A holiday-themed winter wonderland is only blocks from campus. This year, be sure to check out the Yale Avenue sparkleballs, which feature brightly-colored handmade ornaments made of Christmas lights and plastic cups put up by local homeowners to celebrate the season.
Residents of a local Fullerton neighborhood have made a holiday tradition of decorating their homes, trees and lawns with lit sparkleballs, creating several blocks of dazzling winter magic that is sure to put you and your family into the spirit of the season this year. From now through early January, a walk or drive through Fullerton’s winter wonderland is a great evening or weekend diversion to share with family or friends, and a good place to come with your digital camera and try out your photography skills.
It’s all courtesy of the homeowners of this subdivision of postwar tract homes, who were inspired by the late Bill Bales Sr., a longtime Fullerton resident and World War II veteran, who learned to make the sparkleballs out of staples, clothes pins, plastic cups and mini-lights during his youth in Nebraska. The tradition spread to Bales’ immediate neighbors, then to the broader community.
Today, the district prides itself as the “Sparkleball Capital of the World,” with sparkleball-making parties held throughout the year in advance of the annual roll-out each Thanksgiving week, when trees, lawns, homes and outdoor displays are adorned with dazzling color. Read More