Edmonton has so many awesome Christmas events to enjoy that it can be a challenge to take part in all of them. A favorite of mine from childhood was Candy Cane Lane. For those of you that are not from here, Candy Cane Lane is an Edmonton street where the majority of the houses are decorated for Christmas, many of them quite elaborately. The tradition started in 1968 and has grown from a few city blocks to about 10 at present. Because I have such pleasant memories of it, one of the things on my holidays checklist this year was to find a day with decent winter weather (yes, such a thing does exist) and walk it with Roland and Bailey.
Last week, we got the perfect evening for it: clear with a lovely moon and beautiful stars and a temperature of about -3 C. We wrapped ourselves up, put Bailey’s boots on and headed out. I was pretty tired by the time we were done, but it was so delightful that it was worth it. The houses are a mix of old traditional displays, including some of the original wooden cutout snowmen, and new ones with music and lights timed to the beat. That evening walk down Candy Cane Lane was easily the most Christmassy I have felt in years, at least since our last trip to the Christmas markets in Europe about 4 years ago. Here are a couple of my favorite images.
For more information on the history of Candy Cane Lane, here is a link to an article in the Edmonton Journal. The Tradition of Candy Cane Lane