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7 houses around Ireland that have taken Christmas to a new level

And we love them for it.

IT’S FINALLY DECEMBER, so ‘Christmas’ is no longer a bad word around these parts.

You can finally enjoy all the season has to offer without any Grinches getting on your case.

So, to get you into the spirit – especially if you’ve been thinking about decorating your house this year – we’ve rounded up seven of the most fabulously-decorated houses around Ireland. Many of these are done in order to raise money for charity, and some of them are done for the sheer love of the season.

Check them out and get inspired.

1. This long-standing favourite…

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This house in Bath Avenue, Dublin is fairly famous by this stage and definitely on the list of stops to make if you’re checking out the houses around Dublin. It’s Mr William Tilly’s house and he raises money for Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services, Harold’s Cross and Blackrock, so if you’re doing a tour you know where to go.

2. Winter wonderland…

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Snow or no snow – it doesn’t matter to this house in Dalkey where there are all sorts of winter wonderland stuff happening.  There are snowmen of all shapes and sizes, as well as presents, reindeer, and lights just about everywhere imaginable.

3. Fairy-light fantasy…

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This house in Tallaght must have thousands of teeny-tiny coloured fairy lights, all told. Not only that but there are decorative lighted shapes in every window, including reindeer, North stars and presents, as well as gate decorations of a robin with a little scarf on, and a Merry Christmas sign.

4. Away in a neon manger…

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This house in Cork is taking Christmas to a whole new level with their neon manger to the side of the house, complete with North Star above. As well as all that, the trees are covered in blue fairy lights, and there’s an illuminated Virgin Mary grotto to the other side of the house.

5. Bright, bright, bright…

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This Cork house is set up in aid of the Baby Noah Trust and not only can it be seen from space (we’re pretty sure) but has a wealth of life-size ornaments, such as the pen of reindeer, Santa and his reindeer on the roof and lots of toy soldiers guarding the place.

6. Teddy bears, bells, and mangers, oh my…

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The time it must take not only to put up all these lights but arrange all the little figurines, statues and other bits and bobs is testament to the owners of this house’s commitment to the Christmas spirit. They do this every year and it’s in aid of charity, and well worth the effort – and a visit if you’re out Artane way.

7. Here’s one Santa definitely won’t miss…

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This house in Inchicore has so much going on, we’re not sure where to start. Basically it has all of Christmas in it, on it, and around it.

From inflatable Santas to trees made out of light, reindeers, bells, and presents galore, Santa will have no trouble getting there, although he might not want to leave.

Inspired? Let us know if you’re planning something similar in the comments below.

Whether you’re lighting your house up like it’s going out of style, or doing something a little more sedate this year, you don’t want to be stuck with a massive electricity bill. So head over to Electric Ireland and see what savings you can make with their Switch and Save offer. 

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