December 19, 2009

Reason 24: Candy Cane Lane

ANOTHER REASON TO LOVE EDMONTON: Candy Cane Lane makes spirits bright …

Everyone knows about the Oilers, West Edmonton Mall and Whyte Avenue. They’re three of the most fantastic things about Edmonton — but they’re obvious. We think they’re great already.

For the past few months, LifeStyle has been giving you new reasons to adore River City; little things that we might see so often we take them for granted.

Every week until July, we’re going to highlight one more awesome thing you may never have noticed before to help you love Edmonton even more.

When there are no new episodes of Glee on TV, no band willing to take their tour to the coldest place on the continent, and the entire city seems to be shut down for the holidays, there’s Candy Cane Lane.

Every year, the decades-old Edmonton tradition sees residents of 148th Street between 92nd and 100th avenues decorate their homes with dazzling lights and life-size Santas, reindeer and snowmen that glow all through the holiday season. The show, of course, is free, though the Lane accepts donations for the Edmonton Food Bank.

St. Andrew’s United Church hosts hour-long sleigh rides at $12 for adults, $7 for children aged three to 12, and free for little ones small enough to sit on a parent’s lap.

So, if the kids are getting tired of yet another Friday of board games, pile them in the van, throw on some Bing Crosby, and take a drive through the neighbourhood. If you’re all out of ways to woo on date night, don’t forget that there are few things more romantic than bundling up for a horse-drawn jaunt in the snow.

And if you can’t get enough of that Christmas spirit, know that on Candy Cane Lane, sleigh bells ring, snow is glistening, and winter wonderlands don’t just exist in song.

Sleigh rides are almost fully booked this weekend but more times have just been added for Monday and Tuesday. Reserve your spot early by going to

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