Bust out the Mariah, slap on a (seasonally inappropriate) Christmas sweater, load up on mince pies and pause your cheesy Christmas movie, because it's time to head out across Sydney/Eora in search of Christmas lights.
These are Urban List's recommendations for where to get into the festive spirit at the best Christmas lights in Sydney and surrounds.
Editor’s Pick: Harry Potter Christmas Lights
30 Alfred Street, Ramsgate Beach | Until 26 December
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Prepare for a truly magical celebration as Ramsgate Beach’s Alfred Street play host to a festive Christmas lights display with a generous dusting of wizarding world wonder.
The Harry Potter Christmas lights display is absolutely covered in spellbinding details including floating candles, patronus animals, golden Snitches and thestrals pulling a sleigh on the roof.
There’s also five friendly Dobbys hidden around the home to discover, and you’ll need to look out for the Whomping Willow in the front yard… The Harry Potter Christmas lights will run daily from 7.30pm until Boxing Day, and are free to visit.
The Best Christmas Lights In The Sydney CBD
Until Wednesday 27 December
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Gather the fam to see the largest Christmas tree in NSW in Martin Place, adorned with over 110,000 LED lights, a 3.4-metre colour-changing star, and 330 specially created glossy baubles, and there'll be 8000 icicle lights covering the entirety of Martin Place, each with a large star decoration.
The 800 branches of the tree are dressed with 15,000 replicas of nine Australian native flowers: banksia, waratah, bottlebrush, wattle, eucalyptus gum flower, kangaroo paw, flannel flower, pink wax flower and white wax flower.
Every night there'll be carols by a Sydney choir, and a light display every 15 minutes between 8pm and midnight. While you're in the area, check out the Martin Place Christmas markets, or book in for the Santa's Workshop Photo Booth to take home a special memory in support of Sydney Children's Hospitals Foundation.
300 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo | Until Friday 5 January
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Explore the Darling Harbour waterfront and interact with three gigantic Christmas bells by swinging to trigger the sound and light for The Streets of Barangaroo's festive season pop-ups, or make a booking at the best restaurants in Barangaroo and make a festive night of it.
The Strand Arcade
412–414 George Street | Until Sunday 7 January 2024
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A true representation of the Aussie Christmas, the Strand Arcade's Christmas display is a specially commissioned piece with six budding red flowers, golden gumnuts, and massive green leaves spanning almost ten metres, all surrounded by over 3,500 Christmas lights.
Pitt Street Mall, between Market Street and King Street | Until Monday 1 January
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Once again, Pitt Street Mall will make Christmas shopping magical thanks to its Christmas Canopy of sparkling Christmas lights. With 80,000 LEDs and ten stunning two-metre-tall stars adding serious glimmer to the heart of Sydney's CBD.
Queen Victoria Building
455 George Street | Until 23 December
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Once again, historic shopping hub The QVB is welcoming its Wollemo Pine-inspired Christmas tree, with hand-made First Nations art studding the installation this year. Check out the schedule of entertainment, including history tours and performances by Barayagal Choir, Australian Girls’ Choir, The Honeybees, Bel A Capella and Circular Key Chorus, here.
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Best Christmas Lights Near Sydney
Christmas Lights Spectacular
Hunter Valley Gardens, Pokolbin | Until Sunday 28 January 2024
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Jump in the car to experience Australia's largest display of Christmas lights, with over four million lights illuminating eight acres of Christmas magic.
As well as the light displays, the Christmas Lights Spectacular has a traditional Venetian carousel, a 35-metre-long slide, a 14-metre-tall Christmas tree, Twinkle Tree Trail, Candy Cane Tunnel, and the brand new 12 days of Christmas LED Display.
Check out the program of entertainment including roving performers, carollers and energetic live shows, and treat the fam from the pop-up food and beverage stalls through the grounds. The Christmas Lights Spectacular runs until 28 January 2024, and you can get tickets here from $28 for children, $38 for adults, or $88 for family combos.
The Best Christmas Lights In Sydney's North
Magic Grove, Mosman
This mega light display has inflatables up and about during the day for kids to play with, including their famous massive Santa (depending on wind conditions).
At night, there are lights, music and cheer for all, with festive contraptions, bubble machines, and lasers also in the mix. This one runs between 7pm and 10.30pm nightly.
Farmhouse Avenue, Pitt Town
A magical Christmas lights display with over 50,000 LEDs, interactive snow play and loads of colour, this massive display supports Sydney children's hospitals.
Sofa Street, Marayong
This is the Sofia's Battle crew who used to nail the Christmas lights display in Excelsior Avenue in Castle Hill, but this year they've moved the collection, so seven houses in the Sofa Street cul-de-sac will be completely covered in Christmas cheer.
As always, they'll be raising money for HeartKids and 22q Foundation in honour of Sofia, who passed from a heart condition in 2018.
Ryan Ave, Hornsby Heights
Don't miss this cheerful house layered with over 25,000 lights. The feature here is a four-metre-high giant white Christmas tree, and there's a walk-in display you can fully immerse yourself in for an epic Christmas photo opp, and funds raised go to cancer research.
Lockwood Street, Asquith
A brilliant Christmas light show awaits at the end of Lockwood Street, with thousands of strands of lights pumping sparkles up the house and down the front lawn of this house.
The Best Christmas Lights In Sydney's South
Chamberlain Road, Padstow Heights
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Featuring a gigantic blow-up Santa Clause, LED candy canes and an endless display of fairy lights, this house is one to hit on your nighttime Christmas light safari. The owners take a month to set up and just love doing it to make families happy and raise money for the Cure Brain Cancer foundation.
Lochview Crescent, Mt Annan
Simple but awesome, this computerised light display is sure to impress. The roof and arches are lined with bright colourful LEDs dancing in time to your favourite tunes. The light show kicks off a little earlier here, running from 7pm to 10:30pm up to New Year's Eve.
South Circuit, Oran Park
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Jubilee Avenue, Beverley Park
Don't skip this large Aussie-themed display, complete with snow machines and a musical show, plus plenty of lights and decorations. Kicking off nightly between 8pm and 10:30pm, you can catch it till Christmas Day.
Dunmore Street North, Bexley
This bright display has an old English or German Christmas feel to it and is now at its most dazzling, alongside reindeer and a towering inflatable Santa. Other than bringing the community together, all donations support the owner’s chosen cause of Lights 4 Kids at the Sydney Children’s Hospital.
The Best Christmas Lights In Sydney's West
Chaplin Crescent, Quackers Hill
Experience a dazzling Christmas light display with synchronised music, lighting the area as you turn in from the main road. While at Chaplin Crescent, make sure to also head over to the famous displays on Mallee Street for a complete night of Christmas festivities!
Brenan Street, Smithfield
Some of West Sydney's finest lights sparkle here until 14 January where, for the past five years, this two-storey spectacle has enchanted viewers with stars dancing on the roof, Christmas statues, interactive displays, inflatables and a nativity scene.
Nuwarra Road, Moorebank
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Wander through this Christmas lights spectacular that sees six townhouses in one complex absolutely covered in lights creating an immersive wonderland of Christmas cheer.
Last year this location raised over $25,000 for Sydney Children's Hospital, and this year is well worth a visit for some Christmas vibes and supporting a good cause.
Bishop Street, Cabarita
If you’re looking for a street with multiple displays then we recommend Bishop Street where many householders are getting into the Christmas spirit for 2022. Our favourite house here has its lights synchronised to music.
Cumberland Road, Greystanes
Another street with a few houses decked out in the Christmas spirit, this Western Sydney Christmas lights hub is perfect for a family outing.
The Best Christmas Lights In Sydney's East
Waratah Street, North Bondi
An annual head-turner, this North Bondi home is back at it again with a fun and dynamic display. You can expect English village displays, a Christmas archway, firecracker icicles, inflatable kangaroos, illuminated trains, sleighs and more.
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