Palo Alto's Christmas Tree Lane

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Palo Alto's Christmas Tree Lane
For over 70 years, a strip of Fulton Street in Palo Alto has shone the brightest of them all! A truly one-of-a-kind local tradition, the Christmas Tree Lane, makes its appearance every holiday season.  The Christmas Tree Lane was the brainchild of four bridge-playing men in 1940.  The original plan was for a "Christmas Fairyland Lane," and although there were some setbacks initially due to the shortages of materials brought on by World War Two, the famous lane endured.  In the early days and nascent stages of the lane, there were only simple Christmas trees that were strung up with lights.  Today, the lane is a colorful smattering of gingerbread men, toy trains, inflatable Santas, snowmen, Nativity scenes, sleighs filled with oversized presents, reindeer, and all types and sizes of lights.

Each year, from the 14th of December until the 31st of December, the lane is lit from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.  For those wishing to stroll the lane, it is advised that you park at an adjacent neighborhood (which is quite common) and walk after parking.  If driving, just be alert! The lane is often full of passerby and sightseers.  Contrary to popular assumption, Fulton Street is not a one-way.  It's led to a few mix-ups in years past-drive with care!  Palo Alto's Christmas Tree Lane is absolutely a local treasure, and will hopefully see another 74 years of bright lights and tinsel!
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