How we built a winter wonderland: Twelve weeks, thousands of lights and a shed full of ornaments, but every second ‘is worth it' reveals the couple behind 'Britain's best decorated Christmas house'

  • Britons have spent thousands of pounds and hundreds of hours turning their homes into festive delights 
  • Some started work on their major projects back in August putting many local high streets to shame 
  • Sheila Gill, 76, and John Reynolds, 72, have spent thousands of pounds perfecting their festive display 
  • The couple from Newport, South Wales raised almost £18,000 last year for local charities with their display

This house boasts Britain's best Christmas lights after the owners spent four months turning their home into a winter wonderland.

Sheila Gill, 76, and John Reynolds, 72, from Newport in south Wales, have spent thousands of pounds perfecting their massive festive display to raise money for charity.

And their house has been called one of the 'best decorated in Europe' for its light show - which they started putting together back in August.

In fact their home has even been compared to the Christmas film Deck the Halls starring Danny DeVito - where he tries to adorn his house with so many lights it can be seen from space. 

Sheila Gill, 76, and John Reynolds, 72, from Newport, have spent thousands of pounds perfecting their festive display

The couple say they have 'no idea' how many lights are now on the house but believe there are hundreds and thousands

Last year the couple had people come from all across the country visintg the house, including Manchester and London

Speaking to ITV Wales, Mr Reynolds said: 'It's all effort, it's all for a good cause. We'll have to build a bigger shed.

'It takes a while to take everything down as they have to be wrapped up well.' When asked why they do it every year he joked: 'Well we've nothing else to do really!' 

The couple, who are former pub landlords,  say they have 'no idea' how many lights are now on the house but believe there are hundreds and thousands of individual bulbs.

John said: 'We used to run the Irish pub and we were known then for having the best Christmas lights. When we sold up and moved four years ago, we decided to carry on the tradition at our house.

Sheila and John (both pictured) inside their house which they have opened up to visitors over the festive season

Last year the couple, who live in Newport, raised £17,500 for various charities by charging £2 per entry to their home

Hundreds of people each year gather outside some of the most popular houses who have made this an annual tradition 

Some of the most popular Christmas houses, such as this one in Newport, South Wales attract thousands of visitors annually

Not only are homes now decorated, but some people also adorn their gardens and driveways with thousands of lights 

'It is a lot of hard work but it is worth it because every penny goes to charity. We have had people come from all over to see the lights, even from Ireland.

'Last year we had people come from all across the country including Manchester and London. It's great when you see the kids' faces.

'We have nearly twice as many lights as last year for people to come and see.

Last year the couple, who live in Newport, South Wales, raised £17,500 for various charities by charging £2 per entry to their home.

Christmas fan Jane Cohen said: 'I love this house, it must have the best Christmas decorations in Britain.

'It's just like the Christmas film Deck the Halls, but I think they might need a few more lights to be seen from space.'  

It takes the couple 12 weeks to decorate their home -  but the results are spectacular and it attracts hundreds of visitors

The interior kitchen dining room decked out with trimmings, ornaments and a full Christmas dining table

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