Christmas-mad dad spends £2k decorating home with 60k lights for proper blowout

A dad-of-three has spent roughly £2,000 decorating his new house with 60,000 Christmas lights for a big festive blowout in aid of charity.

Iain Fleming, 36 from Hamilton in South Lanarkshire, has made the eccentric decorations a tradition for the past 13 years and typically splashes an extra £200 on the electricity bill each Christmas.

The family, including Ellie, 13, Hollie, 11, and Lucy, six, moved into a bigger house this year giving Iain the chance to bolster his collection of Santas, sleighs, trees, and snowmen.

A staggering 60,000 bulbs now adorn the new home, plugged into 137 sockets.

More still, nearly 1,000 people turned up on November 14 to watch the Flemings' big switch-on.

Iain, who works as a catering manager, said: “We’ve added a lot bigger things this year, like a huge six-metre tall Christmas tree.

“That alone has around 5,000 lights – it’s taller than the house.

“It’s the first year in my new house, so I made my all neighbours aware of what was going on and they’ve all been very supportive.

“At the switch-on night there were around 800 to 900 people there. The whole street was full. It was the most I’ve ever had at a switch-on ever.

“It was really good to see people back to normality.”

He spreads out the huge costs of the display over the year, paying more for his monthly electricity bills so he’s not hit extra hard in December.

Iain added: “I started buying back in January. I think I’ve spent a couple thousand.

“I bought stuff while the lights were still on last year, in the lead up to Christmas and at the January sales.

“When I see something pop up on Facebook, eBay or Amazon I buy it.

“If I’m spending around £40 or £50 on a light at one time, it’s alright but if it was all in one go it would be too much.

“Every year when I take them out of storage around 10% are faulty so I’ve always got enough to replace and go bigger.

“Because it’s LED the bills go up around £200 but I pay extra all year to cover the increase in December so it doesn’t hurt me then.

“The house becomes, for family and friends, the go-to house for Christmas celebrations for the whole month.”

This year, Iain is donating to the Les Hoey DreamMaker Foundation which gives children with life-threatening illnesses experiences such as meeting their celebrity heroes or days out.

At this year’s opening night Iain raised £806, and he has raised around £1,100 in total so far.

You can also donate on the Just Giving page – here.

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