The lake was home to gorgeous lit-up mermaids, fish and other sea creatures as well the impressive illuminated waterfall - wow!
There's also an 'Around the World' display, which showcases glittering versions of the Eiffel Tower, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Statue of Liberty and more. And see if you can spot the tire-blue Aussie Santa with his kangaroos pulling his sleigh.
The Storybook Garden is a reason all on its very own to visit the light display. This fantastical garden is an escape into a children's fairytale. Meet the characters of popular nursery rhymes such as Humpty Dumpty and see Alice in Wonderland and the Gingerbread House lit up in multi-colour splendour.
It's definitely worthwhile coming back to visit this garden during the day but at night, it really is something special.
Christmas Lights Spectacular is a perfect outing for the whole family. There is a clearly demarcated light path which is stroller friendly and while there is plenty to see, the route is the perfect length for little legs. Although if you have young ones in tow, it may be a good idea to bring along the pram, especially if you're planning on staying late into the night.
The event also opens at 5:30pm, so you can get there early and enjoy the rides, have something to eat and watch the lights twinkle into life. The doors close at 10pm, so you have plenty of time to make the most of all that's on offer.
Besides the lights, there is so much to keep the kids entertained. During our visit, there was a roaming circus trickster who had a bunch of hula hoops and he encouraged the children and grown-ups to give them a whirl.
The fabulous Little Scallywagz perform each night (at 7:30pm and 8:30pm) and the kids loved bopping on the neon disco floor and singing along to the popular festive songs.
The massive 25-metre high Ferris wheel looked magnificent all lit up and we loved getting the best view in town from the very top. If you can, grab a ride before sundown to admire the view during the day and then climb on board again when the lights are on.
There are lots of delicious food options available and tables and chairs to sit at. There is a stall called Stacks On Fries, with kid-friendly meals, another selling Stuffed Spuds, Wood-Fired Pizza, Gourmet Hot Dogs and Gelato and Donuts for dessert. YUM!
6) The gardens during the day
If your budget allows it, spend the little bit extra to get a Day/Night ticket. This means that you can enjoy the lights spectacular but also get to experience the full gardens during the day.
Zones such as the Oriental Garden and Lakes Walk are closed off at night and you can only really appreciate the sweet-smelling roses in bloom during the day. Plus you can get to have make-believe tea with the Mad Hatter in the Storybook Garden.
We also took the Hunter Valley Gardens Train which meanders through the garden and you get a fascinating insight into the gardens from the train driver.
Lunch at the tranquil Garden Terrace cafe was a delicious delight and also excellent value for money.
The Christmas Lights Spectacular is on display until 26 January 2019, so you've got plenty of time to organise your visit. Go for the day and stay longer but make sure you add this to the top of your list to do this festive season.