Experience the Magic of Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights Spectacular

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Explore the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest and most breathtaking display of over three million lights. If your family loves Christmas lights, then the Christmas Lights Spectacular is the place to be. It’s a stunning Christmas attraction in the Hunter Valley.

The Christmas Lights Spectacular is back for 2021. However, it will be slightly different. You’ll need to book online prior to arrival for tickets as there are limited numbers. All guests must have their own tickets including children under 3, please ensure your booking includes all members of your group. All guests booking tickets in November must have completed their COVID-19 vaccination course.

(Read our review of the 2021 Christmas Lights Spectacular for our top tips on a great night out)

A Variety of Displays at Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights Spectacular

All of the fan-favourites have returned and are shining bright, including Around the World which includes some of the world’s most famous landmarks, including the Taj Mahal, leaning Tower of Pisa, the Colosseum and many more.

Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights Spectacular

This year, Christmas Lights Spectacular will welcome several new additions, including a giant illuminated Fairy, Mega Trees with a light sequence set to music, a giant Bauble Tree and Santa’s Cave.

 Other picks that you must tick off your list include the Story Book Garden to visit Humpty Dumpty.

For this year’s Christmas Lights Spectacular, there are brand-new immersive features that the entire family can enjoy. Stroll through a walk-through tunnel and soak up the dazzling energy.

Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights Spectacular

Enjoy some canoodling in Lover’s Tunnel. Stroll through the tunnel and enjoy a kiss under the mistletoe.  

Organise with friends and family to go on the same night. The event is a great place for a catch up. As well as the Christmas light displays, there’s lots of other fun to enjoy at Hunter Valley Gardens for the 2021 Christmas Lights Spectacular.

Don’t worry about dinner. Just get there early for a bite to eat when the gardens open at 5:30pm. There’s a range of food stalls including woodfire pizza, Mexican cantina, souvlaki and dessert.

Amusement Rides at Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights Spectacular

Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights Spectacular

The event also includes a range of amusement rides which run from 6pm to 10pm.

Fan favourites include the majestic Venetian Carousel, Swing Chair, a Ferris Wheel which gives you a beautiful view of the gardens from above, the brightly coloured Teacup Ride and the always fun Superslide.

These activities incur an extra cost. Single ride tokens will be available for $5 each, or you can purchase a Bonus Ride Pack, 6 ride tokens for $25. Height and age restrictions apply.

Entertainment at Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights Spectacular

As well as the thousands of Christmas lights, enjoy all the entertainers at Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights Spectacular. You’ll find a real fairy in the magical fairyland and roving Christmas characters appearing every Friday and Saturday night in November.

If you want to enjoy Christmas carols, carolers will be at Hunter Valley Gardens from 1 December to 24 December 2021 from 6pm to 9pm. Watch out for tumbling elves! Every Friday & Saturday night in December, crazy elves can be seen tumbling through the gardens.

Christmas Photos at Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights Spectacular

You can also get your photos taken with Santa at Hunter Valley Gardens. Santa photos are available from 6:30pm – 10pm every night until Christmas Eve in the events area. Santa photos cannot be pre-booked. but HVG recommend arriving early when there is minimal wait. Due to COVID, photos will be emailed to your designated email addresses. You can choose to add more than one email address upon request. Price for packages start at $37.50.

New Year’s Eve at Hunter Valley Gardens

Ring in the new year at Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights Spectacular. There will be a fireworks display at 9pm. Get in quick for tickets though as this event can get booked out.

Good to Know

The Christmas Lights Spectacular at Hunter Valley Gardens at Pokolbin runs from Friday 5 November 2021 to Wednesday 26 January 2022 except Christmas Day.

The Gardens open for Christmas lights viewing at 5:30pm and close at 10:30pm.

2021 Christmas Lights Spectacular tickets are on sale now:

Adult $32
Children (4-15 yrs) $25
Children (3 yrs & under) FREE
Family (2 Adults + 1 Child) $79
Family (2 Adults + 2 Child) $99
Family Pass Extra Child $22
*Single ride tokens will be available for $5 each, or you can purchase a Bonus Ride Pack, 6 ride tokens for $25. Height and age restrictions apply.

NSW Dine & Discover vouchers can only be used for purchasing ride passes and at selected food stalls. NSW Dine & Discover vouchers cannot be used for online ticket purchases.

Day + Night passes are also available.

For more details on tickets and program, visit the Hunter Valley Gardens website.


Make sure that you don’t miss any of the other fun and family-friendly Christmas events in Newcastle and the Hunter, visit the Newy with Kids Guide to Christmas.

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