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By Kasey Joyce

St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - During the day, Murdoch Avenue doesn't look too out of the ordinary. But once the sun goes down, thousands of lights and decorations take over the block in this St. Louis Hills neighborhood.

Neighbors have been decorating the street for the past eight years. It began as a way for the community to come together and be festive, but then it took off. Almost every night, there's a line of cars wrapped around the block waiting to see the decorations.

Five years ago, they started collecting donations for local charities. They've already surpassed their all-time high this year, even in a bad economy.

And the spirit is spreading. New this year is a seven ton sand sculpture of Santa. And several other blocks are following Candy Cane Lane's lead.

Murdoch resident George Sladek was so inspired by the festivities he wrote a song about it: "Come On Down To Candy Cane Lane."

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