Local treasure and tradition Christmas Tree Lane kicked off its official opening last night with the first of two “walk nights” this season. If you are new to Fresno and the Central Valley, or just haven’t been in a while, this is probably one of the most festive local events ever.
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. The next Walk Night is Wednesday, December 11th from 6:00pm to 10:00pm.
Drivers access Christmas Tree Lane from Shields and drive north to Shaw. Holiday hours this year are 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.
And here is a video clip from the news last night…