This time of year, many Western New York neighborhoods are aglow with cheerful Christmas lights displays, but few homes can compare to the Field family’s house in Lake View.
For seven years now, they’ve been transforming their house on Schoellkopf Road into a truly spectacular show piece, using upwards of 300,000 lights to brighten the night and the spirits of all who see it.
“It was just a hobby. We love Christmas, our whole family’s always been thrilled with Christmas,” homeowner Larry Field told News 4.
And Western New Yorkers have been thrilled with the annual display, and the so-called Singing Christmas House gained national recognition.
“With the awards comes big crowds,” Field noted.
Over the years, those crowds have become a big problem on the Field’s narrow street.
Schoellkopf Road has no on-street parking, and when looky-loos stopped by in big numbers, it could take an hour to get down the road.
The Fields say their neighbors have always been very good sports about the crowds, but this year, they knew it was time to scale things back a little.
“We had to tone it down this year. Really because we didn’t want to burden our neighbors with the traffic,” Field explained.
Now, to keep the crowds moving along, the Singing Christmas House is silent.
“It used to be a programmed show to music. This year, it’s just a static display with our hand crafted Minions,” Field pointed out.
The Minions are new for this year’s display and they’re a huge draw in themselves.
Larry Field and his son Caleb created more than 70 of them, with themes ranging from Christmas to Fortnite to some uniquely Buffalo traditions.
“We love Buffalo and we decided to make some Sabres Minions for Sabres fans. We have the Bills Mafia, of course. And one of the favorites we have is a Bills Mafia Minion jumping on a table and breaking a table,” Field said.
They’re all a huge hit, as the whole house has been for years.
“Everyone likes it,” Caleb Field told News 4. “All the kids in the neighborhood like to see it. When we had music, they sang along.”
Plans are now in the works to bring the music back in a different location in Hamburg.
“ With over 15 acres, we’ll have plenty of parking, and we’ll be able to expand our display to be even larger and we’ll celebrate Christmas in style for sure,” Larry Field said.
Field says his family has put in an offer on the property they’ve been eyeing for their new display location, but they need the town of Hamburg to approve their plans for how they’re going to use the land before the sale goes through.
Field says he has high hopes they will get the green light so they can put up 1,000,000 lights as their goal for next year’s display.