What started as an ordinary holiday lights display in a Clovis neighborhood has turned into what is believed to be the largest synchronized neighborhood light show in the World.
Santa Claus Lane is located on Norwich, Maine and Indianapolis Streets in the subdivision located on the southeast corner of Gettysburg and Locan. This year the light show has expanded to feature 39 homes.
“Santa Claus Lane is a high-tech, synchronized light show,” said Deb Toews, founder of Santa Claus Lane. “The Christmas lights on all the participating homes dance in beat with music. Approximately 500,000 LED lights provide a spectacular show for people of all ages. We offer music for all ages and tastes.”
Santa Claus Lane opens Friday and runs nightly from 6 p.m-10 p.m. through December 27th, rain or shine.
“You can walk or drive Santa Claus Lane,” Toews said. “ Most people say the event is best when walking down the sidewalks of the neighborhood.”
Santa Claus Lane is pet-friendly and on Friday and Saturday nights food trucks will be on site selling a variety of treats.
If you are driving, visitors can tune their car radio to 98.5 FM and hear the music inside their cars.
“Santa Claus Lane is the only large Christmas light display that is high tech and uses a single computer to make all the lights dance to the music,” Toews said. “As far as we are aware of, Santa Claus Lane is the largest synchronized residential light show in the world!”
In 2008 Deb and her husband Terry started decorating the outside of their home for Christmas. After seeing a synchronized light display online, they put in the time to create their own. In 2012, their next-door neighbors joined in on the fun. In 2015, the whole block joined in and it has grown from there.
A small group of neighbors formed the non-profit, Clovis Festival of Lights at Ladera Ranch, INC. The group is responsible for organizing Santa Claus Lane and helps support a local food pantry, as well as other non-profits in the area.
On Saturday, December 14th Santa Claus Lane will feature Red, White and Blue Christmas. The event honors law enforcement, firefighters and members of the military. Donations from that evening will benefit the Leon S. Peters Burn Center, San Joaquin Valley Veterans Organization and the Fresno Police Chaplaincy.
“We feel that not only do we bless our community with this event, but in turn receives blessings from them,” Toews said. “Hearing all the praises coming from our visitors and how this is their new family tradition warms our hearts and keeps us wanting to continue.”
To learn more about Santa Claus Lane visit SantaClausLaneClovis.com
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