Fraddon house with ‘massive’ Christmas lights display looks like a winter wonderland

Every Christmas there’s talk of who has the most extravagant lights display on their home and, while there is some strong competition out there, one teenager in Cornwall believes his display is one of the biggest. Ben Boutwood, who lives in Fraddon, has been turning his home into a Christmas wonderland since he was 11.

The now 19-year-old, who works as a lighting engineer, starts putting up the display the week after Halloween and switches them on on December 1. He said he originally started doing it simply for the fun of it and now sees it as a challenge to make it bigger and better every year.

While Ben admits it is a costly challenge, especially with the increasing price of electricity, he said seeing the smiles on children’s faces as they pass by makes it all worth it. “All the locals love it”, he told CornwallLive. “It’s a challenge to put all the lights up and I do it all by myself but seeing everyone’s faces and hearing kids cheer when they walk by makes it totally worth it.

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“I also just love doing it. I’m a lighting engineer and after the festival season ends, this keeps me busy and I love being on my feet. Every year, I see it as a challenge to get it bigger and now it’s got to this stage where it’s massive.”

Ben Boutwood captured the magic of his Christmas lights display in the snow, on camera
Much of Ben Boutwood’s epic display is made up of ex-council Christmas lights
(Image: Ben Boutwood)

Ben said it costs roughly £6 a night to run the display, so he’s started fundraising to help him raise enough money to keep it going. Most of his display is made up of ex-council Christmas lights that he has bought second hand and fixed as a way of keeping the costs down.

So far, he has also only been switching on the lights between 6pm and 8:30pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays but said once the schools break up for the Christmas holidays, he will start switching them on more often. “I’m only 19, so I can’t afford to do it all on my own”, he explained. “So all the money I raise goes towards contributing to the lights.

Ben Boutwood's epic Christmas lights display in Fraddon takes a whole month to set up
Ben Boutwood’s epic Christmas lights display in Fraddon takes a whole month to set up
(Image: Ben Boutwood)

“Last year, it cost around £500 in electricity to run for the whole season and this year I can’t imagine it’ll be any less, so I’ve set up a local fundraising page to raise money for it and there’s a donation bucket outside the house.”

The good thing is, Ben switches the lights on come rain or shine and even captured some magical pictures of the display in the recent snowy weather. He said he looked outside his window in the middle of the night one evening this week and saw it snowing, so turned on the lights and rushed outside to take photos of his home looking like a Christmas winter wonderland.

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