ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Candy Cane Lane has become a holiday tradition in the St. Louis Hills neighborhood of south city. Families walked or drove down the street to see the hundreds of light displays around the holidays.
"The thing that makes this unique is that most of the stuff that you see we made on the block" said longtime resident Bob Klasek. "All of the residents got together and made so it’s a really kind of a labor of love for us"
Klasek has lived in the neighborhood for 20 years and says transforming Murdoch Avenue into Candy Cane Lane every year is a neighborhood passion. This year, Klasek and his neighbors are adding something else for passerby's to look at; a tribute to police officers.
"Just a little recognition for the police department to let them know we support them and we want all of the people who drive down the street to see that as well" said Klasek.
"I think it’s great" said Rachel Grib. "I think they 100 percent deserve it and I think it’s awesome for the community and it probably makes them feel really good" she said.
A few blocks away on Angel Avenue, blue lights have been added to angel tree decorations and a blue ribbon lines the trees; a simple act of graciousness that inspires all who see them to start the New Year as one community.
"Things for the police department lately has changed. It’s a tough job- it’s always been a tough job- but now it’s really challenging with the way things are" said Klasek. "The environment they have to work in day in and day out and we wanted in the midst of all of the celebration for the holidays, we just wanted to point out that they’re important, and that we support them and that we’re thinking about them every night when they’re out there on the street" he said.
The lights are on from dusk until dawn.