17,000 reasons for Christmas cheer draped over Icelandic house — pictures

Arguably Iceland’s most Christmassy residential home just keeps on beating its own record year after year. This year the now-famous Reykjanesbær bungalow is adorned with 17,000 light bulbs…

Every year the Reykjanesbær municipality runs a competition to find its ‘Christmas House of the Year’ — with a very worthwhile prize on offer. This year’s competition entries must be received by Tuesday 6th December (ljosahus@reykjanesbaer.is or by calling 421 6700). But competition is tough and its most regular winner over the last 13 years has increased his display to 17,000 lights — up from a mere 15,000 when IceNews last covered the competition in December 2009.

As can be seen from the pictures below, the lights are mostly white and are actually rather tasteful — although there are colourful Santa Clauses, reindeer, a Nativity scene and a ginormous snow globe in the mix to add Christmas cheer.

The competition and prize may cost the municipality money and the electricity and the decorations themselves are not cheap for participants; but all agree it is worth it.

Reykjanesbær’s reputation has spread and people come from far and wide to see the ‘Las Vegas of the North’…including two coachloads of Chinese tourists who photographed the Christmas house earlier in the week.

(Photos courtesy of the home owner — click to enlarge)

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