The City of Perth Christmas Lights Trail is back for its second year. The city will shine brighter this Christmas with 18 mesmerising light installations and vibrant Christmas decorations lighting up the evenings.
The brand new Christmas Lights Trail supported by Lotterywest includes some from favourites from last year, but the journey is completely different! This year there are two mapped out journeys, the green route is shorter and perfect for families – we opted to do both trails so we could see all the lights.
The City of Perth Christmas Lights Trail displays include:
SANTA’S MAGICAL CASTLE, Perth Cultural Centre
Experience the magic of the illuminated walk-through castle, created with over 100,000 twinkle lights in an array of festive colours. This was my daughter’s favourite installation, I’m sure she isn’t the only princess (or princess) who dreams of living in a castle!
GIANT BAUBLE, State Theatre Centre
This giant Christmas bauble was a crowd favourite from last year, it is big enough for the whole family to hop inside and snap a gorgeous Christmas photo.
LIFELINE CHRISTMAS TREE, Yagan Square
The Lifeline Christmas tree is not only spectacular to look at, the enchanting tree is decorated with over 46,000 lights, each light represents those brave enough to call Lifeline’s 13 11 14 number to seek help.
SANTA TRAIN, Yagan Square
Toot Toot! All aboard! Definitely the most popular installation but it was worth the crowd, my train obsessed toddlers couldn’t wait to climb aboard!
SANTA’S SECRET ELVES, Kings Square
Not all elves work out of the North Pole. Get a glimpse of what happens behind closed doors in Kings Square’s very own headquarters. My daughter noticed her name on the Naughty List, she has been strangely well behaved since 😉.
CHRISTMAS CONSTELLATION, Kings Square
Another of our favourite installations, you can experience the enchanting Christmas Constellation of lights made up of over 20,000 festive pixels from afar, but I think the kids had the right idea by taking in the view from laying underneath.
TINSEL TUNNEL, Raine Square
Get tangled up in a world of laughter and joy inside the Tinsel Tunnel. A glamorous and sparkly location for that fabulous Instagram photo.
YOURS TRULY, Forrest Place
Catch a glimpse of Santa climbing up a 15-metre inflatable ladder to the balcony of the Commonwealth Bank building.
JINGLE ALL THE WAY, 140 William
Dance to your own festive tune and light display when you discover these interactive stepping stones between The Coffee Club and Forever New.
CITY OF PERTH CHRISTMAS TREE, Murray Street Mall
We loved walking beneath this magnificent Christmas tree towering at 12 metres tall for a truly unique Christmas experience.
AROUND THE WORLD, Central Park
We had fun exploring the giant globe featuring 18,000 lights, the kids were pretty excited when they found Australia.
TWINKLE TWINKLE, Outside Wesley Church
Explore the stunning 17-metre wall of twinkly lights, winding its way down the mall.
LIGHT UP CHRISTMAS, Hay Street Mall
Experience the dazzling display of this modern take on the classic Christmas Tree.
STAINED GLASS CHRISTMAS TREE AND LIBRARY LIGHTS, Cathedral Square
This grand tree replicates the charm of the historical decorative features of the stained glass windows of the nearby St George’s Cathedral. It is simply beautiful together with lights hanging down the façade of the City of Perth Library.
LIGHT LABYRINTH, Hibernian Place
We made a few wrong turns in this stunning custom-built maze in the east end of the city.
CHRISTMAS PROJECTIONS, St George’s Cathedral
The enchanting animated projections that light up the façade of St George’s Cathedral is a must see! From 7.30pm to midnight, music concludes at 10pm.
HOPPY CHRISTMAS, Council House
It isn’t a real Aussie Christmas with a mob of giant illuminated kangaroos! These kangaroos are stunning.
The Christmas Lights Trail took us 2.5 hours to complete (that included returning to our car), I found the trail a lot easier on the kids this year compared to last! For smaller kids, I would definitely recommend bringing a pram or stroller and wearing comfortable walking shoes. You can Download the map online or pick one up from the iCity kiosk to ensure you don’t miss anything.
The City of Perth Christmas Lights Trail
The Christmas Lights Trail is FREE and can be experienced every night from 6pm until Christmas Day.
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- Fringe World Festival – Fringe Kids - January 21, 2019
- The Ground Cafe, Lexia - January 18, 2019
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- The Big Wedgie, South Perth - December 28, 2018
- Island Aqua Park, Hillarys Boat Harbour - December 18, 2018
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