Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights Spectacular {2020}

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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.

Christmas Lights Hunter Valley Gardens

The Christmas Lights Spectacular is back for 2020. However, it will be slightly different. You’ll need to book ahead for a ticket as there are limited numbers. Due to the fluid nature of the current COVID conditions, Christmas Lights Spectacular tickets are being offered in staged releases with 5th – 30th November tickets on sale now. December / January tickets will be available from mid-November. All guests must have their own tickets including children under 3, please ensure your booking includes all members of your group.

Due to COVID19 restrictions, some of your favourite experiences won’t be able to take place this year but, here are the things you must see and do when visiting the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest light display

All of the fan-favourites have returned and are shining bright, including the eight-metre-tall Mega Christmas trees, Candy Land, Walk-Through Bauble, Around the World, Princess Castle and the Giant Teddy display.

Christmas Lights Hunter Valley 2020

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

Get there early for food and rides when the gardens open at 6:30pm.

Fan favourites include the majestic Venetian Carousel, a Ferris Wheel which gives you a beautiful view of the gardens from above, and brand new brightly coloured Teacup Ride. These are the only rides operating due to COVID-19. These activities incur an extra cost. For only $15 per person (in addition to entry), eventgoers can purchase an unlimited rides wristband, single-ride tokens will also be available to purchase for $6 each

To add an extra touch of magic to your visit, wander through the Magic Castle which stands five metres high and 15 metres wide, with a walk-through tunnel. There are additional, illuminated tunnels on either side, so you can really soak up the dazzling energy at this display.

Want to walk through more things? Head to Snowy the Snowman, where you can walk through his  8m high belly.

Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights Spectacular

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

The Christmas Lights Spectacular at Hunter Valley Gardens at Pokolbin runs from Thursday 5 November 2020 to Sunday 26 January 2021 except Christmas Day

The Gardens open for Christmas lights viewing at 6:30pm and close at 10pm.

2020 Christmas Lights Spectacular tickets are on sale now:

Adult $30
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
Wristbands (Unlimited Rides*) $15
*Ride Tokens $6

*Rides are user pay and height restrictions apply.

Day + Night passes available

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


Newy with Kids has been attending Christmas Lights Spectacular for the past few years.

Here are our tips for a great visit:

  1. Book online for tickets. There will be no ticket purchase onsite.
  2. If you can visit on a day other than Friday or Saturday, do so. The crowds are larger on the weekends with lots of people travelling from Sydney, the Central Coast and elsewhere to view the lights.
  3. Check the weather forecast before booking a ticket to avoid disappointment. If there is adverse weather like storms, heavy rain or lightning, the Christmas Lights Spectacular will be cancelled. Check the Facebook page for the latest updates.
  4. Bring mozzie spray in case the mosquitoes are biting.
  5. Bring the pram or stroller if you’re not sure that your young child will be able to walk for the whole time. The Christmas Light Spectacular covers a large area – 20 acres in fact. Comfortable shoes are a must for everyone.
  6. Bring another layer of clothing as it can get a bit cool at night.
  7. Take your time and enjoy all of the lights. It’s a wonderful event that the whole family will enjoy.
  8. If you don’t want to purchase food at Hunter Valley Gardens, bring a picnic and eat it outside of the Gardens. It’s a fun low-cost family food option and saves you spending money buying food in Hunter Valley Gardens. There is a picnic and play area as you come into the Hunter Valley Gardens complex from the highway. You cannot bring food into the Garden.
  9. Prepare for possible traffic snarls when you leave the Gardens. One year, we waited for 15 minutes as a queue of coaches picking up passengers were blocking the exit. Be patient and the volunteers will advise you how to get out.

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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