The Most Over the Top Christmas Displays Around Buffalo, NY

While there are plenty of commercially-run lights displays in Western New York, your best bet is to hit the road and find the homeowners who outdo themselves, year after spectacular year. When you want to get a taste of true imagination, check out these private Christmas lights displays in the Buffalo area. Adding snow makes them more festive, sure – but regardless of the weather, you may have afterimages burned into your brain for days. Enjoy!

Lights on Lucy, Cheektowaga
Established in 2010, this Cheektowaga household considers the yearly light display – and the soundtrack they've programmed to go with it – a labor of love. Using approximately 20,000 lights and 150 channels of computer controlled animation, this is a delight for the eyes and ears. The display does operate on a schedule, however, so check out their Facebook page for particulars.

Lake View Singing Twinsmas House, Lakeview
Larry and Dennis Field not only have 300,000 bulbs between them, they've won some cash money for their efforts. Take a ride to Lakeview to see what earned the twins $50,000 and a trophy on ABC's The Great Christmas Light Fight Challenge. After years of competing against each other, the Field brothers combined efforts and the result was holiday magic (or mayhem, depending on your perspective).

Powers Lights, Lancaster
Like Lights on Lucy, Powers Lights came about in 2010. Using both lights and music (the homeowners say that the playlist is "a mix of holiday classics, new holiday tunes and a few surprise hits mixed in"), you can see the display seven days a week. Don't be surprised if you see the toddlers in the next car cutting a rug in time with the beat. The crowds can get large, as this now-institution gets bigger and better with each passing year.

Dawn Ave Christmas Light Show, Angola
While none of the homeowners on this list charge for their displays, the good folks running the colorful and kid-friendly Dawn Ave Christmas Light Show make a request: please make a donation to your local fire hall or food pantry (and with the sheer number of lights displays in this area, throwing some money at the former is probably a good idea). Dawn Ave also accepts and uses those decorations you no longer want but are loath to throw away; Nana's million-year old ornament gets a new home and brings joy to the masses as well.

Holland's Holiday Lights, Holland
When most WNYers think of the Buffalo suburb of Holland, it's to dream of summer and the NASCAR-sanctioned Holland International Speedway. But wait – Holland also has one of the longest-running Christmas lights displays in the area! Greg and Diane Young have been running Holland's Holiday Lights since 1981, which includes a zillion lights and mostly handmade display items. Anything else? Why, yes. There's a mailbox where the young ones can drop off their letters to Santa, as well as another box to leave donations for the local Boys & Girls Club. So head out for some holiday cheer, bring a toy for a child in need, and feel all kinds post-transformation Scrooge as a result.

Kimberly Mintz is a freelance writer and voice actor who lives in the Buffalo area and never gets tired of a good light show. Follow her ramblings on Twitter, check out her professional profile on LinkedIn, and visit her colorful Instagram offerings.