New South Wales
There’s nothing like watching your children’s eyes shine when they stand outside an amazing display of Christmas lights! And every year, there are many neighbourhoods on the North Shore that really go to town with spectacular displays. Christmas lights tend to start the first weekend of December and usually light up every night (weather permitting) from about 8pm… although the magic doesn’t truly emerge until it’s dark and the full effect can be seen against the dark night sky. So hop in the car with the kids and explore one of these incredible areas:
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Sydney Road in Hornsby Heights is possibly the most mind-blowing area for Christmas Lights on the Upper North Shore.
In a street of more than fifty houses, almost all are decked with twinkling, flashing, running lights and displays from traditional nativity scenes to all-singing, all-dancing Santa and elves for an unbeatable shot of Christmas cheer! The surrounding streets (such as Brett Avenue, Margaret Avenue, Plateau Close and Ulolo Avenue) also get into the spirit, making this a destination that provides lots of Christmas Cheer.
Park your car further up Sydney Road, and walk down the rows of glittering homes. It’s safer for all the pedestrians and it means you can properly soak up the atmosphere. Watch the video.
This cul-de-sac towards the end of Richards Close is well known for having one of the best and most impressive Christmas light displays in the area. Every year, more and more homes get involved, with recent years featuring local street parties and socialising. Nearby roads like Gully Road and Aubrey Place also provide breathtaking and joyful displays. The incredible and intricate displays with flashing lights, moving parts, decorations and more all contribute to a lovely friendly atmosphere for visitors of all ages who want to experience the magic of Christmas. Watch the video.
Borgnis Street in Davidson is a star attraction for Christmas lights, though if you walk or drive around the surrounding streets, you will see some amazing standalone houses, too. The event is so big that they have 2-3 ice-cream vans and a sausage sizzle there every night in December.
This street also collects money for Bear Cottage, a children’s hospice in Manly where seriously ill children and their families can go for some respite from their treatments. So show your appreciation for the efforts of the families on this street and place a donation in one of the collection buckets or to a volunteer Rotary personnel.
The season starts on Saturday 2 December, and runs nightly from 7pm until 11pm. Follow on Facebook.
This is quite possibly Sydney’s sparkliest standalone home. With over 100,000 lights, it’s a feast for all your festive senses. Don’t just do a drive by… you’re invited to park your car and explore the front and back garden and window displays. Entry is free, though donations are very much welcomed! All money raised over the 5-week period are split between three very important charities – Red Nose, The Humpty Dumpty Foundation and Cure Brain Cancer Foundation. Click here for 2017 Opening Times and more info.
Prince Albert Avenue is impressive enough during the day with the stunning mansions… but at night during the festive season, the incredible homes are lit up with twinkling lights! There’s a wonderful atmosphere, with the whole street getting into the Christmas spirit. It’s easy to park your car within a few minutes walk of the action (depending what time you get there) and explore on foot. As you wander from home to home, you’ll be more and more dazzled by the extravagant creations as you go!
Every year, Lane Cove Council runs Light Up Lane Cove, a competition designed to get residents into the Christmas spirit by decorating their home! Although there’s not one particular street that goes ‘all out’, there are dozens of homes around Lane Cove, Longueville, Riverview and Greenwich that participate. So this is a great one to explore by car (particularly if your children can’t stay awake past 8pm – just pack them in their PJ’s and hope that they’ll transfer to bed when you get home!
First, Second, Third and Fourth Avenue are a festive Christmas walk around this time of year. There are also about four houses on Sydney Street, although Number 17 is often the brightest! There are also loads of Willoughby Council Christmas events on this year, so you could combine an evening out at the symphony, a trip to a local Christmas market or some last-minute shopping with a cruise around the streets after hours. The residents in this street seem to truly enjoy any celebratory occasion, as their homes are often the best ones for Halloween decorations in October!
Santa would find it hard to miss North Ryde, as many houses in Chauvel Street and Cutler Parade in North Ryde put on amazing Christmas light displays. The best way to see them is on foot, so park in the surrounding streets and soak up the atmosphere with all the locals. The display gets bigger and better every year, with more and more houses getting in on the act, and visitors coming in from everywhere to gawk!
NSM Stephenie says: ‘There’s a street in North Ryde that has Christmas lights and it’s spectacular! There is even an ice-cream van so you can have dessert and enjoy the lights!’
Do your children love Frozen? Then you can’t miss this freeze-tastic house in North Ryde where Elsa & Ana live! It’s run by sisters Lisa and Tess Scoobs, who entertain families every night with Frozen inspired fun. All funds raised support Camp Magic, a non-profit organisation who provide grief education and support to bereaved children and families who are grieving the loss of a parent, sibling or legal guardian. Runs from Friday 15 December until Christmas Eve. Elsa is guaranteed to be there Friday, Saturday & Sunday nights of both weekends. Watch the video. Follow on Facebook.
This house in Dural is owned by NSM Olivia Wilson, and really is a must-visit! The light display is expertly timed to music and runs every 15 minutes from 8pm until 9pm weekdays, and until 9.30pm Fridays – Sunday. Starts Friday 1 December. She says, ‘By lighting up my home with Christmas Lights, I’m giving the incredible Christmas gift of happiness for sick kids and their families.’ All money donated by visitors will be going to Starlight Foundation. You can also donate online.
Please note: The incredible lights of 51 Rangers Road in Cremorne happens every second year… and this is an ‘off’ year. They’ll be back in 2018!
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