Our History

In 2007, Terry and Deb Toews decided to do more than just put up the normal traditional lights that everyone else did. Deb saw something spectacular on YouTube where a house had their Christmas lights dancing to the music. Then she showed Terry and he was mesmerized and asked her, “How did they do that?” Actually, it didn’t matter how they did it; they were going to do it, too.  After a lot of research and classes soon their Christmas lights were going to be different compared to anybody else’s in their neighborhood. Every year for six years they added a few more lights and, in 2012, they connected their next-door neighbors’ (Randall and Jill Butler) house lights.

In 2014, when their display was all set up, Deb and Terry once again took a couple chairs across the street and became spectators. For several nights, they sat and enjoyed their display while chatting amongst themselves and with their neighbors. Eventually, the all-important question was asked: “This is awesome, but what are we going to do next year? What would make a bigger impact, more lights on our house or some of our neighbors joining us by synchronizing their lights to our music?” Deb had shown Terry several videos on YouTube that showcased multiple homes their Christmas lights all synchronized and suggested they do it too.  They knew it would be a big under taking but it was so cool!  As they talked to neighbors and visitors that year, they came to the consensus that involving more houses was the answer.

In early 2015, they invited everyone on their street to a meeting to lay out their vision and give them information. They hoped 3 or 4 of them would be interested. By the end of the meeting, they had 8 confirmations with another 2 possible. Within a week, they were up to 12 confirmed and the other 4 were interested (and joined soon thereafter). Now, all 16 houses on the block have put up lights and are connected to Deb and Terry’s programming wirelessly. As the neighbors talked about raising money for the equipment, it was suggested that they become a non-profit organization. As they researched the idea, it became more apparent that it was a necessary step to ensure proper organization and accountability. They started “Clovis Festival of Lights at Ladera Ranch” in February of 2015 and decided to call their Christmas event “Santa Claus Lane”.

2015 was the first year that all of the houses on the 3100 block of Indianapolis Avenue had their lights synched together.

In 2016, one of the neighbors on Norwich approached Deb and Terry about joining in the fun.  After several neighborhood meetings with the new neighbors, it was agreed that a total of 19 houses located on Norwich and Maine would join the show.  This brings Santa Claus Lane to a total of 34 participating homes.

The Board of Directors of Clovis Festival of Lights at Ladera Ranch hope you enjoy Santa Claus Lane!

Our History

In 2007, Terry and Deb Toews decided to do more than just put up the normal traditional lights that everyone else did. Deb saw something spectacular on YouTube where a house had their Christmas lights dancing to the music. Then she showed Terry and he was mesmerized and asked her, “How did they do that?” Actually, it didn’t matter how they did it; they were going to do it, too.  After a lot of research and classes soon their Christmas lights were going to be different compared to anybody else’s in their neighborhood. Every year for six years they added a few more lights and, in 2012, they connected their next-door neighbors’ (Randall and Jill Butler) house lights.

In 2014, when their display was all set up, Deb and Terry once again took a couple chairs across the street and became spectators. For several nights, they sat and enjoyed their display while chatting amongst themselves and with their neighbors. Eventually, the all-important question was asked: “This is awesome, but what are we going to do next year? What would make a bigger impact, more lights on our house or some of our neighbors joining us by synchronizing their lights to our music?” Deb had shown Terry several videos on YouTube that showcased multiple homes their Christmas lights all synchronized and suggested they do it too.  They knew it would be a big under taking but it was so cool!  As they talked to neighbors and visitors that year, they came to the consensus that involving more houses was the answer.

In early 2015, they invited everyone on their street to a meeting to lay out their vision and give them information. They hoped 3 or 4 of them would be interested. By the end of the meeting, they had 8 confirmations with another 2 possible. Within a week, they were up to 12 confirmed and the other 4 were interested (and joined soon thereafter). Now, all 16 houses on the block have put up lights and are connected to Deb and Terry’s programming wirelessly. As the neighbors talked about raising money for the equipment, it was suggested that they become a non-profit organization. As they researched the idea, it became more apparent that it was a necessary step to ensure proper organization and accountability. They started “Clovis Festival of Lights at Ladera Ranch” in February of 2015 and decided to call their Christmas event “Santa Claus Lane”.

2015 was the first year that all of the houses on the 3100 block of Indianapolis Avenue had their lights synched together.

In 2016, one of the neighbors on Norwich approached Deb and Terry about joining in the fun.  After several neighborhood meetings with the new neighbors, it was agreed that a total of 19 houses located on Norwich and Maine would join the show.  This brings Santa Claus Lane to a total of 34 participating homes.

The Board of Directors of Clovis Festival of Lights at Ladera Ranch hope you enjoy Santa Claus Lane!

About Clovis Festival of Lights

Clovis Festival of Lights at Ladera Ranch is deemed a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization by the IRS.

The mission of Clovis Festival of Lights at Ladera Ranch, INC. is to:

  1. Provide a free animated Christmas Light show to the community.
  2. Give a donation to a local food pantry.

Clovis Festival of Lights at Ladera Ranch is governed by the Board of Directors.  The Board of Directors meet on a quarterly basis and make all the decisions needed for the yearly event called Santa Claus Lane.

The current board members are:

  • Terry Toews, Director/Founder
  • Deb Toews, Director/Founder
  • Randy Butler, Director
  • Jill Butler, Director
  • Lance Phillips, Director
  • Amanda Phillips, Director
  • Steve Dyer, Director

Current IRS reporting information may be found here

Articles in the News

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Published Date

Publish & Author

The 7 Most Epic Christmas Light Displays In Fresno

November 30, 2018

Mandeep Pabla

Christmas attractions spread holiday cheer

November 28, 2018

Clovis Roundup – CR Staff

Big light show to open in Clovis Neighborhood 

 November 22nd 2018

Amicia Ramsey

4th annual ‘Santa Claus Lane’ opens Friday in Clovis

November 20, 2018

KFSN – ABC30 Action News

Michael Previews Festival of Lights in Clovis

November 19th 2018

Stephen Hawkins

Channel 47 11-24-17

November 24, 2017

Justin Lum

Channel 30 11-23-2017

November 23, 2017

Jason Oliveira

Channel 26 live 11-10-2017

November 11, 2017

Alexandra Lehnert

Channel 26

November 11, 2017

Sarah Roebuck

Channel 24

November 09, 2017

Nextstar Broadcasting

Christmas Tradition in Clovis

December 3, 2016

The Fresno Bee – Letters to the Editor

You’ll never guess how much the electricity bill went up at the Santa Claus Lane house in Clovis for its extravagent Christmas light display

December 2, 2016

Clovis Independent – Farin Montanez
Remember last year’s marriage proposal on Clovis’ Santa Claus Lane?

December 1, 2016

Clovis Independent – Author Unknown
Top 3 Christmas Lights Destinations in Fresno

November 20, 2016

I Love Fresno – Jenni Solla
All I Want for Christmas is you: Holiday proposal at Santa Claus Lane

December 16, 2015

The Clovis Roundup – Valerie Shelton
Santa Claus Lane Revolutionizing Christmas Decor

December 16, 2015

Cougar’s Growl (Clovis High School) – Abby Brown
Take a Trip Down Santa Claus Lane

December 1, 2015

The Clovis Independent – Farin Montanez
Santa Claus Lane in Clovis Opens Friday Night

November 27, 2015

KMPH Fox 26 News – Rich Rodriguez
Clovis Neighborhood Displays Synchronized Holiday Magic

November 26, 2015

The Fresno Bee – Joshua Tehee
Clovis Festival of Lights at Santa Claus Lane is a New Attraction for the Holiday Season

November 19, 2015

The Clovis Roundup – Valerie Shelton

Title

Published Date

Publish & Author

The 7 Most Epic Christmas Light Displays In Fresno

November 30, 2018

Mandeep Pabla

Christmas attractions spread holiday cheer

November 28, 2018

Clovis Roundup – CR Staff

Big light show to open in Clovis Neighborhood 

 November 22nd 2018

Amicia Ramsey

4th annual ‘Santa Claus Lane’ opens Friday in Clovis

November 20, 2018

KFSN – ABC30 Action News

Michael Previews Festival of Lights in Clovis

November 19th 2018

Stephen Hawkins

Channel 47 11-24-17

November 24, 2017

Justin Lum

Channel 30 11-23-2017

November 23, 2017

Jason Oliveira

Channel 26 live 11-10-2017

November 11, 2017

Alexandra Lehnert

Channel 26

November 11, 2017

Sarah Roebuck

Channel 24

November 09, 2017

Nextstar Broadcasting

Christmas Tradition in Clovis

December 3, 2016

The Fresno Bee – Letters to the Editor

You’ll never guess how much the electricity bill went up at the Santa Claus Lane house in Clovis for its extravagent Christmas light display

December 2, 2016

Clovis Independent – Farin Montanez
Remember last year’s marriage proposal on Clovis’ Santa Claus Lane?

December 1, 2016

Clovis Independent – Author Unknown
Top 3 Christmas Lights Destinations in Fresno

November 20, 2016

I Love Fresno – Jenni Solla
All I Want for Christmas is you: Holiday proposal at Santa Claus Lane

December 16, 2015

The Clovis Roundup – Valerie Shelton
Santa Claus Lane Revolutionizing Christmas Decor

December 16, 2015

Cougar’s Growl (Clovis High School) – Abby Brown
Take a Trip Down Santa Claus Lane

December 1, 2015

The Clovis Independent – Farin Montanez
Santa Claus Lane in Clovis Opens Friday Night

November 27, 2015

KMPH Fox 26 News – Rich Rodriguez
Clovis Neighborhood Displays Synchronized Holiday Magic

November 26, 2015

The Fresno Bee – Joshua Tehee
Clovis Festival of Lights at Santa Claus Lane is a New Attraction for the Holiday Season

November 19, 2015

The Clovis Roundup – Valerie Shelton

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Friday, Novmber 29th - Friday, December 27th from 6pm - 10pm.

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