MOST people are happy to mark Christmas with a few baubles and a tree.
But neighbours on one Blackpool street are preparing to welcome a marching band, a choir and Santa Claus to celebrate the switching on of their decorations.
For Christmas in Melbourne Avenue, Anchorsholme, sees six houses create festive displays which have become a local landmark each December.
This year the neighbours have decided to hold an official switch-on event and are urging residents to join them at 6pm on Saturday.
Michael Curwen said: “We have been creating displays for about the last six or seven years and the people around us love it because it brightens the area up.
“I started off putting a few decorations up and then one of my neighbours did the same, and then we started adding to it with a bit more each year.
“Now there are six houses taking part and it is really eye catching. Even the taxi drivers talk about it!
“So this year we decided to make a community event of it, and we are having Father Christmas, a marching band and a choir.
“We’re inviting others to come along and enjoy it as well.”
The community centre in nearby Hobart Place will also be opened up to serve mince pies after the switch-on.
Anchorsholme ward councillors Tony Williams and Paul Galley, are supporting the event.
Coun Williams said: “It is great to see such strong community spirit in Anchorsholme and we are more than happy to support the residents.
“It promises to be a great occasion and hopefully lots of people will go along and join in. We are also putting 30 Christmas trees up around the ward which should add to the festive atmosphere.”
The trees, funded through the ward budget, will decorate churches, church halls, libraries and schools around the area.
There will also be a collection in aid of Trinity Hospice as part of Saturday’s event.