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Kickstart 2022 in Magical Style

A favourite of families, lovers and everyone keen to get into the Christmas spirit, Hunter Valley Gardens, Christmas Lights Spectacular is a mesmerising display encompassing 5 hectares of the 14-hectare gardens and utilises over 3 million lights.


This year's display will run through until Australia Day 26 January 2022, every evening from 5.30pm until 10.30pm, so there's no excuse not to get along and be amazed.

Chief Elf at the HVG Christmas Lights Spectacular, Amanda Andrews (aka the Events Manager), is only new to the team of 41 locals who all work together to make HVG the attraction that it is.

"There's the horticultural crew of 20, the maintenance crew of eight, the floating crew of six and the management team of seven. The Christmas Lights Spectacular takes three months to set up and two months to dismantle with one month break from all things Christmas before planning starts all over again. This effectively means that staff work on the display year-round – planning, sourcing and installing," says Amanda.
"With covid restrictions, 2021 was more challenging than most. What would typically take a team of 12 three months to install was done in just four weeks. It is a remarkable feat and an indicator of how passionate and hardworking the team at HVG are when it comes to this cornerstone event."

This year, for the first time, HVG is offering a combined day and evening pass so that visitors can enjoy the whole garden experience during the daytime as well as the evening's Christmas Lights Spectacular.

Enjoy the gardens during the day, exit by 4.30pm when the gardens have to be vacated, enjoy a beverage at a nearby winery or pub and then return from 5.30pm when the light shows begin. It's the perfect day out.

New Year's Eve features the garden's famous fireworks display where visitors and locals alike can create cherished memories and kickstart 2022 in magical style.

The Christmas Lights Spectacular is a not-to-be-missed event for all ages, ideal for the entire family. Why not start an annual tradition to get everyone into the festive spirit? The dazzling immersive displays and entertainment program promise to delight and thrill the young and the young at heart. It's the perfect festive escape and a guaranteed good time, right on your very doorstep!

Tickets must be booked in advance at www.hvg.com.au