It may be safe to say that the Ferrelli family of Natick has created a family dynasty of holiday light displays, a magical flow of spirit that shines on from Brooke’s home at 62 Pond St. all the way over to her brother’s place at 34 Pheasant Hollow Road. We profiled Brooke’s set-up last year, an extensive labor of love that includes lights, inflatables, a fire pit, gifts for the kids, and more. This year we stopped by her brother Gregg’s house to see how his family rings in the season.
Two more different displays you couldn’t hope to see, so make sure you make a stop at both places. What the siblings have in common is the desire to spread joy. “It’s just about the holiday season and enjoying it,” Gregg said. “It’s such a short stint and I enjoy it, personally, and the kids (Johnny, 5; and Mackenzie, 3) certainly do, and it brings them a ton of joy with the blowups.”
The front lawn of Gregg and his wife, Shannon, is graced with 18 inflatables—Sponge Bob is their son’s favorite, while their daughter is partial to Peppa Pig. Minnie Mouse, Frosty, and the Grinch get a lot of attention from neighborhood kids, and Tigger’s energy is infectious, as always.
Shrubs on either side of the Ferrelli family’s front door are covered with candy-colored lights, and a large tree, the split-rail fencing, and the back deck have been strung with hundreds of white lights, completing the eye-catching scene that’s clearly put together with the holiday happiness of kids in mind.
“This neighborhood actually is awesome for families to drive through,” Gregg said. There are a ton of Christmas lights up. It’s a festive neighborhood.”
I took a spin through the neighborhood off Speen St. (an easy-to-find starting point is Lands End St.), and Gregg was right. Loads of homes in that family-friendly neighborhood have gone all out with their exterior decorating. One home has the biggest inflatable Santa I’ve ever seen. He’s at least 20-ft. tall, so you can’t miss him as you drive around.
I knew that Brooke and Gregg grew up with three other siblings, so I had to ask—does anyone else in the clan go all out for the holidays? Yup. A brother who lives in Gloucester also puts together a jaw-dropping display. Neither of the brothers are in competition with their sister, Brooke, though.
“No one can compete with her,” Gregg said. “She’s the queen.”