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Where to find Christmas lights in Melbourne

See the city at its most sparkly once Melbourne switches on its Christmas lights for 2022

Written by
Rebecca Russo
Nicola Dowse
Adena Maier

Across the city, Melbourne's Christmas lights get bigger and better every year. There are plenty of locations throughout the city 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 streets 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. 

We’ll be updating this page with info on Melbourne’s Christmas lights in 2022 as soon as details are announced.

Here's where to find the perfect Christmas tree in Melbourne, and here are our city's best Christmas markets.

Christmas lights in Melbourne

From November 25, Fed Square is lighting up with a 16.5-metre Christmas tree, sparkling neon trees, giant bell swings, beautiful baubles and other glittering decorations. Santa's Workshop will be in full swing if the kiddos want a chance to ask the man of the hour and his elves about their presents, and other free festive activities will be on. 

The Christmas Square will be open every day until Christmas Day. 

The gorgeous old Town Hall building (it’s almost 150 years old!) and an exciting new Flinders Street location will be lit up with colourful Christmas projections every night from November 21 until Christmas. 

  • Attractions
  • Theme parks

From November 18 to January 1, Adventure Park in Geelong is glowing up with more than three million lights. Soak up the sights while enjoying rides, performances and beverages from a Christmas-themed bar. If you're keen to attend, make sure to book ahead – more than 85,000 people were in attendance last year. 

Myer has been enchanting families with its Christmas windows for 67 years now, and this year, the festive display kicks off from November 6 to January 6. This year, the windows are Disney-themed in celebration of the media company's 100th anniversary,so you'll get to see charming displays of characters like Peter Pan, Mary Poppins, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Elsa and more. Check it out any time between 7.30am and 10.30pm. 

Christmas lights around the suburbs

Northern suburbs
Photograph: Melbourne Christmas Lights Map/Supplied

Northern suburbs

29 Shaftsbury Street

If the folks at 29 Shaftsbury Street seem familiar it's because they used to host their annual festive light show in Brunswick. They hoicked over all their lights and decorations when they shifted to Coburg though, so kids and adults can still enjoy a Christmas display featuring 25,000 lights, animated bears, a reindeer-led sleigh, Santa house and train. Shaftsbury Street Christmas Lights.

5 Molesworth Street

A stone’s throw away from Shaftsbury Street, a second Coburg spectacular awaits. Turn the corner into Molesworth Street and 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
Photograph: Melbourne Christmas Lights Map/Supplied

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.

997 Toorak Road

Head to Camberwell to see lots of colourful and flashing lights that will certainly put a smile on everyone’s face. Included in the display is a big Santa, moving seesaw, moving reindeer pulling Santa's sleigh, Santa's workshop, nativity scene and heaps more. The display covers the whole house and front garden. Toorak Road 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 Sububrbs

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. If you miss them before Christmas you can also see this display until Jan 2. 12 Cooper St, Sunshine. Dec 1-Jan 2. 7.30pm-midnight. 


Southern suburbs
Photograph: Melbourne Christmas Lights Map/Supplied

Southern suburbs

157 Woolleys Road

The best displays aren’t confined to the city and this house in Bittern is taking that as a challenge. Located in Melbourne’s outer south-east, you’ll be treated to a brief but peaceful country drive before arriving at an awe-inspiring Christmas extravaganza. Behind the gates of this double block property, you’ll be greeted with lights, Christmas characters, inflatables, lasers, songs, fake snow and bubbles. There's a total of nine snow machines and 20,000 LED lights so the kids are sure to love it. You can also donate to support the local CFA. Woolleys 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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