Christmas Tree Lane in Alameda

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Christmas Tree Lane in Alameda

 

Christmas tree lane in alameda photo by evelyn kennedy

 

Since 1938, residents of the 3200 block of Thompson Avenue have been transforming their quiet East End street into a brightly lighted wonderland.

 

At some point the street became known as “Christmas Tree Lane,with thousands of people from all over the Bay Area coming to see the block's elaborately decorated homes and yard displays.

 

thompson avenue in alameda becomes christmas tree land evelyn kennedy

 

The Christmas Tree Lane tradition began during the Depression when
two families of cousins who lived on the block decided to string lights
from their homes to the then-small trees on the avenue’s median strip.
They decorated the trees with handmade ornaments and displayed their own
Christmas trees in their windows. Soon other neighbors joined in and
the street became known around town for its lighted displays.

 

In the 1970s Santa Claus came to the Christmas Tree Lane.  Neighborhood children acted as Santa’s helpers by pass out candy canes to visitors. A mailbox for Letters to Santa was provided for kids who missed Santa but could still let him know what they want.

 

homes on christmas tree lane in alameda photo by evelyn kennedy

 

 

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Bob Crane
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Impressive decorations Evelyn.

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!

Wishing you all the best now and through the new year.

Bob, Sally & family.

Dec 25, 2016 10:41 PM #1
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Nina Hollander
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Good morning, Evelyn... Merry Christmas a day late. Wish I were closer to Alameda to see this lovely display in person.... love Christmas lights.

Dec 26, 2016 05:07 AM #2
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They all do a great job decorating, but the house is the first picture is over the top, and I like that. 

Thank you for telling, and showing, us about Christmas Tree Lane, and for taking the time to enter the challenge.

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