Mum-of-three Caroline Gabe, 47, said she hoped to spread joy to others following Britain’s dismal 18 months coping with the coronavirus pandemic. The dazzling Christmas display at the front of her family’s semi-detached property is complete with colourful lights and inflatables including Santa, a snowman and penguin.
It was installed over the last few days – and is sure to catch the eye of passersby in her hometown of Port Talbot, south Wales.
When asked about her efforts and the extraordinary cost that must come with it, Mrs Gabe said: “Don’t ask me how much that will all cost to run, I daren’t look.”
Mrs Gabe pulled made headlines for a similarly over-the-top Christmas display at the property in Caewern last year.
Of Britain’s battle with COVID-19 in 2021, she said: “And things haven’t really improved much this year either, have they?
“If anything it’s been just as bad, what with coronavirus case figures back on the rise.”
The festive exhibition pays touching tribute to much-loved family member Julie, who tragically died of cancer in spring.
Mrs Gabe said: “I also lost my cousin Julie to cancer back in the spring and she was always such a lover of Christmas.
“So this time round I’ve put up the decorations in her honour too. They remind me of her and I know she’s looking down right now and loving it all.”
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Mrs Gabe said she’d “daren’t look” at the electricity bill, but joked: “I was hoping to plug it all into the next door neighbours’ house so they can help with the bills.”
The extravagant grotto took over 12 hours to construct. The big switch-on took place on September 4.
The explosion of colour also includes inflatable Christmas trees, a festive dinosaur and a reindeer.
People travel quite a distance to see it – as noted by Mrs Gabe.
She said: “You wouldn’t believe how many people have come to see it already – they’ve been driving all the way down from the Rhondda.
“It’s nice to put a smile on others’ faces and it also brings me and my kids a lot of joy.”
The family hope to continue the tradition long into the future, much to the delight of her children and fellow Christmas lovers.
She said: “No, I’ve got the bug now, so – pandemic or no pandemic – every September from now on is going to be Christmas come early.”