With rows of lights and characters popping up all over the yard, there are houses that would inject the warm Christmas spirit in even the most scrooge-like of us. Check out these beautifully-decorated homes around Queens and Brooklyn that you must check out during this holiday season.
185-07 80th Dr., Jamaica Estates
Not only can the Jamaica Estates Christmas house be spotted from blocks away, it stands out even if you’re flying overhead. Every inch of the property is decked out in Christmas cheer. From corner to corner of this property is filled with animated light displays and since they can’t expand horizontally, the owners of the house have built light displays upwards.
Unlike many Christmas displays, this home allows visitors to walk along the property and get close to the interactive displays. Favorites include the classic larger-than-life nutcracker, a singing tree and a few spots designated for photo opportunities for visitors.This year features a bunch of new additions including a toy puppy center display and a bakery shop display.
77-18 76th St., Glendale
If you’re not keen on grandiose holiday displays but you still enjoy a well-thought out design, stop by this beautiful holiday house in Glendale. The house’s decoration has grown every year in almost 20 years. You can check out the tons of candy canes and a slew of inflatables. The yard of the house next door is also decorated in order to expand this” Christmascape.”
As a bonus, there’s a little Christmas village in the garage where the little ones can check out a train set zipping through town. And for fans of rock n’ roll, stop by to listen to a singing Elvis and a replica of Graceland.
Corner of 71st Ave and Union Turnpike, Forest Hills
If you are walking or driving along Union Turnpike in Forest Hills, you’ve definitely noticed this particular Christmas house. The owners of the home love to decorate the yard for major holidays like Easter and Halloween, but they certainly go all out for Christmas. In addition to light displays and enormous inflatable santas and reindeers throughout the yard, the windows of this unique home are beautifully decorated to show off its architecture and style.
102-24 Rau Ct., Hamilton Beach Hamilton Beach resident Michael Giglio puts on his dazzling display of decorations in order to raise money for the volunteer fire department for Hamilton Beach, which sits right next door to his home. The home, with numerous christmas trees, 80,000 Christmas lights and a set of disney characters dressed up in santa costumes, is a delight to the community. And since Hamilton Beach only has a population of 500 people, they don’t have their own city-funded fire department. Giglio’s hoping to raise at least $1,000 from visitors to help support the fire department. Last year, he raised $475.
Dyker Heights, Brooklyn
Alright, alright. We absolutely cannot mention holiday houses without mentioning practically the entire neighborhood of Dyker Heights.
Many of these professionally-styled homes, especially in the area of 83rd and 86th Streets between 11th and 13th Avenues, go over-the-top when it comes to holiday decorating. Some houses are themed, from winter wonderland to the garden of Eden to a traditional Christmas classic.
Parking is extremely hard to find in the area, and those in the community have complained about traffic problems, but don’t let that stop you from visiting these homes.
Everything you want to see in terms of holiday decorations such as cartoon inflatables, neverending lights, dozens of nutcrackers, adorable snowmen, elaborate wreaths and a few santas can be found in the neighborhood. Spend an hour walking around and taking photos with your family.