The buzz of the festive season grows by the day, and Christmas trees and decorations are everywhere you look. Hundreds of households across WA go above and beyond to celebrate this magical time of year.
Many have been planning their spectacular Christmas lights displays for several months already – some even since the moment they took them down last season – and are ready to welcome visitors over the next month.
For these Christmas lights fanatics, it is all about spreading the joy of the season and seeing the reactions from the kids (including the big kids) who flock to their homes each year. Many of them are also raising money for causes close to their hearts, bringing in thousands of dollars every year for WA charities.
To browse through lights displays, choose which ones you want to visit then plan your trip in the most efficient way, Synergy have an interactive website Synergy Xmas Lights Trail at www.xmaslightstrail.com.au.
Wherever in Perth or WA you are located, here are some top picks of houses on the trail that are worth a visit this year:
North of the river
- Newmarket Retreat, Currambine – Steve Churchman’s spectacular display features Disney characters, Santa’s workshop, a Santa sleigh, a snowman, a photo board, a Christmas train set, plenty of lights and inflatables and a guest appearances from “Snowflake” the Christmas bear – all while raising thousands for Autism WA.
- Sherlock Rise, Carramar – Ruth and Stuart Galt create a unique interactive display designed with kids with special needs in mind. Their amazing display is a must-see for everyone but they have special sensory nights on 16 and 20 December where the lights are dimmer and don’t flash, everything is quieter and the characters in costume are people who work with kids with special needs.
- Samson Court, Duncraig – These tight-knit neighbours help each other out and combine their efforts, to not only put on dazzling lights displays but to raise thousands of dollars for Wheelchairs for Kids.
South of the river
- Meadow Springs Drive, Meadow Springs – Mary Kartesz-Wardroper took out the People’s Choice Award in last year’s Synergy Xmas Lights Trail competition and with one visit it is easy to see why! With over 700 boxes of decorations, hundreds of Christmas trees, characters in costume and an indoor display, make sure you put this wonderland on your list.
- Lyon Road, Aubin Grove – The Reimer family put hundreds of hours into their display which includes bubble and snow machines, 9-foot tall nutcrackers and more lights than you can imagine.
- Panax Court, South Lake – The Dunkley’s handmade Santa sleigh and flying reindeer look spectacular against their beautiful garden setting. Their lights will also be raising money for Breast Cancer Care WA this year.
- Right in the city centre, in prime position on Yagan Square is the magnificent Lights for Lifeline Tree which is lit with more than 46,000 lights. This number represents the number of West Australians who called Lifeline WA on 13 11 14 over the past 12 months.
- City of Perth Christmas Lights Trail - 11 spectacular light installations throughout the city (including the Lifeline Tree).
- Hampden Street, Kalgoorlie – Brent Hefron’s unique display is synced to music and is all controlled from his computer - visitors can tune in to the music on their car stereos and watch the lights dance along.
- Hornibrook Road, Dalyellup – Taking out the People’s Choice award for the South West last year, Marie Vranjes dedicates countless hours throughout the year to creating a spectacular display, through which she is the highest individual fundraiser for Perth Children's Hospital Foundation (pictured above).
For more information, visit xmaslightstrail.com.au.