Where to see the best Christmas lights in your capital city

Legend has it, one clever electrician bored of simply decking the halls with holly, decided to decorate his street in Louisiana with light bulbs as early as 1926. The dazzling trend caught on, spreading across the US and appears in some of our favourite Christmas flicks like Home Alone and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

Now, just like Halloween, the tradition of decorating your house with Christmas lights has made itself way to Australia, and it’s getting bigger every year! The trickiest part is knowing where to find them. That’s why we did the hard work for you and tracked down the most glittering, festive streets around the country.

So tee up the Christmas carols, pop the kids in the car and set your GPS for these sparkly streets. You may need a little Christmas spirit to deal with the crowds as chances are you won’t be the only ones stopping by. Be prepared to park in a nearby street and take a stroll. If you’re lucky you might catch some synchronised soundtracks or live carolling to really make your insta-stories sing. Peace on earth, neighbours!

Sydney

The city best known for New Year’s Eve fireworks goes all out putting on a different kind of light show for Christmas.

Avoca Street, Bondi
Pleasant Avenue, Erskineville
Lilyfield Road, Lilyfield
Baulkham Hills Road, Baulkham Hills
Sydney Road, Hornsby
Carpenter Street, Colyton
Excelsior Avenue, Castle Hill

Brisbane

Some neighbourhoods in the sunshine state capital go positively crackers giving families plenty of reason to take a drive tonight.

Castile Crescent, Edens Landing
Maundrell Terrace, Chermside West
Melrose Close, Carindale
Everard Street, Westlake
Burwick Close, Middle Park
Bluedong Place, Algester
Elm Drive, Murrumba Downs
Stella Street, Holland Park


Melbourne

Competition among neighbours can be fierce in Melbourne so expect to be dazzled.

Tennyson Avenue, Preston
Palpera Terrace, Greensborough
Reichelt Avenue, Montmorency
The Boulevard, Ivanhoe
Porter Street, Templestowe
Lebanon Crescent, Mulgrave
Vialls Avenue, Parkdale
Bellbridge Drive, Hoppers Crossing

Hobart

Fill your Keep Cup with eggnog and get set to toast the festivities around the Apple Isle’s capital city. 

Tavistock Road, Austins Ferry
Cavenor Drive, Oakdowns
Celtic Place, Gagebrook
Bellette Place, Chigwell
Tingira Road, Blackmans Bay

Adelaide

From the beachside suburbs all the way up into the hills famous for fizz and fine wine, Adelaide goes OTT with lots of lovely lights.

Irene Avenue, Fulham Gardens
Cooradilla Drive, Salisbury Park
Benthall Avenue, Oakden
Brentwood Drive, Huntfield Heights
Main Street, Lobethal



Perth

Christmas lights served up with a side of warm, salty sea breeze? That’s how it’s done in Perth.

Marmion Street, Cottesloe
Cunningham Street, Canning Vale
Newbury Way, Alkimos
Coongan Court, Heathridge
Prairie Dunes, Connolly
Marriot Way, Morley
Palmerston Crescent, Tapping

Darwin

A tropical twist on Christmas takes over the lush waterfront, CBD and suburbs around Darwin.

Kitchener Drive, Darwin Waterfront
Cedar Street, Nightcliff
Sheddan Court, Gray
Bennett Street, Darwin City
Smith Street Mall, Darwin City

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