Elvis Marques, resident of Oinville-sous-Auneau in Eure-et-Loir, has transformed his house and his garden into a magical Christmas decor. A gift a little early for his young daughter, who dreamed of spending the Holidays with Mickey and his friends.
This year, Santa Claus should easily find the Marques-Henault house. In its history, the village of Oinville-sous-Auneau had never been so visible from the sky. And for good reason: Elvis Marques, a resident of the village, decided to transform his property into a model of Disneyland.
Still, this electric and fantasy decor is anything but scaled-down, and makes homes that hang a few fairy lights and a plastic Santa Claus on their window for hobbyists.
The work is gigantic: at the end of an alley of garlanded conifers stands, proudly, the castle of Sleeping Beauty, at the bottom of which welcomes us Olaf, the perky snowman from The Snow Queen. Above heads, leaf arches and Christmas bells decorate the sky, while different models of Mickey and Minnie are hidden here and there in the garden.
“But daddy, it’s ugly!“
“When I started, Maéli told me: “But daddy, it’s ugly!”“, recalls Elvis Marques.”Nah, I said “average”“, retorts the young girl. Fortunately, all’s well that ends well.”And now she’s happy“, explains the father, relieved.
Because, Elvis Marques has spent time setting up his decor. “To get this result, I can’t start an hour, end and come back the next day for just an hour, he explains. Every day you have to spend hours, or nights. Sometimes you have to stay in the rain.“
Such a rate of production was the ransom of the result, the rise of which began in October. “Otherwise, I would never have finished for the month of December, only for January or February.”
So when amazed passers-by pass in front of the house and come across the craftsman in person, it’s an opportunity to ask him for some trade secrets. How to reach the top of the tree? With a beast ladder.
The party continues in the house
But there is a part of the scenery that passers-by cannot see. Indeed, the exterior is not the only victim of the madness of the grandeur of Elvis Marques, and the interior is also adorned with its best Christmas clothes.
In what is usually Maéli’s playroom, a beautiful Christmas tree proudly sits alongside many plastic Santa Claus models, very small or at child’s height, motionless or climbing a ladder. As for the office of the girl’s mother, Laura Hénault, it was covered by a model of a Christmas village, mini-ski slopes, mini-carousel and mini-flying sleigh included.
“It took a big step, which I did not expect, assures Laura Henault in front of such a spectacle. When I see all the people who are happy to see this, it comforts me in the idea of accepting it.“
So in front of so much success, Elvis Marques promised to put the cover back next year … even bigger.
Find the report by Alain Heudes and Pierre-Dominique Lepais: