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Where to find Christmas lights in Melbourne

Think your fairy lights are impressive? Wait till you see the seven metre trees and interactive displays lighting up Melbourne

Photograph: Graham Denholm

Across the city, Melbourne Christmas lights get bigger and better every year – but there are some streets and suburbs where the residents have clearly been planning their decorations months in advance.  Expect giant trees, radio-rigged setups and mega Santas to invade doorsteps and rooftops across Melbourne. Here are just a few of the biggest and brightest Christmas lights in Melbourne throughout December.

To get into the yuletide spirit, peruse our ultimate gift guide or book a table at a top-notch Christmas lunch.

Santa Claus is coming to town

Beaumaris

Since 1998, Chris from Templestowe has been decking out his house in Christmas decorations from around the globe. This year, the six-metre mega trees are back and the lights have been synchronised to flash in time to the music on 96.9 FM. So tune in and enjoy the show. 360 Porter St, Templestowe. Dec 5-25, Sun-Thu 9-11pm; Fri, Sat 9-11.30pm.

Ivanhoe

For over half a century, the Boulevard in Ivanhoe has taken Christmas lights to the next level, showering houses, trees and streets in lights and decorations. Get in early as the traffic can pile up pretty quickly, with thousands rubbernecking at the lights every year. The Boulevard, Ivanhoe. Dec 10-24, 8.30-11pm.

Kew

Taking a leaf out of fellow Kew participants, Parkhill Street will also line up their lights to flash in time to music but this display has two massive Christmas trees, a host of smaller ones and an interactive light show that’ll light up the night. Not convinced? Check out their website before you head over, and tune into 107.2FM to watch the computerised Christmas lights dance to the music. 88 Parkhill St, Kew. Dec 9-31, 8.30pm-midnight.

Montmorency

What started out as a friendly competition between neighbours since 2002 has snowballed into another year of Christmas light madness. While you’re checking out the snow machine, trains and reindeer, you can also donate to the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation. 150 Reichelt Ave, Montmorency. All December, 7.30pm-11.30pm.

Preston

Raising money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation, these computerised Christmas lights flash to carols and videos, with over 40,000 lights on show every night. They've even got their own YouTube channel, so you can watch it all from the cosy comfort of your own home (although nothing beats the real thing!). They're also flashing in time to 97.5FM. 47 Gordon Grove, Preston. All December. Sun-Thu 8.45-10pm, Fri, Sat 8.45-11pm.

St Helena

Tune into 98.5FM and see this St Helena home dance to music. If the lights dazzle you into feeling extra generous, the Allumba household takes donations for the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Track them down on Facebook, or drive over for a visual feast. 24 Allumba Dr, St Helena. Dec 3-25. 8.30pm-midnight.

Templestowe

Since 1998, Chris from Templestowe has been decking out his house in Christmas decorations from around the globe. This year, the six-metre mega trees are back and the lights have been synchronised to flash in time to the music on 96.9 FM. So tune in and enjoy the show. 360 Porter St, Templestowe. Dec 10-25, Sun-Thu 9-11pm; Fri, Sat 9-11.30pm.

Wantirna

Kids get free rein at this household with interactive displays, more soft toy buttons to press than most little hands can handle, animals, lights, and Frostie the Snowman sprawled across the home and garden. 43 Jenola Parade, Wantirna South. Dec 3-Jan 1. 8.30-11pm.

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