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UK electrician spends more than £10k on 30,000-bulb Christmas display at his home

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<p>An electrician spent more than £10,000 on a magical display of Christmas lights with 30,000 bulbs to create 'Santa's garden' at his home.</p><p>Dad-of-two Nigel Watkinson, 56, first came up with the idea 21 years ago when he decorated a friend's garden with string lights and children could go into a greenhouse to meet Santa.</p><p>In the two decades since, he has spent around £500 a year on lights and raised around £20,000 for charity.</p><p>Nigel, who lives in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, spent an additional £700 on lights this year and was gifted more, which were worth the same, so 260 sets of lights will illuminate the garden.</p><p>This year's display is in memory of his dad, Brian, who died earlier this year aged 75.</p><p>The garden measures around 40m by 20m, and Nigel said his favourite moment is seeing people's reaction when they emerge from a side alley and set eyes on it with 2,000 people expected to visit this year.</p><p>This year EON have agreed to waive leccy bills for the month.</p><p>Nigel said: "I started putting them up in August.</p><p>"I work on it every weekend and had an opening last weekend for people who donated lights.</p><p>"It stays up until Christmas Eve and then I spend all of January taking them down.</p><p>"I've spent around £500 a year on lights for 21 years.</p><p>"The first year we put lights up and a friend sat in a greenhouse dressed as Santa.</p><p>"During covid we did it on an appointment basis with six people, and we've stuck with appointments.</p><p>"There are paths around the garden.</p><p>"We probably raised £20,000 in 20 years.</p><p>"I'm not allowed to have lights out the front.</p><p>"There are 30,000 LED lights and it probably costs around £100 a month.</p><p>"We're expecting 2,000 people, mostly from Scarborough but a friend came over from York last year.</p><p>"It's in memory of my dad who died earlier this year.</p><p>"One part of the garden has lots of reindeers, unicorns and snowmen.</p><p>"The vegetable patch is decorated with light-up foxes and rabbits."</p><p>A model railway line has homemade lit-up Christmas trees beside it.</p><p>Nigel said: "It is all really low wattage.</p><p>"I spent every weekend working on it since August.</p><p>"I just love doing it.</p><p>"What gives me the biggest kick is seeing people walk out of the side alley.</p><p>"It opens up in front of them, everyone says 'wow' when they see it.</p><p>"Watching people's reactions is my favourite part."</p><p>Nigel said: "It's running until Christmas Eve.</p><p>"In January I'll spend all month taking it down."</p><p>Next year he plans to raise funds for Marie Curie, which helped his dad.</p><p>This year cash will be donated to St Catherine's Hospice.</p>
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