Take a Tour of Christmas Displays
Pack some snacks and a thermos and follow our map to some of the best-lit homes in Rhode Island.
'Tis the season for a Christmas light hunt, and there's a subset of Rhode Islanders who take festive lights to the next level.
Because the Ocean State is so small, you can easily see a swath of decked-out houses in one night. Follow our map to six of the best — three in East Bay and three in West — and don’t forget to tune into each home's radio station. Grab a thermos of cocoa, crank up the heat and enjoy the shows.
Picozzi Family Christmas Display
2016 marks the ninth year that Frank Picozzi and his family have hosted an animated light show, and they just keep getting better. From “Carol of the Bells” to “Jingle Bells,” the Picozzi family has a display for any song. At one point, the whole house goes dark and then, display by display, the lights come on and turn into an entire show. Head over after dark on Saturday to visit with Santa, then drop a few dollars into the donation box, which benefits the Tomorrow Fund at Hasbro Children's Hospital. The Picozzis report that donations have been low this year, so now's the time to flex your giving muscles.
Radio Station: 97.1 FM
Time: Lights start around 5:30 p.m. and Santa arrives 6:30–8 p.m., every Saturday night in December.
Address: 75 Gristmill Rd., Warwick. Their Facebook Page.
The Conway Christmas Lights Extravaganza
The Conway Extravaganza wants you to get out of your car and interact with the light show. The show leads you from the front of the house to a path to the main attraction: a grand scene featuring forty-foot trees wrapped with lights from high to low. The show has been a family tradition since 1992 and they are not stopping now. If you come by to see the light show at the Conway’s, make sure you bring a nonperishable food item as a donation for the Coventry Food Bank or some dollars for the Tomorrow Fund.
Radio station: N/A
Time: This extravaganza runs nightly from 5–10 p.m.
Address: 265 Maple Valley Rd., Coventry. Their Facebook Page.
The show starts with a dark canvas. Then, a string of lights illuminates one part of the main tree, another string of lights and so on until the big tree is complete. To the "Linus and Lucy" song, the rest of the show pans out — the Lewis family has twenty-nine songs to complete their show this year and Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus make a guest appearance.
Radio Station: 106.9 RDS for special messages. You can also use your smartphone to choose the next song on the playlist.
Time: Show starts at 4:45 p.m. and into the evening
Address: 12 Shenandoah Rd., Warwick. Their Facebook Page.
The Frisina Family Lights
Since Thanksgiving, the Frisina family has had their lights on and ready for viewing. With tiny red and white trees lining their walkway and each inch of the bushes, the trees and perimeter of the house carefully dressed in lights, you may think you are driving up to a movie set.
Radio station: Tune into 89.9 for the playlist that goes along with the light show.
Time: From 5–9:30 p.m.
Address: 283 Massasoit Ave., East Providence. Their Facebook Page.
Giroux Family Christmas Display
Hot cocoa, Santa and lights? We’re in. Witness the twenty-two-foot-tall LED tree light up as well as the walkway, the candy canes lining the curb and the tree stump wrapped in lights. The Giroux family asks visitors to not block the house or the neighbor’s house so that everyone may enjoy the show.
Radio Station: 94.9 FM
Time: Sun.–Thurs. 5–9 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 5–10 p.m.
Address: 69 Outlook Ave., East Providence. Their Facebook Page.
Lights for Lives
Strings of lights cover the entire Lights for Lives home. Their display has more than 35,000 lights in the show, all choreographed to music. The house is lit and then it goes dark several times in a row, almost like a strobe light. When the house is dark, images of two Christmas trees appear on the blank canvas and then the house lights are back on. In addition to the lights, they have figures on the lawn: Mickey, reindeer and nutcrackers. On the weekends, Lights for Lives has a special guest: Santa. Lights for Lives is also a hub for donations and every proceed goes to either Make-A-Wish or the Tiverton Food Pantry. If you are stopping by, bring a nonperishable food item or a couple of dollars to donate to a good cause.
Radio station: 91.7 FM
Time: Mon.–Thurs. 4–9 p.m.; Fri.–Sun. 4–10 p.m. See Santa Fridays and Saturdays from 6–9 p.m.
Address: 84 Hayden Ave., Tiverton. Their Facebook Page.