It was last holiday season while looking for fun holiday things to do I read about these homes somewhere between Stamford and New York which put up something of a ” Christmas lights show”. It so happened that we didn’t go. This year friends of ours mentioned a street right behind their apartment complex where a few houses where superbly decked out for Christmas. “We were the only two standing outside those houses admiring the various little nuances, everyone else was enjoying it from inside their cars”, she said. “That’s because they probably have a radio station to which the lights are synced.”, I jumped in. That’s what it was. When they got into their car and tuned into the station listed on a garden sign there, they found out first hand why everyone else chose to enjoy the show from inside their cars.
It didn’t take us long to put two and two together. We went there this year. We hadn’t planned to go. The plan was just to stay over with them after dinner and drinks and maybe go bowling the next day. My camera was in my bag, and I took it out thinking.. I guess I wasn’t thinking. We reached quite late at night. The lights were spectacular. The longer you looked, the more you saw. The more you saw, the more you admired the effort that had gone into it. It was a wonderful show and it’s all free! free! free!. Park on the street and have fun. They switch the lights off at 11:00 pm, so make sure you go before that. One of my pet peeves in the United States is that shops leave their lights on all night long. I don’t grudge Christmas lighting, but I do appreciate their switching it off. It not only saves electricity, it also reduces the risk of an electrical mishap. If you are around New York City, do take some time to enjoy these lights. It’s the best way to get into the holiday mood.
*Sorry about the quality of the pictures. I had to take them with my phone.