Starting Saturday (Dec. 10), Fulton Street in Palo Alto will again transform into a Christmas wonderland, filled with red and green lights, decorations and carolers. The 1700 and 1800 blocks of Fulton will turn on the lights of "Christmas Tree Lane" for the 71st year.
To celebrate the beginning of this longstanding tradition, music teacher Marisa Hodgett-Chiang will lead Keys School carolers down the street at 6 p.m.
Since 1940, Fulton residents have helped make Palo Alto an "unmatched Christmas destination," resident Andrea Ward said in an email to Palo Alto Online.
"Many of the street's residents have grown up in Palo Alto and look forward to continuing the tradition for their children and generations to come," Ward wrote.
Ward said the tradition is also a great way to welcome new families into the neighborhood.
"We have a few new families who will be participating this year. It is such a great tradition for families with small children and a wonderful way to bring neighbors together."
Christmas Tree Lane has experienced its fair share of history. According to the Christmas Tree Lane website, christmastreelane.org, the street dimmed its lights in 1942 for World War II blackouts and again in 1973 in response to the oil crisis.
The lights will shine this year daily from 5 to 11 p.m. through Dec. 31.