Entertaining the family during the holidays can be expensive, of course. Want an inexpensive option? Travel with the family to view some of Long Island's most-decorated holiday homes.
Chances are, wherever you are on Long Island -- from Port Washington to Port Jefferson -- you'll find neighbors going all out to show off their decorating skills. These nifty displays include lights, Nativity scenes, Santas, reindeer, misfit toys, and other beloved seasonal symbols.
We’ve traveled across Nassau and Suffolk to see what’s shining on local lawns, documenting for you our favorites for 2017. So get the family going, put the snacks in a sack, and be ready for some holiday music. Yes, some of these destinations offer seasonal tunes to get you and yours into the spirit. It's still early in the decorating season, so come back often to see what has been added to our gallery.
As we remind you every year, these are all private homes. While owners expect sightseers, don't touch any displays or enter private property. Also, try to not get too noisy: Almost all of these homes are located on residential streets. And perhaps bring items or money for donation, as some homes to collect for charity.
If holiday lights are your thing, check out these other spectacular LI displays. And for more seasonal fun, see our December GoList and Guide to Holiday Fun on Long Island, where you'll find information on brunches and pictures with Santa, holiday performances, and more.
Most homes turn on the lights each evening, from about 5 to 11pm, through New Year's Eve. Some owners even host special kickoff events or Santa evenings. Have a holiday home you want to share with onlookers? Let us know via Facebook.
Christmas lights and a Toy Drive at 140 Cedar Avenue, Rockville Center. Photo by Ian Stark
Baldwin: 1016 Steele Blvd.
Bellmore: 2323 Centre Ave., 325 St. Marks Ave.
Bethpage: 178 North Fifth St., 32 Wilson Lane, 74 Broadway, 12 Stymus Ave.
East Meadow: 2013 North Jerusalem Rd., 696 East Meadow Ave.
Farmingdale: 38 Greenway Dr., 7 Normandy Dr., 5 Pinehurst Rd.
Levittown: 28 and 44 Serpentine Lane, 71 Wolcott Rd., 117 Schoolhouse Rd., 36 and 48 Club Lane, 58 Pinetree Lane, 38 Parkside Dr. North
Lynbrook: 98 Fenimore St.
Massapequa: 427 Bleecker Dr., 170 Wyoming Ave., 136 Cleveland Ave., 44 Ohio Ave., 21 New York Ave., 149 Connecticut Ave., 57 Clark Ave., 30 William Rd.
Massapequa Park: 309 Philadelphia Ave., 144 Koehl St., 122 Atlantic Ave., 501 Atlantic Ave.
Merrick: 1038 West Dr., 1796 Harvard Ave., 2509 Yale Pl.
North Bellmore: 883 Beckman Dr. North
Oceanside: 2621 Loftus Ave.
Plainview: 33 Jamaica Avenue
Rockville Centre: 140 Cedar Avenue
Seaford: 745 Arlington Dr., 3964 William St.
Wantagh: 3600 Manchester Rd.
Westbury: 15 Bright St.
16 Mansfield Lane South in East Northport delights with lights, toy soldiers, giant candy canes, and more. Photo courtesy of The East Northport Christmas House.
Centereach: 14 Elwood Rd, 36 Hancock Ct.
Coram: 5 Forest Lane, 65 Elm Ave.
Deer Park: 121 Liberty St., 247 W. 20th St.
East Northport: 16 Mansfield Lane South
Farmingville: 107 Granny Rd.
Holbrook: 109 Glen Summer Rd.
Lindenhurst: 281 33rd St., 18 Hartford St.
North Babylon: 44 Greenwood Drive
Christmas lights illuminate along Fifth Street in Ronkokoma in Suffolk County. Photo courtesy of the family.
Ronkonkoma: 8A Fifth St.
St James: 10 Arlington St.
Selden: 52 King Rd.
West Babylon: 1726 Quentin St., 33 Old Farmingdale Rd.
Yaphank: 29 Bergers Ct.
Top photo: The Elm Avenue Dancing Light Show draws hundreds of sightseers each year to 65 Elm Avenue in Coram. Photo courtesy of the family.
This article was first published in December 2012 and is updated annually.