Many Seattle-area neighborhoods go all out for the holidays, but there’s none more adorably decorated than the row of 1920 s-era Tudors lining Candy Cane Lane. With brightness, music and moving objectives, this sweet neighborhood has been a Seattle holiday institution for more than six decades. Whether you’re looking to take a trip down memory lane or want to start your own family tradition, seizure your little elves and punched this decked out’ scarf. Read on!

photo: Sean O . via Flickr

Set Your GPS

A Seattle institution since 1949, Candy Cane Lane( otherwise known as N.E. Park Rd ., simply off the main drag of Ravenna Blvd. at the cross street of 21 st Ave. N.E. really north of University Village) is actually a arced sequence of 23 adorably decorated residences so sweet they look like you could have snatched them right off a gingerbread live display.

Expect to See

Sleighs, reindeer, blow up candy canes, mechanical adornments’ round the traffic circle and traffic back-ups. Medallions often share a theme( past contests have centered on holiday classics such as the Nutcracker) and now there’s a multi-cultural approach with the attractiveness “peace” ornamentation. A real, live Santa is also known to meet amaze appearings, passing out candy canes, of course!

photo: Melinda Wong

Where to Eat

The mecca of University Village furnishes aplenty, and it’s only five minutes away from Candy Cane Lane, so make an evening of it and intelligence to the kid-friendly Veggie Grill or Delfino’s Chicago Style Pizza for a speedy pierce, be held following plows at Trophy Cupcakes& Party, Menchie’s, Molly Moon’s Ice Cream or The Confectionary. Maybe take care of a’ lil celebration shopping while you’re at it? Also nearby: Kidd Valley Burgers( can you say, milkshakes !) and if all else neglects, there’s a drive-thru McDonald’s on 25 th.

Where to Park

Technically, you don’t need to park at all. Candy Cane Lane is a drive by thing, with gondolas idling and inching along gradually as fares click visualizes through fogged-up windows. Yet, if you want to fully experience the music, daylights, mechanical medals( the rainfall and high winds ), ballpark on a side street, bundle up and get out of the car. Ravenna Park, really a half block away, has about a dozen parking places, or you can snag parking on a nearby side street. Psst! Buy the kiddies a bowl of sizzling chocolate across the street at Seven Market& Cafe to form your night saunter even more enjoyable.

photo: Matt U . via Yelp

When to Go

The Christmas Ship and Parade of Craft is always a fun outing. Check the 2019 planned and catch out when the ship parade will stop by Matthews Beach, Magnuson Park or Madison Park, all within a few cases miles of Candy Cane Lane. Or go after a movie. Or when the relatives come into town. Or any rainy evening when the kids are acting up and need to be reminded of who’s on the lookout for those who have been naughty and who has been oh-so-nice.

The word on the footpath is not to go before December 9. Their neighbours elves are busy setting up everything for you in the meantime.

photo: Frank Fujimoto via Flickr


Nada. It’s free! Nonetheless, a canned foods drive give depot often sits at the end of the direction and sees are also welcome to leave subscriptions at the nearby Seven Market& Cafe( 2007 N.E. Ravenna Blvd ).

Dates& Times

Dec. 9, 2019 -Jan. 1, 2020. Mon.-Thurs., 4 p. m.-9: 30 p.m .; Fri.-Sat ., 4 p. m.-1 1 p.m.

photo: Michiworm via Flickr

— Kristina Moy& Allison Ellis

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