Candy Cane Lane to open Friday night, debut car-free dates

The final preparations at Candy Cane Lane are being made for the west Edmonton neighbourhood’s reveal to the public Friday night. 

Organizers are featuring a new element in 2021: two-car free nights on Dec. 12 and 19. 

Every other night, Edmontonians will be able to walk or drive through the several blocks of decorated homes. 

“We were unsure if we should have a big event like this, if it was a smart idea,” Duane Hunter, an organizer, told CTV News Edmonton. 

“But after speaking with everybody involved and consulting with [Alberta Health Services] and the city, we found it was a good idea and we could do it safely.” 

Candy Cane Lane is open from 6 to 10 p.m. every night until New Year’s Day. Visitors are asked to bring a non-perishable Edmonton Food Bank donation. In its dozens of years, Candy Cane Lane has donated more than 360,000 kilograms of food. 

Edmonton Food Bank’s manager of strategic relationships and partnerships said the annual event sets the tone for the coming year.

“The food that’s coming in for us not only helps us right now before Christmas, but it bridges that gap and then it allows us to keep going in the summer,” Tamisan Bencz-Knight told CTV News Edmonton. 

Organizers also asked the public to be mindful of the practices which are said to prevent transmission the most. 

“Let’s think of everyone else; let’s wear that face covering,” Hunter said. 

Candy Cane Lane did open in 2020, but with adjustments for the pandemic.

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