It Isn’t Christmas Until You’ve Visited Montana’s Candy Cane Lane
Christmas is right around the corner, and Montanans have been celebrating the holiday season in style. But one of our state’s greatest events is yet to come: Candy Cane Lane, an annual tradition that has become one of Great Falls’ most iconic events. If you live near the Electric City, this is the perfect way to kick off your weekend.
Candy Cane Lane began in 2014 when Nikki Davalos and her husband decided to organize a neighborhood holiday light display.
Nikki wanted to continue a childhood tradition of going out with her family to find the best Christmas lights in town.
Candy Cane Lane is a trail that winds through town featuring the most decorated houses in the city.
To kick things off, everyone meets at Skyline Optimist Park at 513 33rd Ave. N.E., where they are welcomed with cocoa, treats, and a map to follow.
Little ones can also meet Santa at the park, who is there to greet guests and hand out treats.
This year, commemorative ornaments will be sold for $5.
This event is totally free, although donations are accepted to help keep things running.
Every year, Great Falls residents can submit their homes to be featured on the trail. First, second and third place prizes are awarded for the most festive homes.
Candy Cane Lane has two dates this year: December 14 and December 21.
Meet at Jaycee Park between 7 and 9 p.m. for your map and Santa meeting.
To learn more about Candy Cane Lane, check out
this website. And while you’re at it, take some time to explore one of Montana’s Christmas towns.
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