Lots of people string up lights for the holidays. Then there are the special few who wrap their homes with so many lights that a pilot might mistake one for a runway. In search of the lightest and brightest homes in Westchester, we spent a recent night crisscrossing the county looking for over-the-top Christmas light displays. A few were duds, and I couldn’t find any in Northern Westchester. But I found four keepers. Here are four light displays that are close enough together to see in about an hour.
155 Vaneck Drive, New Rochelle
Sure, this house is incredibly bright and draped with thousands of lights. There are about 50 illuminated toy soldiers arranged in a pyramid on the front lawn. A larger-than-life Santa poses near the chimney. Get out of the car and take a look at the train set driven by Snoopy, or stop by one of the life-size boxes with various Santa scenes depicted inside.
In the largest box, Santa is driving a digger, a cement mixer, a bull dozer — all made of peppermints. Another features Santa and his elves making toys and checking kids off their list, all with automated characters moving inside. There’s so much to see your little ones will be giddy.
9 Sammis Lane, White Plains (above)
Hop on the Hutchinson River Parkway North and head to the next two houses, which are in the same Gedney Farms neighborhood of White Plains. Meadow Lane features an automated Santa’s workshop with moving characters. Mickey and Minnie characters line the lawn. A large illuminated sleigh is pulled by several reindeer. You can’t miss the ginormous Christmas wreath — it’s the size of the house.
58 Gedney Park Road, White Plains (see above)
Just around the corner is this sweet display of light-up carolers, dozens of toy soldiers and Mickey characters. I loved that two blinking bells played holiday music while you gawk. Yes, that’s the Grinch!
21 North Kensico Road, White Plains
This was my favorite holiday light display: The classic farmhouse is decorated like a gingerbread house. Gumdrops line the roof. Large peppermint lights line the white picket fence. Lights are hung curly-cue around the window frames. Gingerbread men line the front lawn. Fake snow falls from the sky (an illusion created with lights). But I loved it most because a sign instructs you to put on 107.7 on your radio, and the light displays synch to classic Christmas songs. When Christmas Canon came on, I could have cried. This house is true holiday spirit at its best.
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