The Ranks' 2013 display has a throne for Santa to use.
Christmas Card Lane in Olathe, Kansas was once an entire subdivision of homes with extravagant Christmas decorations & lights, tied together thematically by giant Christmas cards with greetings from each family. Nearly 200 hundred homes were decorated with Christmas lights and luminaries.
For 25 years, Christmas Card Lane was a destination for tours and families searching for holiday lights. When cars pull into the Mission Ridge subdivision, they turn off their headlights and start creeping down the streets enjoying house after house decorated for Christmas. Sometimes they hear carolers, or Santa may step out to the car to hand out candy canes. On one visit, Santa, his sleigh and reindeer were being pulled through Christmas Card Lane on a trailer.
Over the years, the number of homes being decorated has slowly dropped and less than half are decorated for 2013, but there are still over 90 displays in this one modest subdivision. Perhaps a quarter of them still have the large "christmas cards" which gave the area its nickname. Several of the displays are large enough that they would be worth a visit on their own.
To reach Christmas Card Lane, take 151st Street east from I-35 to Ridgeview Road. Turn left on Ridgeview. Enter Christmas Card Lane on Frontier Lane or Butterfield Place.
Before leaving Olathe, be sure to also visit the Penguin Playground at Mur-Len Road and Indian Creek Parkway. Just one house, but this Christmas display will blow you away!
copyright 2007-2013 by Keith Stokes