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Canberra’s best Christmas lights

By Alexandra Craig - 16 December 2014 15

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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 get into the spirit. It could be a Canberra thing or perhaps it’s just that people are busier now and work longer hours than they did 15 years ago and simply don’t have the time to deck out their home in Christmas memorabilia.

I was determined to find some sparkly Christmas joy in the Capital, so I went in search of the best Christmas lights displays. I attempted to go to as many suburbs as I could on both the North and South Sides:

1. 9 Werriwa Crescent, Isabella Plains This home had lots of inflatable Santas, Snowmen and Reindeer as well as plenty of colour. It was the first home I came across and I wasn’t disappointed!

2. 2 Sassafras Place, Isabella Plains Just around the corner from the home above, this house went all out – they even have their lounge room windows opened and you can see a Christmas wonderland inside.

3. 21 McKinley Circuit, Calwell This home features an inflatable Santa driving an inflatable blue car, as well as a heap of light displays up on the roof. Not sure about the Australian Flag light though…

4. Burns Circuit, Mackellar I forgot to get the house number but you can’t miss it. It’s awesome. Has a huge nativity scene (complete with smiling cows and sheep), a bunch of light up Christmas trees, and a stack of fairy lights. Definitely one to check out.

5. Murrung Crescent, Ngunnawal Another one that I forgot to grab the number of, but again – you can’t miss it. An inflatable carousel and an inflatable Ferris Wheel, as well as a digital Christmas countdown! Pretty cool. This home has a donation box for the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (hospital not specified).

7. 17 Bottrill Street, Bonython A mega rainbow Christmas tree on top of the house, and a singing and dancing Santa Claus in the front yard. What more could you want?! Hilariously, the house across the road has one little string of lights up and an illuminated arrow in their yard pointing across saying ‘Ditto’.  Number 17 also has a donation box for the Starlight Foundation.

8. 7 & 9 Huddy Street, Forde A combined effort from two brand new homes up on a hill. The highlight – A blue and silver waterfall light display.

9. 6 & 8 Helen Leonard Crescent, Forde Forde is big on double acts and this one is super colourful!

10. 12 Colton Place, Downer There’s not a space on this home that isn’t filled with lights. Even the entire roof is lined, as well as having Santa escaping out a chimney, and a big green Christmas tree.

One house I saw a few weeks ago in Gordon had a giant inflatable Santa, easily 10 metres tall, plus a bazillion lights. The homeowner also informed us that as it gets closer to Christmas, they’ll have a projector up on the wall playing Christmas movies, as well as a stack of beanbags to perch on. Definitely one the kids would love. (I failed to get the address of this one, all I remember is that it was the house on the corner, on the top of a hill – can anyone fill in the blanks?)

Unfortunately not yet being able to master time travel prevented me from seeing every house in every suburb. Please include your suggestions for must-see lights displays in the comments.

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15 Responses to
Canberra’s best Christmas lights
Nothingtoseehere 9:35 am 19 Dec 14

Don’t bother with the one on tillyard drive the trafic is busy and dangerous and checking on the Facebook page he admits his lights are catching fire and are unfused no thanks

RB78 9:44 pm 18 Dec 14

GardeningGirl said :

“Hilariously, the house across the road has one little string of lights up and an illuminated arrow in their yard pointing across saying ‘Ditto’.”
I remember that one from a previous year, gave me a good chuckle. 🙂

That’s Archdall St in Dunlop, points to the house next door which has a replica of the Parliament House flagpole out front year round. They always do a decent display.

Slaven Place in Gordon off Knoke Ave is always great, almost the whole street takes part and they’ve had the lights going across the street in the past. Haven’t been down there this year to check it out but it’s always on my list.

Roksteddy 1:55 pm 18 Dec 14

Corner of Coyne St and Fihelly St, Fadden.
Able to be seen from space.

GardeningGirl 5:40 pm 17 Dec 14

“Hilariously, the house across the road has one little string of lights up and an illuminated arrow in their yard pointing across saying ‘Ditto’.”
I remember that one from a previous year, gave me a good chuckle. 🙂

aussiephil 4:55 pm 17 Dec 14

154 Tillyard Drive Flynn also has a synchronised to music display with around 30 minutes of music this year, the display has two giant RGB megatrees, a Santa sleigh that seats 3 adults not to mention surprise visits from Mrs Claus.

The Synchronised displays at 17 Botterill, Elia Ware Cres, Tillyard Drive are not the only ones synced to music, 7 wolff st Latham is another plus two more I know that I don’t have addresses handy for.

Alexandra Craig 4:50 pm 17 Dec 14

Genie said :

Alexandra Craig said :

Genie said :

You left Elia Ware Cres, Bonner off your list. By far the best interactive light display I have seen in a long time.

10 minute show synced to music.

Oh wow! I hadn’t heard about this one. I will have to check it out, it sounds amazing. Thank you!

They have their own FB page. https://www.facebook.com/EliaWareLights

I went to check this out last night. SO AWESOME. The only annoying thing was the cars that kept driving past with their highbeams on.

etasatfs 1:59 pm 17 Dec 14

The record which was previously held was most Christmas lights at a residential property. The world record for the lights in Civic this year is for the world’s largest LED light image display. The image is of 3 presents – there are bows on top of the two structures and the carousel.

msgrumpy 8:40 am 17 Dec 14

Alexandra Craig said:
One house I saw a few weeks ago in Gordon had a giant inflatable Santa, easily 10 metres tall, plus a bazillion lights. The homeowner also informed us that as it gets closer to Christmas, they’ll have a projector up on the wall playing Christmas movies, as well as a stack of beanbags to perch on. Definitely one the kids would love. (I failed to get the address of this one, all I remember is that it was the house on the corner, on the top of a hill – can anyone fill in the blanks?)

I think the above house is in Robert Lewis Court, off Harry Hopman Circuit.

Alexandra Craig 11:23 pm 16 Dec 14

John Moulis said :

Not much publicity this year for Xmas lights. I remember in previous years radio stations posted maps on Facebook and Twitter but this year there has been nothing. And don’t be fooled. The display in Civic is not the world record holder anymore. Over the past week Sunrise has interviewed two US families via satellite who each overtook our local display.

Mix 106.3 have a map up this year.

John Moulis 7:09 pm 16 Dec 14

Not much publicity this year for Xmas lights. I remember in previous years radio stations posted maps on Facebook and Twitter but this year there has been nothing. And don’t be fooled. The display in Civic is not the world record holder anymore. Over the past week Sunrise has interviewed two US families via satellite who each overtook our local display.

Genie 3:13 pm 16 Dec 14

Alexandra Craig said :

Genie said :

You left Elia Ware Cres, Bonner off your list. By far the best interactive light display I have seen in a long time.

10 minute show synced to music.

Oh wow! I hadn’t heard about this one. I will have to check it out, it sounds amazing. Thank you!

They’re raising money for charity (Variety I think) and have their own FB page – https://www.facebook.com/EliaWareLights

Last year they synced part of the show to the Star Wars Imperial March, it was awesome.

Genie 3:09 pm 16 Dec 14

Alexandra Craig said :

Genie said :

You left Elia Ware Cres, Bonner off your list. By far the best interactive light display I have seen in a long time.

10 minute show synced to music.

Oh wow! I hadn’t heard about this one. I will have to check it out, it sounds amazing. Thank you!

They have their own FB page. https://www.facebook.com/EliaWareLights

Alexandra Craig 2:56 pm 16 Dec 14

Genie said :

You left Elia Ware Cres, Bonner off your list. By far the best interactive light display I have seen in a long time.

10 minute show synced to music.

Oh wow! I hadn’t heard about this one. I will have to check it out, it sounds amazing. Thank you!

Genie 1:51 pm 16 Dec 14

You left Elia Ware Cres, Bonner off your list. By far the best interactive light display I have seen in a long time.

10 minute show synced to music.

Mess 10:35 am 16 Dec 14

There’s a Facebook page set up that is updated almost every day that is for Canberra Xmas lights: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Canberra-Christmas-Lights-2014/390237717795122?ref=br_tf

There are also a couple of good streets in Gordon on the hill that string lights between the houses. I can’t remember the name of the street, but it is easy to spot.

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