The Swift family in Nuthall are gearing up for another Christmas Light extravaganza.
For the 18th year in a row the Swift family who live at Laurel Cresent in Nuthall are preparing to transform their home into a winter wonderland with over 100 light displays ranging from everything to drape lights to penguins all in aid of charity.
For the past 15 years the Christmas Lights have been put on to raise money for charity will all of the proceeds collected from November 18 to January 2 going to Nottingham Hospitals Charity and When You Wish Upon A Star.
This years the lights will be officially turned on by The Siddiqui Family from Channel 4’s Gogglebox and there will also be live music from Holly Fallon and Santa will be there on the opening night and in the run up to Christmas.
Tony Swift said: “It all started after my Wifes father died on December 23, he attended Woodhouse Hsopice as a day patient and they were brilliant with him and we decided that whatever we raised through donations from people coming to see the light I’d double it. We managed to get £197 which we then added to making £394 in total”.
Over the past 15 years the Swift family with the help of their neighbours and friends have raised £108,000 for charity by building bigger and better light displays every year.
Tony said: “Every year we beat the previous year. This year we’ve got support from Kimberley Christmas Market where I will be playing Santa, we’re only asking for donations this year and everyone who comes to see Santa will receive a goody bag”.
Tony has estimated that there will be at least 70,000 individual bulbs in the Christmas Lights display this year.
He said: “its takes us about seven or eight weekends to put the lights up with the help of my wife Wendy, Stepson Adam, son Daniel and neighbours Mark, Jayne and their son Riley as well as our old neighbour Tony”.
Kimberley Christmas Market is being organised by Nygel Stevenson from Madhatters and all the money raised at the market which is running from 10am to 4pm on November 25 will be donated to the two charities that Christmas Lights are supporting.
Tony said: “Last year on opening night the road was packed and so was the verge outside the house. There was an hour and a half wait just to see Santa, whowas there from 4pm to nearly 10pm”.
The ligts will be swtiched on officially at 6pm on November 18.