Oh yes, it’s that time of year again. That time where you can go completely HAM on eggnog, Netflix binges of Love Actually (yep, that JUST happened in case you didn’t know) and of course, Christmas lights!
So, round up your posse, jump in a car and start working your way through this glorious, colourful list. Warning: you’re in for bubble machines, inflatables, giant candy canes, face painting and… rollercoasters #kidultsforever.
Here are the best Christmas lights in Sydney!
Last year, these legends gave us light-starved folk over 90,000 lights, Santa, his reindeer, trains, and snow and bubble machines. We know, the snow machine is a massive selling point alone.
Hats off to the suburb that really gets amongst the Christmas spirit (seriously, there are more than just a few streets that jump on the colourful light bandwagon here). Expect neighborhood vibes with food and drinks plus spontaneous visits from the big red man himself.
Chipping Norton Christmas Lights
There are two houses around here that know how to whip up a Chrissy bonanza bigger than the Griswold's (you’ll know them when you see them). These guys join forces to bring you an awesome light and music display you’re going to brag about for years to come.
Yep, this one’s a jaw-dropper. If you’ve ever wanted to know what a house looks like completely decked out and wrapped in Christmas lights, this is the one.
Lord have mercy on our light-searching souls, Elm Place is coming back (from last year’s twinkling antics) this year with brand new lights and a 3D Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Tower (right?!). Oh yeah, these are some of the best lights in Sydney alright.
It’s the one, the only, Erskine Park. In other words this is the only amazing place with a mini rollercoaster and no, we’re not kidding. Expect all the Christmas shenanigans including Santa’s (legit) shed, dozens of inflatables, snow machines, laser displays, Christmas movies on the big screen, photo boards and sometimes, even free face painting #legends.
Fifty houses. One street. Yep, Sydney Road is a flashing flurry of Christmas lights year on year. Because what’s the festive season without the classic dancing Santa and elves? Exactly.
This cul-de-sac grows in light installations every year which means only one thing (well, three). Street parties, impressive light displays and decorations that get bigger and better each Christmas. And we are totally OK with that.
Get set to roam First, Second, Third and Fourth Avenue again this year. The Avenues are guaranteed to light up one spectacular display—this is our go-to for houses that have overdosed in fairy lights. Just the way we like them.
Prince Albert Street
It’s pretty obvious there’s some serious Christmas light competition happening on Prince Albert Street. The mansions here are wrapped in extravagant creations with inflatable Christmas characters (the kind that are the size of two storey house).
Lane Cove Council definitely has their Christmas shiz together, running a Light Up Lane Cove competition every year (so obviously, it’s going to be good). There’s no one street that showcases the best light display in the area because, well, they’re all damn impressive. Cue fairy light-finding expedition.
Shout out to the locals who’ve known about this gem for decades. Pair your light-seeing with some dinner (and by dinner we mean ice-cream from the staple ice-cream van) around the streets of North Ryde. For serious wow factor, Chauvel Street and Cutler Parade can’t be missed. And then, when you’ve conquered these you’ll want to head towards Stephen Avenue. Especially on Saturdays because Santa makes an appearance.
This one’s a biggie. Think of it like this, would you go to Paris and not see the Eiffel Tower? The same goes for Borgnis Street during Christmas—missing this massive light display should be a crime. This attraction is huge, with epic glowing strips and stand-alone houses wrapped in colourful light displays. Plus this one is so big that they have three ice-cream vans and a sausage sizzle because you’ll need sustenance. And since you’re around here, Cambage Court is also worth your time, just sayin’.
There’s a glorious and picturesque bunch of streets you should be trawling your way through In Baulkham Hills. We’re talking about Geraldine Avenue, Brokenwood Place, Marcel Place, Baulkham Hills Road and Juniper Place has a cute selection of homes who are all about the Chrissy spirit too.
Make your way to Excelsior Avenue this month because trust us, you’ll want to see over 10,000 lights in action. There are surprise visits from Santa (you know, before the big day), inflatables, BBQs and a heap of special events sprinkled throughout the month and we’re all over this one.
Cascade Christmas Lights
Nothing can prepare you for the kaleidoscopic light overload at the Cascades, a fam favourite (and soon to be yours if it’s not already). Charge those phone batteries because we guarantee you’ll be ‘grammin and spammin’ all night loooong.
Gamenya Place is the street you wish you lived on as a kid. Think candy canes in front yards and pretty much every house covered, lawn to roof, in twinkling Christmas lights.
Think billions and billions and billions of lights (wellllll, close enough). There are singing Santas, polar bears, Frosty The Snowman and a light up Olaf (because why not?). Yep, you’ll find one of the biggest light shows in Sydney and all your Insta fans are going to love you. Or you know, be jel as hell.
Avoca Street & Waratah Street
These two bright beauties decorate everything from fences to roofs and even the trees on the street (so you’ll basically feel like you're wandering through a magical wonderland).
Randwick City Area
You’ll find some glorious colourful strips on Barwon Crescent in Matraville and Frederick Street in Randwick which means you can definitely (read: need to) make a night of light-seeing between these two suburbs (and grab some nosh in between).
St Mary’s Cathedral
As far as tradition goes, St Mary’s Cathedral never disappoints and every year it ends up being the beating heart of all surrounding light (and sound) shows. These lights start at 8.30pm every evening (following a choir at 7.30pm) and you’ll be happy to know they’re plating up Christmas-inspired churros and artisan gelato errryday.
Once again, Pitt Street Mall will light up underneath a canopy of Christmas trees (yes, you read that right). There’ll be thousands of LEDs so expect nothing short of an extravaganza of photo opps.
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