Incredible Christmas Light Displays Around Melbourne

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

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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!

If you’re in the area, try some summery Mediterranean flavours at Plaka Greek Restaurant. Paladarr is an awesome Thai joint, and Bobo’s Diner does hearty US grub.

Hugo Court, Narre Warren

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Image credit: Hugo Court Facebook

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.

If you’re out for dinner, check out Timbarra Thai or Soya Noodle & Sushi Bar for some fine Asian eats, or indulge your spicier side at local favourite Mexican Cantina.

Santander Crescent, Point Cook

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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

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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!

If all that holiday cheer puts a rumble in your tummy, we’d suggest heading to Il Castello Pizza Cafe. Glorious stuff! Kwong’s Chinese & Noodle is delicious too, as is Dolphin Fish & Chips.

City Square

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Image credit: onya Magazine

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.

You’ll be pretty hungry after all that, so head over to Chin Chin for some quality southeast Asian cuisine. MoVida is a wine and tapas haven, while Young & Jackson handles the modern Aussie fare.

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