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News - December 9, 2011

Around Town

LIGHTS, CAMERAS, CHRISTMAS ... Starting Saturday (Dec. 10), Palo Alto's Fulton Street will again transform into a Christmas wonderland, filled with red and green lights, decorations and carolers. The 1700 and 1800 blocks of Fulton, off Embarcadero Road, will turn on the lights of Christmas Tree Lane for the 71st year. To celebrate the start of this longstanding tradition, music teacher Marisa Hodgett-Chiang will lead Keys School carolers down the street at 6 p.m. Since 1940, Fulton residents have helped make Palo Alto an "unmatched Christmas destination," resident Andrea Ward said in an email to Palo Alto Online. "Many of the street's residents have grown up in Palo Alto and look forward to continuing the tradition for their children and generations to come," Ward wrote. New Fulton Street residents will be taking part this year. "It is such a great tradition for families with small children and a wonderful way to bring neighbors together," Ward added. Christmas Tree Lane has experienced its fair share of history. According to the Christmas Tree Lane website,, the street dimmed its lights in 1942 for World War II blackouts and again in 1973 in response to the oil crisis. The lights will shine this year daily from 5 to 11 p.m. through Dec. 31.

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