Like mince pies or Christmas pudding, festive lights can be pretty divisive at this time of year. You’re either in the tasteful, twinkling white lights camp or the more-is-more-I-want-it-to-look-like-a-tin-of-Quality-Street-threw-up-everywhere camp. Well, there’s a London home that’s firmly cemented itself in the latter, and love it or loathe it, you can’t deny it’s not completely lit.
You’ll find the house on a relatively sleepy street in Hounslow and it’s the hard graft of 58-year-old owner Nick Yates. For years Nick has gone big when it comes to decorating his house and this year is no exception. Expect to see thousands of rainbow-hued bulbs, metres of twinkling lights, inflatables, a towering Christmas tree and dozens of props and festive scenes adoring the house’s façade. There’s even an elf workshop where visitors can see Santa’s helpers making toys and a glittering steam train that brings a certain magic to the TW14 postcode. Basically, if it’s tacky and Christmassy, it’s there.
Jokes aside, man behind the lights Nick has been doing it all to raise money and awareness for local, family-run charity, the Berkshire Binfield Dog Rescue. Visitors can donate to the collection box at the house itself or make a payment through the online GoFundMe page here.
Plus, having lost his leg 19 years ago due to a motorcycle accident it’s pretty impressive that Nick puts this display of light and Christmas spirit on each year for the local community. It’s said that he doesn’t let anyone help put the lights up and does all the work himself.
The Hounslow house may be traditionally distasteful but the message behind it is anything but.
Find the most Christmassy house in London at 4 East Road, Bedfont via the Piccadilly Line and donate to the cause at www.gofundme.com