Santa Claus exists in Lalbenque! The man with the long white beard has taken up residence in the house of Philiippe and Denise. A house like no other where you can find the children’s idol, his sleigh, his reindeer, a giant bubble with automatons, Snow White and the 7 dwarfs, a giant nativity scene and even a little train that takes children on this dream world. All for free and every night. Don’t think this couple has delusions of grandeur. He just has the madness of happiness.
This is not an amusement park and yet it looks like one. Last year a child even told his mother that this very real magical place in Lalbenque “was Santa Claus’ amusement park” everything is so giant, grandiose, brilliant! Yes, here one can use and abuse superlatives without being mistaken.
This fantastic house is open, since this Friday evening, to children accompanied by their parents every evening, without reservation, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. until January 15.
More than 2.5 kilometers of garlands around the house
“Every year we add Christmas decoration elements and illuminations to our house and in our garden. All in an area of about 1000 m2“explains Philippe, a great craftsman of this extraordinary enchantment that he has been imagining and building for six years now, over long hours of work and very long garlands (more than 2.5 kilometers of suspended lights). This with the help of his wife Denise and their two daughters Maeggy and Cécilia.
All four add dream to dream, each year a little more fantasy. They are never satisfied with offering happiness to others. The members of this family are true angels fallen from heaven!
A magic tunnel with smoke
“This year, we created a giant nativity scene, bought new automatons, installed Snow White, the witch and the 7 dwarfs in a dedicated space. We even have an ice floe, chalets, a six-meter Santa Claus, a large fresco , not to mention a tunnel surrounded by 720 meters of garlands where we diffuse smoke. This brings even more magic” ignites Denise rightly. She hardly knows where to turn in this extraordinary universe… out of time. The flame of Christmas and childhood constantly crackles in the spirit of this couple who give everything without asking for anything in return.
“We like to do this for the children, to surprise them, to attract them here to please them. Their joy is our reward. It’s another world for them. We both love the Christmas period” comments Philippe and Denise together while making the final preparations for this sweet madness. They can be found on the Facebook page of their association: “Les illuminated de Noël à Lalbenque.”
A luminous bracelet offered to each child
This garden which sparkles with a thousand lights makes all its visitors hallucinate. You have to see it to believe it and all of a sudden, you could even believe in Santa Claus. At least we know his address: 241 impasse Mercadier, in Lalbenque.
Don’t go to Finland, Norway or cold land. The human warmth of Father Christmas is lived, seen and illuminates the eyes of children in the Lot. Of all the children who wish, since visiting the big man with a big heart is completely free.
Families from all over France do not hesitate to make the trip. “In previous years we also received Argentines who were fascinated, as well as English and other nationalities” testifies Philippe.
As a bonus, as soon as the families arrive, a luminous bracelet is offered to each child who thus becomes, in a way, a little elf in the Christmas village surrounding the house. Sweets, orange juice or hot chocolate and coffee are also on the menu for young and old.
A planned cable car
From the top of the main staircase in their house where they have placed Santa’s throne with which the children take selfies, Philippe and Denise already have more than one surprise in their hood for the following years.
“We have planned, in addition to the train started this year, to install a cable car that will pass above the Christmas village. The system will be developed between the tall trees” announces Philippe.
A cable car ! You imagine ! How about a flying sleigh with its reindeer and elves in the sky? Philippe and Denise have the power to put stars in the eyes of children. So, a sled in the sky…
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VIDEO. A train, an ice floe, automatons… All the magic of Christmas in a magical house in Lalbenque
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