Christmas Lifestyle

Your guide to the best Christmas light displays in Australia

All these places are going to get lit.

By Fiona Wright
Christmas is a time for giving. For spending quality time with family. For watching Christmas movies. For over-indulging in food. And of course, for seeing the Christmas lights!
So, do you know where in Australia you can actually walk through a giant bauble of lights? Or where you can gaze upon the Southern Hemisphere's tallest Christmas tree? Or where you can check out a light display AND then plonk yourelf down in a sleigh made of LEGO bricks?
Well, hold onto your tinsel as we've made a list - and checked it twice - of where to see ALL the pretty, sparkly lights this festive season.
The Christmas Lights Spectacular has larger than life light displays. (Hunter Valley Gardens)
HUNTER VALLEY GARDENS
Christmas Lights Spectacular: The Hunter Valley Christmas Lights Spectacular is the Southern Hemisphere's largest lights display. Over three million lights illuminate the Gardens, with over 20 impressive displays for all ages to enjoy. As the name suggests, it's pretty spectacular!
New displays this year include an eight metre high, 'Snowy' the Snowman, a Giant Castle with a walk through tunnel and illuminated polar bears, penguins and sleigh dogs inside the Snow Cave. Light displays from previous years are back too. These include the giant Walk-Through Bauble, Candyland, Fairyland, the Princess Castle, Lovers Corner and more.
Aside from literally millions of lights to see, there are loads of rides too. Kids can also visit Santa's enchanting workshop and get a photo with 'big man in red' himself (until Christmas Eve).
Opens each night at 5.30pm to 10.30pm from November 8, 2019 to January 26, 2020.
Lights and rides galore WILL make you feel Christmassy. (Hunter Valley Gardens)
SYDNEY
The Martin Place Christmas Tree: This enormous tree is decorated with more than 110,000 LED lights, a 3.4-metre colour-changing star and 330 specially created glossy baubles. Choirs perform carols every Thursday to Sunday from 28 November to 22 December from 6pm to 8.30pm.
Christmas shop windows: The David Jones Christmas window displays at the Elizabeth Street store is a must-see.
QVB Swarovski Christmas tree: The 24 metre Swarovski Christmas tree is Sydney's tallest Christmas tree and can be found under the famous QVB dome.
Lights of Christmas: St Mary's Cathedral is illuminated by an impressive light show every night from December 5 to Christmas Day. There's also nightly choir performances at 7.30pm.
Can you imagine putting up and then packing away the 110,000 lights on the Martin Place Christmas Tree? (City of Sydney)
MELBOURNE
Federation Square: Christmas Square at Federation Square is the home of the Christmas Festival. Visit Santa's House and watch the nightly Christmas Tree Light Show (9-11 pm from November 29 – December 25).
State Library Victoria: See the stunning new light show on this iconic landmark.
Bourke Street Mall: Dressed in dazzling decorations, shoppers can sit on Santa's throne and have a happy snap with Melbourne's quintessential Nutcracker soldiers.
Southbank: Wander along the Yarra looking at the lights, then climb inside the golden Present Box for a perfect insta-moment. Don't miss the giant Merry Christmas letters lighting up Hamer Hall and check out the christmas projection on Princes Bridge from 9pm.
BRISBANE
The Enchanted Garden: Brisbane's magnificent free lighting display, The Enchanted Garden returns to Roma Street Parkland with extended dates, from the 29 November- 13 December.
Lord Mayor's Lighting of the Christmas Tree: Decorated with thousands of glittering lights, the 22m Christmas Tree in King George Square is stunning. The annual Lord Mayor's Lighting of the Christmas Tree will take place 29 November at 6.30pm.
The Lights of Christmas at St Stephen's Cathedral: A stunning light show lights up the historic cathedral. The Lights of Christmas at St Stephen's Cathedral will take place 11 to 24 December, every night from 7:00pm until 10.30pm.
Get your festive fix at Federation Square, Melbourne. (City of Melboure)
ADELAIDE
Christmas Lights, Festive Nights: Enjoy 10 magical evenings (from December 13-22) of activities and entertainment at the Adelaide Christmas Lights, Festive Nights. Held in Victoria Square/Tarntanyangga, the Christmas Tree lights up daily at 8.30pm. Be sure to also sit in Santa's sleigh led by Rudolph made from over 130,000 LEGO® bricks.
The Lights of Lobethal: The long tradition of lighting up homes and businesses in this Adelaide Hills town, has become one of the largest Community Christmas Light displays in the Southern Hemisphere. It makes for one festive festival.
The West End Brewery Christmas Lights Display: This year marks the 60th anniversary of the West End Brewery Christmas Riverbank Display. The free light display kicks off on Monday 1st December and runs until New Year's Eve and will go from 4pm until midnight each night. Lights turn on at dusk.
HOBART
Light up the Tree: Mawson Place will host the Hobart's stunning 14-metre Christmas Tree. Beginning with the annual Light up the Tree event on Friday 29 November, it will then light up every night until 1 January 2020. On launch night, the young (and young at heart) can watch as Santa arrives at 6.30 pm.
Rudolph and Santa's sleigh is made from over 130,000 LEGO® bricks. (City of Adelaide)
DARWIN
Christmas Tree lights launch and Boutique Markets: Great food? Tick. Crafts? Tick. The Darwin Chorale singing your favourite Christmas tuness? Tick! At the Bennett St end of the Mall the City of Darwin Christmas Tree lights will turn on at 7.30pm on November 29.
PERTH
Perth City Christmas Lights Trail: Choose to wander a mapped route through Perth CBD, Northbridge and East Perth or go your own way and discover the lights, decorations, projections and festivities that brighten malls, streets and parks.