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Santa and holiday lights transform El Segundo's Acacia Ave. into 'Candy Cane Lane'

If you're looking for a fun, free and low-key family outing this holiday season, head over to El Segundo, where you can take a leisurely stroll down "Candy Cane Lane." Each year, the residents on the 1200 block of E. Acacia Ave. turn their cul-de-sac into a winter wonderland with dazzling light displays -- some houses even feature miniature towns or train tracks on their front lawns.

The lit-up cul-de-sac is blocked off to the street after sundown.
The lit-up cul-de-sac is blocked off to the street after sundown.
A dazzling light display along Candy Cane Lane (1200 block of E. Acacia Ave. in El Segundo)
Beverly O'Neal
  • Where: The 1200 block of E. Acacia Ave. in El Segundo (corner of E. Acacia Ave. and California St.)
  • When: Through December 23, from sunset until 9 p.m. Santa visits nightly from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Cost: Free, but visitors are encouraged to bring canned foods for donation to a local food bank.

When the sun goes down, the street is blocked off to traffic, making it safer for families with young children. Santa takes his time with each child, and the wait is much shorter than it is at a typical mall. There's also plentiful street parking, making Candy Cane Lane a pleasant, mellow experience (which can be rare during the holidays!).

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  • Jill 5 years ago

    Wow, what charming decorations! We'll definitely have to pay a visit to Candy Cane Lane.

  • Dana 5 years ago

    Great idea! I like the kid yelling "choo choo!"

  • HI_Aii 5 years ago

    Nice to know another area to bring children to watch holiday decoreation and visit Santa. Same here, love to hear little kid's cute voice yelling "choo choo" - was it lillte Jack?

  • Beverly 5 years ago

    It definitely is worth a visit! And the little kid yelling "choo choo" would be my, should we say, energetic toddler, Jack. Glad to know he has fans out there!