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Candy Cane Lane Seattle 2020

(Photos by Jillian O'Connor)

Candy Cane Lane: A trip down memory lane

This festive display dates back to 1949 and runs through Jan. 1.

Candy Cane Lane is a circular street of 23 houses that have all been covered in lights each holiday season since 1949. It’s an old local favorite, and, as shown by the lines of cars waiting to enter, every year, people travel to see it. The display starts at the corner of Park Lane and Ravenna Boulevard in Seattle’s Ravenna neighborhood. Cars drive one way and pedestrians are urged to also walk through Candy Cane Lane in one direction, entering from the same place as the cars. 

Good to Know:

Opening night: 12/3/2022
Last night: 1/1/2023
Sunday to Thursday: 4:00pm – 9:30pm
Friday and Saturday: 4:00pm – 11:00pm

Pedestrian-only Nights:

Pedestrians are welcome any night but this year there will be two pedestrian-only nights where the streets will be blocked off and there will be special entertainment.

December 11th: UW Husky Marching Band at 6:30 pm

December 14th: Roosevelt Jazz Band at 6 pm.

View the Candy Cane Lane website for details.

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



Candy Cane Lane Seattle 2020

Can you see any elves inside making toys?


Candy Cane Lane Seattle 2020

Where to enter


Jill O’Connor’s review in 2021:

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.

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 is the toy shop house, where you can easily imagine Santa’s elves toiling behind the shop display.

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.”

CC Lane Seattle 2020


CC Lane Seattle 2020

Originally published Dec. 16, 2020. Updated Dec. 2, 2022

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About the Author

Jillian O'Connor

Jillian O’Connor lives in Seattle with her husband, two sons and a dog named after the Loch Ness Monster.