Nov 16, 2018

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Ryan Tubongbanua / The Collegian

During the winter season, people have their various holiday traditions. Some of the most common holiday traditions are family get-togethers, gift exchanges and going to church.

Decorating homes with Christmas lights, nativity scenes and Santa’s sleigh are all part of the build-up to Christmas. While neighborhoods across the world can feature some of those Christmas decorations, one place in Fresno specializes in a seasonal event.

Fresno’s Christmas Tree Lane is a neighborhood full of elaborately decorated homes.

Christmas Tree Lane is an 86-year old holiday event in the Fig Garden area that showcases these homes.
More than 100,000 people attend.

The free event takes months of planning. The Fresno County Sheriff’s Department, the California Highway Patrol and Tree Fresno, a non-profit group, are all involved in organizing the event.

The first was held in 1920, when community members decorated a tree in memory of a child who had died.
The neighborhood appears to be the same as any other, but there are more than 140 decorated homes and 300 decorated trees along the way.

The event opened on Tuesday Dec. 2, which was the first “Walk Night” of this season. The final night designated for walkers is tonight only.

The hours for the event are 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The event will end on Sunday, Dec. 28.

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