Have you been to the “Sleepy Hollow” Christmas lights in Seaside Ranchos? Touring this Torrance tradition has gotten so popular that the city has stepped in to address the crowds and traffic, so if it’s your first time or you’re an annual visitor, the new rules may affect your trip.
Residents have been putting up elaborate holiday decorations since the 80’s in the neighborhood between Doris Way and Sharynne Lane and attracted crowds of admirers to stroll the neighborhood on foot or by car. Starting this year, the area will be no stopping after 5 PM to keep the streets clear for emergency vehicles, so visitors may have to park further away and then walk into the decorated area. PCH west of Calle Mayor has convenient street parking if you can get an early spot, just west of Robert Road.
Some residents sell treats like hot cocoa from their property to raise money for charity but street vendors have also been setting up to cash in on the foot traffic. New regulations this year will hopefully keep them from blocking the sidewalk, which in the past has contributed to forcing pedestrians into the street, and forcing vehicle traffic to a crawl.
With the sidewalks hopefully clearer and more space kept open on the road by the no parking rules, admiring the lights and all the hard work of the Seaside Ranchos decorators should be easier and more relaxing this year.