Tag Archives: Christmas lights

Ask RiotACT: Canberra Xmas Lights

By 21 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
Ask RiotACT

Looking to drive around the suburbs and check out the Xmas lights that families put up. Any suggestions for the best ones?

Canberra’s best Christmas lights

By 16 December 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

When I was growing up, most houses in my waterside suburb on the Central Coast got into Christmas lights – whether it be one or two strings across their guttering, or a full blown lights show where there was so much going on you didn’t know where to look. I’ve noticed that Canberrans don’t really [...]

Christmas lights in Civic – doing it for the kids

By 2 December 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE

December has just begun and that means the silly season is among us, and the Christmas lights have been switched on.
I took myself along to the Canberra Christmas lights extravaganza, previously hosted by the Richards family at their home in Forrest, now in Civic in Petrie Plaza – just near the Carousel which is also [...]

An illuminating start to Christmas in the City

By 28 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Today Canberra makes history as the SIDS & Kids ACT Christmas Lights in the City breaks the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the world’s largest LED light image display.
Canberra CBD Limited CEO Jane Easthope is delighted with the record breaking display.
“On behalf of Canberra CBD Limited I’d like to congratulate everyone who participated in [...]

Going for a world record with Christmas light display


Who says it’s too early for talk of Christmas?
This Christmas, Canberra’s City centre will transform into a wonderful festival of lights as the Richards family bring their world record breaking Christmas light display to the CBD.
In 2013, SIDS and Kids ACT Christmas Lights display made headlines around the world when the Richards family decorated their [...]

Behind the scenes on Tennyson Crescent

By 17 December 2013 FEATURED ARTICLE

Screencraft media have sent in their spectacular look at all the Richards family have done with their Guinness World Record Christmas light display on Tennyson Crescent in Forrest, raising money for SIDS and Kids ACT.
Well worth a look.

The Richards go one up in the great global christmas decorations war

By 25 November 2013

No less than the Houston Chronicle is marvelling at Canberra’s Richards family who have reclaimed their world record for the most christmas lights on a residential property:
An Australian family has reclaimed their Guinness World Record by stringing up more than half a million Christmas lights around their suburban home.
Guinness World Records official Chris Sheedy [...]

Tuggeranong will not yield to Gungahlin in Christmas horror stakes

By 10 December 2012 FEATURED ARTICLE

davidsitsky has shared with YouTube:
Christmas Lights at Bissenberger Crescent
Let me know if you see anything more elaborate.
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Christmas Light Tours!!!

By 5 December 2012

I’ve just had this in which I thought could be of use to some of you:
Join for a tour around some of Canberra’s finest Christmas light decorations and help us raise money for Variety – The Children’s Charity.
Michael Dzido and Daniel Hughes are participating in the 2013 ‘to the top’ 4WD explorer – A trip [...]

Christmas Lights 2012

By 28 November 2012

With even the most staunch “it’s too early” objector having to can it come the weekend because its December, it’s time to start the thread for 2012.
I have a nearly two year old now, that’s a good enough excuse for me to get out and go look at other people’s lights without needing [...]

The Richards family of Forrest make it into Guinness, and all the world media

By 23 December 2011 FEATURED ARTICLE

Earlier in the week we marvelled at the works of David and Janean Richards in upping the ante of lavish Christmas light displays. (Something 70% of poll respondents reckon is awesome)
We did, however, note that the Guinness website was silent on the matter of world records.
Well no longer.
Santa won’t have any trouble finding the home [...]

How many Christmas lights are too many? [With poll]

By 20 December 2011 FEATURED ARTICLE

A couple of weeks ago the Canberra Times was breathlessly reporting the Guinness world record attempt light show of the Richards family at 3. Tennyson Crescent in Forrest.
Two weeks later we note Guinness remains silent on the issue.
But MJay has been down to see them and sent in these photos.
We thought we’d take this opportunity [...]

ActewAGL’s tips for christmas light safety

By 13 December 2011

ActewAGL are helpfully suggesting how to safely use Christmas lights this festive season.
Before you start
– Check your old lights for fraying cords and broken or cracked sockets.
– Use lights that have an Australian Standard or approval mark.
– If you are using lights outside make sure they are weatherproof and suitable for outdoor use.
When you are [...]

The Usual Christmas light thread for 2011

By 6 December 2011

Yet again I’m searching for some cool Christmas lights displays I can take the kids to see…
Can anyone recommend houses or particular streets that get into the Christmas spirit and cover their houses with an insane number of pretty lights??

Mapping the Christmas lights

By 25 November 2011 FEATURED ARTICLE

We’ve had this helpful message in from Andrew:
Following from the Christmas Lights post a few days ago I put together an idea that’s been rattling around in my head for the past few years – a Crowd Sourced Christmas Lights Map using a free online crowdmap tool.
After doing so I actually realised that there are [...]

Christmas lights 2011

By 23 November 2011 FEATURED ARTICLE

Arescarti42 has kicked us off for pictures of Christmas decorations around Canberra this year with an offering from Theodore.
Not to my tastes, but I’d give them an A for effort and creative use of heating/AC tubing.
Seen better? Send it in to .

Tools throwing rocks

By 23 December 2010

Last night (wednesday night) while looking at the christmas lights along knoke avenue in gordon at about 9:40 some kid looking about 15 without a shirt on, light hair and light possibly tan shorts, and fairly big muscles for a kid of his age, riding a scooter with about 4 other people stood out in the [...]

Snooty Inner North eschews Christmas lights

By 13 December 2010

Achieve Success has published a copious list of places to see the festive seasonal light pollution and carbon atrocity known as Christmas lights.
Being a tragically stereotypical inner northican I started punching in suburbs within easy cycling distance of my abode.
And… nothing.
Perhaps we should secede?
Anyway, something for those in less desirable locales to enjoy for [...]

Suburban Christmas lights worth seeing

By 27 November 2010

Hi all… being new to the ACT I am keen to find out if there is a Christmas lights competition on here?
Where we moved from one of the radio stations and Energex ran a comp each year and we loved taking the kids out to the ‘awesome’ streets to check out the lights. Is [...]

Christmas lights – the good, the bad and the ugly.

By 18 November 2010

Hi all
I’ve always had a very modest display of lights around christmas time – the odd rope light and a few fairy lights and flashing stars and santas in the windows.  If I want to be totally tragic and kitch, but not as bad as the Griswald’s family christmas, does anyone have any advice as [...]

Canberra Christmas Lights 2009

By 8 December 2009

As we are all so green these days, Christmas lights may be a little frowned upon, but they do warm the hearts of children as they warm the environment. So I thought I’d kick off the Christmas lights 2009 with this beauty (apologies for the dodgy photo – I need a better camera and less [...]

Christmas trees for 17 December

By 17 December 2008

Three trees in today.
In the first Bundybear submits an entry from Elizabeth, the South Australian Charnwood and hometown to Jimmy Barnes.
In the second is Huwr’s tree with dog adding cute factor.
The third is gtim108′s.
To enter the competition email your tree picture in to
Slideshow of all the entries below.

UPDATED: The commenters (and my fact-checking fairy [...]

Christmas trees for 16 December

By 16 December 2008

johnny_the_knife has sent in this christmas tree as his festive offering.
Send them in to
Slideshow of trees so far below:

Christmas Tree Competition – Fiona and Grundy send theirs in.

By 15 December 2008

Our first entries are in for the 2008 RiotACT Christmas Tree competition with entries from Fiona and Grundy (in that order).
Got Trees? Email your picture into

It’s time to send in your tree photos

By 12 December 2008

So here we are again at Christmas time.
Rosebud sent in this picture with the following text:
Sshh Godzilla, the Baby Jesus is sleeping
Spike here is making his presence felt in the humble manger of the Holy Family at our place. The kids insist he must not miss out on all the worshippy goings on. Darwin [...]

Canberra Christmas lights 2008 – mapped.

By 9 December 2008

I have been creating a google map with the Christmas light locations within the ACT region. Ive taken lists from a couple of web sites and added the in.
Have a look: Hope it helps people find the best places in town.
Please help out by added any missing locations and voting for the good [...]

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