A SNOW machine, an ice rink with skating snowmen and hundreds of lights are just a few of the Christmas attractions at 16 Elm Close in Huntingdon this year. The Christmas lights, which are spread across the front garden, were officially switched on by BBC

ALL LIT UP: The Christmas lights at 16 Elm Close in Huntingdon.
Picture: THE HUNTS POST

A SNOW machine, an ice rink with skating snowmen and hundreds of lights are just a few of the Christmas attractions at 16 Elm Close in Huntingdon this year.

The Christmas lights, which are spread across the front garden, were officially switched on by BBC Radio Cambridgeshire presenter Jane Smith and can now be seen from 4.30-10.30pm daily.

The layout of the lights are planned in detail by the homeowner Patricia Allen. It takes her son Anthony, and his step-father Jack Panter, more than four days to put the lights up.

Anthony said: "We just brought a few more lights each year and ended up with this many. Our electricity bill does go up when they switch on the lights but we do it for the kids."

Inside the garden is a stable containing three reindeers, carol singers that actually sing, Santa and much more.

A new addition to the garden this year is the stable containing Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus and some sheep ... which, of course, all light up. To protect their Christmas spectacular the family have had to put up high fences around their garden and CCTV cameras after some of their wires were cut in 2004.

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