Federation Square decorated with Christmas decor.
Photograph: Ray Reyes

Best places to see Christmas lights in Melbourne

See the city at its most sparkly once Melbourne switches on its Christmas lights for 2023

Adena MaierLeah Glynn
Contributor: Liv Condous

Across the city, Melbourne's Christmas lights get bigger and better every year. After you've finished putting up your own tree and decorations, it's time to hit the town in search of our best displays. There are plenty of locations throughout the CBD that will make you stop and gawk with wide-eyed wonder at the giant Christmas trees and glittering lights.

But it’s not just the city that get bedazzled at this time of year. We’ve scoped out the suburbs where the residents have clearly been planning their decorations months in advance and who could give Clark Griswold a run for his money. Here are just a few of the biggest and brightest Christmas lights to gawk at this December. 

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Where to find Melbourne's best Christmas lights

Fed Square will be totally transformed into a Christmas wonderland, with a 17.5-metre Christmas tree, glittering lights, roving performers, Christmas choirs, plus other free festive activities. The Christmas Square will be open every day until Christmas Day. 

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The State Library of Victoria is another historic building that will be alight with wondrous projections this festive season. The cultural landmark's facade will be lit up with dazzling display featuring a range of colourful themes, celebrating everything Aussies love about the holiday season – enjoying summer and coming together with our nearest and dearest.

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From November 17 to December 31, Adventure Park in Geelong is glowing up with more than three million lights. There will be a dazzling display of installations, including an illuminated maze, reindeer sculptures, a candy cane tunnel and a 15-metre-tall Christmas tree. All the rides will be up and running (like the tea cups, ferris wheel and crazy coaster), and there will be festive-themed live entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. Most importantly, Santa will be in attendance – and you'll even be able to grab a photo with him. If you're keen to join the fun, make sure to book ahead to avoid disappointment.


Myer has been enchanting families with its Christmas windows for 68 years now, and this year, the festive display is on display all December until January 6. This year, the window displays feature everyone's favourite Heeler Bluey and their family. See all your favourite characters from the beloved TV show as they celebrate Christmas. Plus, head inside Myer to visit the Heeler house, featuring a silent disco and heaps of fun games. Check it out any time between 7.30am and 10.30pm. 

Christmas lights around the suburbs

Northern suburbs

Mill Park
21 Meldrum Avenue

At this festive home display you will find a huge interactive display with snowmen, reindeers, gingerbread. There's plenty of spots for a photo opp, plus if you're lucky, you'll get to meet Santa and he might even have some presents! Meldrum Avenue Christmas Lights.  

5 Molesworth Street

Closer to the city, another spectacular awaits. As you turn the corner into Molesworth Street, you'll be greeted by thousands of twinkly lights completely decked out over a triple-storey house. Accompanied by large inflatables, music and moving features, you can also make a donation to the Royal Children’s Hospital. Molesworth Street Christmas Lights.

27 Glencairn Drive

Often referred to as the ‘Myer Windows Of The North’, these owners go all out, year after year, to decorate the entire front of their house with lights and decorations, including spectacular hand-crafted scenes in their front windows. Heaps to gaze at and great fun for all ages. Sometimes Mr Whippy even shows up. Glencairn Drive Christmas Lights.

Eastern suburbs

9 Warwick Close

Tucked away out of sight in a court in Wantirna, sits a neat display that’ll be sure to impress. A garden of dangling fairy lights surrounds a neon passageway where you’ll be greeted with various characters and inflatables singing along to Christmas tunes. Warwick Close Christmas Lights.



150 Reichelt Avenue

The first things you’ll be greeted with at this radiating display in Montmorency are three massive LED Christmas trees, including one on top of the garage. It doesn’t end there, there are Christmas lights spilling out of the roof, down the walls and into the garden. There’s also a train and Ferris wheel (oh, and around 50,000 LEDs). A carnival of colour hidden away in the north-west. Reichelt Avenue Christmas Lights.

Mount Dandenong
7 Ornata Road

This has got to be Mount Dandenong's best-kept Christmas secret. Come visit Benhaylem Hollow, a magical Christmas light display tucked away in the middle of the forest. All light displays are located in the front garden and roof and can be viewed from the road spanning the length of the house. Ornata Road Christmas Lights.


Western suburbs


12 Cooper St 
Out west the Walsh family has been lighting up Sunshine for more than 20 years. In 2021 punters can enjoy approximately 45,000 lights plus a nativity scene, inflatables (weather permitting), a walk-in display, a village window display and music.

Altona Meadows

Knightsbridge Avenue

This Christmas wonderland features festive music, interactive, mobile displays, a nativity Scene, lasers and projections, plenty of twinkling lights, plus much more. Knightsbridge Avenue Christmas Lights.

Wyndham Vale

Aloma Avenue

Thomas the Tank Engine isn't usually a Christmas character, but at this home he's still a big part of the festivities. He's there in life-size form, along with decorations galore. This home has interactive displays, bubbles and snow machines, projections and lots of lights. You can even snap a photo while sitting in Santa's sleigh and visit a Lego winter village. Aloma Avenue Christmas Lights.

Southern suburbs


63 Range Road 

This is a Christmas lights display with a difference, as this home features a display of all pink lights in support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Over the past three years, the community has raised nearly $50,000 for the cause through the annual festive show. The nightly display runs every night up until Christmas, with a magical snow machine, music, lights and much more. Grange Road Christmas Lights.

Cranbourne North
9 Middlesex Court

Have you ever heard the old saying, “the best are out of sight”? Well until we discovered this picturesque Christmas light display in Cranbourne North, neither had we. You’ll need to take some left and right turns, but when you end up at the end of Middlesex Court, you’ll surely be delighted at the sight of thousands of sparkling lights. A display all ages will appreciate and the owners are even handing out lollies for the kids. Middlesex Court Christmas Lights.

Special thanks to the team at Melbourne Christmas Lights Map for helping us put together this suburban list. If you're keen to make a night of exploring Christmas light displays, be sure to check out the map and light search on their website.

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