Get us in your inbox


Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights Spectacular

  • Things to do
  • Hunter Valley Gardens
  1. Kids run through a giant  illuminated rainbow
    Photograph: Supplied
  2. Kids smile as they go down a super slide
    Photograph: Supplied
  3. A little girl smiles up at Christmas lights
    Photograph: Supplied
  4. Two people walk down a colourful corridor of illuminated lights.
    Photograph: Supplied

Time Out says

The largest Christmas lights display in the Southern Hemisphere is right on Sydney's doorstep

When it comes to over-the-top displays of Chrissy lights, the Hunter Valley Gardens really takes the pudding. Every year, the well-manicured greenery of these parklands is bejewelled with some three million glittering lights. This year is no exception – the trials and tribulations of 2022 could not stop this spectacular from twinkling to life.

You’d have to be a real grinch not to be charmed by the Southern Hemisphere's largest light show. And this year, the festivities will welcome several new additions, including a spectacular 35-metre long superslide, spinning teacups, a ferris wheel, and a traditional Venetian carousel. 

Christmas ain't Christmas without Mr Claus, and this event is no exception. Kids will be able to write letters to Santa and post them to the North Pole at Santa's letterbox, explore a glimmering Santa's playground, climb on Santa's sleigh, frolic beneath an 8-metre tall illuminated snowman, and pose next to their 14-metre tall Christmas tree. There will also be a breathtaking fireworks display that will light up the sky on New Year’s Eve at 9pm.

All the fan favourites from previous years will be at the Gardens too, spread over 14 hectares of interactive displays. Dream no longer of a white Christmas, with a snowy display filled with arctic animals and frost-capped trees, get sweet at Candyland and frolic through the 12 days of Christmas. 

While they're certainly the main event, there’s more than just lights on offer. There are also rides for the little ones, roving live entertainers including festival carollers; and food and drink stalls to round out your outing. Start a new tradition with hot chocolate and churros, or feast on loaded fries, dumplings, spuds, pizza, burritos, burgers, hotdogs, crepes, pancakes, doughnuts, gelato and more.

The Christmas Lights Spectacular is open every evening from 5.30–10.30pm (excluding Christmas Day). This year, there will also be combination day-night tickets will be available, allowing guests to experience the best of both worlds with the entire Garden being open to explore during the day followed by the excitement of Christmas Lights Spectacular at night.

So, gather up the family, the friends or someone special and set off on the two-hour-ish drive into wine country. 

The lights start sparkling from November 5 until January 6, 2022. Adult night tickets are $34– book here.

Maxim Boon
Written by
Maxim Boon


Hunter Valley Gardens
2090 Broke Road
Hunter Valley
02 4998 4020
From $34
Opening hours:

Dates and times

You may also like
You may also like

The best things in life are free.

Get our free newsletter – it’s great.

Loading animation
Déjà vu! We already have this email. Try another?

🙌 Awesome, you're subscribed!

Thanks for subscribing! Look out for your first newsletter in your inbox soon!