Christmas wishes are being granted early this year at Mexico's miracle on Lafayette Street, Candy Cane Lane. Inspired by the spirit of Christmas, Candy Cane Lane is a holiday display of lights and ornamentation, designed to bring holiday cheer to those who enjoy Christmas decor.
The display is put together by Rose Barnes and her family (the Barnes, Hill and Soliz families), who are neighbors on Lafayette Street. This is their eighth year putting on the Lane.
Originally from California, the family lived in various parts of the city, but loved to celebrate Christmas together. When they bought neighboring homes in Mexico, they decided to join in expressing their holiday spirit to the community.
The Lane is separated into several sections or villages. "The contents of Candy Cane Lane change every year," Barnes said. "This season, my yard is the North Pole at one end and Finding Nemo Christmas at the other. My husband is a bass fisherman and I love it as well, so we added a fishing Santa in the waves with Nemo. When he's finished fishing, Santa can go to his little camp, which we've built for him. The middle section is Gingerbread Junction, where Santa has a gingerbread house. Minnie and Mickey Mouse also occupy this village. The next is for the Looney Tunes and the house across the street is Whoville."
Candy Cane Lane contains an estimated 50,000 lights. There are more than 3,000 in Mrs. Barnes' windows and 7,000 in her trees alone. More than 100 handmade wooden ornaments populate the display. The family usually begins constructing these ornaments around Halloween in order to set them up near Thanksgiving weekend.
Though Rose describes the highlight of the Lane as the children's smiling faces, the kids may argue that Santa Night is the best part of Candy Cane Lane. The Lane averages 30 to 40 daily visitors, but more than 174 small toys were given away at last year's Santa Night, during which St. Nick, the Grinch, Cindy Lou Who and a company of elves come to give gifts to the children. Pictures with Santa and his Christmas crew can be taken in the fully furnished Santa House. This year Santa Night will be held on Saturday, Dec. 21, from 6-8 p.m.
Anyone is welcome to visit. Barnes hopes that people who aren't able to put up their own Christmas decorations will come share in the Christmas cheer with her family. "People visit us who wish that they could do something like Candy Cane Lane, but don't have the time, expenses or space. Some come by several times throughout the season to see how the display has progressed. We do it for the joy of these people who come to share the love of Christmas with the community of Mexico."
Candy Cane Lane begins at 1120 Lafayette Street, behind Porky's in Mexico, and is currently open for visitors. The lights come on at sundown for those who would like to preview the display before Santa comes to the Lane.