Christmas houses: Padddison family's lights a legend on Hull's Orchard Park
CHILDREN flock from all corners of Orchard Park to see the Padddison family's Christmas lights extravaganza.
From a giant Father Christmas to swinging bells and flashing snowflakes, there is no expense spared by Trevor and Christine.
As soon as darkness falls, Trevor is inundated with requests from children asking for him to switch on his lights.
Trevor, 60, said: "I am always being asked when I am going to turn the lights on, even when it is still light during the day.
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"I love putting on a show and using as many decorations as possible.
"It is all for the kids. You can't buy the smiles on the bairns' faces when they come round and see the decorations – it's priceless."
Growing up, Trevor used to search Hull with his family for the best Christmas lights display and now continues the tradition by taking his grandchildren on a festive tour of the city to scout out the competition.
"I go all out to try to make my house the best-looking at Christmas," he said.
"If I could cover every wall, I would. I'm always on the look out for new decorations or some new lights that other people may not have.
"I'm like a big kid at Christmas, I can't wait to get everything up. It's something I look forward to every year."
The Paddison's home in Caldane is draped with more than 20 sets of flashing lights and dozens of illuminating decorations, not to mention the two Christmas trees and reels of tinsel inside.
Trevor's centrepiece to his festive decorations this Christmas is a 4ft Father Christmas that stands proudly on a balcony at the front of the house.
Trevor said: "I don't have anything that doesn't move, flash or make a sound.
"It's all about wowing people and lighting up the kids' faces. I love doing it.
"This year, I have put the static Father Christmas up but I alternate each year between that and a giant snowman.
"I have added a couple of sets of bells that look like they are swinging and I am hoping to get some more snowflakes before Christmas to finish it off.
"There are still some spaces on some of the walls so I want to get them filled."
However, alongside all of the modern, eye-catching illuminations, there are decorations that have been passed down through the family that still have their special place this time of year.
Trevor said: "We always have two Christmas trees to make sure we can get all of our decorations out.
"We have lots of baubles and ornaments that have been passed down from generation to generation so it wouldn't be the same without them.
Christmas was always about family in our house so we try and keep that feeling as much as we can."
Trevor and Christine's love for all things Christmas has meant, this year, even the fences are draped with glitzy lights.
Not to be out done, Trevor insists the festive additions will continue each year as their family continues to grow too.
"An average Christmas for us used to include about 16 of the family getting together and enjoying Christmas dinner and opening presents," Trevor said.
"We now have ten children and 26 grandchildren so Christmas Day is even busier."
Trevor and Christine, 55, who are both retired, open their home each night to children from the estate to come and have a look at the decorations.
Trevor said: "It doesn't matter how much the lights cost, it's all about giving the bairns something they will like and making sure they have a good Christmas."