Is this Hangleton home Sussex's most festive?

The Argus: Is this Hangleton home Sussex's most festive? Is this Hangleton home Sussex's most festive?

Santa should have no problem finding this Hangleton home on Christmas Eve – just follow the light.

Every year the Farnes family crams Christmas into every corner of their front garden in Amberley Drive.

With hundreds of winking lights, an army of snowmen and scores of festive figurines, the property can be seen for miles around.

Mum Lyn said the dazzling display is getting bigger and better every year – but admitted the only drawback was the ho-ho-horrendous energy bill.

She said: “We pay about £200 extra over winter, but it’s definitely worth it.

“We have people coming from miles around to see our house and it’s becoming an annual thing now.”

Dad Michael, a supermarket worker at Sainsbury’s in Hove, is the man responsible for the eye-popping display.

Each year he lays out a plan on his pool table before he starts work to make sure no decoration is out of place.

For months he has been out in all weathers preparing for the big moment – the grand switch-on.

Two reindeer make their debuts this year, lovingly crafted out of fibreglass by Michael on his days off.

The Farnes children – Sabrina, 12, and five-year-old Roni- Jo – say they spend all year looking forward to their special Christmas.

Lyn said: “We’ve also got a nativity scene this year for the first time. Michael’s been out there all year working hard, even when it’s raining.

“People at school keep on asking our kids when the lights are going to be switched on – everyone knows about it.

“We like peeping through our curtains to see how people react when they pass by. It’s great.”

A wishing well has been put at the front so dazzled onlookers can put their hand in their pocket for charity.

All donations will be passed to Paws animal sanctuary in Findon.

Is your Christmas display better than the Farnes’s? Let us know. Contact the newsdesk on news@theargus.co.uk.

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10:01am Tue 3 Dec 13

The Prophet of Doom says...

No, it's potentially the most tacky.

Expect to see some aircraft attempting to land in the Hangleton area over the coming weeks.
No, it's potentially the most tacky. Expect to see some aircraft attempting to land in the Hangleton area over the coming weeks. The Prophet of Doom

12:31pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Tippy Toes says...

It might be tacky, but they raise money for charity, and that makes it OK with me!
It might be tacky, but they raise money for charity, and that makes it OK with me! Tippy Toes

1:40pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Somedude12345 says...

Chav city
Chav city Somedude12345

3:58pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Fight_Back says...

So they spend their own money both on decorations and electricity as well as lots of time and idiots decided to call it "tacky" and "chav" ? I wonder how much you give to charity each year ?

My kids love it and it's now part of Christmas to go and see the display.

As an aside, as Sainsburys get a good mention I hope they donate some money of give the family extra decorations for the garden.
So they spend their own money both on decorations and electricity as well as lots of time and idiots decided to call it "tacky" and "chav" ? I wonder how much you give to charity each year ? My kids love it and it's now part of Christmas to go and see the display. As an aside, as Sainsburys get a good mention I hope they donate some money of give the family extra decorations for the garden. Fight_Back

5:08pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Satanslittlehelper says...

What a complete abomination this is to behold as you go past. Thankfully, I do not have to see it but on the occasion I did drive by it was just too awful to see. It's too cluttered. I have never thought of Hangleton as a 'chav' place but anyone going past this house would certainly think otherwise. I'm sorry but there are plenty of other houses with Christmas displays that a far more superior than this.
What a complete abomination this is to behold as you go past. Thankfully, I do not have to see it but on the occasion I did drive by it was just too awful to see. It's too cluttered. I have never thought of Hangleton as a 'chav' place but anyone going past this house would certainly think otherwise. I'm sorry but there are plenty of other houses with Christmas displays that a far more superior than this. Satanslittlehelper

7:53pm Wed 4 Dec 13

a person says...

Well , like a lot of other normal happy people
I love to see this house .
Well done and thank you to the Farnes family .
Well , like a lot of other normal happy people I love to see this house . Well done and thank you to the Farnes family . a person

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