Christmas lights are the best kind of lights.
Every year there are some neighbourly neighbours that go above and beyond throwing up a cable of fairy lights, sticking up some festive words, and calling their Christmas light display complete. Instead, they meticulously plan their display days, weeks or even months in advance like the best designers do, and when the time strikes they get to work setting up and decorating. And once they’re done, they sit back, relax and watch the faces of children and adults light up as they stand in awe at the dazzling display of light and colour. (Featured image: @souvenirpixels)
Reasons abound as to why these neighbourhood heroes light up their homes but no matter why, we just know that they spread the joy and we love it. Find here some of the best home Christmas light displays around Sydney so you can jump in the car and go marvel at all the bright lights flashing and twinkling in the night.
1. Holt Road, Taren Point
This just might be Sydney’s best Christmas light display. Aside from being huge in scale, this year’s display includes lasers, music, an interactive display and a nativity scene. There is also a snow pool and life-sized reindeer too as well as a rocking Santa perfect for photos. There’s even a walk-in section too, where you can look up and see the razzle-dazzle lights all around you.
162 Holt Road
🕔 8pm – 12am
2. Walseley Crescent, Gledswood Hills
This display is one where the whole street has gotten in on the act. There are giant stars atop Christmas tree lights, moving parts, decorated roofs and inflatables as well. There’s even a chance you might see cars parked in driveways decorated too. It seems nothing is off-limits here, which just adds to the great atmosphere.
🕔 7pm – 11pm
3. Magic Grove, Mosman
Head to Mosman if you want to see (possibly) the biggest inflatable Santa around. Pending weather conditions, this giant inflatable towers over brilliantly lit up houses and spectators alike. This house is also supporting the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation, so make a donation before or after your visit and help these guys spread the joy even further. Find donation details here.
2 Magic Grove
🕔 6pm – 10:30pm
4. Doust Place, Grasmere
Walk right on up to this display but don’t stop there. At Doust Place you’re invited to walk on up the driveway and check out all the inflatables, reindeer, lasers and, of course, all the light that abounds.
4 Doust Place
🕔 7pm – 10pm
5. South Circuit, Oran Park
Another house lighting up the night and helping support the kids through the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation, South Circuit’s Christmas lights display is simply stunning. It might not be the biggest house, but work has certainly been put in to make it one of the best. When taking it all in from the footpath, it feels as if every inch (besides the driveway) has been covered with lights or inflatables.
248 South Circuit
🕔 7pm – 11:30pm
6. Hillside Crescent, Glenbrook
Follow the shooting star and you’ll find yourself in Glenbrook. Okay, maybe not but once there you’ll see what I mean. Candy canes decorate the garden beds and beneath the shooting star, the roof looks as if it were my favourite party snack — fairy bread.
39 Hillside Crescent
🕔 8pm – 11pm
7. Aldgate Street, Sutherland
Another neighbourly house raising money for Lights For Kids. This Christmas display is not as clean and coordinated as others on this list, but that’s we love about it. Stars abound, and so do Christmas trees in the form of lights. There are inflatables too and even a sleigh in the front yard.
9 Aldgate Street
🕔 7:30pm – 11pm
8. Jubilee Avenue, Beverley Park
If blinding light is what you look for in your Christmas displays, then Jubilee Avenue is where you want to visit. There’s even an Aussie flag in light form, which just might be the best form.
101 Jubilee Avenue
🕔 8pm – 10:30pm
9. South Street, Tempe
From the windows to the walls, this Christmas light display has it all. There’s a train set that goes round and round, fake snow, music and lasers that complete the walk-in display. They’ve got reindeer on the roof too and a dizzying array of Christmas toys.
7 South Street
🕔 8pm – 11:30pm
10. Excelsior Avenue, Castle Hill
30,000 lights. That’s all I’m going to say about the display. The reason behind Sofia’s Battle display is to raise awareness and funds for HeartKids NSW & 22q Foundation Australia and New Zealand — a common heart defect in newborn children. To help out, head along between 13 December and 20 December and get yourself a sausage sizzle and a drink. There’ll be lucky dips as well as a raffle, which will be drawn on 20 December.
136 Excelsior Avenue
🕔 7:30pm – 11:30pm
11. Grebe Street, Erskine Park
Santa makes a holographic appearance here on Grebe Street and can be heard on your car radio if you tune into 98.7fm where you can also hear carols.
7 Grebe Street
🕔 8pm – 10pm
12. Waratah Street, North Bondi
Raising money for CareFlight, a critical care aeromedical retrieval service and charity, this North Bondi Christmas light display is more Aussie than most with an inflatable kangaroo and a ute instead of a sleigh. There’s great attention to detail here, though, with a lovely English village display inside two of the windows.
5 Waratah Street
🕔 7:30pm – 10:30pm
Raising Awareness and Funds
Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation Light Up Xmas Appeal
To find more Christmas light displays, use the Australia Christmas Lights Map.