Christmas lights are the best kind of lights.
Every year there are some neighbourly neighbours that go above and beyond throwing up a cable of fairy lights, sticking up some festive words, and calling their Christmas light display complete. Instead, they meticulously plan their display days, weeks or even months in advance like the best designers do, and when the time strikes they get to work setting up and decorating. And once they’re done, they sit back, relax and watch the faces of children and adults light up as they stand in awe at the dazzling display of light and colour. (Featured image: @souvenirpixels)
Reasons abound as to why these neighbourhood heroes light up their homes but no matter why, we just know that they spread the joy and we love it. Find here some of the best home Christmas light displays around Melbourne so you can jump in the car and go marvel at all the bright lights flashing and twinkling in the night.
1. Hordern Road, Mount Evelyn
Not one, not two, not three, not four, not five, not six, but seven houses on Hordern Road have put on a glitzy and glamorous display of Christmas lights this year. If inflatable everything and lights on every tree branch isn’t enough to get you out to Mt Evelyn, then maybe the Whippy Truck will. Making its first appearance this Friday and Saturday (11 and 12 December), it will be back every night from the 18th.
For more houses in Mt Evelyn, see here.
🕓 7pm – 1am
2. Eagle Drive and Kristina Court, Pakenham
Thousands of lights cover the Eagle Drive home featuring a nativity scene, Santa’s workshop, and a Lemax Christmas village. However, it’s not the only one out in Pakenham to go and see. Kristina Court might just have more lights, we don’t know for sure. But what we do know is that they reckon there’s something like 50,000 lights on display and once you go, you just might take their word for it. On weekends they have bubbles too and it’s all in support of Variety — the children’s charity.
For more houses in Pakenham, see here.
44 Eagle Drive
12 Kristina Court
🕓 8:30pm – 10:30pm
3. Grange Road, Sandringham
Hop along to Grange Road for a Christmas light display set to dance music. This house is raising money for Breast Cancer, and so are taking donations as well as raising money through a hamper raffle with all proceeds going to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. We wonder what tracks they’ve synchronised their lights to.
63 Grange Road
🕓 8:30pm – 11pm
4. Honour Avenue, Wyndham Vale
The outer suburbs are really bringing it on this year, and in Wyndham Vale it’s no different. This massive display is full of inflatables where kids are welcome to wander around and explore. Santa says hello every so often, and if the front door is open, you just might be able to poke your head inside as we’ve heard it’s just as beautiful inside as it out.
35 Honour Avenue
🕓 8:30pm – 12am
For more houses in Wyndham Vale, see here.
5. Knightsbridge Avenue, Altona Meadows
From the very top of the roof and spread throughout the entire yard, it seems as if no spot has been missed. Lights at this Knightsbridge Avenue home dangle overhead as you walk in and take a closer look at all the small details.
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For more house in Altona Meadows, see here.
6. Aintree Street, Mooroolbark
Aside from a life-sized Santa sleigh, which we are so keen on seeing, there is also a three-metre tall inflatable reindeer. Pretty much every inch of this property is covered and for good reason too. They’re raising funds for Mooroolbark CFA and Nourish Network — an organisation dedicated to supporting good food being eaten by everyone. On Friday, 11 December, the Whippy Truck will be on hand for ice cream and on Saturday nights the carols come out.
🕓 8:30pm – 10:30pm (Fri and Sat till midnight)
7. Molesworth Street, Coburg
How many lights can you fit on a three-storey home? More than you can fit on a two-storey home, that’s for sure. Supporting the Royal Children’s Hospital, this Coburg home has a gorgeous nativity scene, an inflatable snowman waving from the top balcony, and lights draping from every gutter.
5 Molesworth Street
🕓 7:30pm – 12am
For more houses in Coburg, see here.
8. Gillespie Road, Kings Park
For the best experience, turn up in your car and dial the radio to 99.9FM to witness a computerised light show. There are lasers, there is smoke and the lights are incredible. This very well could be the best synced light show in Vic.
108 Gillespie Road
🕓 9pm – 11:30pm
9. Coleman Avenue, Kew East
Or is this the best light show in Victoria? This Kew East home is decorated with upwards of 80,000 lights set to music with interactive buttons. We’re not sure how it all works yet, but we’re definitely keen on getting down and finding out. More so now that we found out they’re supporting FoodBank Victoria who in turn support the less fortunate in our state.
19 Coleman Avenue
🕓 8pm – 12am
10. Old Melbourne Road, Chirnside Park
Actually, this might be Victoria’s best light show if the huge numbers that it draws every year are to be believed. Then again, more than 10,000 individual channels controlling 50,000 LED lights in a 30 minute light and sound extravaganza does sound like something that would draw thousands of people every night. Arrive early to get a park, set up a picnic, and enjoy the show which begins every half hour. While you’re there, consider donating to the Amari Community Development Organisation Uganda fund.
Oxley Stadium, Old Melbourne Road
🕓 9pm – 11pm
Raising Awareness and Funds
To find more Christmas light displays around Melbourne, use the Australia Christmas Lights Map.