It’s December 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 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.

Want to know where the MUST-VISIT homes are? Scroll down to see photos of some of the Coast’s best-lit homes and to read our interviews with the owners. Plus, enter HIT101.3’s Christmas Lights comp for your chance to WIN $100 cash and $1000 worth of Christmas goodies.  

We’re updating this map and feature every day with new addresses, so make sure you bookmark this page and check back regularly.

Merry Christmas! 

Have you visited the Christmas Lights Spectacular?

With more than 3 million lights, The Hunter Valley Gardens’ Christmas Lights Spectacular is the BIGGEST Christmas lights display in the southern hemisphere! So while they might not technically be the Central Coast, we reckon they’re close enough (and spectacular enough) to warrant inclusion on our map. 

There are Cinderella castles, Ice Age squirrels, giant teddy bears and scooter-riding penguins. Their Candyland is scattered with liquorice allsorts, jellybeans, gingerbread men and lollypops, while their Fairyland is home to Tinkerbell, My Little Ponies and a giant rocking horse. A pirate ship sails the lake and dinosaurs roam the hill. There’s a nativity scene that tells the story of Christmas and a “12 Days of Christmas” area that encourages you to get your carol on. 

A visit to The Christmas Lights Spectacular is an annual tradition for our Playing in Puddles family. We absolutely love the beauty and magic of this event, and we were blown away again this year to see that they’ve (somehow) gone bigger and better, with a huge number of new lights on display.

NEW this year is a White Christmas scene complete with snow cave, polar bears and snowflake-topped trees, and a “Lovers’ Corner” complete with heart tunnel and mistletoe. There’s a new giant snowman to walk through and new magic castle to explore. The Around the World display has been added to with a new and improved Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and Centre Point Tower, plus the UK’s London Big Ben and Edinburgh Castle. 

We’re so lucky to have the Christmas Lights Spectacular just a hop, skip, jump from the Coast. We recommend you add a visit this year to your Christmas list. 

The Christmas Lights Spectacular 
When: 8 November 2019 until 26 January 2020 (closed 25 December 2019). Gardens open daily 9am-4pm; lights open 5.30pm-9.45pm.
Location: The Hunter Valley Gardens, 2090 Broke Road, Pokolbin.
More info: Click here.
Price: Adult $30; Child (4-15 yrs) $25; Child Under 4 Free; Family Pass (2 Adults + 1 Child) $79; Family Pass (2 Adults + 2 Children) $99; Extra Child on Family Pass $22. There are discounts for groups and other pricing options. Click below for more details.

Where to find The Central Coast’s Best Christmas Lights

Homeowners have put on the ritz this year with music-accompanied lights shows, double-story Christmas trees and even Santa Claus himself making appearances in some neighbourhoods. We’ve chat 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 and love for the festive season.

Christmas Lights on Bayberry Ave, Woongarrah

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

ADDRESS: 31 Bayberry Ave, Woongarrah.

LIGHTS TURN ON: Sunday 1 December. Lights will run Sun-Thu 8.15pm-10pm ; Fri-Sat 8.15pm-10.30pm.

SPECIAL EVENTS:
+ See Santa each Saturday evening.
+ Christmas on Bayberry Festive Night – Saturday 14 December (click below for more details).

read their story + More details

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 19 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 25 songs.

Collecting for Sydney Children’s Hospital: 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,” says Matthew. “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.” Last year they raised a staggering $6723, and this year they’re hoping to double that amount. You can donate money on the official Lights for Kids website: click here.

Santa on Saturdays | Santa will be there to welcome onlookers to the house each Saturday evening (7 Dec 2019-21 Dec 2019).

Christmas on Bayberry Festive Night – Saturday 14 December | This special annual festive event closes down the street and brings in Santa, a petting zoo, jumping castle, a Mr Whippy van and sausage sizzles – with all gold coin donations going to the Children’s Hospitals. Raffle tickets will be available to go in the draw to win a family holiday, power tools and more.

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

THE RICHARDS’ LIGHTS, WOY WOY

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

ADDRESS: 77 Watkin Ave, Woy Woy.

LIGHTS TURN ON: 1 December 2019-31 December 2019 (Lights are on 7.30pm-10.30pm; interactive elements such as the train and snow machine switch off at 9.55pm).

READ THEIR STORY + MORE DETAILS

This house is a stand-out favourite for kids. There’s a snow maker blowing snow onto their drive way (and onto the heads of excited children). They have James from the Thomas books doing laps of a festive snowy village. Plus they have umpteen lights, lazers, festive inflatables and candy canes. And the owners hand out chocolates. This here is kid paradise.

It’s no wonder this display is so child-friendly when you discover who the owners are. Sharon Richards worked in childcare for 20 years and she says, “We try to make it as interactive for the kids as possible”. The Richards started decorating the family home some 26 years ago. 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. Last year they erected some 40,477 lights and this year they’re hoping to hit 45,000! “We enjoy doing it,” says Sharon. “My daycare kids form 20 years ago show up. They come every year so we get to watch them grow up”.

Collecting for Ronald McDonald House: 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 $726.30.

MORE DETAILS: Follow the Richards family’s Facebook page for updates on whether the snow machine will be active the night you plan to visit.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS AT 55 DARRI RD, WYONGAH

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

ADDRESS: 55 Darri Rd, Wyongah.

LIGHTS TURN ON: 24 November 2019. Weekdays 7.30pm-10.30pm; weekends 7.30pm-11.30pm.

SPECIAL EVENTS:
+ Meet Santa and kids characters every Saturday evening (from 7th December to 21st December; 7.30pm-8.45pm).

READ THEIR STORY + MORE DETAILS

Michelle Gribble has been decorating her Wyongah home for the past 11 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 more inflatables, more lights and a new snowy village scene.

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.

Collecting for the Children’s Hospital: Michelle goes to all of this trouble each year to raise money for the Children’s Hospital, as her 15-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.

Saturday evenings | Every Saturday evening (from 7th December to 21st December;7.30pm-8.45pm) will see a mini festival of fun take place on Michelle’s lawn 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.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS FOR ANGELS, WADALBA

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

ADDRESS: 66 Settlement Drive, Wadalba.

LIGHTS TURN ON: Sunday 1 December.

READ THEIR STORY + MORE DETAILS

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.” This year the display is going to be a whole lot bigger. Troy says, “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. 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: 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. Last year they raised $956.65

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

Add your home to the map!

Have we missed your family’s Christmas Lights Display? Please add your address and upload a photo to the map below or email your address and a few photos to info@playinginpuddles.com.au. Know of a house in your street that puts on a great display, add them too.

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.
+ Click on the “directions” box to get directions from wherever you may be – ain’t that so clever!

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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: 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. Don’t worry, we promise the email won’t be published, we won’t spam you 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 upload an image (no more than 300KB) and provide an email address in the “description” so we can get in touch for further details of your fabulous display.  

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 info@playinginpuddles.com.au

Vote for the Coast’s Best Christmas Lights for your chance to WIN! 

Have you used our map to drive the Coast and visit all the lights? 

Vote for your favourite house in Hit101.3’s “Christmas Light Trail” competition for your chance to WIN $100, and for the winning house to WIN $1000 worth of goodies from The Christmas Warehouse Erina!

LAMBERTS CHRISTMAS LIGHTS AT 64 HAMPSTEAD WAY, RATHMINES 

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

ADDRESS: 64 Hampstead Way, Rathmines.

LIGHTS TURN ON: Saturday 30th November 2019 (7.30pm-9.30pm/10pm).

READ THEIR STORY + MORE DETAILS

Neree and Geoff Lambert erect 60,000-80,000 lights in their front yard each year, and last year they ejected their cars from the garage so the space could accommodate a large-scale nativity scene. They have a snow machine, loads of inflatables, a Santa statue that attracts a line each year and a full-size angel.

Neree and her daughter decorated their home for the first time some 10-12 years ago. The boys were playing golf and the girls decided to decorate. Neree says, “what started out of boredom has just grown into something out of all proportions”.

Neree says, they’ve continued to decorate their home each year, “to see the happiness it brings – in children but also in adults, in grandparents, in people with no families. It brings people together.” 

They’ve announced that next year will be the final year of lights for them, so we suggest you get there to see this spectacular display. 

Collecting for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter. Last year they collected $4500. There will be buckets out the front. 

MORE DETAILS: Follow their Lamberts Christmas Lights Facebook page

CHITTAWAY CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

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

ADDRESS: 9 James Watt Dr, Chittaway Bay.

LIGHTS TURN ON: 1 December 2019 (7.45pm-10/10.30pm). 

SPECIAL EVENTS:
+ Meet Santa on Christmas Eve.

READ THEIR STORY + MORE DETAILS

Vanessa and her family have been decorating their home at Chittaway Bay for the past nine 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. They have a slushie machine set up on their front lawn on hot summer nights ($1 donation) and the family hand out lollies every evening throughout December. The slushie machine comes courtesy of a friend who runs a party hire business and the lollies have been donated for the past few years by a local who runs a confectionary company but donates anonymously. Big Heart that.

Collecting for the Children’s Hospital at Randwick: Vanessa’s son had sagittal craniosynostosis (a condition where certain bones in a child’s skull fuse prematurely). Her son underwent two major surgeries – at 4 and 14 – and both were performed by a wonderful team of doctors at Randwick Hospital. This is their way of giving back each year, and last year they raised $2000.  

Christmas Eve | Come say Merry Christmas to Santa on the 24 December before he embarks on his big journey around the world.

MORE DETAILS: Follow their Chittaway Christmas Lights Facebook page

must-light homes To return in 2020

There are a couple of favourite must-visit homes that won’t be lit up this year due to health and work commitments. We know you’ll be asking about them, so we’ve noted them here:

+ The Fabulous Christmas Light Show on St Hubert’s Island: Matthew Mosse-Robinson’s house on St Hubert’s Island’s Cuttlefish Parade is normally decked out in more than 200 strings of lights. For the past four years he’s invested hundreds of hours tinkering with Light-o-Rama software to bring you some incredibly impressive Christmas light shows set to music. Matthew hopes to bring his lights back in 2020.

+ Santa at 57 Katoomba Ave, San Remo: Each year, from early November, Jody Heterick has erected a special post box out the front of her home that delivers children’s letters direct to the North Pole, and every child who posted a letter to Santa received a letter back from Saint Nick himself (it gives you the warm and fuzzies doesn’t it). Sadly, for the first time in 14 years their lights won’t be on, but they hope to bring their display and Santa back in 2020.

THANK YOU

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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