Must-see Holiday Lights: Alameda's Christmas Tree Lane - 510 Families

Must-see Holiday Lights: Alameda’s Christmas Tree Lane

For years I’d heard that the best place to see holiday lights in the East Bay is in Alameda. I knew that every house on the block would be decorated. Somehow I just wasn’t sure it would be worth the drive. Well, it is.

It’s not just the lights that make the 3200 block of Thompson Ave feel so special; it’s the people milling about and the sweet and nostalgic displays of decorations. This nightly event runs from Saturday, December 5, 2020 through New Year’s Eve. Plan to park and walk the length of the block and back again.

Alameda Christmas Tree Lane
Alameda Christmas Tree Lane, each house has a different theme and many change year over year!
Christmas Tree Lane in Alameda
Christmas Tree Lane in Alameda | Photo: Gwen via flickr

Ordinarily Santa Claus hangs out on the median of the one-block stretch of Thompson Avenue with his sleigh greeting children and offering his lap. This year, for 2020, Santa will be skipping Christmas Tree Lane but will, instead have a letter box available for letters to be dropped off. Letters with legible return addresses will still go to the North Pole for a reply from Santa himself!

(Related: Where to mail letters to Santa in the East Bay >)

Christmas tree lane Alameda
Photo: Christmas Tree Lane Alameda via Facebook

We spied so many favorite characters, from an oversized Grinch to Yukon Cornelius and the Abominable Snow Monster. These are homemade wooden cut-outs that you cannot buy at Target, people. One house has a light show timed to music with a Nightmare Before Christmas theme. Another house is completely covered with pink, um, shingles?

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Christmas Tree Lane in Alameda
Photo: OakTownArt via flickr

Several photos from this post are courtesy of Oaktown Art, who has many more on her website.

The lights will be on through New Year’s Eve from 5:30 – 10 pm. Bring your camera and your Christmas spirit!

Fans of this ignited form of Christmas cheer can follow special announcements on the Christmas Tree Lane facebook page.

Christmas Tree Lane in Alameda

Read next: Where to find the best holiday lights in the Bay Area and our massive guide to holiday activities for East Bay families >>

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