It’s like something out of Home Alone, you turn the corner to Trinity Rise in Berrow and are greeted with more lights than Blackpool illuminations! Getting there is harder than ever though, it’s popularity has spread across the Atlantic this year, with a news article in America extolling the virtues of this group of houses. I’d very much advise parking in one of the nearby roads and walking the short distance, as parking in the close is now virtually non-existent and there are always large numbers of people milling around.
The team behind the lights have raised over £70,000 for good causes in the last 10 years, and this year the total is more than £6,000 in the first two weeks of their display, so not only are they getting you into the Christmas spirit, they are also taking in valuable donations.
Back to the lights however, and it feels so Christmassy with nativity scenes, reindeer, Father Christmas, and I think there may even have been a penguin skiing down the slopes. Walk around the corner into Mountbatten Close and there are more wonderful displays of festive lights.
We’d got so far into the Christmas spirit that we went looking for more displays, and found a house in Eastertown which had decorated their entire garden into a Winter Wonderland, complete with seasonal tunes and signs inviting people to walk around their driveway. Another short drive away, tucked in behind the Watchfield Inn was another garden which offered the chance to stroll around the garden, this family raising money for a baby bereavement suite at Taunton’s Musgrove Park hospital.
It really is an amazing display, and although I was able to capture some images on my phone, you really do have to see it to believe how incredible this place is, and how much effort the neighbourhood puts in, and it pays off year after year. I can’t recommend this place highly enough as a place to visit during the festive build up.
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