Winter lights spectacular at Drusillas

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Channel 4’s King of Christmas Lights, Paul Toole arrived at Drusillas at the weekend to start constructing the new Winter Wonderland Illuminations, ready for the Grand Switch On event on December 1.

Paul Toole is a leading figure in Christmas light shows and creates one of the biggest festive displays in the country on his own front lawn at Manning Close in Wells, Somerset. The dazzling spectacle draws hundreds of onlookers each night and attracted national attention in 2011 after Paul starred in the Cutting Edge Channel 4 documentary, King of Christmas Lights. Between 60–70,000 LED lights will be used to create the impressive Winter Wonderland scene at the Alfriston zoo, which have been specifically chosen for their low energy consumption and environmental benefits.

The display will incorporate an animal themed light show, synchronised to festive music and visitors can also enjoy

a host of magical creatures in an ice-capped kingdom. There will also be mini trees, a 20ft mega tree and an LED waterfall and running stream.

Zoo director Christine Smith said, “We have re-launched our Christmas offering for 2012 and thought a light display would provide a lovely addition to our grotto and other festive events, which includes the chance to meet Mother Christmas, hug a husky and enjoy a festive glass of mulled wine this year.

“After watching the documentary and seeing Paul’s own illuminations first hand, we were incredibly impressed with the standard of his work and were delighted when he agreed to design a similar display for us. We are sure it will prove a popular attraction and any donations will be given to our Charity of the Year, Care for the Carers.”

Paul will return to Drusillas on December 1 to switch on the light display and officially open the Winter Wonderland Illuminations. The attraction will then run everyday from 4.30pm until January 6.