December 19, 2018 / 1:47 PM / a month ago

All is bright: Czech home sparkles under 50,000 festive lights

People enter a private house decorated with Christmas lighting in the village of Chotovice near the town of Litomysl, Czech Republic, December 18, 2018. REUTERS/David W Cerny

CHOTOVICE, Czech Republic (Reuters) - Do you find putting up Christmas decorations a bit of a chore? If so, spare a thought for Czech Vaclav Trunec, who’s wrapped his house and garden in 27km (17 miles) of festive lights.

Trunec first decorated his property 17 years ago with 200 bulbs. He’s steadily expanded the annual display, which now draws thousands to the eastern village of Chotovice every winter.

“Why I did start with this? I was inspired by the American films, but I didn’t take their decoration but stayed faithful to the (traditions of) the Czech Republic,” Trunec told Reuters. “That’s why you will not find any Santa, reindeer or flashing stars here.”

This year’s display features a nativity scene, animals, carriages, stars and snow men, and also uses a record 55,274 bulbs and LED diodes and 304 transformers. Its 330 sections are controlled from a single computer.

Admission is free - but donations come in handy to help Trunec foot the 500 euro ($570) electricity bill.

Reporting by Jiri Skacel; Writing by Jan Lopatka; editing by John Stonestreet

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