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Friday, 19 December 2014

Christmas houses this year.

Reporter Jonathan White, Wistaston

I enjoy the Christmas lights in the Crewe and Nantwich town centres, but I also really enjoy the over-the-top Christmas lights and decorations (including the occasional inflatable decoration) that some local homeowners setup each year. Their electricity bills must be sky high, but they never fail to bring a smile to my face.

My favourites so far in Crewe are located in Ravenscroft Road, two houses opposite each other in Carlisle Street, a twenty foot plus lit Christmas tree in the front garden of a house on Jesmond Crescent, Hornbeam Close, two houses opposite each other in Alton Street (Queens Park end), Moreton Road and Vincent Street.

My favourites so far in Wistaston are in Park Drive, Westfield Drive and Lear Drive.

My favourites so far in Nantwich are in Cope Avenue, Davenport Avenue and Barony Road.

My most favourite Christmas house this year is located in Salisbury Avenue in Crewe – near the old police training centre off Nantwich Road. The owner(s) have decorated the frontage and an extended area of their house in a wide selection of lights and Christmas scenes. They’ve clearly spent a lot of time and effort in choosing and setting up their displays.

I must also give a special mention to the ‘Weston Charity Christmas Light Display’, which takes place at Carters Green Farm, Jack Lane, Weston, Crewe every day until Sunday 28th December 2014 (6:15pm to 9:00pm). Graham Witter, who is a BA (Hons) Business Management student at Manchester Metropolitan University (Cheshire Campus), has setup hundreds of lights at Carters Green Farm to raise money for charity. He started to install the lights in mid-October and ninety plugs are required to hook up all the displays to the electricity supply. The display covers farm buildings and their adjacent yard and contains a combination of rope lights, LED lights, animated 3D figures, 3D inflatables, together with background Christmas music. There is even a small wooden Santa’s Grotto with ramp access. For the second year running he is raising money for The Donna Louise Children's Hospice http://www.donnalouisetrust.org/ . Last year he raised £1,000 for the charity and the money was used to help refurbish the children’s bedrooms. To visit the display if heading from Crewe turn right off Weston Road (just after Crewe Hall) into Main Road towards Weston, then left into Jack Lane. If heading from Weston go over the A500 bypass bridge on Main Road and turn right in Jack Lane. >From both directions look out for the ‘Charity Christmas Light Display 6.15-9pm’ arrow signs at the end of Jack Lane. https://www.facebook.com/westonlightdisplay

I’ve uploaded all my photos to Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jonathanawhite/sets/72157649416282420/

Crewe - Moreton RoadCrewe - Salisbury AvenueNantwich - Cope AvenueWeston - Charity Christmas Light Display

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