Clark Griswold Eat Your Heart Out!

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty

If you are looking for one of the best displays of Christmas Lights in Champaign County you will have to check out Candlestick Lane (aka Grant Place) in Urbana, IL

Candlestick Lane - December 1977Dating back to 1963, Grant Place/Candlestick Lane has hosted an extremely decorated Christmas neighborhood.  This tradition started when the Grant Place residents won a contest sponsored by Illinois Power Company and shared the $100 prize to buy candlestick ornaments for each home.  The lighting ceremony was canceled last year (bah humbug!) due to lower participation but 5 new home owners on the street plan on participating this year so the event is back on.

I'm pretty excited to see the decorated homes this year and I know our 3 year old is looking forward to it too!   In my mind I'm picturing Clark Griswold hanging from the gutters...  The weather doesn't look too bad so I hope there is a nice turnout.

Location:  View Candlestick Land Christmas Ceremony Map

I'll get a few pictures of the lights posted after this weekend.

Merry Christmas!


Mark Waldhoff

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Comments (5)

Vickie Nagy
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate - Palm Springs, CA
Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen

So great that you posted the map as well. Makes me sorry I'm not there to see it all.

Dec 11, 2009 06:41 AM
Jon Budish
Resident Realty - Fort Collins, CO

In our home "Griswold" is now the term we use to describe these extremely lit up homes.

Dec 11, 2009 06:46 AM
Mark Waldhoff
Keller Williams Realty - Champaign, IL
GRI, CRS - Champaign/Urbana, IL

I'm really interested to see how it turns out this year.  The picture in the blog is actually from Candlestick Lane back in 1977. 

Dec 11, 2009 07:14 AM
Steve Merson 512 412 1621
Keller Williams Realty - Austin, TX

Sorry I can't be there to see it. By the way, does the White Horse Inn still exist?? 


Dec 12, 2009 07:01 AM
Mark Waldhoff
Keller Williams Realty - Champaign, IL
GRI, CRS - Champaign/Urbana, IL

Steve, I'm not sure about the White Horse.  It changed ownership about a year ago and it was open this Summer but I haven't been out on campus since school started again.  "World's Greatest Beer Garden"!


Dec 14, 2009 01:44 AM