Every December, a row of seven terraced houses on Byron Road in Barton-On-Sea is transformed into a magical Christmas wonderland. The Christmas lights on Byron Road certainly are a remarkable sight.
The residents spare no expense in decking out their homes from roof to ground in lights. Musical, moving figures adorn the front gardens, which are open for all to explore. A trip to see this extraordinary display of festive love is always a priority for us. Whenever we visit, the place is always packed with delighted children, gaping at the illuminations and dancing along with signing Father Christmases or polar bears.
The good folks of Byron Road have raised over £50,000 for various charities with their Christmas lights and the display has attracted visitors from all over the world.
Dancing snowmen and polar bears, interactive nativity scenes and musical reindeer are just a few of the pleasures to experience on this fun-loving terrace. It really is a festive assault on all the senses. I always come away in awe of the gigantic effort put into the display as well as wondering how high the residents’ electricity bills must soar in December.
As you can see, it really is an enchanting affair.
At the beginning of December there is usually a ‘switch on’ event, details of which can be found on the Byron Road Christmas Lights Facebook page (along with the road’s postcode for your Sat Nav).
If you visit, don’t forget to take some change to place in the charity donation box and help keep this awe-inspiring road in Christmas Lights for years to come.
If you’re looking for other things to do in the New Forest at Christmas, check out this post.