Christmas

A guide to Adelaide’s Christmas lights

This year, Christmas light fanatics can get serious about the hunt for the best light displays with the ever-growing Christmas Light Search directory.

Image credits: Christmas Light Search

Christmas is less than two weeks away! That means, come sunset, our sweet Adelaide suburbs will twinkle again, illuminated by creative homemade displays. We’re talking glowing reindeer gardens, nativities, winter wonderlands and crowded calamities of blow-up characters, candy-canes and sleighs.

This year, Christmas light fanatics can get serious about the hunt for the best light displays with the ever-growing Christmas Light Search directory.

It doesn’t matter how old you are, Christmas lights are a December ritual. Some neighbourhoods know how to do Christmas and that is why they are our go-to for Christmas light fanfare. Other times, you may accidentally stumble across a marvellous treasure trove of light displays hidden in the backstreets of Adelaide – and never remember how to find it again!

The Christmas Light Search Directory is here to help, serving as a free and extensive directory of Christmas lights, allowing families to explore the suburbs in search of their favourite magical light display.

In its thirteenth year, they are now the leading directory of Christmas light displays right around Australia from Adelaide to Perth, Darwin, Hobart and all in-between. This year, the directory is bigger and better than ever, with a brand-new website optimised for mobile and additional features.

Using the site, Christmas light goers can make a list (and check it twice) of their favourite hotspots for these spectacles so finding the best light display is no longer a happy accident! This list isn’t compiled by Santa’s elves either, homeowners and the general public are able to spread the cheer and submit new locations, with new addresses being added daily throughout December.

For more, click here to check out the full Christmas Light Search Directory.

Here’s a list of our favourite Adelaide Christmas light displays:

Ninth Avenue, St Peters

Quickly becoming synonymous with Christmas lights is Ninth Avenue in St Peters. This stretch has gained significant traction as a top light display each December, with nearly every home choosing to take part in the festivities. It is a family-friendly display best seen on foot, with a range of photo opportunities available, and conveniently-situated sweet and savoury treats on offer this year.

Lobethal Lights Festival

You would be hard-pressed to find many Adelaideans who have not heard of the Lobethal Lights Festival. Running from 12 to 23 December, Lobethal puts on a stunning display for those willing to make the trip up the hill, paired with a delicious collection of food vendors, serving up festive treats for you to enjoy alongside the lights.

6 Albara Road, Ingle Farm

With over 50,000 lights to enjoy, this home in Ingle Farm is a lesser-known display, but certainly not any less impressive. The entire home, inside and out, is full of Christmas-inspired lights and décor. Head over to Ingle Farm after 8pm each night to see this dazzling spectacle.

Rostrevor

Over on the East side, several streets and homes in Rostrevor are joining in the festive fun this year. Redden Court, Orania Avenue and Laurence Street are among the must-see locations, where light hunters can find thousands of lights,

West End Brewery, Thebarton

The closure of beloved West End Brewery has not meant the end of the beloved Riverbank lights display. An iconic South Australian tradition, visitors should be aware pre-booked tickets are required this year, and can be reserved free at this link.

25 Bond Street, West Hindmarsh

While you’re in the area, a huge West Hindmarsh home display is a must-see every December. With over 50,000 lights, smoke machines, snow machines and interactive elements, this is one not to be missed.

For more, click here to check out the full Christmas Light Search Directory.

Found a hidden gem? Is your home display a must-see? Click here to add your own.

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