The Sussin Family of 123 Patch Road in Saugerties once again invites the public to view its annual Christmas light show, which can be seen every night from Nov. 29 to Jan. 1, 5-10 p.m., weather permitting, with Santa usually making appearances Friday and Saturday nights.
With 375,000 lights over 100 inflatable displays, this year’s display is the family’s largest yet. It may also be their last, so check it out if you haven’t yet.
Before visiting, check the Facebook page, where weather cancellations and Santa’s schedule are posted.
Many choose to view the show from their cars, driving by slowly. Others park along the street and view it on foot. The family asks the latter group to park up the road from the display and as far off the road as possible in order to keep traffic moving.
The display is so large it was chosen in 2017 for the “The Great Christmas Light Fight” on ABC, which pits several families against one another, judging them on three categories: use of lights, overall design, and Christmas spirit. While the Sussins didn’t win, they called participating in the show “a great experience.”
The creation of the display is a joint father-son project Troy and Zach Sussin.
“One year I went to Walmart to get a Halloween costume and I came out with a box of lights,” said Zach. “That’s how it all started.”
Zach directs their building projects and manages the technical elements of the affair, while his father, local landscaper Troy Sussin, brings Zach’s decorative concepts to life. Read more about how the light show began and their experiences on “The Great Christmas Light Fight” here.