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Traditionally, Candlestick Lane opens the second Saturday in December at 6 p.m. with a lighting ceremony.
To prepare for the ceremony, streets will close to cars at 5 p.m. and will re-open after all homes are lit and the foot traffic has cleared.
According to a Candlestick Lane Committee statement from 2018: “In our 55th year, this Urbana neighborhood celebrates family, friends, our City and the season. Lamplighters will go from house-to-house, pausing at each to signal the home’s first lighting for Christmas season. The crowd will follow the lamplighters and cheer at each home until the entire block is lit for that very first night.”
- Eastern Drive from Cottage Grove Avenue to Cole Place
- Fairlawn Drive from Cottage Grove Avenue to Patton Place
- Grant Place from Fairlawn Drive to Eastern Avenue
After opening, Candlestick Lane will light up every evening from 5 – 10 p.m. through Christmas (December 25). This is a free annual tradition put on by the residents of Grant Place and Eastern Drive in Urbana.
Many of the houses participate by putting up elaborate Christmas lights that vary from classic elegance to inflatables to fun characters and more. Here’s a past story on Candlestick Lane.
Our tip: If you are going for the lighting, get there early, to leave time for parking on other streets and walking to Grant Place. The Lane will be closed for the ceremony and will open to cars once the lighting ceremony is complete.
Take Philo Road to Fairlawn, go west. Grant Place is located between Fairlawn and Eastern in Urbana.