Your festive guide to Sydney's prettiest light displays
From The Hills District to the Shire, to the Northern Beaches and the Inner West, we’ve found you a street nearby that’s filled with Christmas lights. If you’re down for an epic night of light-prowling, don’t forget to pack your snacks (choc-covered peanuts and fruit mince pies) and prep your route in advance. We recommend a comprehensive North to South approach, making sure to catch each one of these worthy displays on your pilgrimage.
Borgnis Street, Davidson
While the title for the city’s best street for their light display is a battle we fear entering, we know for certain that Borgnis Street sits among the top three. With ice-cream vans, sausage sizzles and music playing for hours on end throughout December, this street poses tough competition for those wanting to enter the fray. 10 Cambage Court (also in Davidson) is another serious display, with the owners using their spectacle for good by collecting for a range of charities each year. In 2015 no. 10 raised an impressive $13,500.
Edwin Street, Fairlight
With a tradition of street-wide decorating stretching back to 1997, the moment you enter Edwin Street you’re welcomed into their festive community. With the street’s homes, all working together to raise funds for charity (changes depending on the year), you’d be doing the right thing to drop by after indulging in some beachside fish and chips down in Manly.
Lower North Shore
Prince Albert Avenue, Mosman
The Lower North Shore’s favourite strip of Christmas lights is Prince Albert Avenue. From the beginning of December, the traffic along the street slows to a crawl as drivers try to get a good look at every brightly lit home. If you’re coming from the city, take a ferry to Mosman wharf and stop for a bite at the Mosman Rowers Club before ambling up to check out the lights.
With their local initiative Light Up Lane Cove a favourite with the locals, you can expect a lot of light activity right across the suburb. For some of the best displays, be sure to visit Sutherland Street and Barina Street.
Rangers Road, Cremorne
For an incredible display of lights and action this Christmas, 51 Rangers Road is a definite must. Although you'll have to pop a note in your diary for next year instead – the display is live every second year, so your next chance to visit will be December 2020. But believe us, this spectacle is worth the wait!
The Avenues, Willoughby
First, Second, Third and Fourth Avenues in Willoughby consistently deliver a neighbourhood show of glimmering lights and festive music. Willoughby Council also puts on plenty of Christmas themed events including Carols, markets, street parties and symphonies so you can make a night of your North Shore light hunt.
Sydney Road, Hornsby Heights
With an impressive 50 homes decking out their facades each year, Sydney Road provides an exceptional display for visitors to come and ogle. Running from 8pm each night during December, this one is great for both a slow walk along the footpath or a drive-by, depending entirely on how much time you have to spread across Christmas light destinations.
Avoca Street, Bondi
Lighting up the Eastern Subs like it’s no-one’s business are the enterprising residents of Avoca Street. With full participation up and down the street, you won’t be disappointed with this dazzling display. 5 Waratah Street in North Bondi also delivers quite the show – with six white boomers pulling a ute no less.
Frederick Street, Randwick
A family-friendly haven, expect this quiet street to pull out all the stops this Christmas. From automated lighting displays, festive decorations and metres of tinsel, you can drive through for a quick squizz or take the time to inspect every intricate detail.
Arden Street, Clovelly
Head to this quiet beachside street for a complete Christmas spectacle. The kids, both big and small, will love the bright lights and reindeers!
Burwood Road, Concord
Displaying their lights for the past two decades, the family at number 191 have one of Sydney's best displays. Not only do they boast a whopping 100,000 lights but a display that is completely synced with a soundtrack. We’re impressed #christmasinconcord
Second Street, Ashbury
With almost every home along Second Street getting involved in the decorating spree, this Ashbury street is a must when scouring the Inner West for lights. One of the homes on Second Street in Ashbury collects donations for the charity called HOPE, trying to make the most of the generous crowds who visit each year.
The Shire & St George
Madrers Avenue, Kogarah
Number 36 on Madrers Avenue is always a highlight, with 50,000 lights and a Nativity Scene, a reindeer, a ferris wheel and a singing bear, there is plenty to see. Nearby, 101 Jubilee Avenue in Beverley Park has demonstrated that they aren’t afraid of a little friendly competition. The Sutherland Shire also puts on the ‘Light Up the Shire’ competition which offers generous prizes encouraging locals to get involved. If you’re already in the car you might as well drive the extra 10 minutes to Matraville and check out the displays on Flanders Avenue.
Snowden Avenue, Sylvania
Those looking for a festive fix down south needn’t venture far; the tempting glow of lights along Snowden Avenue in Sylvania is ready to entertain you throughout December. Nearby, Spoonbill Avenue in Woronora Heights doesn’t disappoint and Tea Tree Avenue in Kirrawee is a must.
The Hills District
Oakleigh Avenue, Thornleigh
The residents of Thornleigh’s Oakleigh Avenue make a serious effort each November to put on a show for visitors desperate to get some glow into their Yuletide celebrations. Three houses in particular (they’re impossible to miss) make a serious effort to one up each other - much to the delight of spectators who flock from afar.
A veritable smorgasbord of light offerings, Kellyville is a destination in itself for Christmas light spotting. Head from Mawarra Crescent and Arnold Avenue to Marella Avenue for a full evening of glimmering light shows.
Chauvel Street, North Ryde
The City of Ryde gets involved in the ‘Lights for Kids’ campaign to raise money for kids at the Sydney Children’s Hospital and The Children's Hospital at Westmead each year. Lights cover the windy, tree lined streets make the area look utterly magical. While you’re close by, drop-in to 14 Schumack Street to see Elsa perform every night from December 10th to Christmas Eve.
Mallee Street, Quakers Hill
With an interactive Nativity Scene and beautifully finished figurines, number 7 is a major attraction in the area, while the nearby Noble Way in Rouse Hill is worthy of a visit.
Camellia Street, Greystanes
With a healthy following on Facebook, Camellia Street Greystanes has developed quite a reputation for themselves. With lights switched on from the 1st of December and usually staying lit until the 5th of January or so, this Greystanes display is always a delight. Some evenings during the lead up to Christmas, sausage sizzles are held on the street to collect donations for the Children’s Hospital at Westmead.
The Cascades, Mount Annan
While a little bit further than the rest, the folks of Mount Annan put on a sterling display year on year drawing huge crowds to see how they’ve managed to improve their display each Christmas.