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Look at Long Island's brightest holiday lights displays

Father knows best in the Flores household, and as a result, Wilfredo Flores’ block, and Long Island, are the brighter for it.

Flores’ daughter, Carolina, said her father loves decorating his Uniondale house for the holidays and prodded his children to help with this year’s light display.

“I started the tradition of decorating outdoors 12 years ago,” Flores said.

He waits until the ghouls and goblins have come through, and starts stringing the lights the day after Halloween. There’s a shorter wait at the Kielawa’s home in Huntington Station, where Bob is done with the roof at the end of September, when it’s warm, his wife, Patti, said.

“Knowing so many people enjoy the house and have told us they look forward to it every year is the reason we are so motivated to decorate,” she said, adding that the Huntington Manor Fire Department ends its neighborhood visit with Santa at their house on Weston Street each year, which attracts a large gathering of children.

Besides their displays, families also light up the holidays by collecting for worthy causes, such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Suffolk County, Mended Little Hearts of Long Island and CancerCare, and by synchronizing their displays to music.

Reflect on the reason for the season as you enjoy not only the Island’s Christmas lights, but good meals, the company of friends and family and the thrill of opening presents. Happy holidays, Long Island.

Mary and Steve Reid of East Northport

Two large wooden toy soldiers stand among the
Credit: Daniel Brennan

3 Vine Lane
East Northport

Family: Mary and Steve Reid, daughter Marie Parisi and goldendoodle Charlie
Light duty: “It took two to three consecutive weekends to complete the display,” Steve said. 
Lights on: Daily, 4-11 p.m.
Lights out: Jan. 6, Little Christmas

Wilfredo Flores of Uniondale

The Flores Family's home lit up for Christmas
Credit: Jessica Earnshaw

905 Hempstead Blvd.

Family: Wilfredo Flores, with his children Julio, 29, and Carolina, 30
Light duty: “It took me about a month to complete the display,” Wilfredo said. “I start the day after Halloween and finished decorating on Thanksgiving.”
Lights on: Daily, 4:30-11 p.m.; all day Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve
Lights out: Around Jan. 7

Al and Bernadette Volpe of North Bellmore

The Volpe's Christmas inflatable, the dog oversees the
Credit: Marisol Diaz

2880 Court St.
North Bellmore

Family: Al and Bernadette Volpe, daughters Camryn, 9, and Cayden, 11, and son Carsyn, 7
Light duty: “We worked on our house on and off for about a week, but our signs on our roof — Believe, Cure & Hope — we keep on year-round,” Bernadette said.
Lights on: Daily, dusk to 10 p.m., until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, all day on Christmas Eve
Lights out: Mid-January

Michael and Valerie Vicidomine of Centereach

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

14 Elwood Rd.

Family: Michael and Valerie Vicidomine, daughter Taylor, 7, and son Brayden, 4
Light duty: “It took roughly about one month with the help of family and friends,” Michael said. “We needed to restring the C9 bulbs and even made a trench under the walkway so that the wiring . . . wasn’t a tripping hazard.”
Lights on: Daily, 5-11 p.m.; until midnight on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve
Lights out: Jan. 1

Nick and Marissa Dabbraccio of Seaford

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

745 Arlington Dr.

Family: Nick and Marissa Dabbraccio, and son Anthony
Light duty: “Twelve days, ironically!” Nick said of the time it took to do the display.
Lights on: Daily, 5:30-11 p.m.
Lights out: After Jan. 1

Warren Gluck of Hicksville

Light duty: Gluck started his installation on Thanksgiving.
Credit: Steve Pfost

47 Primrose Ave.

Family: Warren Gluck
Light duty: Gluck started his installation on Thanksgiving. “It takes me about three weeks,” he said.
Lights on: 4:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
Lights out: Jan. 6, Little Christmas

A.J. and Tony Labate of North Babylon

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

83 Faulkner Ave.
North Babylon

Family: Tina and Tony Labate, daughter Brittany and son A.J.
Light duty: “It took my father and I about two weeks to set up the whole display,” A.J. said. “We started on Nov. 19 and finished Dec. 2.” 
Lights on: Daily, 5:30-11:30 p.m.; 24 hours on Christmas Eve
Lights out: Jan. 6, Little Christmas

Kathy and John Kaziun of North Patchogue

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

40 Hayward St.
North Patchogue

Family: Kathy and John Kaziun, and daughter Karly
Light duty: “We spend about 12 hours decorating outside together,” John said.
Lights on: Daily, 5-6 a.m., 4-11 p.m.
Lights out: Jan. 1

Rich McQuillan of Rockville Centre

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

140 Cedar Ave.
Rockville Centre

Family: Rich and Cerina McQuillan, son Richie, 14, and daughters Ava, 9, and Samantha, 16
Light duty: “We start every year on Nov. 1 and finish up on Thanksgiving,” Rich said.
Lights on: Daily, 4:45 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
Lights out: Around Jan. 5
*Collecting unwrapped toys for Sunrise Day Camp

Patti and Bob Kielawa of Huntington Station

The Kielawa family used blow mold toy soldiers,
Credit: Heather Walsh

13 Weston St.
Huntington Station

Family: Patti and Bob Kielawa, and daughter Jennifer, 23
Light duty: “The time spent setting it up is about 110 hours,” Bob said. “It takes two full days for the roof alone and 10 hours for the archway.”
Lights on: Daily, 4-10 p.m., until 11:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 24 hours on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
Lights out:  Jan. 6 or 7

Paula and Ronald O’Gara of Levittown

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

70 Wadsworth Ave.

Family: Paula and Ronald O’Gara, daughter Jessica, 19, and son Ronald Jr., 21
Light duty: “It took seven hours a day for seven days to complete our display,” Paula said. “We start putting it up the day after Thanksgiving.”
Lights on: Daily, 4 p.m.-midnight
Lights out: Jan. 2

Daniel and Angelica Bassey of Massapequa

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

35 Alhambra Rd.

Family: Daniel and Angelica Bassey
Light duty: “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.
Lights on: Daily, 4:30 or 4:45-11:30 p.m.
Lights out: Jan. 1

The Berry family of North Bellmore

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

2615 Grant Blvd.
North Bellmore

Family: Chris and Kathy Berry, and son Zach
Light duty: “It takes about two full weekend days to put up all the lights,” said Zach, the mastermind behind his family’s display. “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!”
Lights on: Daily, 4:45 p.m.-midnight, with a light show that starts at 5:30 p.m. and runs every 15 minutes until 10:30 p.m.
Lights out: Mid-January
*Display is synchronized to music

Daniel Burko of Lindenhurst

Thousands of lights, a larger-than-life snow globe, and
Credit: Heather Walsh

18 Hartford St.

Family: Daniel and Rose Burko, daughter Jenna, 8, and her best friend, Madison Jones
Light duty: “It typically takes me about three weeks to put it up,” Daniel said.
Lights on: Daily, 4-11 p.m.

Lights out: Mid-January

*Display synchronized to music daily from 4-10 p.m.

Ann and Ron Theofield of Sayville

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

203 Johnson Ave.

Family: Ann and Ron Theofield, nieces Lily, 9, and Olivia Jonas, 11, and nephew AJ Lopez, 6
Light duty: "I begin putting up my 17,000-LED light display the first weekend in November,” Ron said. “It takes about two full weekends to put up the display. I work on building each homemade piece throughout the year.”
Lights on: Daily, 5-10 p.m., until 11 p.m. on weekends
Lights out: New Year’s Day

Victor Noce of St. James

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

2 Kip Dr.
St. James 

Family: Sara and Victor Noce, son Michael, 4, twins Sofia and Victoria, 3, and daughter Gianna, 12
Light duty: Installation was a family affair. “Seven days and a total of 54 adult hours,” Victor said, “and 40 hours [of] children assistance.”
Lights on: Daily, 4 p.m.-1 a.m.
Lights out: Jan. 6, Little Christmas

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