SALYERSVILLE – Candy Cane Lane opens to the public on Thanksgiving night and will remain open through December 25.
The Gardner family, who have been decorating what is now known as Candy Cane Lane for well over 20 years, have put up thousands of lights and displays on the small street located on the Ivy Point Hill off of West U.S. 460.
Candy Cane Lane will be open to the public from 6 to 10 p.m. every night, seven days a week, free of charge.
The Gardner family asks that if anyone wants to walk down the Lane to please walk in the road. With all the electrical cords and potential hazards, they ask everyone to safely stay in the road to view the lights.
They remind everyone to drive slowly and be courteous, noting that at times traffic can become a bit crowded.
They also suggest driving down Candy Cane Lane during daylight hours to see some of the decorations that are not as visible at night, explaining that there is plenty to see even without the lights.
While Santa has been known to frequent Candy Cane Lane in past years, he and Mrs. Claus are staying safe at the North Pole this year to ensure he will be healthy for the big night, but he has placed a mailbox at Candy Cane Lane for children’s letters to Santa, which is available 24-7.
Santa told the Independent that his elves will answer as many of the letters as possible, but a name and return address is required for a response.