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  1. Plants lit up in eerie lights
    Photograph: Supplied/Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
  2. Puffing Billy’s Train of Lights
    Photograph: Supplied
  3. A dark room with glowing projections of an underwater world.
    Photograph: Supplied/Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium

Light shows: everything illuminated and glowing in Melbourne this month

All of the lights, all of the lights

Adena Maier
Written by
Bianca O'Neill
Adena Maier

Looking for something to do this winter? Don't worry – there are plenty of gorgeous light-up events to see in Melbourne this month. From glowing public artworks to a neon-lit Puffing Billy, you'll be covered on every front.

Get lit in Melbourne this month with some of our favourite illuminated, glowing, and lit-up events below.

Want to explore regional Victoria? Here's our list of winter light festivals outside of Melbourne.

Everything illuminated and glowing in Melbourne

  • Art
  • Installation
  • Daylesford

This winter, Melburnians can travel to chilly Daylesford (move over, Arctic Circle) to experience a human-made rendition of the Aurora Borealis, with all the vibrant majesty hidden deep within the trees surrounding Lake Daylesford. Who needs glaciers anyway? Switzerland-based 'artivist' Dan Acher is behind the installation, which combines a tranquil soundtrack with colourful, moving light beams in a blend of technology and art that aims to create a sense of community by bringing together people from all walks of life.


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  • Art
  • Digital and interactive
  • South Wharf

Experience the sights and sounds of Australia’s First Nations artists like never before with Connection, the latest immersive experience at the Lume. Opening on June 23, get ready to step inside the iridescent world of First Peoples art and culture, displayed on a scale that needs to be seen to be believed. Spanning 3,000 square metres of gallery space, Connection will feature projections four storeys high and an awe-inspiring display of original art.


  • Things to do
  • Exhibitions
  • Melbourne

Get ready to go on a journey through living light when Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium unveils its new interactive digital experience in mid-February. Marking the major attraction’s first foray into this ever-evolving art form, Submerged is inspired by the bioluminescent underwater world and will tell the story of the mysterious firefly squid (which emits a glowing blue light from its body) and other majestic ocean creatures. The exhibition will also explore magical locations such as a glittering shoreline in the midst of spawning season and a moonlit deep dive into the depths of the bioluminescent unknown.

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