You'll love the Christmas lights of Peakhurst Heights. Photo by Tess A.
Every year, Christmas lights improve in quality, price and design, so people become more imaginative, more garish, more over-the-top with the way they decorate their houses during the festive season.
Therefore, as we approach Christmas, sparkling lights spring up on houses all around Sydney.
Every year the lights improve. Photo by Tess A.
In Sydney’s south, Peakhurst Heights is renowned as one of the places to visit to see the Christmas lights. Read on and I’ll tell you about what happens on Christmas Eve.
It all seemed to begin about 15 years ago when people saw the way people adorned their homes with a stunning array of Christmas lights in the neighbouring suburb of Lugarno. It became so popular, that there was a long queue of cars getting into Lugarno every night, and the police had to change the traffic conditions.
From there, the Christmas lights spread to Peakhurst Heights, led by one house in Sunshine Parade, and quickly followed by many others.
Now that the Lugarno lights are not so bright, Peakhurst Heights has taken over as the suburb to visit in the area.
It started small with just a house, and now there are hundreds. Photo by Tess A.
People come from the surrounding areas to see the Peakhurst Heights lights, which get bigger, brighter and better as Christmas gets closer.
The best time of all is Christmas Eve when Peakhurst Heights goes into Christmas frenzy.
Santa comes around early in the evening in a red convertible or on a fire engine, handing out lollies to children.
The best time is Christmas Eve. Photo by Tess A.
As darkness approaches, houses blast carols and residents walk the streets. Many people have parties in their front yards.
House after house has lights on full display. Some have giant inflatable cartoon characters and large Christmas flags.
Christmas lights go up on most of the houses. Photo by Tess A.
Residents line the footpaths with tea light candles sitting in open plastic milk cartons; a point outlined on the Peakhurst Heights Wikipedia page. Lorraine Street is like an airport runway at night with tea lights dotting the length of the road.
It’s believed some people have moved to Peakhurst Heights just to be a part of this annual tradition.
If you have the chance, visit Peakhurst Heights before Christmas and enjoy the lights; and if you really want to join in the festive spirit, visit on Christmas Eve.
Where: Peakhurst Heights
Why: Dazzling Christmas lights
When: Every night, especially weekends. The best is admired on Christmas Eve.