It’s about that time again: Families all over Westchester and the Hudson Valley are decking their halls—and their houses—with holiday decorations. And while you can drive through neighborhoods and spot pretty lights, festive wreaths and lots of Frosty inflatables, there are certain houses that merit a trip all their own.
Here, we’ve rounded up several of our favorite light displays, perfect for getting your crew into the holiday spirit. (May we suggest stopping by one of these delicious places to pick up a hot chocolate for the road?)
If you're looking for even more holiday happenings, check out our Event Calendar and our Holiday Fun Guide.
The North Kensico row is four displays in one. Image taken by the author.
North Kensico Christmas Lights Show - White Plains
19, 21, 22 and 25 North Kensico Avenue
One of the most popular residential Christmas light shows in Westchester, this display is actually four houses at one stop. Once you’re there, tune in to 107.7 FM and watch and listen as the lights sync up to the music. While you can easily enjoy seeing the brightly lit snowmen, presents, Christmas trees and gingerbread men from the road, if you head into the backyard of number 21—known as the Winter Garden—you can spot a model train (one of this year’s new additions), take a photo with Santa and have a cup of hot chocolate (weather permitting, of course). As you head back there, check out Snow White Plains, also new this year, which features mini homes, all lit up, in a window on the side of the house. The display runs from 5:30-11pm every day through January 2. It's also a short drive from Westchester Winter Wonderland.
Christmas on Hill Street - New Rochelle
96 Hill Street
Just a few quick turns off I-95, the display has been going up for over 20 years—and this year is no exception. You’ll find dazzling wreaths, decked-out trees and lots of figurines, like Santa, teddy bears and even Winnie the Pooh.
The Schunk family display in Ardsley. Photo courtesy of the home.
Schunk Family Christmas Lights - Ardsley
3 Shady Road
The elaborate lights display was actually started by the teenager of the house: Sam Schunk began putting it up and syncing in to music when he was 15—and is still going strong now that he’s 20. The house is lit up in pretty reds and greens, with a number of figurines, including Santa, who you can spot on the roof. Once you’re there, you won’t be able to miss one of the coolest parts of the display: the tall tree on the side of the house, decked out in lights. Sam is actually a tree climber (yup, as a job!) and the lights on the tree go up 60 feet high. You can check it out, with music, from 5-8pm, Sunday through Thursday and 5-9pm, Friday and Saturday through January 6.
Keeler Christmas Lights Display - Putnam Valley
There are a jaw-dropping 750,000 lights—with over 200,000 added this year alone—that make up this glittering display just north of the border in Putnam County. But that’s not all: You’ll also find a lit-up train, Santa flying on the roof (and the chimney! And over the yard!), snowmen, toy soldiers, Olaf from Frozen, a Merry Christmas arch and lots, lots more. This year, they’ve added 12 new inflatables, a 15-foot-long Joy sign and even a Santa’s workshop. Check it out from 6-10pm, from now through December 22, and then from 5-11pm through January 1.