My favorite part about the walkable/driveable Christmas lights at Candy Cane Lane in Pleasanton is that it is a sparkling holiday outing that doesn’t require unbuckling car seats! Oh, and it is totally free.
A 30-minute drive from parts of Oakland, Pleasanton makes an exciting winter’s evening stroll. Just a couple blocks off Main Street in Pleasanton, families can enjoy the festive music and lights of Candy Cane Lane every evening starting December 4, 2021, from 5:30 – 10 pm on Walnut Drive. 28 houses are officially participating in a neighborhood tradition that has been going strong since 1955.
Upon turning onto Walnut Drive you will be greeted by welcome signs and a poster listing the radio station, KCCL 91.5FM, playing holiday music to accompany your slow drive to see all the lights. You might also see a few other well-decorated homes in the vicinity as you come and go.
My family visited Candy Cane Lane at 5 pm on Sunday and it was a little rainy, no one was walking the street. The cars lined up were barely crawling at the lowest speed to allow maximum light viewing. These homes really packed in the cheer, with yards of adorable Christmas gear and decorations covering every square inch. My five- and seven-year-old sons love the movie Elf and were very excited to spot Buddy on a well-lit front porch.
My three-year-old daughter appreciated the twinkling Cinderella yard display and a nearby setup that includes Mulan. The neighborhood has turned itself into a fun mix of recognizable modern Disney characters to excite the littles and old school classic Christmas characters with nostalgic imagery to amuse the parents like Rudolph, Frosty, and Santa driving a sleek black classic car.
Parent pro tip: Meadowlark Dairy Drive-Thru is nearby off of First Street. They’re selling a peppermint eggnog soft serve with curbside car service until 8 pm.
This year, as a parent, I feel deep appreciation for these folks putting in all the work of decorating and paying the massive power bills for these incredible neighborhood light displays. Driving through the neighborhood at a snail’s pace makes for an easy and safe family Christmas event, even if the kids are wearing only one shoe and having a mask-related tantrum. Thank you, purveyors of 2021 holiday cheer, you rule!
Plan your visit to the Drive Through Christmas Light of Candy Cane Lane
Point your GPS to 4150 Walnut Dr, Pleasanton to find the lighted neighborhood between 5:30 and 10 pm now through Christmas.
Meadowlark Dairy, for seasonal soft serve, is a half-mile away at 57 W. Neal Street, Pleasanton.