Saugerties family hosts Christmas light show

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The Sussin Family of 123 Patch Road in Saugerties invites the public to view the third iteration of their annual Christmas light show every night until Jan. 1, weather permitting, from 5-10 p.m. Updates on the show may be found on Facebook at SussinLightShow.

The display is the brainchild of Zachary Sussin and his father, Troy. Always thinking bigger and better, the Sussin father-and-son team have taken holiday decorating to the next level.

Read our article from 2015: Saugerties teen takes Christmas decorations to the max

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“I’m not sure how this all started,” says Zachary. “It just did.” Three years and more than 100,000 lights later, Patch Rd. is once again lit for the holidays.

The project began this year in July with the purchase and renovation of an antique horse-drawn sleigh. Now sitting at the base of “Snowman Mountain,” painted candy apple red and complete with life-size reindeer, the sleigh is the centerpiece of this year’s display.

The actual stringing of the lights began in August. “Adding 40,000 more lights than last year takes a lot more time,” Troy says with a grin.

Viewers may tune their car radios to 102.5 FM to listen to the holiday music that accompanies the lights. Other new attractions in addition to the sleigh include a 30-foot-tall tree of lights towering over the house with a mesmerizing row of shooting stars cascading back and forth to the music. Every surface seems to be covered with lights, from the house and roof to the trees and fences; a canopy of lights is even installed over the driveway. The yard is filled with more than 40 inflatables, including a 15-foot-tall Rudolph.

“We do it for the community,” Zachary says, waving to a passing car. “Seeing the faces light up and smile… that’s what it’s all about.”

“It’s not just about putting up a ton of lights and a big show,” adds Troy. “It’s about creating a tradition and gift from our family to yours. People come together to see the lights and create a memory, and we get to brighten their holiday just a little more. Well, maybe a lot more.”

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