December 22, 2011 Slideshows

St. Louis Hills Christmas Lights 

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Misplaced your Christmas cheer? Hop in the car and head to St. Louis Hills after sundown, because the denizens of the south city neighborhood have plenty to go around. Every November, the 6500 block of Murdoch Avenue transforms into Candy Cane Lane, and in the weeks leading up Christmas, they play host to thousands of car-bound St. Louis families who come here for the high concentration of twinkling lights. It's sort of the perfect set-up: Buy your Douglas fir at Ted Drewes' tree lot a block and a half away, and then join the snaking line of idling vehicles patiently waiting for their turns to marinate in the artificial glow of mass-produced Christmas wonder. Photos by Kholood Eid.
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The sights on "Candy Cane Lane" (aka the 6500 block of Murdoch Avenue).
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The sights on "Candy Cane Lane" (aka the 6500 block of Murdoch Avenue).
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The sights on "Candy Cane Lane" (aka the 6500 block of Murdoch Avenue).
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The sights on "Candy Cane Lane" (aka the 6500 block of Murdoch Avenue).
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People photographing Christmas displays on the 6500 block of Murdoch Avenue in South City.
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The sights on "Candy Cane Lane" (aka the 6500 block of Murdoch Avenue).
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Children running past Christmas decorations on "Candy Cane Lane" in South City.
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Missey Doll of St. Louis functions as traffic control and decor on "Candy Cane Lane."
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Mary Elliott, Mitch Hanneken, Erna Sinovcic and Tyler Kern, 5, collect donations for Camp Happy Day from passing cars and distribute candy canes on Wednesday night on the 6500 block of Murdoch Avenue. Hanneken founded Camp Happy Day in 1971 to help children with learning disabilities, speech/language impairments, behavior disorders and signs of Autism.
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Cars slowly drove down the 6500 block of Murdoch Avenue in South City (transformed into "Candy Cane Lane" for Christmas) on Wednesday night to take in the sights and stop for donations to Camp Happy Day.
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A roped off Santa display, made with 7 tons of sand, sits on the 6500 block of Murdoch Avenue during the holiday season.
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Mary Elliott and Tyler Kern, 5, accept donations and give candy canes to drivers passing through "Candy Cane Lane" on Wednesday night in South City.
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Tyler Kern, 5, watches as cars pass through "Candy Cane Lane." Kern helped collect donations on Wednesday night for Happy Camp Day.
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Missey Doll of St. Louis functions as traffic control and decor on "Candy Cane Lane."
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Missey Doll of St. Louis functions as traffic control and decor on "Candy Cane Lane."
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"Snowflake Street" in St. Louis Hills.
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Houses decked out in Christmas cheer on "Snowflake Street."
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Christmas decorations in front of houses on "Snowflake Street."
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Christmas decorations in front of houses on "Snowflake Street."
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Houses decked out in Christmas cheer on "Snowflake Street."
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Christmas decorations in front of houses on "Snowflake Street."
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A giant tree decorated with lights illuminates Francis Park in the St. Louis Hills neighborhood, where nearby streets were transformed into "Candy Cane Lane," "Snowflake Street" and "Angle Avenue" for Christmas.
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The sights on "Candy Cane Lane" (aka the 6500 block of Murdoch Avenue).

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