John Russo, a 66-year-old cancer survivor living in Paramus, NJ, promised his girlfriend Toni Alessio that when he beat throat cancer, he would set up a dazzling Christmas display. Defeating the disease in 2015, Joe Russo has set up the display for the past six years, even winning NJ Christmas decoration awards.

The impressive light display at 181 Lozier Court includes several inflatable characters, lights set to a spectacular 40-min, 15-song holiday playlist, and runs seven days a week from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

“The most inspiring thing is seeing the faces of people watching the lights, especially the kids,” John Russo told the New York Post. “It’s even better when they’re seeing it for the first time.”

John Russo's dazzling NJ Christmas Display lit up at night in Paramus
John Russo’s dazzling NJ Christmas Display lit up at night in Paramus. Photo Credit: Facebook

Though taxing to put up, especially at his age, he said that it’s worth it knowing the happiness it brings everyone during the holiday season.

“As far as setting it up, it’s aggravating and fun at the same time,” John Russo said, “but well worth it in the end when it all works.”

He answered the Daily Voice saying that his favorite part was “hearing kids screaming outside,” and that it was worth the extra $200 on her electricity bill every year.

The award-winning show this year was sponsored by the local Paramus police department, who set up a holiday toy drive dropbox outside the NJ Christmas display.

“I think it’s a cool idea that the Russos are bringing Christmas to their neighborhood and that they want to enhance not only their neighbors’ holiday, but help support our toy drive by collecting toys for the less fortunate,” said Paramus police Detective Jimmy Teehan. “We’re excited that John wants to support our program in a new and exciting way.”

John Russo's dazzling NJ Christmas Display, which runs for over 40-minutes, seven nights a week during the Christmas season
John Russo’s dazzling NJ Christmas Display, which runs for over 40-minutes, seven nights a week during the Christmas season. Photo Credit: Facebook

Fans even write thank you cards to Russo and his girlfriend, Toni Alessio, thanking them for the display and helping to bring Christmas cheer.

“I just wanted to say thank you for your light display. It is beautiful, and clearly took a lot of time,” one fan said in a handwritten card shared to Facebook. “Thanks to your love of Christmas, my family was able to create a new memory.”

Signed “The Chartiers,” the fan wrote that they went with their parents and their two children aged 8 and 10 years old. They thanked Russo for allowing their family to “create a new memory.”

Not far away in Turnersville, New Jersey, Martino Cartier’s Christmas light display also inspired others for a good cause. The Wigs & Wishes non-profit board member, who supplies wigs to women who have survived cancer, partnered with Mike’s Hardscapes on a beautiful Christmas display.

“I like the lights ’cause they’re pretty,” said one young girl who saw the display. At 6-years-old, her family said she was 5 years cancer-free.

“We try to give all year long,” Martino Cartier told ABC News. “Seeing everybody smiling and the kids laughing, it’s worth every minute of it.”

John Russo's NJ Christmas Display during the day, before the lights are visible under the Night Sky
John Russo’s NJ Christmas Display during the day, before the lights are visible under the Night Sky. Photo Credit: Facebook

Another New Jersey native, Johnny Rose, decorates his home with over 75,000 lights every Christmas, a tradition he’s kept for over 50 years. He spends around $3,000 every year on the display, which he keeps up to remember his late mother. He also sets up an angel display for his daughter, who passed away due to cancer.

“This is our way of communicating to our daughter,” he told Yahoo! News. “But it’s hard. Very hard. But that’s why it’s so special to us, that area.”

“The neighbors are very good with it, they all come over here every night,” he said. “Their kids walk around [and] enjoy themselves every night. It’s all about kids, it ain’t about us. It’s about the kids, and we have to be there for the kids.”