Dreaming of a bright Christmas: Britain's best-dressed homes – in pictures

Compiled by Guy Lane

A child enjoys the annual festive light display put on by neighbours in Stone Brig Lane, Rothwell. This Leeds street has been transformed into a winter wonderland for about a decade

Decorations in Llandaff North in Cardiff

Festive illuminations cover a house in Gateshead. For the past 21 Christmases the family have decorated their home – and they add new lights every year

Festive fun in Soham, Cambridgeshire. This display is raising money for children’s hospices in East Anglia, Great Ormond Street hospital and Dreamflight, a charity that takes young people with a serious illness or disability on the holiday of a lifetime

Fairy lights, glow-in-the-dark snowmen, flashing stars and a waving Santa adorn this property in Bagnall Street, in Leamore, Walsall

Local schoolchildren have nicknamed this property in Barn Close, Stirchley, ‘Santa Claus’s helpers’ house’

Barn Close in Stirchley. The owners of this home have been decorating their property in this way for nearly 30 years

Christmas cheer in Hove, East Sussex

A house in New Milton, Hampshire

The home of David Brown in Bonnyrigg, Midlothian. Money raised by visitors to the house is being donated to the Marie Curie cancer charity

Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset. For more than 11 years, the residents of Trinity Close have decorated their homes and gardens with more than a 100,000 multicoloured Christmas lights

Trinity Close in Burnham-on-Sea. The residents’ display aims to raise money for local charities

A drone’s-eye view of Trinity Close, Burnham-on-Sea

Trinity Close in Burnham-on-Sea. Last year, residents raised a record £13,329 for local charities – and a total of £85,000 over the years. The property will be illuminated every night until early January