Kelowna's Candy Cane Lane ready to light up the holiday season

Cruising Candy Cane Lane

Cindy White

The angels, hedgehogs and Santa on a chopper are all ready.

The lights turn on Dec. 1 for the 11th annual Candy Cane Lane.

The grassroots, holiday light display in the community of Springvalley in Rutland is a labour of love for John Sharhon, who has been decking his house with festive flair for more than 20 years.

“It started with about half a dozen houses and everyone else jumped on board,” said Sharhon.

“We encourage everyone to put up one string, two strings, 1,000, 5,000 strings. Whatever they can, and it has just caught on.”

Thousands of people come by to take in the lights, even busses carrying seniors from retirement homes.

“Walking is the nicest way. When you get your family and the little ones, and they have their hot chocolate and they come walking by. Especially when we get the snow, it’s absolutely spectacular along here,” adds Sharhon.

There is no fee to see Candy Cane Lane, but he encourages you to bring a donation if you can. “We collect food for the women’s shelter, Freedom's Door, we help out the Springvalley Elementary with their program, and the Salvation Army. Those are our pushes, and of course, we do the Mamas for Mamas, when they come by with the Christmas parade.”

Candy Cane Lane runs along Collison Road, Gramiak Road, Mary Court and a few other nearby streets, nightly from around 5 to 10 p.m., December 1 to January 1.

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