Most Spectacular Christmas and Holiday Light Displays in Westchester
Families all over Westchester and the Hudson Valley are decking their halls—and their houses—with holiday decorations. And while you can drive through almost any neighborhood and spot pretty lights and festive inflatables, certain houses merit a trip all their own.
Here, we’ve rounded up several of our favorite local Christmas light displays, perfect for getting your crew into the holiday spirit. While most of these displays are of the homegrown variety, you can find plenty of spectacular professional displays in the tri-state area, too.
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The North Kensico Christmas Lights Show is synced to the music on 107.7 FM.
North Kensico Christmas Lights Show – White Plains
19, 21, 22, and 25 North Kensico Avenue Saturday, November 28, 2020, through Friday, January 1, 2021
If you’ve ever thought of checking out this holiday display—one of the most popular residential Christmas light shows in Westchester—make this the year: After 13 years, it’s the last season the show takes place, with the homeowners acknowledging it's too much work to keep up with as they age. Once there, tune your dial to 107.7 FM and watch and listen as the lights sync to the music. Enjoy seeing the brightly lit snowmen, presents, Christmas trees, and gingerbread men. The Winter Village, where you can spot white light-decorated mini homes, plus check out the model train, is not to be missed. The display does not operate in rain or snow. Masks are required if you get out of your car. Hot chocolate is available, and the owners wear masks and gloves when prepping the gratis goodies. The display runs from 5:30-11pm nightly.
Keeler Christmas Lights Display – Putnam Valley
16 Luigi Road
Saturday, November 28, 2020, through Friday, January 1, 2021
The Keeler family spends months gearing up for its annual Christmas lights display, and the results are pretty spectacular. There are nearly a million lights that make up this glittering display just north of the border in Putnam County, with, of course, new additions each year. For 2020, there is no annual lighting ceremony. All visitors are asked to wear a mask if you exit your car during your visit. The lights are turned on nightly from 6-10pm, and visitors can drop letters to Santa on the property, with a promise that he just might reply.
The Staples family is once again decking its house for the holidays with lots of lights, snowflakes, and more. Photo courtesy of the family
Lights on Jenkins Court – Ossining
12 Jenkins Court
Saturday, November 28, 2020, through Wednesday, January 6, 2021
For the fourth year, the Staples family is decking its house for the holidays with lots of lights, snowflakes, and more. While it won't host a big opening celebration like years past—due to COVID concerns and because the family is welcoming a new baby, on Christmas, no less!— there are some fun new features, such as a Star Wars medley. Turn your car radio to 90.5 FM to check out the awesome synced-to-music show, and be sure to go to the Facebook page, where the family shares lots of fun content. You can check out the show every night from 4:30-9pm. Pullover to listen and watch the show, but be sure to keep the driveways clear, keep the noise down, and wear a mask and socially distance if you decide to get out of your car.
Roy’s Christmas Land – Harrison
50 Parsons Street
2020 dates TBD
Looking for a little Christmas nostalgia? This long-running display in Harrison has lots of antique pieces—plus tons more. Owner Roy Aletti has been decking out his house for more than 40 years! This video has a preview of what you’ll find.
Christmas on Hill Street – New Rochelle
96 Hill Street
2020 dates TBD
This display is celebrating its 27th year! Just a few quick turns off I-95, you’ll find dazzling wreaths, decked-out trees, and lots of figurines, like Santa, teddy bears, and even Winnie the Pooh.
Westchester’s Winter Wonderland is a 1.2-mile drive-thru experience filled with thousands of lights! Photo courtesy of the event
Friday, November 27, 2020, through Sunday, January 3, 2020
Holiday-light aficionados (and the cold-averse) will love the new take on Westchester’s Winter Wonderland at the Kensico Dam, which features the chance to drive through more than a mile of lights—plus lots of special features, like the county’s tallest Christmas tree. Admission is $25 per car if you buy your tickets in advance, and the display is open most days throughout the holiday season. Check out our full write-up for more on what to expect.
Photos courtesy of the families/houses
This article was first published in 2017 and is updated regularly.