URBANA, Ill. (WCIA) – Candlestick Lane brought back its opening ceremony this year, while also celebrating its 59th year of bringing unity and cheer to Urbana.

While the opening ceremony was closed for the last two years because of Covid, the neighborhood was excited to bring it back this year. It gives families the chance to walk around the neighborhood and drive-thru to look at holiday decorations.

The light display is more than just lights though. Every house has an lit torch to symbolize unity.

One man says his parents helped start the tradition, and three generations later, it has continued.

“They would wave it in front of the flame,” Charlie Halpin of Urbana said. “The house would then illuminate and that family would come out. Everyone would share they joined the crowd that would go in succession on down the street and then the lane would be lit and then it’s lit every year. That would be the opening ceremony, it’s listed every evening until New Year’s Eve.”

Halpin says he still has the original torch that his parents had in the 1960s.

Candlestick Lane is located in the Grant Ave neighborhood in Urbana, off of Philo Rd.
It is illuminated every night through New Year’s Eve from 5p.m. to 10 p.m.

Editor’s note: this article has been updated to include more details on the Candlestick Lane light display, and opening ceremony.