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Where to See Christmas Lights in and Around Adelaide

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by Paula McManus (subscribe)
Photography obsessed writer and urban explorer. Lover of nature, art and long weekends. Adelaide, South Australia.
Published November 6th 2013
Adelaide's Christmas Lightacular
Each year, there seem to be more and more houses, businesses and schools across the city and suburbs lit up with Christmas light displays. The weather is nice - it's usually warm enough to stroll around and take your time to look at the stunning displays.

Christmas Lights, Adelaide (©paula mcmanus)
Christmas Lights, Adelaide

I have a few favourites, and I know that there are so many more in Adelaide that are probably equal to or better than these, but I've yet to get out and see them. But, for this article, I've listed a few of the ones that I personally love:

Christmas Lights, Adelaide (©paula mcmanus)
Christmas Lights, Adelaide

1. Neptune Crescent, West Beach.
The display here can be seen from the next street, it's amazing. The home owners make their own displays (the camels are one of the earlier creations) and each light globe is hand painted. They pack most of it away at night-time and set it up again the next day - how amazing is that?

Christmas Lights, West Beach (©paula mcmanus)
Christmas Lights, West Beach

2. Westminster School, 1-27 Alison Avenue, Marion
The Westminster School hosts a magnificent Christmas display, which runs nightly for about just a week prior to Christmas. There are carols in the Chapel from 8pm to 9pm, walk through the huge gardens full of twinkling Christmas lights and visit Father Christmas in his colourful "office". Entrance is by a gold coin donation at the gate - you can walk through or drive through on the circular driveway loop. 8pm until 10pm from Sunday 15th December to Sunday 22nd December 2013.

Christmas Lights, Westminster School (©paula mcmanus)
Christmas Lights, Westminster School

3. Pelham Street, Ethelton
For this one, allow a bit of time. Find a park, and walk the street one side and back again on the other. It's not just a light display, it's a wonderful display of community spirit - the whole street gets involved.

Christmas Lights, Adelaide (©paula mcmanus)
Christmas Lights, Adelaide

4. Victoria Square, City
Each year during the Christmas period, the Adelaide City Council decorate a magnificent 24.5m (80 foot) high Christmas tree - the sparkle and twinkle attract people from all over. But, over the past few months, major works have been happening in the square and I wondered if the tree would be put up this year. I contacted the council and they've confirmed that the tree will go up, but there won't be a Lord Mayor "flick of the switch" opening night this year. The council representative couldn't give me a date when the tree will be up, but they were sure it would be up sometime in December.

Victoria Square Christmas Tree, Adelaide (©paula mcmanus)
Victoria Square, Adelaide

5. Beltana Street, Kidman Park
A whole street of houses all beautifully decorated with lights, sounds and lots of lovely Christmas cheer.

Christmas Lights, Kidman Park (©paula mcmanus)
Christmas Lights, Kidman Park

6. West End Brewery Riverbank Christmas Lights Display
A family favourite in South Australia since 1959. Read more about this display here.

Riverbank Christmas Lights, Hindmarsh
Riverbank Christmas Lights, Hindmarsh

Of course, there's Lobethal but I've never been to see their Christmas Lights. But, it's a firm favourite with South Australians and I'll get there to see them one day!

Last year, I put some photos of a few of the Christmas Lights displays into a video slideshow; it's on my YouTube channel

For lots of addresses of where the best Christmas Lights are, click on these links:

Christmas Lights and More Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights, Adelaide
Christmas Lights, Adelaide
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Why? Must see Christmas lights in Adelaide
Cost: Mostly free, but some ask for a gold coin donation
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Gorgeous photos. I love Christmas lights, we put ours up all around the house every year but we're the only one on the street.
by Ling Tan (score: 1|64) 2102 days ago
Shelley Ave, Netley has great Xmas light displays !!!
by carol (score: 0|5) 1360 days ago
These are absolutely magical! Thanks:-)
by Rebecca Bowyer (score: 2|231) 2471 days ago
Walkley Heights, North of Adelaide do a great light display. 90% of the suburb gets involved. My children are impressed year after year
by bianc (score: 1|24) 2444 days ago
thanks for the list. I always go to Lobethal but it gets very busy so would like to try a different area this year.
by arrietty (score: 1|83) 2454 days ago
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