2006-11-23 / Top Stories

Seddio Holiday House Lighting Set For Sunday

The Seddio family house's Annual Holiday Display will be unveiled this Sunday, November 26, at 5 p.m. at the corner of Flatlands Avenue and East 93rd Street. The house's magnificent collage of lights, animated figures and talking animatronics has been a Canarsie tradition since 1963.

This years holiday display is dedicated to the memory of George K. Campell, who was tragically killed a few months ago in a Belt Parkway accident. For many years in his youth, Campbell helped Seddio and others set up the exhibit. Campbell's father is a member of the Holy Family Church Men's Society.

Valued at over $250,000 the display includes over 50,000 lights, almost 100 animated dolls and a talking Christmas tree. Each of seven display areas identifies a different holiday celebration.

Santa's workshop includes eight tiny reindeer, elves making toys and Santa himself, who is followed by a 15-foot toy soldier who guards the entire display. A carousel of reindeer ridden by its own army of toy soldiers that is over 10 feet in diameter circles the inner yard of the property.

A visit with the Van Deer's enjoying Christmas is second only to Mickey and Minnie Mouse joined by a host of Disney characters decorating the Christmas tree, better known as "Stumpy," an eight-foot computer generated animation that vocalizes holiday songs and actually tells jokes.

The Nativity features animated figures of the three wise men and is interfaced with original figurines that are over 80 years old. There is also the opportunity to see Santa and Mrs. Claus relaxing at the North Pole in a depiction, featuring their activities the day after Christmas.

The display has an international and multi-cultural flavor, complete with depictions of Hannukah and Kwanzaa celebrations.

Finally a 10-foot-high hot air balloon decked out in lights is surpassed only by the splendor of various lighted figurines, which adorn the house and provide enough light to guide planes into nearby JFK Airport.

Opening night will feature Santa and his elves, costumed characters and live music. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Public School 115 and Canarsie Cluster choruses and by the steel drums of "Dem Stars" Steel Band.

Each year hundreds of visitors attend the Seddio house lighting celebration and thousands stop by through the New Year to see the dazzling ex-hibit.

The construction of the display is done solely with volunteers and usually takes the entire month of Nov-ember to accomplish. Over twenty Seddio family members and friends join in addressing each detail of the display, which includes the construction of display buildings, installation of the lights, placement of the animated figures and a host of other jobs which, when combined, create the loveliest most endearing depiction of the wonderful season.

Frank Seddio is a lifelong Canar-sie resident. He is currently a Surro-gate Court judge who served several terms in the New York State Assem-bly for the 59th Assembly District. Neil S. Friedman

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