Picozzi Family Christmas Display lights up for holiday season
WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE) - A favorite holiday tradition is back in Warwick: the Picozzi Family Christmas Display.
Frank Picozzi started the animated light show 12 years ago. The display is made up of thousands of pixels that synchronize to music. At first, no one was coming to see it.
"It's a quiet neighborhood street. No one goes down here unless they live here," said Picozzi.
But word of the impressive display quickly spread. Now, thousands of families pass by the home around the holidays.
"Black Friday in our house means we come to the Picozzi Family Christmas Display," said Warwick resident Maria Beland.
She's been bringing her 6-year-old son, Asher, to the display for the past three years.
"He looks forward to it. We have a countdown to it at home,” said Beland. "He loves it. He draws it at home. He looks at all the videos of past years.”
Picozzi adds to the display each year for little kids like Asher.
"I've watched kids grow up here over the last 12 years. I saw them when they were 7 or 8-years-old dropping off their Santa Clause letters. Now they're coming back and they're freshmen in college," said Picozzi.
Letters put in the display's mailbox with a return address will get a letter back from Santa.
Plus, Santa visits the display every Saturday night in December from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
There is also a donation box in front of the display. All the money goes to The Tomorrow Fund, which helps children with cancer at Hasbro Children's Hospital.
"Last year, we raised about $16,000 for The Tomorrow Fund," said Picozzi.
You can check out the Picozzi Family Christmas Display at 75 Gristmill Rd. in the Hoxsie section of Warwick.
The display runs through New Year's Eve.
The hours are as follows:
Sunday - Thursday: 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday - Saturday: 5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.