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The 96th Annual Christmas Tree Lane

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Dates Dec. 1 - Dec. 25, 2018

(No vehicles allowed)
Saturday, December 1 and
Tuesday, December 11
Hours Sun - Th, 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Lights will be shut off at 10 p.m.
Fri - Sat, 6 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Lights will be shut off at 11 p.m.


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Donations benefit the lighting, refurbishment and maintenance of Christmas Tree Lane. Christmas Tree Lane is a non-profit event that depends on donations from the community.

Thanks to our prior partners who worked behind the scenes to make Christmas Tree Lane happen:

  • Fresno City Police Department
  • The California Highway Patrol
  • The Fig Garden Homeowners Association
  • The Fresno County Sheriff's Department
  • Fresno High Marching Band
  • Lane Coordinator Dean Alexander
  • Tree Fresno
  • Shawn Caglia
  • Boy Scout Troop 95
  • Catron Contracting


Walk Nights belong to walkers only. On those days, Van Ness Boulevard is closed to vehicles from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

The lane tour of old-fashioned displays is free. Donations are appreciated along the lane to help pay the cost of installing the lights along county property, which takes three months of professional labor by a hard-working guy named Shawn Caglia. The non-profit lane project is supported by contributions.

What is it?

On the opening night of Christmas Tree Lane, which is located on Van Ness Blvd between Shields Ave and Shaw Ave in Fresno, California, millions of lights are turned on at 6:00 p.m. and remain lit until 10:00 p.m. Some 140 homes and 300 trees are decorated and the display spans nearly two miles. The free event is sponsored by the Fig Garden Homeowners Association.

Drivers access Christmas Tree Lane from Shields and drive north to Shaw.

Holiday Hours

From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday to Thursday. From 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. During these times, traffic on Van Ness is northbound only.

Lights will shut off at 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. respectively. Please plan your trip accordingly.


  • Christmas Tree Lane celebrates its 94th anniversary in 2016, making it one of the longest-running holiday events nationwide.
  • It began in 1920 with the decoration of a single tree in the memory of a child who died. The lane went dark in 1941 [wartime restrictions] and 1973 [energy crisis].
  • The lane has made the Washington Post as a holiday tradition.
  • Lane coordinators have improved energy efficiency with better wiring, cutting power requirements by nearly 50 percent over the past eight years.
  • More than 100,000 people visit Christmas Tree Lane each year.



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