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Where to find the best Christmas lights in Sydney

Go on an adventure to find the brightest Christmas lights and most festive displays in Sydney

Alannah Maher
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Maya Skidmore
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Alannah Maher
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Christmas in coming to Sydneytown and (fingers crossed) this year looks like a good one. Nothing says Christmas quite like a gander of extravagant Christmas light displays, and when it comes to Sydney and its twinkly festive additions, we're hard pressed for choice.

Whether you, your kids or your mates want to get out in Sydney to see the Christmas lights in 2022, we have you covered with our guide to all the best places Sydney Christmas lights, in the CBD, surrounding suburbs, and all the places just out of Sydneytown that do truly incredible festive light displays. 

If you go looking, you'll find illuminated displays to put a twinkle in your eye all over town. There are some pockets of Sydney that go all out for the festive season, and we're seeking them out for you and putting them on this list. 

Ready to get into the spirit? Check out the best Christmas markets in Sydney.

Sydney's best Christmas lights and decorations

You’ll find the largest Christmas tree in the city lighting up the civic heart of Sydney in Martin Place for the 50th year in a row from Saturday, November 26 to Saturday, January 1. This whopper 800-branch tree is decorated with more than 110,000 LED lights, dressed with 15,000 buds representing nine different kinds of native Australian flowers, 330 glossy baubles, and topped with a 3.4-metre colour-changing star. Surrounding the tree, 4,104 warm white icicle fairy lights span across Martin Place. You can see the tree burst into a kaleidoscope of colour every 15 minutes between 7pm and midnight each night. While you're in the area, wander over to see the canopy of light on Pitt Street

Darling Harbour
Photograph: Darling Harbour/Bronnie Barnett

Darling Harbour

Break out your biggest smiles and best poses in front of larger-than-life decorations dotted around the harbour. From November 21 to December 26, you'll find giant glowing baubles floating in the water, as well as a six-metre tall giant bauble outside the Convention Centre Forecourt. Over at Darling Square a glowing tunnel of fairy lights will greet you near the Exchange building. Come and make a wish for a golden year to come, and have your phone handy so you can share the magical moment on the ‘gram. 

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The humongous indoor tree towering over multiple floors at the QVB has always been a popular festive attraction, and 2022 marks a new era and a new tree for the historic building. In the place of the usual Swarovski encrusted fir, the QVB has introduced a tree inspired by Australia's rare native the Wollemi Pine, that is accompanied by an overlay by collaboration of First Nations artists from Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative.  Each floor of the QVB will display a different and incredible artwork by First Nations artists, including an interactive VR experience, the sounds of endangered birds and exquisite hand-painted baubles that reflect the beauty of Australian flora and fauna.

From November 21, the tree will light up, with the tree's immersive experience running at 9.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm, 3.30pm and 5.30 pm every day.  

Want to know more? Book a guided tour.

The best neighbourhood Christmas light displays

Christmas lights around the suburbs
Photograph: Christmas Light Search | Doust Place, Grasmere

Christmas lights around the suburbs

Mount Annan
Swansona Ave

The Swansona Avenue Christmas lights are back and bigger than ever! Walk along through the street's arches and stars, get a photo with their famous love heart, and say hi to the LED deer grazing in their front yard. The owners tell us the coolest thing about their 2022 display is the gigantic Santa hat sitting on their roof, a new addition that's yet to be see on Swansona. Expect to see a whole lot of other homes turning the lights on along the street, with everything running every night until December 30. More details here. 

 

Mount Warrigal
Dickson Avenue

These owners here know a thing or two about Christmas lights, having zealously decorated their property for over ten years. You'll be treated with seeing more LED lights than you can possibly count, as well as an extra-special Australian-themed display, which will include fairy light renditions of the Harbour Bridge, Centre Point Tower and Luna Park's famous grin. You'll also be able to get some sweet festive shots in their Santa Sleigh photo booth, with all of these decorations existing to raise money for Cure Brain Cancer Foundation. More details here.

 

Pitt Town
Farmhouse Avenue 

Down at Farmhouse Avenue you can expect a bright and  Christmas lights display that includes over 50,000 lights,  interactive snow play and an overarching Christmas Disco theme exploding with colour and fun for the whole family. Lace up those dancing shoes and have a boogie, with this experience fundraising for Lights for Kids and the Sydney Children’s Hospital. The lights will run to December 25. More details here. 


Taren Point
Holt Road

Folks! Roll up, roll up to this bustling Christmas display where you’ll be greeted with more twinkly lights in one space than you've ever imagined in all your wildest suburban Christmas dreams. With a huge and magical display coming through year after year, Holt Road is a must-see. The lights are on until 11pm every night. More details here. 

 

Asquith
Lockwood Street

A brilliant show awaits you at Lockwood Street, where all the lights are synced to music in a spectacular experience that lasts for one hour.  Stop by to admire thousands of sparkling strands of lights coating the house and the front lawn, and (in a shiny twist) park up nearby and tune your radio to 98.4FM to watch the lights move in synchronisation to the music. You might even feel like having a little dance yourself. Keep your eyes peeled for the three Lego men dancing on the side fence, as well as the resident lightbulbs that enjoy a sing-a-long. More details here.

 

Tempe
South Street

You’ll find massive displays lining the streets around these parts, but this one on South Street is sure to impress even the grouchiest grinch. From December 10 until just after Christmas Day, you can expect lasers, fog, bubbles and snow machines popping off on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night from 8pm until 10.30pm, with all proceeds from this extravagant light show going to Lights for Kids. More details here.

 

Beverley Park
Jubilee Avenue

If you like interactive show machines and wild light shows, this one is one for you. Kicking off on December 3 and running until Christmas Day, these lights will be sparkling every Friday and Saturday night at 8pm, with this year being 'Aussie' themed, and coming along with its own musical show to boot. More details.

 

Castle Hill
Excelsior Avenue

They're famous in the Sydney Christmas light world, and for good reason. After more than 15 years of festive delight, these folks in Castle Hill have announced that this will be their last year turning on the lights. The owners have spent a month every year decorating their house with the aim of raising funds for HeartKids NSW and 22q Foundation, and this year they will have an incredible interactive experience that works for kids (and adults) alike. This year is their absolute last year on the streets, so don't miss the chance to go check them out from December 1 to December 31. They'll be going out with a bang. More details here.

 

Quakers Hill
Mallee Street

Arguably, this is the brightest and most jam-packed Christmas light display in all of Sydney. Expect to see a life sized sleigh and reindeer perched on the roof,  a massive snow-covered village, and an entire property covered in unique Christmas themes that have to be seen to be believed. Head down,, stand back and admire the whole shiny spectacle. More details here.

 

Saint Clair
Palena Crescent

This whole street is decked out with notable Christmas decorations that are worth a look. You’ll get to squiz a house completely covered in sparkly LED’s, and another that’s decked in green in true, Grinchy style. Walk down the drive under a canopy of Christmas lights, and  enjoy some great photo ops with the various decorations and characters. More details here.

 

Gledswood Hills
Walseley Crescent

Out in the south west, not far from Campbeltown, you’ll find the residents of Walseley Crescent getting into the Christmas groove. The whole street participates in these yearly festivities, with it common practice for everyone to get involved in lighting it up. Lots of lights, decorations, features make for a great atmosphere with visiting, with this display set to run until December 30. More details here.

 

Greystanes
Cumberland Road

This is another street that collectively likes to turn on the goods. Perfect for a wander on a warm summer’s night, you will stroll past a whole street’s worth of decorations lining front gardens and sparkling up roofs. Houses are best viewed from the footpath for this one. More details here. 

 

Thornton
Somerset Drive

For over a decade, a couple of residents on Somerset Drive have been lighting up their home with oodles of lights and fresh features that always excite everyone who sees them. This year, you will see a massive corner-block Christmas Light display, stacked with life size LED decorations, Christmas scenes and heaps of snow. More details here.  

 

North Bondi
Waratah Street

This local spectacular has been bringing joy to the community for over 20 years, and this year will be no exception. Punters will find a lovely English village window display, inflatable kangaroos, massive LED light snowman and Santa figurines, and a Gingerbread house. Thousands of lights will also line the front walls, eaves and thread through the garden. Running from December 1 to just after Christmas, you don’t want to miss it.  More details here.

 

Bankstown
Hixson Street

A large corner-block display with dozens of bright LED characters lining the front fence and house façade, this home’s owners spend a full month roping their spectacular show together, with them loving the chance to say hello to all the families and kids that come past their place. The best thing about this display is the full Christmas nativity scene.  More details here.

 

Belrose
Childs Circuit

The last thing you’d expect to see down this quiet street are 30,000 LED pixels stuck on a double story house, pumping along in unison to funky Christmas tunes. Tune your car into 99.5fm and enjoy the synchronised music show, or hop out and have a dance under the laser lights on the drive. This Belrose number runs until 10pm on weeknights and a little later on weekends. More details here. 

 

Padstow Heights
Chamberlain Road

Arguably, the coolest thing about this vivid display in Padstow Heights is the mammoth resident Santa who towers (no joke) taller than the house itself. Aside from the big man himself, you’ll love a neat Christmas light display and also have the opportunity to support a special cause - the Cure Brain Cancer foundation. More details here. 

 

Toongabbie
Vancouver Avenue

There is so much variety on display at this property in Vancouver Avenue. You can expect to see tens upon thousands of lights illuminating a diverse range of stunning Christmas decorations and extravagant displays. Expect to take in a good eye-full, and, if the weather is behaving itself, you might even get to see some inflatables come to life too. More details here. 



Mosman
Magic Grove

Absolutely gigantic Santa’s seem to have invaded the Sydney Christmas light scene this year, with yet another awesome one guarding this house in Mosman. Be sure to give it a giant wave when you round the bend and he might let you meet his other (and much smaller) friends. Kids will love the quirky inflatables hanging over the front fence, as well as all the music that gets played in the garden during the evenings. More details here. 

 

Ingleside
Ingleside Road

Last, but not least, is this gem of a display in Ingleside. The owners here have been decking their place out for over a decade, and love the community connections it brings. Make sure you look up as you walk through their resident LED tunnel and admire the thousands of overhead lights sparkling above you. You can also have a bit of a Christmas dance under their resident tree beside some inflatable characters, check out numerous decorations, and all-in-all, have quite a festive time. More details here. 

 

Special thanks to the team at Christmas Lights Search 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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