Sunday, December 21, 2008

38. Candlestick lane in Champaign-Urbana

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Looking for nice Christmas lights and displays? Then you must visit Candlestick Lane in Urbana.

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Candlestick Lane is located along Grant Place and parts of Eastern Drive and Fairlawn Drive, between Cottage Grove and Philo Road, Urbana. Each year, residents in this neighborhood decorate their homes and yards with many holiday lights and decorations. It is estimated that about 50 homes in this neighborhood display approximately 50,000 lights each year. (Source: Champaign Public Library)

News-gazette reported in 2006 that the tradition started in around 1960.

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Unfortunately, the sad state of the economy took its toll this year (2008). On November 12, News-Gazette reported that the people living on Candlestick lane decided to cut back the lighting, at least for this year.

I am still hopeful that they will put on at least some display. So, do pay a visit to the famous street of Urbana, and bask in the light of Christmas.

Happy Holidays!!


mevans said...

Cool, I had no idea this existed.

Just a heads up to let you know I'm still reading, and keep up the good work! 38 down, 962 to go...

chambana1000 said...

Thanks ... the Candlestick lane is pretty awesome ... I hope they do light up. Will go check out in person tomorrow. :)