Welcome to Candy Cane Lane, a much-loved Edmonton tradition for more than 50 years!
THIS YEAR, CANDY CANE LANE WILL TAKE PLACE AS A DRIVE-THROUGH EXPERIENCE ONLY. SIDEWALKS WILL BE CLOSED TO PEDESTRIANS EACH EVENING. PLEASE ENJOY THE EXPERIENCE FROM THE SAFETY OF YOUR VEHICLE.
The health and safety of residents, volunteers, visitors and all community members is our utmost priority. Unfortunately due to COVID 19, we are unable to provide sleigh rides, firepits, foodtrucks or volunteers. In past seasons we have held a "Light up the Lane" day where Shaw trucks and volunteers help residents to adorn the big trees with strings of lights (funded from the proceeds of last years sleigh ride tickets). Again due to regulations we are unable to this season. The 2020 season officially opens Dec 11! Be responsible for your own health and safety and consider the health and safety of the communities you will be visiting.
We wish to thank all the residents, our volunteers and the local businesses that support us each season. We remain hopeful that next year we can resume all the festivities and continue our goal of "one more light" for this iconic neighborhood tradition!
We wish you all a safe and healthy season, full of bright lights, festive cheer and holiday spirit!
Who: As an event run by volunteers and residents there's a special kind of magic that brings YEG Candy Cane Lane to life year after year. YEG Candy Cane Lane is approaching its 50th anniversary as one of Edmonton's must-see events of the holiday season.
What: Nestled within the canopied trees of the Crestwood community lies the wholly committed neighborhood that decorates the exterior of their homes for in celebration of the holiday season. Curb appeal at its best, especially if you're Santa...
Where: The area around 95th Avenue saw the initiation of the informal festival of lights in the sixties, and as the years progressed, YEG Candy Cane Lane soon spread north and south along 148th Street. YEG Candy Cane Lane is currently situated on 148 Street between 99 Avenue to 92 Avenue. Though during the holiday season, the over-the-top decorations and sparkling lights act as a Christmas beacon, and the Lane is instantly recognizable.
When: YEG Candy Cane Lane first came to the attention of Edmontonians in the late 1960s, with a small group of families who, without fail, decorated their cozy post-war bungalows with a myriad of holiday decorations. During this era, hand painted wood decorations were all the rage, and many suggest it's what brought YEG Candy Cane Lane to its prominence. YEG Candy Cane Lane officially opens December 11th and runs from sunset to midnight until January 1st.
Why: Beyond the fantastical decorations and a heaping dose of holiday spirit, YEG Candy Cane Lane serves as an example of dedication, fortitude, and imagination. In addition to being the second largest contributor to the Edmonton Food Bank, YEG Candy Cane Lane also serves as the unofficial icon for togetherness. The whole neighborhood faithfully participates, despite differing creed or age. What's more, the value in YEG Candy Cane Lane is so deeply entrenched in the neighborhood, that many families leave their decorations when they move to ensure the continuity of the Lane.
How: At its core, YEG Candy Cane Lane is made possible by the incredible power of residents and volunteers who selflessly arrange the unending details. When it comes to orchestrating one of Edmonton's highlights of the holiday season, the overwhelming response and support of local businesses and volunteers, both local and remote, underscores the civic value placed on YEG Candy Cane Lane. It not only serves as a source of pure joy for all who pass by, but also a welcomed oasis for the less fortunate and those with health challenges, including children being treated at the Stollery Children's Hospital, patients from the Cross Cancer Institute, and countless other retirement homes and extended care facilities.
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The magic that is YEG Candy Cane Lane certainly needs little introduction. As an important part of Edmonton's holiday season, the hallowed lane lights up the hearts of all who pass through. The ability to bring together the neighbourhood and the city despite the often bitter cold and the jam-packed bustle of the holiday season, is a true testament to the value of some major imagination, a lot of gumption and most of all, heart.
Though we'd like to believe that Santa's elves work all night to bring us YEG Candy Cane Lane (YEG CCL), it's the diversely talented residents who work tirelessly throughout the year planning every aspect of YEG CCL to ensure it goes off without a hitch. In particular, a small group of residents, namely: Duane Hunter, Shawn Loeffler, Gino Ripoli, Matt Oldham, Andy Kay, and Dave Straub selflessly coordinate the countless details, without recognition. They're a remarkable team because their only concern is the greater good, and none are looking for praise. Instead, they find their satisfaction in the city's enormous enjoyment of YEG CCL.
The genesis of YEG CCL lies in the increased popularity of hand painted wood cutouts during the late 1960s. As more families joined in on decorating their homes, what would one day be known as YEG Candy Cane Lane grew in popularity, and with it saw the donation of massive amounts of non-perishable food items. This early collection of food initiated a decades-long relationship with the Edmonton Food Bank, which makes YEG Candy Cane Lane one of the biggest contributors to the local charity. Last year, YEG CCL donated 12 trucks stacked full of food for the less fortunate members of our city; a remarkable achievement by no stretch of the imagination.
Perhaps one of the most touching aspects of YEG CCL is the fact that despite religion or beliefs, residents of the area all join in. YEG CCL is less about a denominational holiday, and more about bringing together families, friends and tour groups from hospitals and retirement homes to enjoy the majestic lights and decorative displays.
One could liken the execution of YEG Candy Cane Lane to that of a duck; calmly and elegantly sailing onwards on the surface, but furiously paddling away underneath. In addition to the countless volunteers who assist residents in decorating their homes, the coordinators note the exceptional contributions of all supporters of YEG CCL, who, like the coordinators aren't interested in recognition. They are simply interested in supporting the cause, for which the YEG CCL team are eternally grateful for.
As YEG CCL has successively increased in size and popularity, what was a little cottage industry production has now become a full-scale festival. Partnering with Winter City Festival Group has enabled YEG CCL to provide warming shelters and a host of other attractions including bonfires and sleigh rides sure to delight all who attend. As mentioned, the team and residents who work so hard to bring us the enchantment of YEG Candy Cane Lane are not interested in recognition, but their unending efforts serve as a testament of the remarkable power of community.
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A. We are a festival where everyone is welcome. Please be aware that weather conditions may leave many sidewalks and streets slippery. Residents do their best to keep sidewalks clear but it is not always possible to be as magical as Santa. YEG Candy Cane Lane is a two way street. Cars, buses and other large vehicles are permitted to drive the lane for those who are unable to walk.
On November 24, 2020, Alberta declared a State of Public Health Emergency, and on
December 8, 2020, the province introduced additional mandatory, province-wide restrictions.
These latest COVID-19 pandemic guidelines (CMOH Order 41-2020) prohibit all indoor and
outdoor social gatherings - public and private.
These public health restrictions are intended to keep people safe, which is a top priority of
both the Government of Alberta and the City of Edmonton. These restrictions also mean that
Candy Cane Lane is not permitted to operate in its regular format, which has historically had
many people experiencing the light displays on foot, walking along the sidewalks.
Recognizing that holiday activities will be severely limited this year, the City of Edmonton has
worked with Alberta Health Services (AHS) to ensure Candy Cane Lane remains available for
Edmontonians to experience from the safety of their vehicles this year.
AHS has agreed that Candy Cane Lane could be a drive-through experience, but without
supporting infrastructure or activities such as washrooms, food trucks, fire pits, roaming
performers and hayrides.
As such, Candy Cane Lane visitors will be required to enjoy the holiday lights and displays from
the safety of their vehicle. Signs throughout the area will let visitors know that the sidewalks
are closed to pedestrians. Residents may access the sidewalks in front of their homes.
We will rely on visitors to Candy Cane Lane to comply with the sidewalk closures. Should
gatherings begin to occur on the sidewalks, it will become a public health matter, at which
point Peace Officers, the Public Safety Compliance Team and AHS inspectors will be asked to
step in. These guidelines will be enforced with $1,000 fines.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during these unprecedented times. We
wish you all a safe and enjoyable Candy Cane Lane experience, and a very happy holiday
Edmonton Food BankPlease bring a donation
Over the last two decades, more than 360,000 kilograms of food have been donated along the lane in support of Edmonton's Food Bank.
With an average of 25,000 kilograms of food being donated per year from those admiring the beautiful residential displays, it was a critical event for Edmonton's Food Bank and a holiday tradition for many in Edmonton.
Please bring a donation for the Edmonton Food Bank. There are donation bins located all along the route for your convenience.
YEG Candy Cane Lane Volunteers are generously supported during the sleigh ride season by local community-minded businesses.
Their commitment shows dedication to community and a continuation of an iconic Edmonton tradition.
Thank you for supporting the businesses that support YEG Candy Cane Lane!