Tuesday , June 25 2024

Rain Doesn't Dampen Christmas Tree Lane

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The rain didn’t stop the crowds from coming out for the first walking night of Christmas Tree Lane in Fresno.<br /><br />December 2nd was opening night. And one of two nights where Van Ness between Shields and Shaw is closed to traffic.<br /><br />The first visitors came through the gates right as Christmas Tree Lane opened at six o’clock sharp. The possibility of rain didn’t do a thing to dampen their holiday spirit.<br /><br />The crowds filled Christmas Tree Lane on its 92nd year. Rain in the morning left puddles on the sides of Van Ness Avenue. And prompted families to plan for more showers.<br /><br />&quot;I just had to think about bringing umbrellas and making sure we had water-proof jackets ready to go and all of that. So it’s nice that the weather’s so lovely out here tonight,&quot; said Elizabeth Knapp. <br /><br />This has been a Knapp family tradition since Elizabeth was a little girl.<br /><br />&quot;We used to bring them in the car with the cats, the whole family&quot; said Elizabeth’s father, Jim Knapp.<br /><br />And now a new generation is making memories here.<br /><br />&quot;The children love it and we stop and take photos at the same spot every year so we can see how they’ve growing up doing this,&quot; Elizabeth said.<br /><br />The tradition started back in the 1920s to honor a child who had died. Now children many generations afterward find delight in the holiday celebration.<br /><br />James Coburn brought his grandson Cayden for his first visit to the lane. &quot;It’s very special, it’s what being a grandparent is all about,&quot; James said.<br /><br />Christmas Tree Lane is open until Christmas day. And many drive through in cars. But the two walking nights give people a chance to get up close and experience the decorations in a new way.<br /><br />&quot;This is our first time walking it though. They’re seemed to be having a lot of fun walking versus driving. So we’re going to keep doing it,&quot; Junior Martinez said of his children and family.<br /><br />Something special, almost magical, that gets rave reviews from happy children.<br /><br />&quot;I like seeing the lights and the decorations.&quot; &quot;I like all of it,&quot; said twins Claire and William.<br /><br />The second walking night is coming up Wednesday, December 10th from 6 to 10pm. <br /><br />Christmas Tree Lane is located on Van Ness Avenue between Shaw and Shields. It is free of charge. But donations are welcome.<br /></div>

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