SEATTLE -- There are christmas displays and there are christmas displays. And then there's Seattle's Candy Cane Lane. It's like the North Pole south -- almost every house on the block has been covered in lights every year since Saint Nick was a kid.
Candy Cane Lane resident Vincent Miller says, Candy Cane Lane has been a Seattle tradition since 1949.
Back then, one of the residents put up a candy cane on his door. Others followed, and the tradition was born. This year's centerpiece is a carousel -- but when it rains, the trains don't always run on time. That's when the neighborhood pulls together.
It takes a lot of people to make the circle go 'round, notes one resident
Young Jack Bylund, anotherresident says, I mean it's fun, but mainly you just come out here and eat the donuts when everybody else sets it up.
And when you set it up, they will come. Candy Cane Lane draws visitors by the carload, sometimes the busload.
Allison Rowe drove through Candy Cane Lane visitor with her children. She says, These kids really like to check out baby jesus. That's the best part. They've threatened to steal him but we've prevented them so far.
If you move to Candy Cane Lane -- which is known officially as Park Road Northeast -- there's no neighborhood covenant requiring you to put up christmas lights. But it does help if you're willing to get into the holiday and community spirit.
Vincent miller is a 16-year Candy Cane Lane resident. He says, It's a tradition, not a requirement if you live here. But if you move here, you know what you're getting into.
And it's something thousands of seattle residents get into every year during the holiday season.