From Valley Stream to Mastic Beach, from Shoreham to Sea Cliff, Long Islanders beckon visitors to celebrate the holiday season with them. After dark, they transform the brown scrub and evergreen of winter with glittering and glowing lights, gyrating — whether through wind or motor — Christmas-themed figures and, oftentimes, holiday music. These festooned homes riot against the inky darkness of the winter night sky, a reward to those who venture out into the cold.
"The real inspiration is the happiness it creates," said Alison Prainito about her decorated home in Bellmore. "Every day I meet new people that stop by and tell me they love the lights and how they go out of their way because their kids want to drive past."
The Prainitos have been decorating their home "in earnest" for the past 10 years. They start in mid-October, and everyone in the family gets involved.
In Patchogue, the Rockleins bring a soft glow to the season, their home a tribute to recycled neon. Seven years ago, Jeff Rocklein took a neon glass-bending class that he said has transformed their approach to holiday lights.
The homes featured in LI Life are marked with big red dots. Other merry homes are marked in green. Click on any dot for details.
"Our decorations are handmade, one-of-a-kind signs with vintage neon units, some of which are decades old," Jeff Rocklein said, "and for one month a year they get to light up the night sky once again."
May the homes featured here light up your holidays, too.