Candy Cane Lane continues, 35 years and counting

Candy Cane Lane continues, 35 years and counting

POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) - One neighborhood in Pocahontas transforms into Candy Cane Lane during the week of Christmas.

For 35 years, the residents on Maple Street decorate their yards with several Christmas decorations and lights for people to enjoy.

John Patrick, Pocahontas resident and former Mayor, started the tradition when he had the idea to dress up as Santa Claus and wave to the children on Christmas.

The idea grew and eventually his entire front yard became Santa's workshop and the neighbors joined in.

Now, for five days people from all over come to Candy Cane Lane to see the street and visit Santa Claus.

Everyone who visits also gets a present from Santa.

Patrick said his favorite part of the tradition is seeing the joy it brings people.

"I could tell you beautiful stories, I could tell you stories that would make you cry. It is very interesting, but I enjoy making people happy and putting smiles on their faces," Patrick said.

Patrick also said he thinks this year's decorations and turnout have been one of the best.

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