Christmas is nearing and houses across the Central Coast are now dressed in their festive best. Strings of Christmas lights are adorning guttering, silver reindeer are nibbling at sun-baked lawns, blow-up Santas are swaying in the evening breeze and families are driving very, very slowly through suburban streets pointing out lights to each other.
An evening drive in the weeks before Christmas is a ritual many Central Coast families love, and we hope to have made it that much easier and more special for you this year to plan your route.
The Central Coast’s Best Christmas Lights
We’ve written a feature outlining the “must-visit” homes and destinations you’ll definitely want to see. These are the places that go above and beyond each year and deliver truly magical displays. Scroll below the map to read all about them.
Map of Christmas Lights on the Central Coast
We’ve been hard at work making a map of all the best spots on the Central Coast for Christmas Lights. You can search for individual homes, full streets, public displays and must-visit destinations. Plus you can get directions from wherever you may be – ain’t that so clever!
This is a map for all local families and we want you to be involved. If you decorate your house we invite you to include your place on the map. Know of a house in your street that puts on a great display, add them too. We’ll be updating this map and feature often, so make sure you bookmark this page and check back regularly.
♥ Have we missed your family’s Christmas Lights Display? Feel free to add your address and upload a photo to the map below (please include your address in the “Marker Title”). The more the merrier. ↓
Click on the map icons to see the relevant address and photo. Use the drop-down “Filter” bar above the map to limit your search to individual homes, full streets, public displays or only Must-visit homes. Displays usually run from 1-31 December, but some light up in late November.
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The Christmas Lights Spectacular, Hunter Valley Gardens
We were completely and utterly blown away by the beauty and magic of the Hunter Valley Gardens’ Christmas lights.
This is no ordinary lights-adorning-hedges-style display: no, no, this is far bigger and better and way more impressive than that. With more than 2 million twinkling lights, this is the BIGGEST Christmas lights display in the southern hemisphere!
There are 16 individual themed displays scattered across the Gardens. The Cinderella display will have little girls squealing with delight, as will the forest of fairies and unicorns. There’s a section dedicated to lollies and sweets and all things sticky, a nativity scene that tells the story of Christmas, and a “12 Days of Christmas” section that encourages you to get your carol on, as the appropriate lights turn on with each verse of the song.
Playing in Puddles visited the Christmas Lights Spectacular. Click here to read our full review (and to see more photos of the stunning lights).
The Central Coast’s Best Houses for Christmas Lights
Home owners have put on the ritz with music-accompanied lights shows, double-story Christmas trees and even Santa Claus himself. We’ve found must-visit homes across the Central Coast – from Wyongah in the north to St Hubert’s Island in the south. Enjoy!
Christmas Lights on Bayberry Ave, Woongarrah
Matthew Redman has been working on his computerised Christmas light display since February! Yes, you read that correctly, February! So, it’s no surprise how incredible it is and that it’s one of our “Must-visit” homes.
It might only be the third year that Matthew’s had his lights computerised, but he’s an old hand at the decorations – with 17 years under his belt. It takes him four weeks to set up the display each year, and says, “I get a big buzz from the joy on the faces of kids and families seeing our Christmas Lights display go off”.
Matthew’s display raises money for the Sydney Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Hospital at Westmead: “We experienced the loss of a very young child in our extended family, and the Children’s Hospital was superb with her ongoing care and the support that they provided during her brave fight, and to the family following her passing.”
You can donate money on the official Lights for Kids website here: www.lightsforkids.org.au/christmas-on-bayberry
On Saturday 16 December they will be holding a special festive night with all gold coin donations going to the Children’s Hospitals. Santa will be visiting aboard The Fun Engine fire truck, there will be a jumping castle, sausage sizzle and two Bunnings staff members doing face painting and temporary tattoos for the kids.
Posted by Christmas on Bayberry on Sunday, December 3, 2017
For more details, you can follow Matthew’s “Christmas on Bayberry” Facebook page too.
Address: 31 Bayberry Ave, Woongarrah (it’s one of the “Must-see” locations on our map).
Christmas Lights for Angels at 66 Settlement Drive, Wadalba
Cindy and Troy are the owners behind the famous Settlement Drive display. Cindy says, “My husband Troy is the mastermind behind our display. He spends most of the year working on the display, from designing or sourcing props to synchronising the lights to music on the computer. The actual assembly of the display takes about 4 weeks.”
Posted by Christmas Lights for Angels on Monday, August 28, 2017
Their daughter was diagnosed with Angelman Syndrome in 2015, and with their display they hope to raise awareness of this neurological disorder, which causes intellectual disability, severe language impairment, movement problems and frequent seizures, among other symptoms.
Stop by to grab your dinner on Saturday 23 December (from 7:30pm). Eric & Danielle of catering company La Paella Fiesta will be on the BBQ flipping Angel Hamburginis – a burger with Angus beef, cheddar, tomato jam & mustard mayo ($7). They kindly donate their time and ingredients each year to this annual evening, and all proceeds go towards The Foundation for Angelman Syndrome and Therapeutics Australia. Click here if you’d like to make a donation.
For more details, you can follow their Christmas Lights for Angels Facebook page too.
Address: 66 Settlement Drive, Wadalba (it’s one of the “Must-see” locations on our map).
It’s not just number 66 that gets into the festive spirit, though – many of the residents along Settlement Drive and the adjacent Connemarra Street go all out each and every year. It’s such a popular spot for Christmas-light gazing that food trucks have been known to frequent the streets in previous years.
Christmas Lights at 44 Woodbury Park Dr, Mardi
“We’ve only been going for a couple of years,” says Jamie McKenzie. “It started with a couple of LED lights and over the past three years it has exploded to take over our whole front yard/garden and roof!”
On Saturday nights you’ll find Jamie or his partner walking around in an inflatable Santa suit and taking photos with local kids, which makes for a fun and very different take on the annual Santa photo. There’s music playing, chocolate and candy being handed out and just generally a lot of fun to be had.
The lights run from 8pm-10.30/11pm (longer if it’s busy) each night.
Address: 44 Woodbury Park Dr, Mardi (it’s one of the “Must-see” locations on our map).
Meet Santa at 57 Katoomba Ave, San Remo
Come and meet Santa, Mrs Claus and one of his very busy elves every Friday and Saturday night in San Remo (8pm-10pm). Have a photo taken with Santa on his big red chair or leave a letter in his letterbox with return address and a stamp so he can write back to you!
Jody Heterick has been putting lights up for 14 years and Santa has been attending for the past three. She does it “to see the smiles on everyone’s face”, and we’re so very glad she does.
Address: 57 Katoomba Ave, San Remo (it’s one of the “Must-see” locations on our map).
The Fabulous Christmas Light Show at 7 Cuttlefish Parade, St Hubert’s Island
Matthew Mosse-Robinson’s house on St Hubert’s Island’s Cuttlefish Parade is decked out in more than 200 lights that take six days to set up. As if that alone wasn’t impressive enough, last year he decided to take it to the next level and invest hundreds of hours tinkering with some Light-o-Rama software. The result was an incredibly impressive Christmas light show set to music. Check out the master stroke of last year’s display in the video below. The show will be making a come back this year on December 10.
Address: 7 Cuttlefish Parade, St Hubert’s Island (it’s one of the “Must-see” locations on our map).
Lights go up: Sunday 10 December 2017. Lights get turned on at 8pm. Last year you could tune into 91.5FM if you couldn’t hear the speakers.
Sneak peek at our Christmas Lights this year. Watch with sound – feel free to pop round, they get turned on at 8pm – Cuttlefish Pde, St. Huberts Island.
Posted by Matthew Mosse-Robinson on Sunday, December 4, 2016
Christmas Lights at 55 Darri Rd, Wyongah
Michelle Gribble of 55 Darri Road has been decorating her Wyongah home for the past nine years, and every year her $8000-display gets bigger and better as she adds to her collection at the Boxing Day sales.
Every Saturday evening (from 2nd December to 23rd December) will see a mini festival of fun take place on Michelle’s lawn, with people dressed as Minnie Mouse, Mickey Mouse, The Minions, Anna from “Frozen”, Handy Manny and Santa himself making an appearance and handing out lolly bags to visiting kids.
Some new additions to this year’s display includes a ginormous $1200 Christmas tree that was kindly gifted to Michelle by a friend three weeks ago. Michelle has been busy since adorning it in tinsel, baubles, bows, lights, candy canes and, of course, a crowning star. Michelle has also been busy “giving some TLC” to a kids cubby that was also donated to her Christmas display. The once bare cubby has been transformed into a magical winter wonderland. The exterior is snow-and-icicle covered, while the open interior is now decorated as a cosy living room complete with brick fireplace and a Christmas tree.
Michelle goes to all of this trouble each year to raise money for the Children’s Hospital, as her 13-year-old daughter Hope has cerebral palsy and has spent a lot of time over the years in and out of hospital. There will be a little wishing well out the front of the property, with all money raised going to the Children’s Hospital.
Address: 55 Darri Rd, Wyongah (it’s one of the “Must-see” locations on our map).
Christmas Lights on Shamrock Drive, Berkeley Vale
On December 24 the whole neighborhood hit their front yards to celebrate “the night before Christmas” with family, friends, neighbours and strangers alike who want to witness the spectacle of lights. Candles line the street, barbecues are lit and the street is full of the sound of laughter and carols. Take a stroll and get into the festive spirit.
Christmas Lights at 2 Plateau Rd, North Gosford
We recommend you pile the kids into the car for this place. With some $15,000 being spent each year on new exhibits, this is one house you can’t miss. In previous years they’ve had singing pine trees and 3D nativity scenes. We can’t wait to see what they have in store for this year.
Address: 2 Plateau Rd, North Gosford (it’s one of the “Must-see” locations on our map).
Thank you to all of the wonderful locals mentioned above, and others, who put on these Lights each year. Thank you for your generosity and time, and for bringing so much joy to so many people.
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