The Southern Hemisphere’s Largest Christmas Lights Display Is Back In All Its Dazzling Glory

Ria Lawrence Ria Lawrence - Staff Writer


Since we’re bang in the middle of Summer in December, Christmas always looks a little different down under. Hot weather notwithstanding, Sydney still manages to pull out all the stops for a splendid Christmas with giant Christmas trees, glowing window displays and some truly magnificent light shows. The countdown to Christmas has officially started and to really get you into the mood for Christmas — Hunter Valley Gardens is back with their magical Christmas Lights Spectacular.

Image: Supplied by Hunter Valley Gardens

Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights Spectacular

Get ready to be whisked away to a magical place with over 3 million dazzling lights on display. Open now until January 2022, the immersive light displays are spread over 14 hectares of gardens. Upping the ante this year, the Hunter Valley Gardens have brought brand-new immersive features to the fore to create the most picturesque holiday display in the Southern Hemisphere.

New additions include giant trees with a light sequence set to music, a massive bauble tree, Santa’s Cave — along with Santa and his little helpers making for some truly memorable photo ops.

Crowd favourites like the 35-meter-long super slide and the giant walk-through bauble will also make a return along with the Ferris wheel if you wanted to sit back and take in the view.

Image: Supplied by Hunter Valley Gardens

Also on offer is Around the World that features some of the most iconic structures from — you guessed it, around the world including the Taj Mahal and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Looking to book a romantic getaway over the weekend? A romantic Lovers’ Tunnel has also been set up for a cheeky kiss under the lights.


That’s not all. You can expect hot chocolate, woodfire pizzas, dumplings, doughnuts, tacos, gelato and a lot more at the Hunter Valley Gardens’ huge variety of food and beverage stalls.

This year, a combination of day-night tickets will be available with the entire garden open during the day and the much-loved Christmas Lights Spectacular on at night. In keeping with public health precautions, a covid-19 safety plan is in place so snap up your tickets here and start planning your 2-hour something trip to the Hunter Valley.

It’s just the wonderful escape we need after what’s been an incredibly trying year — not that we needed an excuse to get out of the city but soaking in the beauty of tens of thousands of gorgeous lights is as good a reason as any.


What: Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights Spectacular
When: On now till January 26, 2022
Where: Hunter Valley Gardens
Timing: Open every evening from 5.30–10.30pm (excluding Christmas Day)

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