From Fresno ABC 30 December 2014 - "Monday night, the Alexander family was featured on "The Great Christmas Light Fight" on ABC 30. Up against four other families in the country, the Alexanders came out on top.
The family has been decorating their home for two decades and they say they're happy the rest of country was able to experience the Fresno tradition. On top of showcasing Fresno to the rest of the nation, Alexander says he is donating the $50,000 prize straight back into Christmas Tree Lane."
What is it?
On the opening night of Christmas Tree Lane, which is located on Van Ness Blvd between Shields Ave and Shaw Ave in Fresno, California, millions of lights are turned on at 6:00 p.m. and remain lit until 10:00 p.m. Some 140 homes and 300 trees are decorated and the display spans nearly two miles. The free event is sponsored by the Fig Garden Homeowners Association.
Drivers access Christmas Tree Lane from Shields and drive north to Shaw.
From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday to Thursday. From 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. During these times, traffic on Van Ness is northbound only.
Lights will shut off at 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. respectively. Please plan your trip accordingly.
- Christmas Tree Lane celebrates its 91st anniversary in 2013, making it one of the longest-running holiday events nationwide.
- It began in 1920 with the decoration of a single tree in the memory of a child who died. The lane went dark in 1941 [wartime restrictions] and 1973 [energy crisis].
- The lane has made the Washington Post as a holiday tradition.
- Lane coordinators have improved energy efficiency with better wiring, cutting power requirements by nearly 50 percent over the past eight years.
- More than 100,000 people visit Christmas Tree Lane each year.
Walk Nights belong to walkers only. On those days, Van Ness Boulevard is closed to vehicles from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
The lane tour of old-fashioned displays is free. Donations are appreciated along the lane to help pay the cost of installing the lights along county property, which takes three months of professional labor by a hard-working guy named Shawn Caglia. The non-profit lane project is supported by contributions.
According to one observer, you enter North Van Ness Blvd from Shields Eastbound. The Westbound Shields turn lane was blocked.
Another article you can read - this one from Sunset Magazine Online