From major light trails in the CBD to local neighbourhoods getting into the festive spirit, it’s that time of year where the streets of Perth come alive with Christmas lights. Checkout our list of walking trails, botanical gardens and cul de sacs decked with lights this Christmas.

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City of Perth Light Trail

The much-anticipated City of Perth Light Trail is back again, with two exciting, illuminated trails to follow. The 26 installations across Central Perth and Northbridge will be here to explore up until January 2nd.

Crowd favourites, the Constellation Tunnel at Northbridge Piazza and Christmas Projections at Council House and St Georges Cathedral, have returned once again! Lights turn on at 6pm every night, but make sure to keep an eye out for Santa who will be making his way through Murray Street Mall Friday night and out the front of Council House on Sunday.

Three-hour free parking is available on weekends at CPP Cultural Centre, Pier Street and His Majesty’s. For more information on the trails click here.

Lotterywest Lights Trail at Claisebrook Cove

Why not branch out of the CBD and explore East Perth’s little neighbourhood of Claisebrooke Cove. Catch a free city CAT bus from the CBD and explore everything this village has to offer. Admire the festive light installations against the backdrop of the Swan River which include a Christmas countdown clock, dazzling Christmas tree and giant bauble. Once you’ve explored the installations there are plenty of options for a bite to eat along the riverside. For authentic Italian try Gioia on the River or perhaps The Royal, for an Aussie pub classic complete with waterfront views!

More information on the light trail can be found here.  

Wanneroo Botanic Gardens

Not so keen on the hurly-burly of the CBD? Just five minutes from Joondalup you will find yourself in the tranquillity of the Wanneroo Botanic Gardens. Spend the festive season winding your way through five acres of breathtaking gardens and decorated installations in the heart of Perth’s Northern suburbs. See if you can spot all 9 of Santa’s reindeer! The lights turn on at 7pm every night.

For more information click here.

Mandurah Lights Cruises and Trails

The Mandurah Christmas Lights Trail features over 23 light installations. Complete with a community pageant parade, carols, workshops, rides and activities, there’s something to entertain the whole family. Exciting light displays can be found around every corner from the Eastern Foreshore into Mandjar Square and across to the Mandurah Ocean Marina.

For those looking for a little more adventure, why not view the Christmas lights from the water? Book a tour with a local operator and experience the magic of Christmas from the water. Hop on board the Mandurah Christmas Lights Cruise – departing every night until early January. Dress for the occasion and bring your Christmas cheer as you cruise along the canals past 200 brightly decorated Mandurah homes. More information on cruise operators can be found here.

Consulate Court, Thornlie

A tradition that has continued for 23 years, the residents of Consulate Court decorate their homes in true Christmas style each year to share the festive spirit and raise money for various charities. This year’s funds are being donated to the Children’s Leukemia and Cancer Research Foundation. The light displays are interactive with musical toys, laser lights, dancing snowmen and bubble machines – designed to put a smile on the faces of both kids and adults!

Decorated homes have donation collection spots, with the displays running every night until Christmas from 7.30-10.00pm. Click here for more information.

Myamba Court, Carramar

Shining bright until Christmas Eve, the residents of Myamba Court, Carramar have worked together to compose their breathtaking light displays. Play under the snow and admire the spectacular light show. One house even has its lights synced perfectly to Christmas music. The cul de sac will be holding its annual fundraiser on December 18th, raising funds for Perth Rescue Angels & Fostering Hope. The event will feature plenty of music, food, and activities for the kids. Park the car at Carramar Shopping Centre and a short walk will have you arriving at the festivities in no time. Click here for more information.

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