San Carlos Xmas street best year ever

San Carlos Xmas street best year ever

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coldcanyon

Since: Dec 05

Alamo, CA

#1 Dec 14, 2005
Eucalyptus Ave has really outdone itself this year. Each year the whole street really pulls out the stops to decorate their houses. Apparently it's so intense that realtors force home sellers to disclose what happens every december ... a slow parade of cars and walkers for most of December.

We went last sat and parked and walked...well worth it to get our of your car. The folks with 25,000 lights on their roof were giving out popcorn and hot chocolate which our kids loved. Their houses's "FAQ" said they have a $3k elec bill for Dec. Apparently this year there was a power outage and PG&E had to roll two trucks to quickly provision more power for the block.

Don't miss it!

http://maps.google.com/maps...

Since: Dec 05

San Francisco, CA

#2 Dec 14, 2005
This is great news - I will take my family there this week! We used to go to the one off of Embarcadero in Palo Alto, near Middlefield, but when we drove by this year, they were dim...:-(

We thought of going to Vasona Lake in Los Gatos -- Does anyone know of any other good Bay Area Xmas lights spots?

Since: Dec 05

San Francisco, CA

#3 Dec 16, 2005
axe to grind wrote:
This is great news - I will take my family there this week! We used to go to the one off of Embarcadero in Palo Alto, near Middlefield, but when we drove by this year, they were dim...:-(

We thought of going to Vasona Lake in Los Gatos -- Does anyone know of any other good Bay Area Xmas lights spots?
As a follow-up post, we went to BOTH Vasona Lake and Eucalyptus Street tonight (baby wouldn't sleep). Vasona is nice, but probably not any better than the downtown San Jose display in Cesar Chavez park.

Eucalyptus, on the other hand, was spectacular. What a gem! Even at 10pm, the lights were still up (and no crowds on a thursday). I think I prefer the home-spun displays over the city organized stuff. Just feels more Christmas-y :-)
coldcanyon

Since: Dec 05

Alamo, CA

#4 Dec 16, 2005
Glad you liked it! Go San Carlos!:-)
coldcanyon

Since: Dec 05

Alamo, CA

#5 Dec 19, 2005
Hey, topix found an article about the xmas street.

http://insidebayarea.com/bayarealiving/ci_331...

“An Explosion of Monkeys”

Since: Dec 05

San Francisco

#6 Dec 25, 2005
I took a walk last week to go visit. The lights were definetely impressive. The part I liked most was that when we went to visit, there where carollers singing along the street. It was one of the best Christmas experiences this ex-New Yorker has had in California.

Since: Dec 05

Palo Alto, CA

#7 Dec 26, 2005
axe to grind wrote:
This is great news - I will take my family there this week! We used to go to the one off of Embarcadero in Palo Alto, near Middlefield, but when we drove by this year, they were dim...:-(

We thought of going to Vasona Lake in Los Gatos -- Does anyone know of any other good Bay Area Xmas lights spots?
If you're up this way again, check out Palo Alto. I went by last night and the lights were definately on. They're usually up until Jan 1st
anna banana

San Mateo, CA

#9 Dec 11, 2008
What ar the cross streets in palo alto? Please let me know. we have rented a van for riday night and want to hit all the best streets.
axe to grind wrote:
This is great news - I will take my family there this week! We used to go to the one off of Embarcadero in Palo Alto, near Middlefield, but when we drove by this year, they were dim...:-(
We thought of going to Vasona Lake in Los Gatos -- Does anyone know of any other good Bay Area Xmas lights spots?
humbug

Santa Rosa, CA

#10 Jan 7, 2009
Glad you all enjoyed Eucalyptus Ave. Most guests have been courteous this year, but some visitors are leaving a bad taste in the mouth of Eucalyptus residents. A few guidelines for the future:
1. Yes, please use our garbage cans and recycling bins. Finding the remains of your evening snack in my yard isn't fun, any more than is finding your recyclable cans and bottles in my garbage bin.
2. It's dark, and I would like to pull in and out of my driveway without hitting you and your child by mistake. Keep a grip on your toddler, and do the photo shoot someplace other than in the middle of my driveway.
3.Turning your headlights off and driving 3 mph at 7pm on a school night is a bad idea.
4. We residents enjoy Christmas as much as you do, and want to continue to do so. Please remember that we live here and are juggling jobs, errands, kids, family guests, friends, and all the same activities you have to juggle. Sometimes we just want to get home safely. If you enjoy our lights and decorations, repay us by being considerate of our homes and families.
mikbritty

Santa Rosa, CA

#11 Mar 9, 2009
How about a new rule (if allowed) would prohibit vehicular traffic on Eucalyptus (except residents)from sunset to 10-11pm..... the experience would be enhanced for both visitors and permanent residents...the paradigm where the "Car is King" is so tired in San Carlos....hopefully (at least for X-mas season)it can come to an end.....which will naturally create more positive interactions with our town inhabitants.
Liora

United States

#12 Dec 9, 2009
mikbritty wrote:
How about a new rule (if allowed) would prohibit vehicular traffic on Eucalyptus (except residents)from sunset to 10-11pm..... the experience would be enhanced for both visitors and permanent residents...the paradigm where the "Car is King" is so tired in San Carlos....hopefully (at least for X-mas season)it can come to an end.....which will naturally create more positive interactions with our town inhabitants.
Best idea ever. I'm all for it.
earthman2

New Almaden, CA

#13 Dec 15, 2009
axe to grind wrote:
This is great news - I will take my family there this week! We used to go to the one off of Embarcadero in Palo Alto, near Middlefield, but when we drove by this year, they were dim...:-(
We thought of going to Vasona Lake in Los Gatos -- Does anyone know of any other good Bay Area Xmas lights spots?
YES! This one: http://www.severex.com/images/xmas/xmas_pano_...
Activist Mom

Belmont, CA

#14 Dec 15, 2009
Mikbritty, some people cannot walk a block, no matter how glorious the decorations are. With your "no cars" rule, we would be excluded.
Activist Mom

Belmont, CA

#15 Dec 15, 2009
I tried to vote "support" but couldn't. Matt is right.
anna banana

San Mateo, CA

#16 Nov 8, 2010
Does anyone know what times and days Eucalyptus is lighted up. Does it start the day after Thanksgiving or does it light up for the first tie on Thanksgiving night. Does it light up every night until Christmas? What is the actual schedule. What nights do they block off the street and make you walk down. Please let me know
anna banana

San Mateo, CA

#17 Nov 8, 2010
humbug wrote:
Glad you all enjoyed Eucalyptus Ave. Most guests have been courteous this year, but some visitors are leaving a bad taste in the mouth of Eucalyptus residents. A few guidelines for the future:
1. Yes, please use our garbage cans and recycling bins. Finding the remains of your evening snack in my yard isn't fun, any more than is finding your recyclable cans and bottles in my garbage bin.
2. It's dark, and I would like to pull in and out of my driveway without hitting you and your child by mistake. Keep a grip on your toddler, and do the photo shoot someplace other than in the middle of my driveway.
3.Turning your headlights off and driving 3 mph at 7pm on a school night is a bad idea.
4. We residents enjoy Christmas as much as you do, and want to continue to do so. Please remember that we live here and are juggling jobs, errands, kids, family guests, friends, and all the same activities you have to juggle. Sometimes we just want to get home safely. If you enjoy our lights and decorations, repay us by being considerate of our homes and families.
Dear Humbug,

When do the lights turn on? Is it the night of Thanksgiving. When do you close off the street and ask people to walk down Eucalpytus? Thanks so much
Ash

Burlingame, CA

#18 Nov 30, 2011
Does anyone know what times and days Eucalyptus is lighted up? Does it start on 25th December or even before that. What is the "from" and "to" period?
BoF

San Carlos, CA

#19 Dec 12, 2011
Eucalyptus generally runs from December 1st until Xmas or the day after xmas. The lights are usually on til 10pm, with some houses staying on later.
specialyear

Los Altos, CA

#20 Dec 29, 2014
When do the lights stop being displayed? Can we still see them this week before New Years
specialyear

Los Altos, CA

#21 Dec 29, 2014
Please let me know if San Carlos is still displaying lights Dec 29-30

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