The Welsh Christmas house where the owners have gone 'above and beyond'

The Lucas family in the village of Govilon, near Abergavenny, started getting ready 11
months ago when they planted 17 Christmas trees in their garden.
The Abergavenny Christmas house

One family in Wales have gone above and beyond with their annual festive display after spending a whole year getting ready.Known to their neighbours as the 'Christmas House', the Lucas family in the village of Govilon, near Abergavenny, started getting ready 11 months ago when they planted 17 Christmas trees in their garden.They also built a log cabin for Santa as well as making room for a garden snowman and it's all to raise money for a charity close to their heart after four family members were diagnosed with autism.

The family are raising money for the One Life Autism Support Group in Ebbw Vale.

Dad Darren Lucas, 54, said: "We have been planning it all year. We've been putting them up since October. We are on our fifth week at the moment and we're not quite finished.

"We didn't realise how big it was until we started to light it all up. My son, all year he's been scouring the internet looking at America where he can find unusual things."Last night people were queuing for two hours. It's the biggest display in south Wales I think."

People queued for hours to see the display.

The festivities comes after the family's success last year with their Christmas display created by Darren, wife Tracy, and children Shane, Shannon, Billie Jo, Tiffany, and Jamie.Darren said: "Three of my children are autistic. We have been saving money for a family holiday for us all but because we couldn't go they decided to spend it on food and went around delivering potatoes to people who needed them."They bought costumes and dressed up and went around cheering people up."

Last year the family collected £1,400 in donations.

This year the family are raising money for the One Life Autism Support Group in Ebbw Vale. The support group is one close to Darren's heart.Darren said: "When I was a kid there was nothing – I went from children's home tohome. I was labelled a naughty kid, bullied, everything, but today we are able to fight and get support for my children."These lights are a symbol of hope to try get the message out there never to give up keep fighting."People have been so generous – it's amazing. We had five tins given to us and we have filled them already – it normally takes weeks."We don't realise how many people autism affects. We've had autistic children and adults come here most nights."