IT IS that time of year when families start to deck their halls with Christmas decorations – and The Argus is on the lookout for the best.

Every year, homes across Sussex go above and beyond to produce spectacular and glittering outdoor displays.

And while this year may be a little different, people seem determined to make the best of it with decorations already popping up across the county.

This stunning display pictured by Argus Camera Club member Leah Parkes is in Amberley Drive, Hangleton.

Have you seen anything to match it?

To help spread the Christmas cheer, Rushfields Plant Centre in Henfield Road, Poynings, is sponsoring our competition and will give the lucky winner a £50 gift voucher to spend at the centre.

We can’t wait to see what you come up with, whether it is a Santa sticking out of the fireplace, or an extravagant winter wonderland.

Adrian Hillman, director at Rushfield Plant Centre, said: “We want to see people use their imagination and do something a little bit different.

"The display has to have just a little something extra, it has to be a bit more than just a string of icicle lights across the guttering.

“But it doesn’t have to be all colour co-ordinated and matching, because I don’t think that’s what Christmas is about.”

The competition could be fierce.

Adrian has already seen an almost 50 per cent increase in Christmas tree and light sales compared with this time last year.

He has offered some words of wisdom for anyone wishing to enter.

He said: “This year more than any, you just want to see something that will put a smile on people’s faces.

“The more outlandish it is, the more people are going to smile at it and I think that’s what we all need – something to smile at. But obviously stay safe and don’t overload the power sockets, of course.”

To enter, send pictures of the Christmas lights outside your house to