Long Island Homes with Spectacular Holiday Lights
There's no doubt Long Islanders know how to deck the halls for the holidays. Wander down any street these days and you're sure to find both Santas and Grinches atop rooftops, reindeer munching on lawns, giant snow globes, ferris wheels and swings amidst every type of lighting available. It truly is a festive time of year. We've found a few houses though, that are really extraordinary. These are houses where lawns and rooftops have been transformed into a Christmas wonderland to such a degree that you'll be inspired to get out of your car, just so you can stand in jaw-dropping disbelief pondering, how in the world did they have the time to set all this up?
If you enjoy the tactfully decorated homes with a simple string of white lights, you wont' find it listed here. These are homes that have covered every square inch of real estate with holiday decor. Play I Spy with your family and you'll be amazed at what you'll discover; a penguin popping out of an igloo here, Santa on a motorcycle there and watch out for that sneaky Grinch, making off with a bag full of toys.
The homes listed are private homes and while they welcome visitors we do ask that you be respectful of their property by not touching any of the displays, stay off the lawn and be mindful of the noise level of your group.
We visited each of the homes listed this year and found them worthy of a trip, however, we cannot guarantee that the owners will have their places lit when you arrive.
The exceptional homes listed here seem to have had a "keeping up with the Jones'" effect on the neighborhood. Where there is one well lit home, there are many others on neighboring streets. We've listed the most outstanding homes, but while in the neighborhood stroll around in your car and you're bound to find many others worth visiting.
Bring some small change with you and single dollar bills as a few of the homes are asking for donations for charities.
Finally, please use the comment page to add any other homes of distinction we may have missed.
The Lindy House
405 N. Broadway
The owners of Lindy House were not planning to light the house this year due to their extensive storm damage, however, amidst the coaxing of neighbors and friends, they've decided to make this year's house better than ever in an effort to raise money for victims of Sandy. Strung with 40,000 to 50,000 lights, synchronized to music, and a nightly snowfall, the Lindy House is not to be missed. Visitors are asked to make a monetary donation and/or bring an unwrapped gift for a child in need.
29 Amherst lane
This is bound to be a favorite if you've got young children. The displays here are truly unique. There is a Percy train on a track covering the property, although it wasn't running while we visited. Additionally a reindeer carousel was moving and lit as well as a Sesame Street display, a miniature Santa's toy factory with working elves, a Thomas Train(be sure to watch the eyes for movement), a gingerbread house and a Bob the Builder display.
And while you're in the neighborhood check out:
98, 100 and 102 Cliff Drive
6 Walden Avenue
This home has a gingerbread box for a charitable donation. Well worth a visit with many storybook characters, nativity scenes, and an igloo full of penguins.
More than half of the houses on this block are lit up. There are three houses in a row beginning on the corner of Atlantic and Violet and include rooftop Santas, Peanuts and Disney characters and much, much more.
has a huge snow globe worth seeing
186 North Syracuse
has 2 huge Nutcrakers
33 Francis Terrace
1096 South Drive
Be sure to look on the rooftop for dazzling displays
1038 West Drive
1675 William Street
1144 Ott lane