It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Strings of Christmas lights are adorning guttering and blow-up Santas have been erected on front lawns. And families everywhere 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 with our Central Coast Christmas Lights Map and feature outlining the best-decorated homes we hope to make it that much easier for you to plan your route. Our map has more than 250 locations, including must-visit homes and full street displays to make Christmas Light finding super easy.  

 Merry Christmas!

Where to find The Central Coast’s Best Christmas Lights

Homeowners will be putting on the ritz this year with music-accompanied lights shows, double-storey Christmas trees and blow-up Santas that tower over homes. We’ve chatted with the wonderful residents of some of our favourite must-visit homes across the Central Coast – from Wyongah in the north to St Hubert’s Island in the south – to discover their motivation in installing such showstopping displays and about their love for the festive season.

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It’s a “Must-see” location on our map ↓ 

ADDRESS: 38 Thomas Mitchell Road, Killarney Vale


LIGHTS TURN ON: Lights are on every night from 7pm.


James puts on a fantastic Christmas window display at his home in Killarney Vale! He said, “I do the window displays as I want to bring back the old vintage shop window displays that I grew up seeing at the David Jones displays in the city. I wanted to recreate that magical feel again that I remember as a child”. This one will please the kids AND adults so make sure you put 38 Thomas Mitchell Road on your list of the best homes to visit!


It’s a “Must-see” location on our map ↓ 

ADDRESS: 4 Anniversary Place, Tuggerah


LIGHTS TURN ON: 1 December 2021. Weekdays 7.30pm-10pm; later as it gets closer to Christmas. The cutouts are not put out on the lawn if it’s raining.


Mel and Pete have been decorating their Tuggerah home in Christmas lights for 22 years and counting! Their favourite feature this year would have to be the two rope light signs on the roof. They’re so bold you can see them from around the neighbourhood!


It’s a “Must-see” location on our map ↓ 

ADDRESS: 8 Ghersi Avenue, Wamberal.


LIGHTS TURN ON: Each night as it gets dark.


For those who are familiar with the fantastic Christmas light display formerly located at 48 Windsor Road, Wamberal, you’ll be pleased to hear that Monica (who has recently moved from that address) has taken her epic light show of 20 years to her new address – 8 Ghersi Avenue!

We’re glad to see that Monica will be keeping up the tradition so make sure you add this new one to your tour!


It’s a “Must-see” location on our map ↓ 

ADDRESS: 16 Barn Owl Avenue, Wadalba


LIGHTS TURN ON: Lights turn on at 7.15pm every night.


The Ellis family have been decorating their home in Wadalba for 4 years and absolutely love the joy it gives to kids (and adults)! Their favourite piece this year is a HOME MADE star on the roof! And of course, we can’t forget the GIANT treehouse too!


It’s a “Must-see” location on our map ↓ 
ADDRESS: 9 James Watt Dr, Chittaway Bay.

LIGHTS TURN ON: Wednesday 1 December 2021 (7.45pm-10/10.30pm).


Vanessa and her family have been decorating their home at Chittaway Bay for the past 11 years. Each year the family decks out the front lawn in lights and a giant six-metre tall inflatable Santa – the largest on the Central Coast.

And in 2021 they’re happily bringing back the sweet treats. and will be handing out lollies every evening throughout December.

Side note with heart: The lollies have been donated for the past few years by a local who runs a confectionery company but donates anonymously. Love.

Collecting for Carrie’s Beanies 4 Brain Cancer in 2021: Vanessa says, “We have lost a dear friend and have another close friend battling this disease this year. 

Want to say thank you! | Click here to donate to Vanessa’s Beanies 4 Brain Cancer fundraising initiative.

MORE DETAILS: Follow their Chittaway Christmas Lights Facebook page


It’s a “Must-see” location on our map ↓ 
ADDRESS: 55 Darri Rd, Wyongah.
LIGHTS TURN ON: 27 November 2020. Weekdays 7.30pm-10.30pm; weekends 7.30pm-11.30pm.

Michelle Gribble has been decorating her Wyongah home for the past 13 years and every year her $8000-display gets bigger and better as she adds to her collection at the Boxing Day sales. This year you’ll find even more inflatables and lights.

Playing in Puddles has visited Michelle’s display and we were amazed at how many fun and festive elements Michelle has managed to include on her front lawn. There was Santa’s lounge room (complete with brick fireplace), loads of inflatables (including Santa on a motorbike, oversized penguins, Santa piloting a plane, prancing reindeer and Santa driving a train), myriad fairy lights, a snow machine, and a ginormous Christmas tree adorned in tinsel, baubles, bows, lights, candy canes and, of course, a crowning star.

Normally every Saturday evening Michelle hosts a mini festival of fun on her lawn each Saturday throughout December – with people dressed as Minnie Mouse, Mickey Mouse, Anna from “Frozen”, Handy Manny and Santa himself making an appearance and handing out lolly bags to visiting kids. Due to COVID,  this year this will not be able to go ahead.

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It’s a “Must-see” location on our map ↓ 
ADDRESS: 77 Watkin Ave, Woy Woy.

LIGHTS TURN ON: Wednesday 1 December 2021 – 31 December 2021. Lights are on 7.30pm-10.30pm.


This house has long been a stand-out favourite for kids with its umpteen lights, lasers, festive inflatables and candy canes.

And, in 2021 they’re also bringing back their fabulous interactive elements! They have a snowmaker that the kids can dance beneath, a Thomas train and lots of chocolate! Plus, new this year are three wooden cut outs to get your photos taken in – a Santa, a Grinch and a snowman.

It’s not surprising that this display is so child-friendly, as Sharon Richards worked in childcare for 20 years.

The Richards started decorating the family home some 28 years ago, and last year they erected some 40,477 lights! What they can make they make (such as the giant snow domes), but they also buy a lot of their decorations at the Boxing Day Sales: “Each year we set a budget that we never stick to”, says Sharon.

“We enjoy doing it,” She adds. “My daycare kids from 20 years ago show up. They come every year so we get to watch them grow up”.

Collecting for Ronald McDonald House at Gosford Hospital: They have a donation bucket out the front with all proceeds going to Ronald McDonald House. “One day we might have a grandchild who needs it,” says Sharon. Last year they raised more than$1,100!

MORE DETAILS: Follow the Richards Xmas Lights Facebook page for updates.


It’s a “Must-see” location on our map ↓ 
ADDRESS: 66 Settlement Drive, Wadalba.

LIGHTS TURN ON: Wednesday 1 December 2021 – 26 December 2021. The light show will loop through five songs. There will be a 15-minute break between lights shows to allow people time to come and go.


Cindy and Troy are the owners behind the famous Settlement Drive display, which has more than 11,000 lights! 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.”

Over the past couple of years, Troy’s display has just gotten bigger and bigger. “I’ve added new wreaths, singing elements, a sleigh with kangaroos, gingerbread man, a lot of stars on the top roof and new larger snowflakes,” he says. “The show has grown so large that I’m now taking over some of the next-door neighbour’s house to fit it all!”

Troy says, “We have now turned this little show into a full-time profession. I actually manufacture all the props that are at the house and I am helping a few families around the Coast have the light show they always wanted, so that’s exciting”.

Collecting for The Foundation for Angelman Syndrome and Therapeutics Australia: Cindy and troy’s 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. 

Want to say thank you! | Donate to Cindy and Troy’s fundraising link today.

MORE DETAILS: Follow their Christmas Lights for Angels Facebook page. Want Troy to create your light show, click here

Christmas Lights on Bayberry Ave, Woongarrah

It’s a “Must-see” location on our map ↓ 
ADDRESS: 31 Bayberry Ave, Woongarrah.

LIGHTS TURN ON: Wednesday 1 December 2021 – 25 December 2021. Lights are on Sun-Thu 8.15pm-10pm; Fri-Sat 8.15pm-10.30pm.

SPECIAL EVENTS: Have you photo taken with Santa on Saturday 4th, 11th and 18th December. Plus more than 1000 activity packs will be handed out to kids.

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Matthew Redman has been working on his computerised Christmas light display since February! Yes, you read that correctly: February!

Matthew’s an old hand at the decorations – with 21 years under his belt. It takes him four weeks to set up the display each year and he says, “I get a big buzz from the joy on the faces of kids and families seeing our Christmas Lights display go off”. This year he has lights synchronised to more than 20 songs. Plus, they’ll be handing out 1000 activity packs to kids, thanks to local Real Estate agents JN Property Co.

Collecting for Camp Breakaway: For the past seven years Matthew’s display has raised money for the Sydney Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, and last year they raised a staggering $3,000! 

This year they’ve decided to share the love and fundraise for another charity close to their hearts – local group Camp Breakaway. You can donate with cash on the night via the letterbox.

Santa Photos | Santa will be there on Saturday 4th, 11th and 18th December for photos.

2021 will be different |The annual Christmas on Bayberry Festive Night will not go ahead this year due to COVID restrictions. 

MORE DETAILS: Follow Matthew’s “Christmas on Bayberry” Facebook page.


It’s a “Must-see” location on our map ↓ 
ADDRESS: 57 Katoomba Ave, San Remo.

LIGHTS TURN ON: Wednesday 1 December 2021 (8pm-11pm).

SPECIAL EVENTS: Post your letter to Santa here and get a reply! Plus have your photo taken with Santa!


Each year, from early November, Jody Heterick has erected a special post box out the front of her home that delivers children’s letters directly to the North Pole. And every child who posts a letter to Santa receives a letter back from Saint Nick himself (it gives you the warm and fuzzies doesn’t it).

Plus, you can have a photo taken with Santa on his big red chair every weekend in December! Santa, Mrs Claus and one of his very busy elves make an appearance at Jody’s house every Friday and Saturday night (8pm-10pm).

7 Cuttlefish Pde, St Hubert's Island - Christmas Lights Central Coast Map | Playing in Puddles

Stan Johnson Drive, Hamlyn Terrace 

It’s a “Must-see” location on our map ↓ 

ADDRESS: Stan Johnson Drive, Hamlyn Terrace


This street is a pull-over and walk-style street. Multiple homes go all out decorating their homes every year and the whole place has a fun festival vibe.  


It’s a “Must-see” location on our map ↓ 

ADDRESS: 25 Toorak Ave Erina


LIGHTS TURN ON: Lights will be on from Saturday 27 November. Sun-Thurs until 10.15pm | Fri-Sat until midnight.

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 Alicia and Shannon are a husband and wife team who began decorating the outside of their family home around nine years ago. They started off with just a few light displays and have been adding more and more each year. Then, a couple of years ago, they decided to open their gates to local children so that they could get a photo in Santa’s sleigh!

The display is so impressive, they’ve lost count of how many lights they have. But to give you an idea, there are 11,000 on the magnolia tree alone! The standout piece this year has to be the GIANT inflatable snowman. All in all, the whole display takes them around 60 hours to set up – now that’s commitment!

They’ve found so much joy in decorating outside and love that they can share it with others.


Add your home to our Central Coast Christmas Lights map!

Have we missed your family’s Christmas Lights Display? Please add your address to the form above or email your address and a few photos to [email protected]. Know of a house in your street that puts on a great display, add them too.

Click Here for Info on How to Add Your Home to the Map

The Playing in Puddles’ Christmas Lights Map 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 home on the map. Know of a house in your street that puts on a great display, add them too.

Marker Title: Give your home a festive name.

Marker address: Add your address.

Marker description: Pretty please add your email and address so that we can contact you next Christmas to see if you’d like to remain on the map; it keeps our map fresh and up to date and it saves you having to add it yourself every year. Don’t worry, we promise the email won’t be published, we won’t send you any other emails and we won’t share your email with third parties.

Marker Images: Please keep the size of images to no more than 300KB. The software will not accept images larger than 1MB.

Marker category: To be considered a “Must-see lights” display, please email us an image (no more than 300KB) of your fabulous display – [email protected].

PLEASE NOTE: Your marker will not be published immediately. To prevent website spammers, all map locations are approved by us before going “live” on the site. Please allow up to 4 days for this to happen. 

Having trouble? If you’re finding it difficult to load your details on our map, please email your address and a few photos to [email protected].

Click Here for Instructions on How to Use the Map

+ Use the drop-down “Filter” bar above the map to limit your search to individual homes, whole street displays, public displays or only “Must-visit” locations.
+ Click on the map icons to see the relevant address and a photo.
+ Want to limit your search to a specific suburb or specific address? Use the “Search” bar under the map to narrow your results.
+ Click on the “directions” box to get directions from wherever you may be – ain’t that so clever!
+ Want to add your address to the map? Open teh box above for instructions on how to do that or email [email protected] and we’ll do it for you :).

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Thank you to all of the wonderful locals mentioned above and to the many others who turn on fantastic light displays each year. Thank you for your generosity and time and for bringing so much joy to so many people.

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