Look, we know that a white Christmas is super duper magical and we’re almost never likely to experience that while living in Australia. You don’t need cold weather for Christmas lights to deliver glittering joy to your eyeballs, though.
At a time when local travel is front of mind, jumping in the car for a cheeky Yuletide adventure is an excellent December activity.
Chrissie lights are something Aussies look forward to each year, so you want to get it right. You can use websites like Christmas Light Search, a completely free online directory that helps you find Christmas lights in any local community, so you can create your own lights trail.
Here are the best neighborhood Christmas light displays, because 2020 can’t ruin everything.
Please note that due to COVID-19, many beloved displays have been cancelled this year (like the famous Malle Street display in Quakers Hill) to comply with restrictions. And while community transmission is low, it’s important to observe social distancing.
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#1 – CBD
From St Mary’s Cathedral to the iconic Martin Place Christmas Tree and the Canopy of Light (Featuring 85,000 LEDs and 10 stunning two-metre high stars), City of Sydney is turning it on this holiday season. For the full list of locations and run times click here. There’s even an app to take you on a self-guided CBD ‘Christmas lights and decorations walk’ so you don’t miss out on any key spots.
#2 – Sydney Road, Hornsby Heights
More than 50 homes partake in these pretty special Christmas light displays on Sydney Road – but it isn’t just glittering LEDs. There are also special displays such as nativity scenes and sing-a-longs. Dec 1-31, daily from 8pm.
#3 – Lockwood Lights, 28 Lockwood Street, Asquith
Nearby in Asquith, tune into 98.4FM as you watch 28 Lockwood Street’s insane 60-minute Christmas light show dance in synchronisation with the music. While you’re there, you can make donations to the Daniel Morcombe Foundation.
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#4 – The Avenues, Willoughby
First, Second, Third and Fourth Avenues in Willoughby get in on the action, making for a lovely evening Christmas light stroll. Willoughby council is also throwing a Christmas market and concert on Dec 5, to make it into a proper outing. Hot tip: check out 17 Sydney Street, too.
#5 – 2 Magic Grove, Mosman
This huge display is to support Westmead Children’s Hospital and features projections, lasers, bubbles, the biggest Santa in town, and inflatables. Nov 28-Dec 29, daily from 6-10:30pm. Hot tip: Check out nearby Prince Albert Street, too.
#6 – 136 Excelsior Avenue, Castle Hill
Over 30,000 lights dazzle in this display presented by Sofia’s Battle to raise funds for HeartKids NSW and the 22q Foundation Australia and New Zealand. From December 13 to 20 they’ll be fundraising and holding special events like sausage sizzles, lucky dips, a raffle and a special Santa’s Mailbox. Dec 1-31, daily from 7:30-11:30pm.
#7 – 5 Waratah Street, North Bondi 2026
This isn’t North Bondi’s first rodeo. This year there’s an English village display filling two windows, a pathway lit up with firecracker Icicles, an inflatable kangaroo, a big illuminated gingerbread man, a sleigh with reindeer and much more – even six white boomers pulling a ute. This display raises money for CareFlight, a non-government aeromedical charity. Nov 28-Dec 28. Mon-Thu 7:30-10:30pm and Fri-Sun 7:30-11pm.
#8 – Chauvel Street and Cutler Parade, North Ryde
This display gets bigger and better every year, as more and more neighbours go in on the action. These houses are renowned for their Chrissie lights, which are best explored on foot. From Dec 5, times TBC.
36 Childs Circuit, Belrose; 7 South Street, Tempe; 59 Oakes Road, Carlingford, 107 Kennedy Parade, Lalor Park; 3 Souter Street, Kogarah.
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Sonia feels most at home on the road, with travel her greatest passion. But really, she’s hype about a lot of things: beautiful design, tasty food, wellness, nature, interesting people and women’s issues. The Founding Editor of Junkee’s The Cusp and former Homes Editor at Nine, Sonia prides herself on seeking out authentic experiences with charm and loves sharing a personal rec. Catch her on Instagram @sonnietothetee.