Local Holiday Light Shows make for a Fun Family Tradition….

  By Heather Crivellone                                                                                                                          

Every family has their own traditions of some sort. And this time of year, moms all over the city are dragging their kids to events and doing activities to make their traditions “stick”.
Growing up, I can always remember “Candy Cane Lane”. It was the one night of the of year that my parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins all got together to drink hot cocoa, stay up late and walk down the cold (and sometimes rainy) court.

Year after year we have been going to view this spectacular light show that this court has to offer. Now, I call it “Candy Cane Lane”….however, it wasn’t until just recently that I realized that it’s actually just Dovewood Court in Orangevale. But once you take a walk down this memorable street and see all the lights and holiday trimmings, you will also be transformed into another world… hence the name “Candy Cane Lane” that I have somehow nicknamed and it’s just stuck with my family.
This street really has everything… Snoopy, the Grinch, and even a tribute to summertime with some Buffet and Margaritas!

As a kid, I remember walking down this street in amazement to see all the lights and displays. And as an adult, I’m even more amazed that the entire street can all pull together to make something so magical and amazing for everyone to see.
They have taken the simple “string of lights” to another level and have seriously transformed their homes into a winter wonderland. And, to make everything even more wonderful, they continue to collect cans of food to donate to Food for Families. These neighbors truly show everyone the real meaning of the holiday season!
If you are in the area, and even if your not…it’s well worth the drive to check out the light show at Dovewood court.
My family will be there, as we are every year…and I’m just as excited this year as I was 20 some years ago when I first set foot on this magical (yet sometimes cold) walk down “Candy Cane Lane“!

One simple tip… try not to drive through the court if you can. Depending on the age of your children, you may find that bundling everyone up and parking a few blocks away is a better way to view the light shows. Some of the houses have displays that are better seen on foot…and with the traffic that can occur, you may rather want to be in the fresh air than stuck inside the car with some screaming kids that want to get a better look at Santa or what not.

Now, even though I am partial to Dovewood Court, there are many other fantastic “light shows” in the area. Some of my friends swear that the show on Pebble Creek Drive and Strand Road in Rocklin is the largest display in the area. I have yet to check it out- but I trust their judgement and I’m sure it’s worth the drive. And the lights in East Sacramento in the “Fabulous 40’s” are indeed- fabulous. If you are looking to take the family out for an evening of holiday lights and fun- check out the website: www.lightsofthevalley.com and it will lead you in the direction of many festive homes in the area.

So bundle up, pack some hot cocoa and start a tradition of your own- I’m sure many memories are bound to be made!



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