Palo Alto's long-lived holiday tradition, Christmas Tree Lane, will open this Saturday on Dec. 14. The 73-year-old neighborhood-street ritual of holiday decorations begins at 5 p.m.
The holiday lights will be aglow nightly through Dec. 31, from 5 until 11 p.m. Residents along Fulton Street south of Embarcadero Road started the street-decorating event in 1940, when four residents cooked up the idea while gathered around a bridge table. The tradition, which includes a row of Yule trees along the street and decorated homes, draws thousands of visitors each year.
Visitors can best take in the decorations by parking in the adjacent neighborhood and strolling down Fulton Street. The street is two-way, so drivers are asked to turn off headlights and use parking lights as they drive slowly down the street. Adults and children often cross the street along the lane.