Slideshow: Leeds homes’ Christmas lights display

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Let there be light! All across Leeds – and beyond – families are illuminating their homes for Christmas.

And our photographers scoured the area to bring you some of the very best festive displays which are lighting up lives this Christmas.

Christmas lights at the home of Roy Bennett in Seacroft, Leeds.

Christmas lights at the home of Roy Bennett in Seacroft, Leeds.

Kenneth Burton, who lives with his family, in York Road, Leeds, has been decorat-ing his house with countless lights since just before the Millennium.

The 62-year-old told the YEP: “I’ve got all sorts there – Santa with a parachute, Santa on skis and a train.

“My parents used to do it when I was younger and I’ve just carried it on since then.

“It’s very expensive to do these days but it’s for the kids- my children are grown up now but I’ve got grandchildren and they love it.

“I’ve said I’ll keep on doing it until they all burn out!

“People going past love it and we get people coming from all over.”

With an incredible display featuring around 70,000 bulbs, which takes around two weeks to install, Roy and Carol Bennett’s illuminations are hard to miss.

The couple, who live in South Parkway, Seacroft, Leeds, have been transforming their home every Christmas for the past 15 years – much to the delight of festive fanatics from all walks of life.

Mr Bennett, a grandad-of-five, said: “We’ve had policemen come, firemen and ambulances. It’s nice. It’s for everybody – young ones to old ones. Everyone likes it and we like doing it.”

For the past couple of years the pair have given all money raised from their lights show to St Gemma’s Hospice, Leeds.

This year they have pledged to hand donations to some smaller local charities.

Over in Mirfield, a Christmas lights show which has become a talking point in the town is about to twinkle to an end after almost a decade.

Derek Highe, whose festive display raises money for charity, says he has decorated his house in Robin Royd Avenue for the last time.

Mr Highe’s annual efforts, which started in 2002, have so far raised £21,500 for Kirkwood Hospice which cares for patients across Kirklees.

Mr Highe, 54, who runs Batley-based cabinet makers D&M Interiors, told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “It’s coming to an end for a couple of reasons – one being the cost of electricity and also I’m getting a bit old to be climbing up on the roof during winter.

“We’ve really enjoyed doing the display, which we started with my late neighbour Bob Swailes.

“It’s become a bit of a tradition around here, people come especially to see them and we get all kinds of messages praising what we have done.”

The lights are visible from 4.30pm to 10pm daily.