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Zaplites – the App Enabled Lights

You know what it’s like when it’s windy and raining out and you’ve forgotten to switch your Christmas lights on…and this year you decided to set them up from your garage. Nuisance right? No more trudging outside in your slippers! Zaplites have brought you App Enabled Lights. Hip, hip, hooray! Here at Longacres, they are now in stock, ranging from £19.99 through to £59.99.

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Zaplites are LED string lights that you can work from your phone. Simply download the App from Google Play or the App Store – or scan the QR code on the side of the box – and you’re all set to go.

461780The lights can be controlled from up to 30m away (providing there isn’t a wall between your phone and them) and can be used indoors or out as the receiver is weatherproof.  You can control the brightness of the lights, along with different lighting effects.  Make sure you do check the specifications on the back of the box to ensure the lights are compatible with your device.

Get a few strings and you can have endless fun changing your household displays.  I bet Santa wishes he had some of these too.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

Listening to our local radio station yesterday, someone was saying that they start playing their Christmas music in October.   Whilst we’re not quite so early here at Longacres, we thought it worth mentioning – for those of you who like to get into the Christmas spirit early – that we have a range of artificial Christmas trees ready for you to pick up and decorate.

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Our range starts from just £29 for a 4 foot Green Arctic Spruce, ranging up to £399 for a 7 foot pre-lit Lake Shore Blue Spruce.  Our stock is from Tree Classics and Kaemingk and if you add some ScentSicles hanging ornaments in a range of natural fragrances, we bet your friends will think they are real trees!  Adding a Wicker Tree Skirt makes you artificial tree look even better.

Our smallest trees start at just 60cm and are a snip at £4.49.  They are great for a table centrepiece.  We also have pre-lit ones to make your table sparkle that little bit more for your Christmas dinner.

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Limited space to put a tree and only that one corner of the lounge that it could fit into?  No worries!  Tree Classics present the Green Pencil (needs no sharpening).  This stunning 6ft tree is so slim, we’re sure it would fit into even the tiniest of spaces.

There is also a good selection of artificial garlands and wreaths already in store.  Artificial garlands are ideal for decorating a myriad of furniture from bookcases to mirrors without the mess of pine needles ending up stuck in your sofa or embedded in your carpet!  Our artificial wreaths look lovely on their own, but did you know you can also use them as a base to add some real holly too for that extra special look?  Some even have LED lights included!

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If you want to keep the children occupied for a while, you might like to consider a Lego Advent Calendar.  There is a choice of Lego City, Friends or Star Wars in stock now.

We also have a range of house and tree lights and animated figures, as well as the ever popular Lemax Christmas Village collection.  Keep an eye out in store for the full range of Christmas decorations and accessories coming soon.

If this is a tad early for you to be thinking about Christmas, don’t forget we have a huge range of Halloween items on offer in store at the moment. Even Santa likes a pumpkin you know!

Christmas has arrived at Longacres!

Stand Up Owls and PenguinsStand Up SantasJingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way!  Okay, we know it’s only October but our huge range of Christmas decorations and lights has arrived and here at Longacres we’re already getting into the festive spirit.

A good way to get little ones to be on their best behaviour from the 1st of December until Christmas Day is to start with the Advent Calendar.  As well as tempting chocolate ones (yummy…chocolate for breakfast!), we also have wooden and material ones with pockets or drawers that you can fill with small treats.

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Of course, one of the main things we think about at Christmas is the tree.  Many of us love the smell of a real Christmas tree and enjoy picking that special one out as the centrepiece for our home.  Here at Longacres our potted Christmas trees will be available from 12th November, and our cut Christmas trees will be available from 26th November.  So if you’re keen to reserve your one now, we have a fabulous offer for you:

Order your real Christmas tree online by midnight on 22nd November and get a sparkling 10% off its price!

You can then choose to have your tree delivered (£5 charge, local area only) or simply pop in to collect it when convenient using our Click and Collect service.  Click here to view the range.

Artificial Christmas Trees

We also have a large range of artificial trees and artificial pre-lit trees in stock now to suit all budgets, from our mini 25cm tree – ideal to brighten up your desk – through to stunning 10′ tall firs and pines. You don’t even have to worry about missing that ‘real Christmas tree smell’.  ScentSicles hanging ornaments come in a range of natural fragrances to give your home that real tree aroma.

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Wicker Tree StandsNot everyone likes the look of a plain tree stand, so if you prefer to hide yours from view, we offer a Woven Wicker Christmas Tree Skirt for £11.99. It will cover stands from 21″ at the base to 16.5″ at the top.  You can use the skirt for both artificial and real trees up to 7′ tall.

Of course, once you have decided on the tree, you need to choose your decorations.  Whether you go for specific colour schemes, traditional ornaments or prefer a modern twist, we have a wide variety of decorations to suit your style and individuality.  Personalised decorations make a lovely gift at Christmas time and children especially love to see a fairy or snowman with their name on it.

Tree DecorationsWe also carry a large range of battery operated LED lights.  These can be used indoors or out and each comes with a timer (6 hours on/18 hours off).  No more tripping over lead wires or hunting for a spare plug socket in your garage.  LED lights are low energy so one set of batteries can last up to 60 days use!

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As it’s quite expensive to visit Santa at the North Pole, you might like to create your very own Christmas village.  Lemax, the miniature experts, have a wide range of buildings and characters for you to explore and enjoy, including a collection of new designs especially for 2015.  Music and lights bring your village to life; from circus acrobats swinging on the trapeze to Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Nutcracker’ ballet with dainty dancers spinning around.  Whether you are just starting out , expanding your village collection, or seeking that special gift, we are sure you will be captivated by the range of models and characters available from Lemax. View the Lemax Christmas Village online range here.

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From wreaths to a stand up Santa, wrapping paper to candles – whatever you are looking for this Christmas, come down to see us at Longacres and add a little sparkle to your festive fun.  Ho, ho, ho!

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Safety Tips When Using Christmas Lights | Longacres Garden Centre

Keeping Things Festive This Christmas: All About Christmas Lights Safety

The Christmas season is one of the most celebrated events of the year. To brighten up the cold dark nights homeowners decorate with festive and colourful lights, from the interiors and exteriors to their Christmas trees.

As electricity and cold weather do not mix well, you need to ensure the security of the lights and their wires. By keeping your house safe from electrical problems and fire, you can relax and enjoy the festivities. This gives you peace of mind knowing that the only things that will light up are the bulbs, not your entire house.

Quality Over Price

First, never purchase substandard products. These lights may save you some money, but when things go wrong, you may end up spending more. It is logical to choose more costly yet quality lights, as these have less chance of malfunctioning and blowing up.

For Outdoor Lights

If you are planning to place the lights outside, always get ones that are specifically for outdoors. These specialised Christmas lights have distinct materials that enable them to withstand the rain, snow and other elements. If the lights are damaged, replace or throw them away immediately. Do not try to reuse them.

For Christmas Trees

Artificial trees are readily available. If you want to keep a real one, however, you have to be extra careful, as wood burns easily. Choose a freshly chopped tree because old ones have probably dried out, making them a bigger fire hazard. Always keep a fire extinguisher around in case the lights blow up.

Reusing Old Lights

One way to save money during the Christmas season is by reusing decorations from last year. Be careful with lights, though. Before placing them around the house, test them out to see if they still work properly.

As Christmas is fast approaching, it is ideal to shop around for festive decorations that will light up your house. Here at Longacres Garden Centre, we offer artificial pre-lit Christmas trees and a wide range of Christmas lights. These products come in a variety of designs to meet individual needs and tastes, whether you like plain or multi-coloured lights. Browse our selection of high-quality products and contact us today for inquiries.

Black Friday 28th November | 15% off Christmas Lights

In the US, Black Friday refers to the Friday following Thanksgiving Day (the third Thursday in November) – it marks the start of the Christmas shopping season and the biggest shopping day of the year.

However, Black Friday has only really taken off in the last 5 or so years in the UK – we only ever knew about it from seeing images on television of crazed shoppers fighting over discounted products in big-name shops such as Macy’s or Bloomingdales. The phenomenon finally travelled right across the pond to the UK and we are pleased to announced that we are joining in on the hype this Friday 28th November 2014!

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For Black Friday we will be offering a whopping 15% off all of our Christmas lights* when you purchase them in store at our Bagshot and Shepperton branches.

We have a fantastic range of quality lights from specialist companies such as Premier and Kontsmide.

Whether you want them for indoor or outdoor use, want to decorate your tree or front porch with lights, or even if you want to treat yourself to an LED reindeer or a Lemax lit-up building – you name it, it has 15% off!

*Offer ONLY applies to purchases of Christmas lights made in store

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So come on, grab yourself a bargain and we look forward to seeing you shopping with us on Friday!