A north-east home could give Las Vegas a run for its money thanks to its Christmas lights display – and all while raising funds for charity.
Scott McArthur, 38, and his wife Kirsti, 37, have been the talk of Newtonhill after putting up their attractive light show on St Peters Road.
For the fifth year, the house is bursting with lights that include Christmas trees, Santas and a Nativity scene.
A pre-programmed set of the illuminations allows a short message to flash up at the property wishing everbody a “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the McArthur family”.
The display started as a treat for their daughter Jess, who is now aged four, while the McArthurs have since been joined by one-year-old Rose.
Mr McArthur, 38, a structural engineer, said: “It was started for Jess, who was a bit younger and every year has got bigger and bigger.
“It has got to the point that we actually can’t get any more lights onto the house because we can’t get any more power through the mains.
“I’d love to put more lights on, we just can’t actually do it.
“I think the display is good for the village, it cheers everyone up – so I’m told.”
Staging the lights takes weeks of preparation by Scott, who had the idea in the first place.
It also raises money for the Bettridge Centre in the town and Butterfly Trust, for people affected by cystic fibrosis.
Mr McArthur said: “Hopefully when Jess and Rose get a bit older they will be able to help me put the display up.
“I start the first week of November and I work in the evenings and at weekends. In the lead up to the switch-on I’m there until 10pm at night with a head torch on.
“Thankfully this year I’ve had some support from people in the village.”
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An official switch-on event was held at the house.
Mr Mcarthur said: “Every year we have our switch-on the first Saturday in December. This year we had a good few hundred people watching.”
However, the big event did not all go to plan.
“On the night we have five individual buttons inside and unfortunately one person didn’t press the button at the right time; only four came on, so it was 90% lit, but I soon fixed it.”
The dad said his favourite decoration was a giant bear who sits on top of the garage.
He added: “I do love the bear because of the sheer size of him. Putting him up there can cause issues with the wind. If it is a windy night, I am paranoid that he might blow off but he is fully secured.
“This year we have a new letters to Santa box and had people posting letters to him.
“Kids come by every day after school. They are all wanting to come see the lights.”