Photographer Devin Roberts captures the tradition that has Eucalyptus Avenue aglow all December long.

Revelers gather to to see the holiday lights display on Eucalyptus Avenue in San Carlos, which has become an annual regional draw. (Photo by Devin Roberts)

Live in a city long enough and you’ll start to subconsciously chart the homes that have unique architectural features, unusual landscapes and, in December, the biggest light displays on the block.

In San Carlos, Eucalyptus Avenue residents draw revelers from around the Peninsula and beyond to see the street aglow with lights, ornaments, figurines and other holiday decorations. Many Eucalyptus Avenue residents go all-out in adorning their homes with themed decor, while others go for a more understated approach.

The tradition dates back to 1968, when homeowners Rod and Pat Liner were the first of 50 families on the street to decorate their home with white Christmas lights, according to a 2019 ABC7 story.

Today, motorists and pedestrians line the street every December to ogle oversized ornaments hanging from front yard trees and search for their favorite lighted cartoon character figurines ranging from Hello Kitty to Olaf, the snowman from “Frozen.” Some Eucalyptus Avenue residents sit in their front yards with friends and family on the busiest nights, watching passersby while huddling around a fire pit.

Photographer Devin Roberts captured the scene from San Carlos’ Christmas Tree Lane earlier this month. Catch the display through Dec. 26 this year.

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