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Holiday displays benefit the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign

Sue Fritzen of Clay makes a Salvation Army Kettle donation Friday at the Hussak family light show in Liverpool.

Sue Fritzen of Clay makes a Salvation Army Kettle donation Friday at the Hussak family light show in Liverpool. Scott Schild

— They might look like something out of “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” but the gigantic light displays on Carmel Drive in Fairway East and Harriet Fisher Drive in Lawton Valley Hunt serve a greater purpose than setting records for electric usage.

The displays house the first-ever residential Salvation Army Red Kettles, allowing the homeowners who operate the light shows to capitalize on their success for a good cause.

If you go

What: Light displays to benefit the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign

When: 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 6 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday through Jan. 1

Where: Steve Scicchitano’s home is located at 5211 Harriet Fisher Drive, Clay, in Lawton Valley Hunt. Chris Hussak’s home is located at 4277 Carmel Drive, Liverpool, in Fairway East.

You can also drop off stocking stuffers for needy children; both families are collecting these for the Salvation Army as well.

Online donations can also be made to onlineredkettle.org/cnylights.

“This is the first time [a kettle has been placed] in a residential area,” said Steve Scicchitano, who owns the Lawton Valley Hunt home. “That’s a neat thing.”

The light shows have become a thing of local legend, drawing crowds from all over Central New York eager to take in the spectacle. Scicchitano started the display at his home about seven years ago, using the computer program Light-O-Rama to coordinate the moving lights to music, to which passers-by can listen by tuning into a radio station which is posted on a sign in the front yard. It’s best to pull over and enjoy the show rather than just drive by, Scicchitano said.

“People know that it continues on a loop,” he said. “You can tune into the radio stations, which we have posted on signs outside our houses, and listen for as long as you want.”

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