Best Places To See Christmas Lights In Melbourne - 2018

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By Stacey Roberts, ellaslist
Nov 28, 2018

Nothing beats a cul-de-sac chock-full of Christmas lights to get you in the mood for the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

What can start as a couple of yard decorations can, over time, turn into dazzlingly epic displays of festive cheer involving whole neighbourhoods (and sometimes even traffic jams).

Sadly this year, some have got so big that legalities mean they won't be putting out the lights for the enthusiastic families (we will miss you, Allumba Drive, St Helens and Hugo Court, Narre Warren), but there is still plenty to see - from your own neighbourhood, to the spectacular spotlights of the CBD.

Check below for Melbourne Christmas lights in your area, and if you go all out for the holidays, we'd love to hear about it! Let us know in the comments where we can find you, or your favourite neighbourhood light display. 

The Boulevard, Ivanhoe

The Boulevard in Ivanhoe is one of Melbourne’s biggest and brightest Christmas lights displays, attracting thousands from across the city every year.

Since the 1950s, residents have decorated their houses, gardens and windows with illuminating displays of lights, nativity scenes, trees, sleighs, Santas and everything Christmas. it's one of those fantastic examples of friendly neighbourhood community (and rivalry!) as every year they seem to go to greather lengths to dazzle and delight onlookers.

There is even food on offer (this year it's BBQs, coffee, and ice cream), and performances from local musical acts.

In 2018, the lights will run from December 15 to 24, 8:30pm - 11pm.

Tennyson Avenue, Preston 

The notion of "go big or go home" must not be lost on a few houses in Tennyson Ave - they go very big, at home! It's all white on the night as a twinkling display of lights get you in the festive spirit.

Image Credit: Melbourne Christmas Lights Facebook

47 Gordon Grove, Preston

More than 40,000 lights flash in time to music around the corner at Gordon Grove, where the theme for 2018 is The Greatest Showman (you can check out a preview on their YouTube channel here). They even upgraded their impressive outdoor Christmas tree for this year - it's amazing what it can do!

Shows run between 8.45 and 10.30pm December 1-26 (Sunday to Thursday), and 8.45pm to midnight on Friday and Saturday nights, and they do ask that when visiting please be mindful of their neighbours and keep noise to a minimum.

Image Credit: Rob's Christmas Lights Facebook

23 Palpera Terrace, Greensborough

Rob has once again pledged to go slighly crazy with the decorations this year, creating a fantastic display to help raise money for the Royal Children's Hospital.

Lebanon Crescent 

Take a trip to #11 at Lebanon Crescent in Mulgrave to see more than 100,000 lights come alive in Christmas splendour. There's even a Polar Express making its way around a track as well as snow machine, reindeers, animated Santas, musical singing santas, bubble machines, and more. Number 11 has even won awards for its efforts!

Running from December 1 to January 2, festivities kick off at 8.30pm to 11pm.

Just a little further down is another king of the Christmas Light race at #41 - well worth a stop-in!

Image Credit: The Boulevard Thomastown Christmas Display

The Boulevard, Thomastown

The house at #118 has been a regular family favourite for Christmas lights since 2004, with all proceeds going to the Heart Foundation.

Everything kicks off November 30 at 8pm.

Image Credit: Thomastown Christmas Lights

5 Wirraway Crescent, Thomastown

You can find another awesome effort at Wirraway Crescent, including two Christmas-themed window displays. 

They have lights, inflatables, reindeer, music, lolly bags and stickers for the kids, and the lights get turned on from November 31.

Vialls Avenue, Parkdale 

If you're in the Parkdale area, head over to Vialls Avenue for some Christmas light sightseeing and you won’t be disappointed. Quite a few houses get involved on Vialls Avenue every year and get decked up sparkling lights. It’s also worth skipping a couple of blocks over to Cedric Street and check out the seven houses on show.

Tennis Court, Mornington 

Sam's Christmas Lights or as locals refer to them, "Tennis Court Christmas lights" are by far one of the most popular and best Christmas light displays around. Sam is super passionate about his Christmas light displays and certainly, goes an extra mile to make sure visitors are left spellbound. Other houses along the court are also decored in bling.

Dalgetty Road 

Dalgetty Road will be light up the sky this Christmas. There's an enormous display of lights. You can even take a stroll through some of the displays. 

Hoppers Crossing 

The community really comes together in Hoppers Crossing and puts up a real fantastic light show for the visitors. Some of the streets close to traffic on weekends and busy nights to allow visitors to stroll through and take in the festive spirit. Don't miss the amazing sleighs at 12 Gildon Court and Goates Court. 

You can also try:

  • Pentathlon Drive and Ann Court, Bundoora
  • Chinnock Court Craigieburn (including a snow machine!)
  • Meldrum Ave, Mill Park
  • Morris St, Coburg North
  • Wirraway Crescent, Thomastown
  • Oakpark Drive, Chadstone
  • Devon Road, Pascoe Vale
  • Vialls Ave, Parkdale
  • Eugenia St, Doveton
  • Parkhill Rd, Kew
  • 56 Craig Road, Devon Meadows
  • 60 Hunter Road Camberwell - they are rasing money for the Starlight Children’s Foundation (see pic below)

Other festive suburbs where most streets have fantastic displays are Brunswick and Brunswick West, Strathmore (on basically all the streets running north from Woodland St), Coburg, and Coburg North, Montmorency, Eltham, Heidelberg, Warrandyte, Templestowe, and the Mornington Peninsula, which even has a Facebook page depicting all the fantastic houses to see!

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Dec 12 2018

The ones in Edwin Rd, Templestowe are also very good.



Dec 01 2018

60 hunter road Camberwell!!!