After my post showing the Christmas lights in the Sleepy Hollow section of Torrance, I have had several people contact me asking how to get there. Since there are a few streets blocked off to assist with the traffic flow, I will tell you the easiest way to get there.
For those of you that live in the South Bay, you are probably already familiar with Candy Cane Lane, but if not, it is in the area of Torrance bordered by Pacific Coast Highway, Prospect, Calle Mayor and Palos Verdes Blvd. The area is a little more compact than that, but those are the major streets. If you substitute Robert Road for Calle Mayor, you will be there.
For those of you living in Orange County, the Valley or elsewhere, Sleepy Hollow is freeway close. I will provide what I think is the easiest directions for you to follow without getting lost.
Most of you will likely take the 405. Get off on Hawthorne Blvd. and proceed south. About four (4) miles down you will come to Sepulveda Blvd. You will know you are there by the Sears on the northeast corner and the Toys r Us on the northwest corner. It is a major intersection, so if you do not see it, please pull over and let someone else drive.
Turn right at Sepulveda and proceed one (1) mile to Palos Verdes Blvd. This is the third traffic signal after Ocean and Anza. Turn left.
On the left hand side of the street is a strip mall. Okay, there is a strip mall on the right hand side also, but there is no reason to pay attention to it now. As soon as the strip mall ends, there will be a stop sign. This is Milne Drive. You will turn left.
Immediately after making the left turn, you will make a dogleg right turn onto Linda Drive. Welcome to the edge of Sleepy Hollow. Continue up Linda Drive and you will soon notice that the Christmas lights become more prevalent. Once you get to Sharynne Lane, you will know you have hit Candy Cane Lane. You can turn right or left; or you can proceed straight. At this point, just follow your whim, the line of cars or the lights. You can not go wrong.
Streets of interest to you will include Sharynne Lane, Reese Road, Carol Drive and Doris Way. There are other streets there, but like I said, once you get there just follow your nose. If weather is permitting, which is standard, you can park your car and just walk up and down the streets. If you have ever gone to Disneyland at night and thought their light display was special, you have seen nothing yet. There are vendors there renting golf carts and people selling hot chocolate, so if you get cold or tired, there is a backup option for you.
For those of you coming from the Pasadena area, or somewhere off the 110, go ahead and take the 110 south to Sepulveda. Turn right and take Sepulveda up to Palos Verdes Blvd. I suspect it is about 10 miles going that route.
Enjoy your visit. If you have never seen it before you will be back, I am sure.