PARAMUS, N.J. — For one Paramus couple, ringing in the Christmas season means making their holiday light display sing. Literally.
When frigid winter nights fall on the pitch-black, quiet cul-de-sac at 181 Lozier Court, just one mile from Route 17, Toni Alessio Paladino and John Russo turn on the meticulously arranged holiday display lights to their quaint Paramus ranch and tune into 88.1. As the sounds of Christmas and other holiday classics from “Hallelujah,” to “Amazing Grace,” and “Deck the Halls” play softly in the background from their car, the decorative lights on the home flicker in unison, and voila! Behold The Lights on Lozier Court.
Two Christmas trees that serve as the centerpiece of the action have led pixel lights with a kaleidoscope of color combinations that display various images from Santa to P.T. Barnum in them, which sing, along with faces within neon light bulbs that are displayed in the ranch’s windows. On the grass sits a trio of handmade reindeer while lighted candy canes line the driveway and pathway leading up to the front door. The embellishments continue on the front lawn where a lighted igloo is situated with penguins and a Finding Nemo doll along with a moving lighted snowman tipping his top hat, glowing angels, and a unicorn on the left of the home. A starburst hangs from the top of the ranch completing the display.
The product is a cross between a rave and a Fourth of July fireworks display. Though Russo says people have jokingly likened this spectacular view to a “seizure house” given the constant flashing of lights, it’s well worth a trip to see from wherever you are in North Jersey. Currently, the home’s light display is in the Top 5 of News 12 New Jersey’s statewide annual holiday decoration competition for which residents are asked to submit their favorite holiday light displays.
For the past four years on any given night, children and adults come to stand awhile or just sit in their car while tuning into 88.1 to behold this piece of Christmas magnificence, either while in passing or in need of a happy distraction.
The idea for the display, which Russo estimates to be worth at least a few thousand dollars, began in the same fashion as with any proverbial dark time. Flashback five years, Russo, a lifelong borough resident, was diagnosed with throat cancer. While receiving treatments, Toni had been tuned into ABC's Great Christmas Light Fight when his interest was piqued.
“He watched it, he saw how I get crazy over Christmas lights, and he said, ‘You know something? ‘If I ever beat cancer, you’ll get your lights,’” recalled Paladino.
The rest, as they say, is history.
“He beat cancer. I got my lights,” she said.
Nowadays, the display has become symbolic of the beaming light at the end of the tunnel. While the pair are pleased with their display, (the lights are even dimmed to 30 percent to prevent too much of a glare!) Russo hopes to tweak the dramatic effect of the reindeers a la “‘Twas The Night Before Christmas.”
“Next year they’ll be flying over the house, hopefully,” he said.
Lights At Lozier Court is available for viewing from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays and from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends.