Christmas is officially here! Ideal Home Show celebrates its first festive event

We’ve now made the full transition into the festive season and for the first time in it’s 103 year history, the Ideal Home Show launched their very exciting Christmas event today at London’s Earls Court running until Sunday 20th November 2011.

Santa’s little helpers, show ambassadors Gino D’Acampo,(right) Gizzi Erskine (centre) and Laurence Llewelyn Bowen (left) switched on the lights for the UK’s largest real indoor Christmas tree, measuring at 15m high and 7m wide, and officially cut the ribbon to open Earls Court’s doors to an expected crowd of 70,000 over the next 5 days.

Couch will be bringing you a great selection of quirky interiors, interesting designers, top gift ideas and hopefully catching up with some celebs! So keep an eye out!

The grand opening also saw a Live Military Marching Band to commemorate the show’s charity partner, The Soldier’s Charity and the event’s Ideal Homes for Heroes appeal, now in its third year which has raised more than £230,000 to date helping over 300 soldiers and their families make their house a home.

IHS Xmas giveaway: Guess the number of lights on the UK’s largest Indoor Christmas tree and WIN a ‘Light over’ for your home.

The Ideal Home Show at Christmas is also offering visitors the chance to WIN an exclusive ‘Light Over’ – a lighting makeover for a room of their choosing this Christmas- courtesy of Philips. To be in with a chance to win, visitors just have to guess how many Philips Living Colour lights are on the giant 15m tree, a stunning 30- year-old Norwegian Sitka Spruce, that was lit this morning by the show’s Christmas Ambassadors.

The ‘Light Over’ includes a selection of table and floor standing fittings from Philips Living Colors and Living Ambiance ranges to create the perfect home ambiance. Also part of the £1,500 package is a selection of LED energy-saving bulbs, which offer a high-quality, green alternative, and an assortment of Lumiware accessories, a stunning range of LED based accessories for the home such as a wine cooler and vase.

So get yourself along to the event to be in with a chance of winning and really get into the christmas spirit!