Any festive season would be incomplete without three very important things: a massive meal, the incomparable 2003 blockbuster Love Actually (haters gon’ hate) and Christmas lights. When it comes to the last item on that list, we’ve got you covered. Here are five of the best places to see light displays in Melbourne.
The Boulevard, Ivanhoe
Widely considered to be the best of the best in terms of Melbourne light displays, The Boulevard’s residents have been honing their skills since the 1950s. And boy, does it show! Glittering lights, decorations and Christmas cheer spans the entire street, and the event runs from the 10th of December right up until Christmas Eve. It’s always worth a look, so make a go of it one evening!
Hugo Court, Narre Warren
Hugo Court is a magical place to be in December, as literally every single house goes all-out to impress. Snowfields, reindeer and Christmas trees abound, with intricate LED constructs and long strings of fairy lights running off into the distance. The effort is unbelievable, and the entire court feels like something out of a childhood storybook.
Santander Crescent, Point Cook
Santander Crescent’s yuletide revelry attracts such big crowds that they actually shut off the street to cars, leaving you free to amble about and take it all. In addition to lights, there are also inflatable characters, a synchronised LED music show, and even Santa’s sleigh up on the roof. It’s all so festive, you could even say it puts the Santa in Santander (#sorrynotsorry).
Point Cook is home to a top eatery known as The Brook on Sneydes, where large burgers reign supreme. Pizza Industri and Thai @ Point Cook also rock hard.
Hoya Crescent, Frankston North
If it’s bells and whistles you’re looking for with your Christmas lights, Hoya Crescent’s got plenty to go around. Besides all the shimmering shinies, house number 22 is also known for a handmade Ferris wheel, Christmas trees, inflatables, interactive displays, a nativity scene, music, and a fully functioning snow machine. It’s out of this world, and definitely something you have to experience for yourself!
What, did you think we were going to talk about Christmas lights in Melbourne without mentioning City Square? Impossible! No expense is spared to transform this iconic spot into an enchanted winter forest, and it’s simply wonderful. There’s all sorts of stuff going on during the day, including Santa visits, dancing and Christmas storytelling, and the nights are aglow with a stunning light setup.