Best streets for spectacular Christmas light displays 2018

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 dusk… 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. For safety reasons, please park your car in a nearby street, and get out and walk to explore the houses with lights. Excited children and distracted drivers do not make a great combination! Put safety first, not convenience.

Prince Albert Avenue, Mosman

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!


51 Rangers Road, Cremorne

The incredible lights of 51 Rangers Road in Cremorne happens every second year… and 2018 is an ‘on’ year! You can visit Santa Claus’ House of Illumination and Christmas Nativity located at 51 Rangers Rd, Cremorne (corner Spofforth Street). Follow on Facebook.

Lane Cove

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!)


Image courtesy: In The Cove

The Avenues, Willoughby

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!


Sydney Road, Hornsby Heights

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.

Borgnis Street, Davidson

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!

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 Friday 7 December, and runs nightly from 6.30pm until 10.30pm. Follow on Facebook.


10 Cambage Court, Davidson

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.

Starts Friday 30 November and runs until 31 December. Click here for 2018 opening times and more info.


Chauvel Street & Cutler Parade, North Ryde

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!’


Winter Wonderland, 14 Schumack Street, North Ryde

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 videoFollow on Facebook.


1 Jenner Road, Dural

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.

Fancy more festive fun? Then take a look at our dedicated Christmas Corner for Santa locations, streets with incredible Christmas lights, carols, pantomimes, real trees, elf on the shelf, Christmas markets, gift ideas and more!


  1. Deb

    December 16, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    Should also check out the lights on a house in Oaks Ave Cremorne / Neutral Bay (one way street) off Park Street near tennis courts

  2. Di

    December 4, 2016 at 8:28 am

    176 Lillyfield Road, Lillyfield has one of the most beautiful displays I have ever seen with Disney Carol singing seven dwarfs, walk in ability to take photos with your family and put on dress up hats, elf shoes and so much more! With lights and lazers everywhere you look, a kissing tree, a fairy tree, Santa and sleigh on the roof with of course an Aussie kangaroo or two lit up and breath taking coloured twinkly lights all around you and even snow that falls every now and then like magic just when you stand under the Merry Christmas sign for that perfect picture moment, you just have to go! This incredible family have spent months putting up this gorgeous display and they have a donation tin supporting homelessness, so Not only spreading incredible good cheer to the passers by, Christmas Cheer for those in need too! A home depicting the true essence of Christmas! A beautiful thing in today’s world! you’re really in a winter wonderland, this is an absolute MUST visit!

    • Erin

      December 6, 2016 at 9:18 pm

      Could not agree more! Just drove past to check it out based on this comment and think its possibly the best display I have ever seen! Don’t miss out on this one!

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