The Harbour city may be more synonymous with New Year’s Eve than Christmas, but that doesn’t mean Sydneysiders don’t know how to get into the Christmas spirit. There are plenty of suburban streets where you can enjoy amazing Christmas light displays – you just need to know where to look!
The Christmas capital of Sydney, Colyton (and the entire Penrith/Lower Mountains area) is home to loads of enthusiastic residents who really embrace the holiday season and go all-out with their decorations. There are inflatables, lights and interactive displays, with the house at 12 Carpenter Street a particular fave with locals. It’s a whole family affair, with food and drinks available to purchase, and a chance you might run into you-know-who in the big red suit too! Lights go on at around 8pm and stay lit until 10.30pm, right up to Christmas Eve.
Not far from Colyton, Glenmore Park has some pretty impressive displays on offer. On Troon Circuit, the owners and numbers 3 and 4 have put up a phenomenal light show that could probably be spotted from the International Space Station! The kids will marvel at the enormous inflatable Santa and Rudolph, and the money they raise is being donated to the Lights for Kids charity, so you’ll also be supporting a worthy cause. Down the road at 24 The Carriageway, you’ll find another home that has been suitably adorned!
There are a number of beautifully decorated homes in South Penrith, with 42 Fragar Road and 16 Robyn Avenue particularly good viewing. There are also great displays on Crowle Road, Exley Place and Tuscany Grove. While you’re in the area, don’t forget to stop by Memory Park in the Penrith CBD to check out the big community Christmas tree.
Aside from the enormous community tree in the city centre, there are also plenty of great homemade displays in Penrith. At 7 Hillcrest Avenue you’ll find synchronised light shows from 8.30pm, with Santa and Olaf from Frozen in attendance. Also check out 3A Jipp Street, for thousands of twinkling lights.
Head out to Pembroke Street to be wowed by some amazing decorations and lights if you’re in the Cambridge Park area. The residents at numbers 19, 21 and 23 have got together to produce a light display that illuminates the entire street, Not to mention, every single night from 8pm, Santa himself will make an appearance – rain, hail or shine!
At 7 Mallee Street, Quakers Hill, there are more than seven thousand lights in the walk-in display, along with music, moving features and interactive activities. They’ve covered all the bases with a nativity, a miniature village display on the roof, and Santa’s sleigh, where kids can even have a photo. There’s the opportunity to post a letter to the North Pole (Santa will even reply!), sausage sizzle and magical snowfalls on the rooftop village. If you see a fire engine heading down the street, get excited – St Nick himself will be on it, ready to spread Christmas cheer!