There are two things I've always wanted to do on Christmas Eve with the kids - the first is going to a nativity play in a church with real live animals (there used to be one locally but I think they stopped doing it) and the second is a twilight walk around some of the houses in and around Hastings whose owners totally cover their houses and gardens with Christmas light displays. This year it was cold but dry so we went to investigate.
This house is the only one in the street to be decorated and there are crowds of people coming to see it and leave money in the charity collection box.
Look in the bedroom window - there is even a Santa projected in the window who suddenly appears to squeals of delight from the children.
Our next stop was the nearby village of Westfield where every single house and garden is festooned with spectacular twinkling lights and displays.
There were even bigger crowds of people here, along with people with charity collecting tins.
I don't think we've ever seen so many lights on one house before !
I hate to imagine what their electricity bills will be like in January though !
There are displays on houses and in gardens ...
... and even a caravan !
I'm not sure if this was a game of football or snowball !
This house invited you to walk down the garden path to take in everything on display ... and there was a lot !
There was even a train that moved around on a track.
You can see the crowds of peope queueing up to walk down the path.
There was also a very impressive Christmas tree.
And Pierre was delighted to finish off with an illuminated Minion !
It was a fabulous way to kick off Christmas Eve, before coming back to more Christmas Eve magic with a phone call from Santa and watching his progress on the NORAD Santa tracker.
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