'tis the season to show off your amazing christmas lights
Love them or loathe them there's no getting away from the fact that having extravagant Christmas lighting on the outside of your house is gathering momentum to the extent that some streets even have competitions – or is it just one-upmanship?
This phenomenon isn't just in the UK – you'll find it all around the world; of course it's a big thing in the USA! There's something quite magical to this house's lighting display; having all one colour takes away the tackiness that many others display. But of course the end result is all in the eye of the beholder.
Covering the entire outside of your house with blocks of colour is one way to create an amazing display.
Use your shrubs and bushes to add contour and height to an outdoor display that resembles an enchanted forest in miniature.
The electricity bill must be astronomical with the amount of lights being used on this house!
If you love gingerbread you'll adore the stunning gingerbread theme on this house.
How stylish is this green and white lighting display – I wonder how the inside of the house is decorated?
Give your home a contemporary look using strings of coloured lights to create an amazing pattern on the roof.
An enchanted Christmas castle – well if you've got it you may as well flaunt it!
This amazing display in Boston (USA) uses a staggering 250,000 lights.
Complete with HD TV this display pulsates to the music being played – a real spectacular for the neighbours.
For many the traditional Christmas scene is an amazing way to show off your electrical skills.
450,000 lights are used in this amazing display in Germany, which has been on-going since 2000.