TODAY'S PAPER
63° Good Afternoon
63° Good Afternoon
Long Island

Long Island 2016 holiday light tours

Share in the glow of these homes selected for LILIfe's annual tour of holiday lights.

 Bob Kielawa says it takes 110 hours to set
Photo Credit: Heather Walsh

 Bob Kielawa says it takes 110 hours to set up his family's winter wonderland. "It takes two full days for the roof alone and 10 hours for the archway," he said. The family's motivation comes from the support of his neighbors. "We started decorating the house when we moved in in 1989," Patti Kielawa said. "More and more people started coming by to see it, so we kept adding to the display." Family members are, from left, Robert and Patricia Kielawa pose with their daughter Jennifer, 23.

North Massapequa

The Cerra family's home at 544 N. Oak
Photo Credit: Linda Rosier

The Cerra family's home at 544 N. Oak St., in North Massapequa.
Lights on: Daily, 5 to 11 p.m.
Lights out: Jan. 4 or 5

Rich Cerra said it took a little longer
Photo Credit: Linda Rosier

Rich Cerra said it took a little longer than a week to put up the family's Christmas display. "I'm not as young as I used to be," he said. For the color scheme, the family has an honorable approach. "We have been decorating in red, white and blue since Sept. 11 [2001]  in honor of our brave troops, our first responders and all the innocent people that lost their lives that day," Donna Cerra said. If Rich could give the world a present this Christmas: "For everyone to have a safe, healthy, happy and prosperous life."   Donna and Rich Cerra pose with their daugther, Michelle (holding Tinker), and her fiance, Lou Delia.

Uniondale

The Flores family's home at 905 Hempstead Blvd.
Photo Credit: Jessica Earnshaw

The Flores family's home at 905 Hempstead Blvd. in Uniondale.

Lights on: Daily, 4:30 to 11 p.m.; all day Dec. 24 and 25, and New Year's Eve
Lights out: Around Jan. 7, 2017

Photo Credit: Jessica Earnshaw

"It took me about a month to complete the display," Wilfredo Flores said of his decorated house in Uniondale. "I start the day after Halloween and finished decorating on Thanksgiving." He said his main motivation for decking the house comes from the joy and happiness it brings those around him. "I enjoy watching my family, friends and neighbors coming to my house and taking pictures with the outdoor decorations," he said. The family is, from left, son Julio, 29, niece Adela, 31, daughter Carolina, 30,  Flores, holding grandson Anthony, 2, daughter-in-law Stephanie, 34, and son Rene, 35

Huntington Station

Kielawa home at 13 Weston St. in Huntington
Photo Credit: Heather Walsh

Kielawa home at 13 Weston St. in Huntington Station.

Lights on: Daily, 4 to 10 p.m., until 11:30 on Friday and Saturday, 24 hours on Dec. 24 and 25
Lights out: Jan. 6 or 7
 

 Bob Kielawa says it takes 110 hours to set
Photo Credit: Heather Walsh

 Bob Kielawa says it takes 110 hours to set up his family's winter wonderland. "It takes two full days for the roof alone and 10 hours for the archway," he said. The family's motivation comes from the support of his neighbors. "We started decorating the house when we moved in in 1989," Patti Kielawa said. "More and more people started coming by to see it, so we kept adding to the display." Family members are, from left, Robert and Patricia Kielawa pose with their daughter Jennifer, 23.

North Bellmore

The Volpe family's home at 2880 Court St.
Photo Credit: Marisol Diaz

The Volpe family's home at 2880 Court St. in North Bellmore.

Lights on: Daily, dusk to 10 p.m., until midnight on Friday and Saturday, all day on Christmas Eve
Lights out: Mid-January

Photo Credit: Marisol Diaz

"We worked on our house on and off for about a week, but our signs on our roof -- Believe, Cure and Hope -- we keep on year-round," Bernadette Volpe said. "Our motivation started when our son was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma, a very aggressive childhood cancer. We wanted to do something for all the kids chosen to battle and to bring awareness to childhood cancer. We started with handmade  signs on the roof that read 'Cure, Hope, Believe' with gold ribbons (the color of childhood cancer is gold). Every year since we have been adding on." The Volpe family: Al and Bernadette, with daughters, Camryn, 9, and Cayden, 11, and son Carsyn, 7.

Baldwin

The Gerbe family's home at 872 Van Buren
Photo Credit: Jessica Earnshaw

The Gerbe family's home at 872 Van Buren St. in Baldwin. 

Lights on: Daily, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Lights out: New Year's Day 

Cecilia Gerbe said of their twinkling holiday display, 
Photo Credit: Jessica Earnshaw

Cecilia Gerbe said of their twinkling holiday display, "It takes about two days to set everything up. The first item we will put up is the Christmas countdown clock. Even after the initial setup, we seem to find one or two items to add to the display, even when we think everything is done. It's nice to have a few new items to add to the display every year." The family members are, from left,  Michael and Cecilia Gerbe with children Jack, 13, Jessica, 17, and Jenna 19, with  Penny, 5.

St. James

The Noce family's home at 2 Kip Dr.
Photo Credit: Heather Walsh

The Noce family's home at 2 Kip Dr. in St. James. 
Lights on: Daily, 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Lights out: Jan. 6, Little Christmas

Victor Noce said the lighting installation was a
Photo Credit: Heather Walsh

Victor Noce said the lighting installation was a family affair. "Seven days and a total of 54 adult hours," he explained, "and 40 hours [of] children assistance." He said decorating for Christmas has become a tradition through the Noce generations. "My mom and dad have always decorated wonderfully and made Christmas special," he said. Family members are, from left,   Sara  and Victor Noce with their children, from left, Sofia, 3, Michael 4, Victoria, 3 and Gianna, 12.

Massapequa

The property of Dory and Steve Risolo at
Photo Credit: Jessica Earnshaw

The property of Dory and Steve Risolo at 31 Brockmeyer Dr. in Massapequa

Lights on: Daily, 5:30 to 11:30 p.m.
Lights out: Jan. 7

Dory Risolo said it takes Steve, holding Yoshi,
Photo Credit: Jessica Earnshaw

Dory Risolo said it takes Steve, holding Yoshi, 10 days to decorate their home. "He did the lights on a few weekend days, and the rest of the decorating he did at night after work," she said. If she could give the world a gift: "After battling cancer for the last 10 years, I know all too well the emotions that one goes through, along with how it also affects families and loved ones," Dory said. "The best gift to everyone, please let cancer be cured once and for all." Risolo said her health situation motivates the pair to deck the house. "The bright, festive lights on our home represent to never give up hope, to celebrate each and every day that we are blessed with, and no matter what health issues or setbacks one might have, to continue to celebrate life as best as you can, as it truly is the best gift of all."

Sayville

The Theofield family's home at 203 Johnson Ave.
Photo Credit: Jessica Earnshaw

The Theofield family's home at 203 Johnson Ave. in Sayville.  
Lights on: Daily, 5 to 10 p.m., until 11 p.m. on weekends
Lights out: New Year's Day

For the Theofield family, Christmas starts before Thanksgiving. 
Photo Credit: Jessica Earnshaw

For the Theofield family, Christmas starts before Thanksgiving. "I begin putting up my 17,000-LED light display the first weekend in November," Ron Theofield said. "It takes about two full weekends to put up the display. I work on building each homemade piece throughout the year." Ron Theofield poses with his nieces, Lily 9, and Olivia Jonas, 11, and nephew, AJ Lopez, 6.

Manorville

The Calise  home at 63 Deer Lane in
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

The Calise  home at 63 Deer Lane in Manorville.  
Lights on: Daily, 5 p.m. to midnight
Lights off: Two weeks after Christmas

Manorville

Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

"It took three weeks to complete the lights display," Marie Calise said. "We start the week before Thanksgiving." She also said the her favorite family Christmas moments always occur the night before. "Our fondest Christmas memories are of all the years celebrating Christmas Eve," she said. "We are all together on this night and enjoy a huge celebration each year." However, Calise isn't dreaming of a white Christmas. "No snow on Christmas. My husband does snow removal, and that would mean not having him home with us to celebrate." The family is, from left, Marie, James, Sophia and James Jr. on Dec. 11, 2016, in their Manorville yard.

 

Hicksville

Warren Gluck's home at 47 Primrose Ave. in
Photo Credit: Steve Pfost

Warren Gluck's home at 47 Primrose Ave. in Hickville.
Lights on: 4:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
Lights out: Jan. 6, Little Christmas

Warren Gluck says he started his installation on
Photo Credit: Steve Pfost

Warren Gluck says he started his installation on Thanksgiving. "It takes me about three weeks," he said. Gluck remains in the holiday spirit during the other 49 weeks of the year as well. "I love Christmas lights! I think about them all year-round," he said. "My parents told me my very first word was 'light.' How appropriate! I also love the look of wonderment on the faces of all the children -- and even grown-ups -- as they get out and walk around my front yard, discovering each part of the display."

Massapequa

Dan and Angelica Bassey's Massapequa home is decorated
Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

Dan and Angelica Bassey's home at 35 Alhambra Rd. in Massapequa.
Lights on: Daily, 4:30 or 4:45-11:30 p.m.
Lights out: Jan. 1

 

Dan and Angelica Bassey's pose for a photo
Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

Dan and Angelica Bassey, pictured here, pose in front of their Christmas display. “It took me about seven to eight days to set everything up, and a few Friday and Saturday nights to put things together,” Dan said. He remembered his favorite Christmas memory with his family: “When me, my wife Angelica and my daughter Cristina were younger and just starting off as a family celebrating our first Christmases together. It was just a very happy time filled with promise and new beginnings.” But is he dreaming of a white Christmas? “No snow, but for selfish reasons!" Dan said. "I have a construction business and the snow always slows everything down. But if we could limit it to one day I would love to have a white Christmas!”

Levittown

A merry-go-round spins giving rides to inflatable characters
Photo Credit: Heather Walsh

Paula and Ronald O’Gara's home at 70 Wadsworth Ave. in Levittown.
Lights on: Daily, 4 p.m.-midnight
Lights out: Jan. 2

From left of the O'Gara family, Jessica 19,
Photo Credit: Heather Walsh

The O'Gara family: Paula and Ronald (center) with their children Jessica, 19, and Ronald Jr., 21. Missing from the family photo is daughter Felicia, age 23. Paula said, “It took seven hours a day for seven days to complete our display. We start putting it up the day after Thanksgiving.” She said her upbringing is what motivated her to deck the house. "My parents decorated our house in Queens all our life, and I loved how beautiful it looked. It makes me feel so happy to see the looks on faces of all ages enjoying our holiday display.”

North Bellmore

Christmas lights at 2615 Grant Blvd. in North
Photo Credit: Jessica Earnshaw

Chris and Kathy Berry's home at 2615 Grant Blvd., North Bellmore. Their display is synchronized to music.
Lights on: Daily, 4:45 p.m.-midnight, with a light show that starts at 5:30 and runs every 15 minutes until 10:30 p.m.
Lights out: Mid-January

From left, Chris, Kathy and Zach Berry stand
Photo Credit: Jessica Earnshaw

Chris and Kathy Berry in front of their Christmas display. Their son, Zach (also pictured here) is the mastermind behind his family's display. He said, “It takes about two full weekend days to put up all the lights. This year I built my own custom lights controller that makes them go to music. We always start on Black Friday, if possible. No shopping for us!” For Zach, decorating has become sentimental. “Some of my fondest Christmas memories are putting up our lights with my mother and father," he said. "They are amazing, and I could never accomplish any of this without them. I really look forward to spending the time with my parents, and getting into the holiday spirit with them. That, and of course the Christmas dinner my mother cooks every Christmas Eve. Best meal of the year.”

Seaford

Christmas lights at the Dabbraccio home at 745
Photo Credit: Jessica Earnshaw

Marissa and Nick Dabbraccio's home at 745 Arlington Drive, Seaford
Lights on: Daily, 5:30-11:00 p.m.
Lights out: After Jan. 1.

Nick and Marissa Dabbraccio with their son Anthony
Photo Credit: Jessica Earnshaw

Marissa and Nick Dabbraccio pose at home with their son, Anthony. According to Nick, it took twelve days to complete the display. “I am motivated every year by the reactions from family, neighbors and, most importantly, the kids who stop to look at the display," he said. "I love to add a little something more and look forward to buying new decorations each year. It never gets old!” He added that if he could give the world a present, it'd be simple: “That every child gets to experience the Christmas they deserve.”

Centereach

A view of the home of Michael and
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Michael and Valerie Vicidomine's home at 14 Elwood Road, Centereach
Lights on: Daily, 5-11 p.m.; until midnight on Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
Lights out: Jan. 1.

Michael and Valerie Vicidomine pose for a family
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Michael and Valerie Vicidomine are pictured here with their, daughter Taylor, 7, and son Brayden, 4. Michael said of the display, “It took roughly about one month with the help of family and friends. We needed to restring the C9 bulbs and even made a trench under the walkway so that the wiring... wasn’t a tripping hazard.” The motivation behind the decked-out house actually comes from Michael's favorite Christmas memory. “Our families taking us around to see Christmas lights around the neighborhood. We would get hot chocolate and drive from house to house looking at each setup. That was what gave me the inspiration to do what we do now at our home.”

East Northport

A view of the home of Mary and
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Steve and Mary Reid's home at 3 Vine Lane, East Northport
Lights on: Daily, 4-11 p.m.
Lights out: Jan. 6, Little Christmas

Steve Reid (left), holding Charlie, the family golden
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Steve and Mary Reid pose with daughter Marie Parisi, 23, and their golden doodle, Charlie. Steve said it took two to three weekends to finish the display. According to Mary, decorating the house is a family tradition. "Our children have always helped with all aspects of decorating [inside and out] over the years," she said. "We love to keep the family traditions alive. Our children are older now--two in college and others living on their own--but they still look forward to seeing the house lit up as they turn the corner on the way home.”

Rockville Centre

Christmas lights at 140 Cedar Ave. in Rockville
Photo Credit: Jessica Earnshaw

Rich and Cerina McQuillan's house at 140 Cedar Ave., Rockville Centre
Lights on: Daily, 4:45 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
Lights out: Around Jan. 5

From left, Rich McQuillan, son Richie, 14, daughter
Photo Credit: Jessica Earnshaw

Pictured here, Rich and Cerina McQuillan and children Richie, 14, Ava, 9, and Samantha, 16. Rich said the house is prepared a month in advance: “We start every year on Nov. 1 and finish up on Thanksgiving," he said. The family is collecting unwrapped toys for Sunrise Day Camp. Is Rich hoping for snow? “Yes," he said. "It completes the display, although some of my wiring does not cooperate with the moisture.”

North Patchogue

Christmas decorations at the home of Kathy and
Photo Credit: Gordon M. Grant

Kathy and John Kaziun's home at 40 Hayward St., North Patchogue
Lights on: Daily, 5-6 a.m., 4-11 p.m.
Lights out: Jan. 1

Kathy and John Kaziun, with daughter Karly, 12,
Photo Credit: Gordon M. Grant

Kathy and John Kaziun pose at home with their daughter, Karly. According to John, they spend about 12 hours decorating outside as a family. Kathy said, “We love Christmas. Decorating is a celebration of the holiday for us, and I fondly remember our daughter’s reaction to seeing the Christmas lights when she was little. We enjoy seeing other houses decorated and hope that people enjoy seeing ours.” John's favorite Christmas memory? “Spending hours searching for a Christmas tree with my father and sister."

North Babylon

Christmas decorations at the family home of A.J.
Photo Credit: Gordon M. Grant

Tina and Tony Labate's house at 83 Faulkner Ave., North Babylon
Lights on: Daily, 5:30-11:30 p.m.; 24 hours on Christmas Eve.
Lights out: Jan. 6, Little Christmas.

The Labate family, (l-r) Tina, Tony, Brittany and
Photo Credit: Gordon M. Grant

Tina and Tony Labate, with children Brittany, 29, and A.J., 26. A.J. said, “It took my father and I about two weeks to set up the whole display. We started on Nov. 19 and finished Dec. 2.” Tony's favorite Christmas memory involves his own dad: “Going with my father to the train yard every year to pick out a real Christmas tree when I was a kid." A.J. said he would prefer snow on Christmas, "but honestly, I prefer snow all year-round!"

Lindenhurst

From left of the Burko family -- Daniel,
Photo Credit: Heather Walsh

Daniel and Rose Burko's home at 18 Hartford St., Lindenhurst
Lights on: Daily, 4-11 p.m.
Lights out: Mid-January

Comments

We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.

Latest Long Island News