The City of Perth Christmas Lights Trail is back for its third year. The city will shine brighter this Christmas with 27 mesmerising light installations and vibrant Christmas decorations bringing Christmas joy and lighting up the evenings.
The brand new Christmas Lights Trail includes some from favourites from last year, but the journey is completely different! This year there are three mapped out journeys, that take you throughout the Perth CBD, Northbridge and East Perth – we did all three trails so we could see all the lights.
The City of Perth Christmas Lights Trail displays include:
#1 REINDEER GREETINGS, Perth Cultural Centre
As you start your Christmas Lights Trail journey, be greeted by two friendly reindeer standing at over 4 metres tall.
#2 GINGERBREAD HOUSE, Perth Cultural Centre
A sweet-tooth’s delight! Take a walk through the giant Gingerbread House that is made up of over 13,000 coloured lights. Who’s hungry?
#3 SANTA’S VINTAGE WHEELS, Northbridge Piazza
Catch a glimpse of how Santa used to get around the North Pole in the 1920s with this vintage Christmas car brightening up the heart of Northbridge.
#4 CHRISTMAS COMBI, Kings Square
All aboard! This brightly lit bus is over 5 metres long and illuminated in almost 10,000 lights. Snap a pic on your own, or with the whole family!
#5 LIFELINE CHRISTMAS TREE, Yagan Square
Experience Lifeline WA’s enchanting tree decorated with over 46,000 lights representing those brave enough to call Lifeline’s 13 11 14 number.
#6 CONSTELLATION TUNNEL, Yagan Square
Enjoy an immersive, curated music and light show under a constellation of 16,000 lights. The 32-metre-long tunnel connecting the city and Northbridge creates the ultimate Christmas-themed sensory experience and is a stop not to be missed.
#7 NEON NOEL, Raine Square
Step into the abstract and experience an unexpected Christmas. Discover a world of neon augmented reality and fluorescent fun within the windows of the Wentworth building.
#8 JINGLE WALL, 140 Perth
Follow the sounds of Christmas coming from Railway Lane! Kids can become their own seven-piece band as the wall comes to life to play a composition of musical instruments in harmony, each activated by touch.
#9 CITY OF PERTH CHRISTMAS TREE, Murray Street Mall
The jingles continue with this impressive Christmas tree, playing a selection of classic and modern Christmas favourites. This is the tallest installation on the trail, standing at over 12 meters high!
#10 WISH UPON A STAR, Forrest Place
These giant stars form the perfect backdrop for Forrest Place and your selfies this Christmas. Don’t forget to make a wish!
#11 ROCKING HORSE, Forrest Chase
You won’t be able to miss the stunning 7-metre-tall rocking horse surrounded by festive Christmas trees, taking pride of place on Padbury Walk.
#12 FESTIVE FOX, Murray Street Mall
Meet Murray Street Mall’s friendly resident fox as he shimmers and shines in thousands of twinkling lights.
#13 ANGEL WINGS, Hay Street Mall
Have you been naughty or nice? Be transformed into a Christmas Angel by snapping a pic of yourself with these charming wings.
#14 LIGHT UP CHRISTMAS, Hay Street Mall
Experience the dazzling display of this modern take on the classical Christmas tree.
#15 NUTCRACKERS, Hay Street Mall
Standing to attention for Hay Street Mall visitors, the Nutcrackers bring a classic Christmas story to life in the heart of the CBD.
#16 LIBRARY LIGHTS, City of Perth Library
Stand under the cascade of lights hanging from the façade of the beautiful City of Perth Library.
#17 CHRISTMAS PROJECTIONS, St George’s Cathedral
A favourite every year, enchanting animated projections will light up the façade of this beautiful historical building. From a traditional nativity scene to Santa surfing at the beach, the projections celebrate what is special about Christmas in Western Australia. From 7.30pm to midnight, music concludes at 10pm.
#18 SANTA’S THRONE, 525 Hay Street
The Christmas Lights Trail is tough work – put your feet up and take a seat on Santa’s personal bauble throne before continuing the rest of your journey.
#19 GIFTMAS, Hibernian Place
Your presence is the greatest gift. Step into this life-sized giftbox and activate jingles and illumination for an exciting Christmas photo.
#20 MOODITJ YONGAS, Council House
That’s not something you see every day – a mob of 7 illuminated kangaroos have found their way into the city, making it a truly Australian Christmas!
#21 HOT AIR BALLOON, Stirling Gardens
What’s that appearing among the trees? Be whisked away to starry, starry heights in this enchanting display nestled in Stirling Gardens.
#22 PRANCER, Elizabeth Quay
Santa has lost one of his reindeers! Can you find Prancer floating on the inlet? At 7 meters tall, he’s hard to miss.
#23 FESTIVE PHOTO FRAMES, Elizabeth Quay
Snap a group photo with your family or friends in these fun, festive Christmas cut outs, complete with the beautiful Perth city backdrop.
#24 CLAISEBROOK CHRISTMAS TREE, Claisebrook Lake
This impressive Christmas tree will brighten up Claisebrook Lake and mark the start of the inaugural Lotterywest Trail at East Perth.
#25 ROYAL HORSE AND CARRIAGE, Claisebrook Cove
Practice your best royal wave when you take a seat in the back of this stunning carriage fit for a King or Queen.
#26 CHRISTMAS TRIKES, Claisebrook Cove
Cyclists love East Perth, and now you can join them! Pick your favourite Christmas Trike and get ready, set, go!
#27 GIANT BAUBLE, Claisebrook Cove
Now standing in front of the stunning Claisebrook Cove backdrop, this beautiful bauble is a favourite every year.
The Christmas Lights Trail took us a little over 5 hours to complete all 3 trails, that includes stopping for dinner, we walked the first 2 trails and drove to East Perth to complete the last. I would highly 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.
In addition to the lights, there is roving entertainment on each Friday and Saturday nights from 6-9pm at Forrest Chase, Rain Square, Kings Square and Perth Cultural Centre.
The City of Perth Christmas Lights Trail
The Christmas Lights Trail is FREE and can be experienced every night from 6pm until Christmas Day.
Don’t forget to upload yourself enjoying Christmas in the city to Instagram using #thecityatchristmas, follow @visitperth and @crowneplazaperth for the chance to win the ultimate Australia Day weekend staycation at Crowne Plaza.
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- City Splash, Elizabeth Quay - January 9, 2020
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