There is something very magical about Christmas lights, particularly with kids. And we are very fortunate to have some awesome local displays. Christmas light display hunting is definitely a great night out with the kids! But only if you know where you are going…unless your kids are happy to be in the car for ages driving around 😉 This is where our MAP comes in handy. And our top 12 Christmas light displays to see locally with kids.
Thank you to all the lovely people who spend hours decorating their homes, and a whole lot of money, for us to enjoy. Remember to bring some coins along with you as most collect donations for Westmead Children’s Hospital as part of Lights For Kids.
12 Lights of Christmas – Top Picks 2018
Before we show you the Google Map, we thought we would highlight our 12 top local Christmas light displays for families. The list focuses on lovely experiences for families with young kids. And is not a ranked listed of individual Christmas light displays. There is a mixture of stunning individual houses and streets where a number of houses are decorated so you can wander around with the kids – reducing how much you have to get in and out of the car! Plus we have factored in their location when deciding the order, favouring ones closer to Parramatta.
Most of the Christmas light displays will turn on from the first weekend in December and the rest on the second weekend. We will update the list throughout December, so make sure to check back.
1Grasmere (45) and Dorset (5) Avenues in Northmead
Grasmere and Dorset Avenues are definitely the prettiest displays on a street circuit in the City of Parramatta. We particularly love the tunnels that you can walk through at Dorset Avenue – great for little ones.
244 Camellia Street in Greystanes
This is by far the grandest, most over the top individual house for Christmas lights in the area! Plus, there’s an ice cream truck there. But sadly 2018 is the last year for this display so make sure you check it out.
37 Mallee Street, Quakers Hill
We visited this magical house for the first time in 2018. But it has been lighting up for 25 years now! It is not over the top with lights, but instead a beautiful display of creativity and Christmas love. A few of the displays move, and the train on the house roof also pull out steam! This display is part of Light for Kids, which raises money for Westmead Children’s Hospital. There are also some special activities at the house:
- 14th – Santa visits in a fire engine
- 15th – sausage sizzle
- 21st – Santa visits
- 22nd – carols
4Hillsong Church, Baulkham Hills
We were drawn to Hillsong Church to check out the lights. But it was the fun mini winter playland that put the BIG smiles on all our faces! Thankfully my kids weren’t overly impressed with the ‘forest’ of fairy lights so we went exploring. And came across the big piano keyboard with lights that you can walk on, snow ball pit that was mega fun and the swings. There is also a elves cubby house and Santas sleigh. The lights were on when we arrived a bit before 8pm and we understand is on throughout December. There is parking at Hillsong or next door at Norwest Marketown.
5Chauvel Street in North Ryde
The award for most number of houses decorated in a street locally would have to go to Chauvel Street in North Ryde. It is though also probably the busiest. And it is best to park a few streets away and walk as otherwise you could be stuck in traffic for a while.
6Cumberland Road, Greystanes
There are a number of well decorated houses along Cumberland Road in Greystanes between Whalans Road and Vermon Street. Keep in mind that it is a busy road.
7191 Burwood Road, Concord
This stunning house is along Burwood Road, towards Bayview Park, Concord. And it definitely likes up the whole area! There is a snow machine and a flying Santa. And when we visited, there was an ice cream truck as well.
8Pine Street, Rydalmere
While no where near as spectacular as Chauvel Street in North Ryde, Pine Street is closer and a lot less busy! Which is great when it comes to little kids. There are a number of houses on Pine Street as well as Hillman and Finch Avenues. And parking is easy to come by.
9Sydney LDS Temple in Carlingford
The Christmas light display at Sydney LDS Temple is a nice relaxing one to visit with lots of grass to have a picnic on. There is also a nativity scene.
1059 Oakes Road in Carlingford
11143 Good Street, Rosehill
This house is a goodie, raising funds for Westmead Children’s Hospital via Lights for Kids. They have personally been touched by the care of the hospital create the display to bring joy to kids. It is on a busy back road so you may struggle to find parking but you can also enjoy it driving slowly by down to the roundabout and back again.
121 Elm Place, Constitution Hill
Other notable displays can be found at 122 Brush Road in West Ryde, Caledonian Avenue in Winston Hills, 28 Derby Street in Merrylands, 45 Albert St in North Parramatta, 3 Marcel Place in Baulkham Hills, Alamein Ave in Carlingford and 136 Excelsior Ave in Castle Hill.
And if you really love Christmas light displays, then you should take a trip to the Hunter Valley Gardens for their amazing Christmas lights extravaganza! It opened on 2nd November 2018 and it on until 26th January 2019 (closed 25th December) from 5.30pm to 10pm each night.
Christmas Lights Map
The first year we took our kids around to see the Christmas lights, I wrote down the addresses and mapped them out roughly on paper. It was such a time consuming exercise and we still drove a little round in circles. Seeing Christmas lights is SO much easier now with this handy Christmas Lights Google Map that you can load onto your phone.
The Google Map above shows Christmas light displays that we have visited this year and previous years, as well as ones fundraising for Lights for Kids. We regularly update the map as we become aware of more Christmas light displays. And the best bit, is that we have ‘graded’ the light displays so you know which ones are worth driving to and which ones are nice to drive-by.
The map has colour coded markers.
- Green = Already on
- Orange = Will start soon
- Red= There were lights there last year, but none yet this year
- Blue = Unknown
We have also used icons to help work out which lights are just for driving by and which are worth getting out to look at.
- Star = Definitely one to visit, park the car and have a wander.
- Tick = Really good, definitely worth visiting if you live nearby
- Car = Worth driving by if you are in the area
- Circle = Unknown as we haven’t visited yet.