The three brightest, prettiest and most Christmassy houses in Bexley have been crowned by the council.

Thousands of us spent extra money, time and care on decorations and lights this year as we battled to keep spirits high at the end of an unusual year.

And many joined in with the Mayor of Bexley's Christmas Light Up Bexley competition.

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Cllr James Hunt added in a bunch of small prizes and christmas cards for all who competed, adding a little more incentive for residents looking to light up their streets in December, and for some even November.

The competition is also pat of the mayor's charity Bexley Appeal, supporting as many small local groups and charities as possible.

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Over £1,000 has been raised so far, specifically for children, carers and crossroads care in the borough.

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Dozens of entries were submitted over the past month, but the final three have now been named.

In first place is an entry from Pickford Road in Bexleyheath, complete with a giant Santa Claus and light-covered car.

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These homeowners win a £250 voucher, donated by Ewemove Sales and Lettings.

This bright Old Farm Avenue entry took second place, winning a £200 Family Photography session from Nigel Photography.

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In third place was this entry from Braesyde Close, who win a £50 voucher.

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The Mayor of Bexley. Cllr James Hunt said: "We saw some amazing scenes. Thank you to everyone who took part - they should all by now have received their certificate and Mayoral Christmas card."

You can donate to the charity appeal here.