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'Tis the season to Sparkle!

The Christmas Lights Spectacular is back in 2018! Experience enchanting displays of millions of sparkling lights across five hectares of gardens. This much-loved family event brings the spirit of Christmas to children (and adults) of all ages and is held at the Hunter Valley Gardens from Friday, November 2nd 2018 to Saturday, January 26th 2019.


A world of wonder awaits, as you wind your way through 16 individual light displays. Be dazzled by the Around the World exhibit featuring global icons such as the Opera House and the Eiffel Tower.

Visit Hunter the insta-famous giant teddy, who at five metres high delights the little ones. Don’t put the camera away just yet - keep it ready for the very sparkly princess castle, which is straight out of a fairytale.

Surround yourself with lights in the brand new walk-through Christmas Bauble, take a photo with your loved one at the hot pink love seat and create enviable insta-stories of your own. Plus, there’s rainbows, unicorns, giant glittering baubles, glistening stars and one or two Christmas trees!

This year the garden rides up the action. Draped in their own cloak of technicolour lighting – they are not to be outdone on the sparkle scale! Soar above the gardens on the Swing Chair, get a bird’s eye view of the lights from the Ferris Wheel, zoom down the Super Slide and introduce an old favourite, the Venetian Carousel, to a new generation.

In the Animatronic Santa’s Factory, children can write a letter to Santa, visit with the Elves and have a very special photo taken with Santa himself. To add to the sparkle, the Hunter Valley Gardens will host a firework display at the family-friendly New Year’s Eve event.

This is an event not to be missed! There’s roaming entertainment and nightly performances for the littlies by much-loved children’s music group Little Scallywagz. Grab a bite from a food truck or two, with plenty of choices – there’s something for every taste.

Experience the wonder, joy and sparkle of the season at Christmas Lights Spectacular.

Christmas Lights Spectacular tickets are on sale now. Prices are Adult $30; Children (4-15 years) $25; Children (3 years and under) are free. Family Passes are available - 2 Adults/2 Children $95 OR 2 Adults/1 Child) $75. Rides are at extra cost and ride safety restrictions apply. See the website for details

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