The Garabedian House, Bronx

3.9
#29 of 34 in Things to do in Bronx
"For the past 29 years, the Garabedian family—parents Nellie and Eugene and children Linda, Elise and Gary—has provided a family-friendly holiday activity right in their own front yard. Nearly 200 animated figurines dance to upbeat holiday music in a festive celebration of the holidays.

Almost every inch of the Garabedian's house is decorated with Disney characters and chicly-dressed dolls, many in floor-length gowns and most bejeweled and coiffed like Hollywood models.

It was Nellie who originally came up with the idea of giving back to the community by hosting the incredible display, their gift to neighbors for a blessing which none of the Garabedian clan will reveal. Since then, what began rather modestly has gradually expanded, taking on a life of its own.

The Christmas display is truly a family affair. Only one brother, Michael, has married. The remainder of the family lives at home, working for the family fashion design business when they’re not helping Gary with the dolls used in the Christmas spectacular. For decades now, it has been Gary’s job to dress, repair and store each doll each year. Unbeknownst to many, the display is labor-intensive, as the main stage of the ornate production has to be dismantled each night and re-mounted each evening, weather permitting."

"Look, they’re like our children. We’re married to the dolls," Gary joked. "We feel this makes the Bronx have something special to feel good about."
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  • Daughter and I made a visit a couple of years ago. Our visit wasn't intentional as we saw the lights through the trees. So glad we stopped. Great movie scenes and characters, mainly the classics. If y...  more »
  • Every year they decorate this house they have so many decorations that they have to leave some of them up all year long. I lived around the corner from this house for five years. There’s always a lot ...  more »
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  • Kitsch ornament laden exterior decor house. Saw it during daytime. Worth a pull over and look if you're in the area.
  • Haven't been to the house in two years Always a pleasure to see what this Family does. It's at a cost. If no one is out and it's not windy. I'll throw a few dollars crippled to weigh it down. This is not a cheap thing they do for christmastime. That electric bill cant be a thrill to see.

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