Merry and Bright: The best RI, Mass. holiday displays of 2019

Holidays

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – For the people behind these seasonal displays, it’s the most wonderful time of the year! It takes hours of planning, programming and assembly to deck these halls, but once they’re done, folks from far and wide flock to see these homes dressed in holiday style. If you’re looking for a fun, free way to make your season merry and bright, bundle up and head to one (or all!) of these local light displays.


REPORT IT!If you visit any of these or other local Christmas displays, or if you have your own, share your photos of the holiday fun with us (here or send to reportit@wpri.com) so we can show them on air and in a gallery here!


WEST BAY

The Lewis Family Light Show: 12 Shenandoah Road, Warwick, RI

Christmas is a family affair for the Lewises. For the past 23 years, their home has become a glowing mecca of holiday cheer with a high-tech twist.

The Lewis Family Light Show is the only Christmas display in New England with an interactive mobile website that allows visitors to see which song will be playing next. Visitors can even change the playlist by voting for their favorite song! Check out the site here.

Like most of the displays on this list, the Lewis display takes a lot of time and effort to complete. The display typically takes more than 120 hours to set up and includes more than 100 extension cords to power all of the high-tech lights that “dance” in time to the music.

The display begins on Friday, Nov. 29, at 5 p.m. and runs through Dec. 31. (Sunday through Thursday from 5–8:55 p.m., and Friday and Saturday nights from 5–9:25 p.m.) You can listen to the show by tuning your car radio to 106.9 FM.

This year, the Lewis family will accept donations on behalf of The Autism Project and the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation. Last year, the Lewises raised $2,630 for the Autism Project.

Santa will visit again this year. Check their Facebook page for announcements.

Fun Fact: The family also plans to hand out 3,000 candy canes to children throughout the month of December!


Picozzi Family Christmas Display: 75 Gristmill Road, Warwick, RI

Frank Picozzi has become synonymous with Christmas in Rhode Island.

Picozzi has been decorating his home for more than 30 years but 2019 marks his twelfth year setting up an animated display that shines so brightly, some say you can see it from the North Pole.

Picozzi ditched traditional Christmas lights and now uses the same lighting technology found in Tokyo and Times Square. Because of this, Picozzi says his display is one of the most technologically advanced in the country. This year, he’s covered the entire front of his home with more than 1,000 additional pixels.

Programming his lights is a time-consuming process: Picozzi says 10 seconds of song takes about five hours to program! Because everything is handmade, Picozzi works throughout the year on his display. While most are thinking about Halloween, he begins setting up for Christmas in early October. It takes about 250 hours to get everything done.

Picozzi’s display begins Friday, Nov. 29, and runs through Dec. 31. You can see the show Sunday through Thursday from 5:30 to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Listen to the music by tuning to 97.1 FM on your car radio. In addition to the lights that dance in time to holiday songs, little ones can meet Santa every Saturday night in December from 7 to 8:30 p.m.!

Picozzi is accepting donations for The Tomorrow Fund of Hasbro Children’s Hospital. Over the years, the Picozzi family has raised more than $30,000 for charities. Last year he brought a mobile version of his display to show children at Hasbro as part of the “Good Night Lights” event.

Visit the display’s Facebook page.

Fun Fact: Good little boys and girls can mail their letters to Santa by dropping them in a special mailbox to the North Pole. Picozzi even promises a handwritten response from Santa himself!


A Rayhall Christmas: 47 Cavalcade Blvd., Warwick, RI

You might remember the Rayhalls from their spooktacular Halloween display, but they also know how to do Chrismas right, too!

This is the second year the Rayhall family has decorated for the holidays, and this year they’re changing up the theme and adding even more songs.

“We enjoy all holidays, but Christmas brings out the ‘Ooo’s and ahh’s’ when kids see the lights, and we love to see their faces light up, just like our house,” Daniel Rayhall told Eyewitness News in an email last season.

They’ve programmed their lights to dance to music that visitors can hear on 93.7 FM. The display runs nightly from Nov. 29 to Jan. 1, Monday–Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. and Friday-Sunday from 6 to 10:30 p.m. 

On Saturday, Dec. 21, Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit the display before heading back to the North Pole, and the Rayhalls will be passing out hot chocolate and candy canes to celebrate the occasion.

Visit their Facebook page here.


Souza’s Holiday Spectacle: 8 North St., Warwick, RI

Just like Pete Souza’s annual Halloween yard haunt, all of the components of his Christmas displays are handmade.

Souza has been decorating his Warwick home since 2010 and each year he makes a new piece.

This year, he has two 9-foot-tall nutcrackers, a ferris wheel, a carousel, a nativity scene, “Peanuts” characters and a gingerbread house!

His winter wonderland is lit daily from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. through New Year’s Day and includes some festive and fun holiday music played by magical Christmas bells.

Fun Fact: Visit Souza’s home during the month of October and you’ll find ghosts flying overhead!


Lenox Avenue Lights: 10 Lenox Ave., West Warwick, RI

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When Bruce Erikson and his wife started decorating their home more than two decades ago, it was a small display, but each year it’s grown bigger and brighter.

“It really looks like Christmasville here,” Erikson said in an email to Eyewitness News. The display includes light-up candy canes, Christmas characters, trees and delightful holiday music.

See the display nightly from 6 to 10 p.m. starting the weekend after Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day.

Fun Fact: The Eriksons’ display is so beloved, one of their neighbors told us about it!


Daniels’ Holiday House of Warwick: 69 Darrow Drive, Warwick, RI

When it comes to spectacle, Mike Daniels has it covered. With thousands of multi-colored lights all synced to holiday hits, it’s no wonder that so many folks swing by his Warwick home to take in the show.

Daniels is no stranger to decorating for the holidays (his Halloween display is impressive!) but when Nov. 1 arrives, he turns his attention to Christmas and the 80 channels of sequence lights he has programmed to nearly 30 different songs.

“It’s nice to scare, but we enjoy the cheer as well,” Daniels said.

The display features “singing” trees, icicle lights, snowflakes, candy canes and reindeer. In order to get the lights to “dance” to the music, Daniels spends four to eight hours programming each song!

The show’s schedule varies; check their Facebook page for updates. They plan to start the show the first weekend in December.

Fun Fact: This Halloween, the Daniels’ house had an “alien invasion” theme!


Moussally Christmas Display: 11 Lakecrest Circle, Warwick, RI

The Moussallys’ Christmas display isn’t just for looking – it’s for walking!

Get out of the car and experience three walking paths with Christmas trees, 19 lit candy cane archways, “misfit toys,” Santa’s workshop, and a Nativity scene.

It’s an old-fashioned Christmas experience for good boys and girls of all ages. There’s even a snow machine!

Fred Moussally along with wife Renee, son Anthony and daughter Arianna begin setting up the display Nov. 1, when their spooktacular Halloween display comes down.

The display starts Saturday, Nov. 30, and runs Sunday through Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 6 to 10 p.m.

The Moussally family is also collecting donations for the Warwick Animal Shelter.

Fun Fact: Fred says he gets so much holiday cheer by seeing children walking through the yard with big smiles on their faces!


Silcox Family Display: 74 Vera St. Warwick, RI

The Silcox family started decorating with just a few lights for their oldest daughter’s first Christmas. Watching her excitement spurred them to add more and more each year until their display grew to what it is today!

Aside from their daughter’s love of the lights, the excitement and awe from the other kids in the neighborhood kept the tradition going. Now their home looks like an LED gingerbread house, with lights zig-zagging on the roof, twinkling Christmas trees and holiday characters.

Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow can catch the display nightly starting Saturday, Nov. 30.

Fun Fact: Local kids ask the Silcox family each holiday season if they’re putting up the lights and adding anything new.


Christmas on Aurora Drive, 77 Aurora Dr., Warwick, RI

This display started out small 10 years ago with just a little inflatable penguin and some icicle lights.

Now, it’s grown and features two spiral Christmas trees that change colors, a line of dancing over-sized Christmas light bulbs, a 10-foot-tall Mickey Mouse and much more.

The display is lit daily from 5 to 10 p.m. until January 1.

Visit their Facebook page here.

Fun Fact: The original penguin still remains!


BLACKSTONE VALLEY

Blackstone Valley Eye Care Presents: Holiday Lights for Sight, 385 Mendon Rd., Woonsocket, RI

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The man behind this Christmas display is probably best known for his “Crazy Christmas House” that lit up Coventry for several years. Now, Tyler Horrocks has teamed up with the folks at Blackstone Valley Eye Care to create a whole new display.

For the past three seasons, this building on Mendon Road has been getting a holiday makeover, complete with trees, arches and lights that cover the entire front of the structure. Those lights dance in time to music to create a dazzling 15 minute display.

Dr. Jeffrey Kenyon, the practice owner, and Chris Tremblay, the office manager at Blackstone Valley Eye Care, came up with the idea to decorate in 2017. Tremblay said the display not only provides Christmas cheer to the community, but also helps to raise money for kids in need.

This year, they’re raising funds for Makayla Alger, a local fourth grader living with a degenerative eye condition. The display is free, but folks can help the cause through a donation box at the display, by making a check out to Blackstone Valley Eye Care, or by visiting their online fundraiser.

The display runs Friday-Sunday, 6 to 8 p.m. through the New Year.

Fun Fact: Money donated will go towards providing Makayla with a HumanWare BrailleNote Touch, a special device to help with her schooling.


EAST BAY/NEWPORT

The Stawicki Family Christmas, 111 Allerton Ave., East Providence, RI

(Submitted photo)

You might recognize the Stawicki name from their spooktacular Halloween display, but this East Providence family says they like decorating for Christmas even more!

This marks their 14th year putting up lights, and each year they add more. They have a little bit of everything for 2019: blow molds, musical trees, snowmen, handmade decorations and a nativity.

The display is lit nightly from 5 to 11 p.m.

Visit their Facebook page here.

Fun Fact: When the Stawickis ran out of lawn space, they decided to expand to the roof!


The Frisina Family Lights: 283 Massasoit Ave., East Providence, RI

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Frisina family’s East Providence home!

For the past nine years, the Frisina family has been spreading holiday cheer by stringing up thousands of lights that blink and flash in time to classic holiday songs.

The display takes close to a month to set up and includes 32 different programmable channels that control roughly 13,000 lights.

Visitors can listen to the music by tuning their car radio to 89.9 FM. The display runs nightly from Friday, Nov. 29, through Jan. 1 from 5 to 9:30 p.m.

Visit their Facebook page.

Fun Fact: Jason Frisina says he loves sharing his love of the season with others and enjoys knowing that people come back every year!


Giroux Family Christmas Display: 69 Outlook Ave., East Providence, RI

While most people spend the time leading up to the holidays baking and shopping, the Giroux family is wiring and programming.

The family of six has been decorating their East Providence home for the holidays for the past 12 years, synchronizing their Christmas lights with catchy carols and classics. What started as a display of old-fashioned Christmas bulbs has now grown into a completely modern, computer-programmed show with LED lights. Visitors can listen along on their car radios by tuning to 107.5 FM.

This year, the display will be lit from Friday, Nov. 29, through Wednesday, Jan. 8, Monday-Thursday from 5:30 to 9 p.m. and Friday-Sunday from 5:30 to 10 p.m.

In lieu of donations, the Giroux family encourages all of their visitors to perform a random act of kindness this holiday season.

Visit their Facebook page and their YouTube channel.

Fun Fact: All of the display elements  — even the computers that run the lights — are handmade!


The MacDonalds’ Christmas Display: 54 Ellery Road, Newport, RI

The MacDonalds are old pros when it comes to decking the halls, and year after year, Eyewitness News viewers say visiting this home has long been a part of their holiday traditions.

For decades, the MacDonalds have been bringing good old-fashioned Christmas cheer to Newport, attracting boys and girls of all ages to the display on Ellery Road.

The display was the brainchild of Ronald MacDonald, who started decorating in the 1970’s to bring joy to less fortunate children.

“He wanted them to have free entertainment,” explained Ronald’s son, Kevin, in a telephone interview with Eyewitness News.

Ronald passed away at the end of August, but his legacy lives on in the display.

“We do this every year,” Kevin explained. “It’s already down to a science with all the men that work for us. We always keep the theme going.”

This year’s display features gingerbread people and houses, real Christmas trees, snowmen, elves and tableaus! Despite its size and detail, the MacDonalds said it only takes one weekend to set up.

The display is lit nightly from 4:30 to 10 p.m.

Fun Fact: The MacDonalds have also been decorating their home for Halloween for nearly 30 years!


Lights for Lives: 84 Hayden Ave., Tiverton, RI

A few strings of twinkle lights and an evergreen wreath just don’t do the trick for Colleen and Larry St. Onge.

Instead, for the past seven years, they’ve been transforming their Tiverton home into a holiday mecca of sound and light. This year, they’ve strung up more than 50,000 lights that “dance” to music broadcast on 91.7 FM. The display also features blow molds, hand-made angels and a waterslide display!

The show runs nightly from Thanksgiving through January 1. The lights are on Monday through Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 4 to 10 p.m. Santa pays a visit every Friday and Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m., and there’s a sleigh for photos and candy canes for kids! They also have a mailbox so boys and girls can mail their special wish list directly to the North Pole.

The St. Onge family works most of the year on the display, researching and crafting new ideas. They encourage visitors to walk their yard and take in all the holiday magic.

Donations will be collected for The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, as well as the Tiverton Food Pantry.

Visit their Facebook page.

Fun Fact: This year they’ll be giving out “reindeer food” to youngsters who visit — it’s their grandson’s special recipe!


NORTHWEST

Reindeer Yard, Mary Ann Court, North Providence, RI

(Submitted photo)

Charlotte Melucci-Falcone is carrying on a family tradition by decorating her North Providence home.

She and her husband purchased her childhood home five years ago and began a small display with three decorative reindeer.

“It seems they have herded to our home, as there are now 19 deer!” Melucci-Falcone said in an email. The display also includes several spiral trees, numerous lights, wreaths and candles.

“It’s old school,” she said. “Like us!”

Melucci-Falcone said her father used to decorate extensively when she was a child, using cutouts that her mother painted by hand.

“Dad had a speaker outside the window long before musical displays, but it just played Sinatra Christmas music,” she explained.

Once her dad passed, Melucci-Falcone said the holidays weren’t the same, and there were no decorations until she and her husband moved into the house. She credits her husband Gil’s artistic talent and infectious love for the season for bringing the Christmas joy back to their yard.

“I like to think my dad is smiling down at us seeing the lights shining so bright,” she said.

The display is on a cul de sac and is lit nightly.

Fun Fact: The display doesn’t have an official name, but Gil has nicknamed it “Reindeer Yard.”


Knobel’s Kozy Christmas Display: 22 Candlewood Drive, Smithfield, RI

This is the second year the Knobels have synchronized their lights to holiday songs, and the results will have you ho-ho-ho-ing all the way home!

Tune your car radio to 88.1 FM and listen to your favorite songs of the season while the lights “dance.” The display also includes Santa on his sleigh, a 20-foot mega tree and Carl the minion, all ready for the perfect photo opp!

The Knobels ask you to put your hazard lights on while viewing from your vehicle.

You can see the display nightly from dusk to 10 p.m. until Jan. 15.

Fun Fact: Look up upon the highest bow (approximately 50 feet up!) and you’ll see a “star” showing you the way.


MASSACHUSETTS

Eckersley Family Light Show, 83 Lane Street, Fall River, Mass.

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Posted by Kyle Reyes on Saturday, December 7, 2019

The Eckersley Family Light show dazzles and delights folks in Fall River every night of the week.

Nathan Eckersley has been decorating his home for the past four years in memory of his late mother. He said his goal is to make sure she can see it from heaven.

Most of his display is handmade or custom cut from corrugated plastic. The project is a true family affair: Nathan builds every prop with his father and programs the lights with his wife.

The show of synchronized music and dancing lights begins nightly at 4:45 and runs until 10 p.m. Sunday-Friday and 11 p.m. on Saturdays. This display is best viewed from the Seabra parking lot at 444 Stafford Road.

Visit their Facebook page here.

Fun Fact: A WPRI.com reader told us we needed to add this display to our list!


Kut Family Christmas Display: 70 Summerfield Ave., Somerset, Mass.

The Kut family’s Somerset home transforms into a glistening gingerbread house every holiday season.

The family has been decorating for the past seven years and this year’s display includes tens of thousands of lights. The Kut family goes for a classic Christmas vibe with blow molds, Santa Claus and a whole lot of homemade decor. There are also two “mega trees” towering at more than 20 feet apiece.

And if you’re having trouble navigating your way there, look up: you’ll find a star measuring 54 inches high and 42 inches wide suspended 14 feet over the roof of their house! They’ve even added an artificial snow machine!

The display is lit nightly from Dec. 1 to Jan. 1 from 5 to 10 p.m.

Visit their Facebook page.

Fun Fact: The snow machine comes on whenever a car pulls up to the display!


The Hills Spectacular Christmas Light Display: 63 Patton Ave., Somerset, Mass.

The Hills Spectacular Christmas Light Display is one of the new kids on the block, but that doesn’t mean they don’t deck their halls like old pros. The display includes 45,000 lights, a 26-foot mega tree with a six-foot candy cane topper, a handmade eight-foot-long sleigh (complete with Santa!) pulled by five reindeer.

The display includes a mailbox for letters to Santa, and those good girls and boys who mail a note with a return address will receive a letter back from the North Pole complete with a candy cane! Santa himself even plans to make a personal appearance at the Somerset display on Dec. 14. Check their Facebook page for details and updates.

Nikki and Jay Hill spend all year thinking of ideas for their house and begin hanging lights in early October. The lights are lit nightly from Dec. 1 until New Year’s Day from 5 to 10 p.m.

They encourage visitors to get out, walk around and take a picture!

This year, they’re collecting non-perishable items for The Veterans Association of Bristol County and monetary donations for the Anna-Paula Ferreira Memorial Scholarship. Ferreira was a family member who passed away unexpectedly in May.

Fun Fact: Nikki Hill says one of her fondest memories as a child was driving around with her parents looking for Christmas lights. She and Jay encourage families to get out, take pictures, ask questions and have fun!


Christmas on Tolman: 83 Tolman Ave., North Leominster, Mass.

Up for a drive? Head over the river and through the woods to North Leominster for some holiday magic.

Tyler Yalian has turned his Massachusetts home into a walk-through wonderland of two decorated homes, more than 100 inflatables, plastic figures and a special photo area.

The display begins Thanksgiving night at 5 p.m. and runs through Jan. 1 from 5 to 9 p.m., weather permitting.

On Thanksgiving through Sunday, Dec. 1, anyone who brings a new, unwrapped toy donation for Toys for Tots will receive a coupon to either Texas Roadhouse or 110 Grill. Last year, they collected 749 toys and hope to surpass 1,000 this year.

Visit their Facebook page.

Fun Fact: Take a picture at the display and use the hashtag #ChristmasonTolman


Pereiras’ Christmas Light Show: 481 Ridge St., Fall River, Mass.

This synchronized light and music display in Fall River is sure to make your holiday season merry and bright!

Joe and Stephanie Pereira started their light show seven years ago and every year it gets bigger and better. The display includes a handmade Santa sleigh and mailbox for kiddos to send their Christmas lists to the North Pole — leave a return address and get a reply from the jolly old elf himself!

On Saturday, Dec. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m., the Pereiras are hosting their fourth annual hot chocolate with Santa event where children can do arts and crafts and take pictures with Jolly Old St. Nick.

The Pereiras will once again collect stocking stuffers for less fortunate children. Last year, they filled and delivered 99 stockings! Donations can be dropped off at the event or any time up until then at Ultra Tan at 428 South Main Street in Fall River. 

The display runs nightly from Dec. 1 to Jan. 1 from 4:30 to 9 p.m.

Visit their Facebook page

Fun Fact: Joe is the mastermind behind the show and starts working on the show several months before Christmas!


CONNECTICUT

Amarante’s Winter Wonderland: 8 Pratt Road, Dayville, Conn.

Amarante’s Winter Wonderland (Submitted photo)

Just over the western border of Rhode Island lies a winter wonderland – Amarante’s Winter Wonderland, that is.

Visitors can walk throughout the Amarantes’ glistening yard, marveling at the 180,000 twinkling Christmas lights strung up on the house and trees. The display also includes more than 40 inflatable characters.

The spectacle is the work of Daniel Amarante, whose love of holiday lights began at age 10 when he received a small inflatable as a Christmas gift. In the 13 years since, his passion has grown and become known throughout the community.

Daniel Amarante said the display is partially a tribute to his father, Joseph Amarante, who passed away in 2012. Daniel said his dad always encouraged him to pursue his passions and dreams.

Amarante begins setting up the display each year in August. Visitors can walk through the glowing wonderland nightly from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day. The lights are on Sunday through Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m. The Amarantes hold fundraising nights to benefit charities like Bags of Hope and The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Connecticut.

The Amarantes also invite Santa to meet children every Sunday night in December and to indulge in Keifer’s Kettle Korn every weekend!

Visit their Facebook page.

Fun Fact: The Amarantes were the winners of the nationally televised show “The Great Christmas Light Fight!”


Quiet Corner Christmas: 251 Wauregan Road, Brooklyn, Conn.

It may be called “Quiet Corner,” but visitors to this display just over the Rhode Island border shouldn’t anticipate a silent night.

This is the thirteenth year Chris Lambert has decorated his Brooklyn, Conn., home with animated lights and the twelfth year he’s incorporated holiday music. This year’s display includes 65,000 lights that dance to holiday tunes.

Lambert also does a Halloween display, so set up for Christmas starts Nov. 1 and continues until 5 p.m. on Black Friday, the first night of the display!

The show runs nightly from Friday, Nov. 29, through New Year’s Day. Visitors can see the show Sunday through Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5 to 11 p.m. Listen to the music on 95.1 FM.

Visit their Facebook page and their YouTube channel.

Fun Fact: To date, Quiet Corner has raised more than $30,000 for various charities!


Do you have a favorite holiday display that’s not on this list? Tell us about it!

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