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Jan 23, 2019
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The Collegian visitors take a look at one of the many houses decorated at Christmas Tree Lane during the first walk night on Saturday, Dec. 1. The lane will be open to the public through Christmas Day. (Photo credits to Paul Schlesinger)

Catch a shuttle to Christmas Tree Lane

Christmas is right around the corner, and we all know what that means…Christmas Tree Lane is here!

The Fresno tradition of driving down a 2-mile stretch of North Van Ness Boulevard started Dec. 1. The Christmas stroll takes people through a path of Fig Garden homes decorated for the holidays.

Every year, two nights are made just for walking. The next night will be Dec. 11.

And a Shuttle Express, sponsored by Tree Fresno, wants to get you there. A pickup and dropoff station, called the North Station, will be located at Palm and San Jose avenues, near Shaw in the Guarantee Real Estate parking lot. A second station, the South Station, will be located on Van Ness Boulevard and Shields Avenue, near the Gazebo Gardens nursery.

The parking lot in the North Station has a lot of parking space that is safe with security, according to Lee Ayres, CEO of Tree Fresno.

“People come from all over,” said Ayres. “As many as 50,000 people will come in one night.”

The buses at the North Station will run from 5:45 to 9:15 p.m. South Station buses will run from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m.

Tickets to ride the shuttle are $8, and can be purchased at Eventbrite.com. They may also be purchased on the Tree Fresno website and Facebook page, or on site the day of the event.

Children on laps ride for free and assistance will be available to help load strollers. A wheelchair-accessible vehicle will also be available.

Christmas Tree Lane is open from Dec. 1 to the 25, with only two nights open exclusively to pedestrians.

Quick tip: If you are attending a drive night, drive south on Blackstone Avenue and take a right on Shields Avenue to enter Christmas Tree Lane. The traffic through there is controlled with traffic cones, according to Ayres.

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