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Steve Carell loves holiday lights

Steve Carell loves holiday lights

Steve Carell enjoys it when people go "nuts" with Christmas decorations.

The 'Big Short' actor loves driving around his neighbourhood with wife Nancy and their children Elisabeth, 14, and John, 11, to look at festive light displays and loves the over-the-top sights.

He said: "I appreciate when people go nuts. I don't go nuts, but we actually, my wife, Nancy and our kids, get into the car once around Christmas time and we get a big box of donuts and hot chocolate, and we drive around looking at Christmas lights in our neighbourhood...It's pretty wonderful.

"It's fun, and actually the bigger, the bolder the better. We love it."

And the 53-year-old actor joked he and his spouse enjoys some unusual Christmas traditions.

He quipped to talk show host Ellen DeGeneres: "We put lights [up]. We fill the toilets with mulled wine. Nancy makes a frankencensen mer-loaf that is delicious."

Steve's neighbours clearly embrace the holidays as he revealed earlier this year they have extravagant displays for Halloween.

He said: "There's one house that builds half a pirate ship that's sunken into the ground. A huge 20-foot thing - with real pirates and smoke machines."

And the 'Despicable Me' actor admitted he had also "got into it" and hid a set of motion-sensored cats and dogs in his bushes so they would growl and jump out at passers by.

He said: "People go crazy."