Our quest for fabulous Christmas lights happened by accident. Whilst stopping off at Marston Moretaine post office on the way back from a friend’s in early December, we spotted the most incredible display a few doors down. And so began our search around MK and the surrounding areas for wonderful lights. These are the best 5 that are all doing it for charity that we have spotted. If you’ve seen others do comment below. If you visit then PLEASE make sure you have some cash on you to donate to the charity the house is raising money for.
There’s a house in Olney that has beautiful lights – snowmen and a sleigh and drummers. It’s on Lime Street and the owner is collecting for Willen Hospice. If you’re come from MK along the A509 it’s easy to find. We parked on the street itself but you could easily park in the town centre and walk. The best postcode is MK46 5BA.
The lights on the house in Bedford Road in Marston Moretaine are stunning. We liked how you could walk up and down the path to see them. The Knight family have been putting up lights for the last 17 years and this year decided to raise money for Emily’s Star. The post code MK43 0XB gets you there. They’re about 20-30 mins from Milton Keynes depending on where you live and worth a visit if you’re heading up the A421 or are in the area.
We loved the effort made by lots of the people living in Kennington Close in Newport Pagnell. The lights are really pretty on many of the houses and definitely worth a visit if you’re that end of town. We found it easy to park, but do be courteous to those living there if it gets busier, there are plenty of other roads to park on. There are collection boxes to put your money in. The best postcode is MK16 0NJ.
I know when lights are good when my 2 year old stands there gazing at them and then turns and says ‘I love this mummy’. That was his reaction to the ones in Melrose Avenue in Bletchley. There are three houses in a row with lots of snowmen, reindeer and presents all lit up. There are clear signs asking you to donate to Willen Hospice. Just knock on one of the doors. We said hello at number 67 – the lady who answered was lovely and offered my toddler a chocolate. The best postcode is MK3 6PW – it can apparently get busy so do be prepared to park and walk.
And finally… the lights which have impressed so many adults and children alike are those in Summerhayes in Great Linford. The street has to be among the best in the country for it’s stunning display. Most of the houses in the cul-de-sac as well as others nearby are decorated. The highlight is a huge inflatable Santa – it’s almost half the size of one of the houses. The residents are collecting for Willen Hospice and have raised £37,000 since 2004. It’s incredible. A video of the street that I shared on my facebook page has now been watched more than 33,000 times and been viewed all over the world. The postcode MK14 5EX will get you there – but don’t park there it gets too congested, park further away and walk.
Next year I recommend you check out the Wrefords lights in Blisworth. I know it is technically Northamptonshire but well worth a look if you are passing through 🙂
Hi Jade, thank you for the tip, yes we’ll definitely bear those in mind for next year, we love a recommendation and are always happy to travel if something is good, I’ll make a note, Laura
many thanks for your kind comments about our House in Lime street.
Once again this year we have a new display , and are again collecting for Willen Hospice.
We had our light switch on , at 6.0pm last Sunday, and had about 100 people turn up.
please if you get time come down and see our latest display, lots more lights etc than last year, if you would like a updated latest picture of the display, drop me an email and I will send one over.
Kind Regards Jim Bridge.
Jim that’s fantastic! Yes we’re definitely going to come down. Could you please send me some pictures in the meantime and I will start sharing them to encourage people to go? I’ll email you, Laura