EL SEGUNDO (CBSLA) – There will be no Candy Cane Lane this holiday season in El Segundo.
“We look forward to it every year,” Denise Fucci, an El Segundo resident, said. “All the people there really get into it, and it’s like almost like over the top.”READ MORE: CHP Motorcycle Officer Involved In Traffic Collision On Eastbound 105 Freeway At Bellflower Boulevard
The city of El Segundo announced Tuesday that it is canceling the popular event for the first time since 1949 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“For many years Candy Cane Lane has brought great joy to the community, but considering the unprecedented circumstances, canceling the high-profile event to limit exposure during a pandemic is the right thing to do and the city appreciates the decision and cooperation of the event organizers,” the city said in a statement on its Facebook page.READ MORE: First Weekend Eligible Adults Can Receive Pfizer's COVID-19 Booster Shot In Los Angeles County
While in previous years, the city provided permits that allowed for neighborhood streets to be closed off to vehicles, no permits will be issued this year, the city said.
“I’m sad, but I wasn’t surprised,” Lisa Blackford, an El Segundo resident, said. “I had heard that it was likely to happen.”MORE NEWS: Man Shot And Killed By Huntington Police Saturday As Nearby Crowds Watched U.S. Open Of Surfing
Candy Cane Lane is held along Acacia Avenue, where houses in the neighborhood are transformed into an incredible holiday light display for several weeks in December, drawing thousands of visitors.