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Battle of the Christmas lights

The display in Brentry features several Santas, reindeer and a snow machine Photo: ITV News

Brothers Lee and Paul Brailsford really do wish it could be Christmas every day. After all, they've been preparing for it for months.

In fact, for the past 18 years they've spent literally hundreds of hours covering their mum's Bristol home with tens of thousands of lights to raise money for charity.

Paul says: "Christmas in the Brailsford family is massive. We always have real trees. It's just a big tradition in our family but we started going back to when I was about 14, and Lee came back from B&Q with a little Christmas light half price and that was it from then, then it grew and grew and I'm 30 odd now and this is how big it's got."

Their grand switch on attracted around a thousand people from the local area who braved the cold to see Wallace and Gromit light the house up.

The grand switch-on attracted more than a thousand people Credit: ITV News

But Lee and Paul are not the only ones with a passion for Christmas. Over at Manning Close in Wells Paul Toole has spent years collecting his fifty thousand lights featuring polar bears and penguins. He admits it's highly competitive:

"Well I guess when you do a huge extreme Christmas display you do it because you like to better yourself and other people, and the Brailsford brothers who featured in a Channel 4 documentary last year, were kind of made to be at pits with us, so I would say on scale and size of Christmas lighting they would be our arch rivals. They're good guys though."

His celebrity switch on was handled by Glastonbury's Michael Eavis.

Paul Toole's display in Wells features polar bears and penguins Credit: ITV News

It's an expensive hobby, the Brailsford brothers say their lights are worth more than ten thousand pounds, and it takes several weekends to put them up. But this year at least they'll be saving money on the electricity bill.

Lee says: "This year luckily enough we've got some sponsors, a load of people that we work with, they said they'd sponsor us so that's covered the electrics so me and Brian haven't got to find it out of our own pocket this year but I reckon it's anywhere between 5 and 700 pounds, easily."

The £10,000 they've raised for charity over the years makes it all worth it - that and the way it brings the community together.

One lady who comes to see the display every year told us: "It's something that everyone from the community absolutely loves. We really do enjoy coming here."

For many people, the annual switch-on signifies the start of Christmas. The lights will be on in the Brentry cul-de-sac every evening until 1st January.

You can watch Daisy Gray's report here: