

This festive neighborhood display dates back to 1949.

Candy Cane Lane Seattle 2020

Can you see any elves inside making toys?

Candy Cane Lane is a circular street of 23 houses that have all been covered in lights each holiday season since 1949.

Candy Cane Lane Seattle 2020

Where to enter

It’s an old local favorite, and, as shown by the lines of cars waiting to enter on Sunday night, people travel to see it too. (The display starts at the corner of Park Lane and Ravenna Boulevard in Seattle’s Ravenna neighborhood.) 

There weren’t many pedestrians that night, as we wandered on through, but many of the people who were on foot entered from the exit, which is less than desirable during a global pandemic. (They were wearing masks too and we were able to stay distant by stepping into the street near the slow-moving cars, but that may be less than ideal if you bring little kids or a stroller.) 

CC Lane Seattle 2020

Each house has a sign with a word for peace from languages around the world, adding to the festive mood. 

It’s comforting to see the same themes at a few houses year after year. My personal favorite: the toy shop house, where you can easily imagine Santa’s elves toiling behind the shop display.

And this year, as we exited the lane, we were treated to a couple of 20-something women waiting to drive into the entrance singing along, loudly, to “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree” by Brenda Lee, adding a bit of merriment and silliness to the free festivities.

Candy Cane Lane is open until January 1, 2022. 

Sunday to Thursday: 4 p.m. to 9:30pm. Friday and Saturday: 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. NOTE: Pedestrians only (no cars) on Thursday, Dec. 9, and Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021.

Bring a food donation for Food Drive (University District Food Bank); bin located at the end of the street.

CC Lane Seattle 2020

Originally published Dec. 16, 2020. Updated Dec. 4, 2021

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About the Author

Jillian O'Connor

Jillian O’Connor is managing editor of the Seattle's Child print magazine. She lives in Seattle with her husband, two sons and a dog named after the Loch Ness Monster.