YES Virginia, there will be Crippsmas Place this year!
Visitors may drive through the streets, or park and walk on the sidewalks. Tune into 103.1 FM for Crippsmas Radio when in the neighborhood during the event.
Area well known as Crippsmas Place. Dozens of homes decorated on surrounding streets: Cripps Place, Wellington Place, Nicolet Court, Asquith Place, several blocks of Nicolet Avenue. Over 50 houses are decorated and the tradition is over 40 years. Candy Candy Handout & Charity Drive!
HISTORY OF CRIPPSMAS PLACE
In the late 1960s in, Fremont, California Robert Spider Cantley began the December tradition of Crippsmas Place as a Leukemia Lymphoma Society fundraiser in memory of his mother, Nan, lost to Leukemia. For almost 40 years, Cantley and his neighbors have lit up the surrounding streets with larger-than-life figures of cartoon and animated movie characters.
From the late 1960s until 2004 Mr. Cantley was the organizer and donated funds to Leukemia-Lymphoma. In 2004, Mr. Cantley retired and moved to Twain Harte, California.
A group of neighbors, led by Kate Amon, formed the Crippsmas Club to take over the event. In 2006, neighbors met and started a non-profit organization and added five charities.
Our charities now include: Leukemia-Lymphoma Society, H.E.R.S. Breast Cancer Foundation, Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments, Ohlone Human Society's Wildlife Rehab Center, Adopt an Angel and Fremont Family Resource Center.
Activities of the Crippsmas Club are focused on the preparation and running of our annual December charity fundraising event. The motivation of the Crippsmas Club is to support Community, Charity, and Childhood Joy. Volunteers hand out candy canes and accept donations from thousands of visitors.