NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A well-known part of the Christmas sparkle in one Bronx neighborhood is missing this holiday season – going dark for the first time in nearly half a century.

For 46 years, the elaborate display at the Garabedian home on Pelham Parkway North has delighted thousands of visitors.

This year the display will unfortunately be missing.

The Garabedian family Christmas display (Credit: CBS2)

The family says health issues prevented them from setting up and maintaining the dozens of statues and lighting which they crafted and dressed by hand.

The Garabedians hope to be able to turn on the lights during the holiday season next year.

Comments (11)
  1. Laura Battista Bowe says:

    Don’t they have neighbors or family members that can help decorate?

  2. Gwen says:

    Christmas is not the same with out the house on Pelham. Every year we looked forward to the new stuff….outdoing yourselves from the previous year. Three generations have enjoyed the display.

  3. Jeff Vargon says:

    Punks!

  4. gilbert serrano says:

    praying for healing and i will help in anyway to keep it going you are family to the bronx god bless from gilbert serrano

  5. Grace says:

    Prayers of healing for the family …

  6. JUAN DE JESUS says:

    HOW BOUT I OR WE VOLUNTEER TO HELP SET THEM UP AT NO COST JUST A THANKS WILL BE PERFECT WELL THANKS FOR DOING IT BEFORE BUT IF WE CAN HELP IN ANY WAY TO KEEP THE TRADITION PLEASE LET ME KNOW I WOULD LOVE TO HELP SET UP PLUS I’M VERY HAND AND KNOW HOW TO SET UP ALMOST ANYTHING WELL GOD BLESS YA ALL

    1. Freddy Feliciano says:

      I’m actually down for this. I live literally 10 minutes away from there

  7. Deana says:

    I remember as a kid coming there each year with my family!! Wishing you best wishing and health. Feel better! Thank you for being a part of my life and memories!

  8. James M Freund says:

    Wow , that house is/was a large part of Christmas , God Bless

  9. Tina B says:

    Hope they are feeling better, but the display is partially up all year around. Santa and the sleigh has been there since last year. And there is a partial manger scene.

  10. Margie says:

    Im sorrry to hear, hope everyone is in good health

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