Last year, I went in search of the lightest and brightest homes in Westchester. After lots of emails to friends north county, I still haven’t found any over-the-top Christmas displays north of White Plains. But (BUT!) we did confirm that these three homes are ready for their close-up. Pack in the car with hot chocolate, turn up the Christmas songs (I recommend Laurie Berkner’s Christmas Album) and off you go. Here are three light displays that are close enough together to see in about an hour.
58 Gedney Park Road, White Plains (see above)
Just off busy Mamaroneck Road east of Bloomingdales 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 a giant Grinch! Don’t whiz by on Mamaroneck. Be sure to park out front or even get out of your cars for a closer look. Your little ones will love the dramatic row of toy soldiers.
21 North Kensico Road, White Plains
This is my favorite holiday light display in Westchester: 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 mostly because a sign instructs you to put on 107.7 on your radio, and the light display blink with the beat of classic Christmas songs. When Christmas Canon came on, I could have cried. This house is true holiday spirit at its best.
155 Vaneck Drive, New Rochelle
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 is perched on the roof 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. We love the polar scene best, since it has a penguin riding a sled and a polar bear about to eat up a fish. It’s all hokey, but very well done.
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.
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