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News - December 9, 2022

Around Town

MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT ... For nearly three weeks, the 1700 and 1800 blocks of Fulton Street will transform into a magical scene of merriment, with residents welcoming community members to enjoy holiday displays outside their homes. A tradition since 1940 that started with just a few houses, the event has grown to include about 30 residences and has acquired the name of "Christmas Tree Lane," as 72 small Douglas Firs, strung with multicolored lights, brighten the street for two blocks. "It's quite dramatic, seeing the trees going down the street," Fulton resident Bob Harrington said, adding that every home also decorates for the occasion. "From Santa preparing to drop down a chimney, to mischievous elves and ice-skating reindeer, to a star hung high in the boughs of a California Redwood tree, each homeowner makes their own holiday statement," a press release from Harrington stated. The number of visitors to Christmas Tree Lane never has been officially recorded, according to Harrington, who has lived on the street for 44 years. However, he estimated that the event attracts up to 100,000 drivers and pedestrians. "It's a great family tradition," he said, one that he also regularly participates in by decorating his house and strolling the sidewalks with his family to admire the displays once the sun goes down. "Everyone waves," he added. "It's a nice, gentle feeling." Holiday displays along Christmas Tree Lane are scheduled from 5-11 p.m. on Dec. 10-31. To learn more, visit

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