Canarsie home's extravagant holiday display gives new meaning to the spirit of Christmas
A house in Canarsie is giving a new meaning to the spirit of Christmas.
Austin Ferrazzano is the mastermind behind the holiday creation. He designed and picked everything that is on display.
"People who travel sometimes from across New York to see my display... it brings joy to me. It makes me so happy that I can spread the holiday festivities to people," he says.
The holiday decoration features around 100,000 lights, a collection of Christmas animated figures -- some that date back to the 1970s. It's also this Brooklyn family's passion that lights up the house.
"Over there is where Mickey Mouse and Santa is, and I got shocked because I didn't even see Mickey Mouse last year," says Kashmere Frazier.
For the past nine years, the family has entertained their neighborhood, and while it seems like easy decorating, the planning keeps them busy.
"I work year round getting ready, painting, fixing through out the spring and summer time. If you stop by, you'll see me working in my garage getting everything ready," Ferrazzano says.
The house is more than just a light show: It's also an interactive experience with a scavenger hunt and a mailbox that kids can drop their letters to Santa into. The house features activities that that really represent everything Christmas.
"The reason why I love Christmas is because it's about joy, love and it's not just about getting presents. It's about giving presents," Frazier says.
When holiday revelers take a closer look at the decorations, the house not only celebrates Christmas, but also Hanukkah. And for the first time, the house features a Kwanza display. It's all an effort to ensure that everyone is represented for the holidays.
"It's important to make people feel included and part of the holiday season," Ferrazzano says.
The display continues to grow every year and the family says nothing brings them more joy than seeing everyone's reactions when they come out to see it.
The house holiday decorations will be on display until Jan. 1.