‘Tis the season to shine: Where to find Perth’s best Christmas lights in 2018

Mary Kartesz-Wardroper's Meadow Spring's home is a festive wonderland.
Mary Kartesz-Wardroper's Meadow Spring's home is a festive wonderland.

For Christmas fanatics who light up their homes, it is all about spreading the joy of the season and seeing the reactions from the kids (including the big kids) who flock to their homes each year.

Many of them are also raising money for causes close to their hearts, bringing in thousands of dollars for local charities every year.

Here are some of our favourite residential displays in the Perth metro area and Mandurah in 2018.

North of the river

12 Newmarket Retreat, Currambine

Steve Churchman’s spectacular display features Disney characters, Santa’s workshop, a Santa sleigh, a snowman, a photo board, a Christmas train set, plenty of lights and inflatables and guest appearances from “Snowflake” the Christmas bear – all while raising thousands for Autism WA.

2 Sherlock Rise, Carramar

Ruth and Stuart Galt create a unique interactive display designed with kids who have special needs in mind. Their amazing display is a must-see for everyone but they have special sensory nights on December 16 and 20 where the lights are dimmer and don’t flash, everything is quieter and the characters in costume are people who work with these kids. Their display raises the sole source of funds for Ruth’s after school art and craft workshops for kids at the disability centre where she works.

22 Marriott Way, Morley

This might be the last time you can view John Roe’s iconic lights, illuminating the street for the last 26 years. Don’t miss the dazzling $6000, WA-first, Southern Aurora Spiral Twister. The show runs from November 24 to December 30 and begins about 7.30pm. Donations go to Cancer Council WA.

Prairie Dunes Place, Connolly

The festive bunch on this lively cul-de-sac get into the Christmas spirit each year with a stand-out display including a snow machine and outdoor cinema show. Their fundraising efforts help sponsor puppies from Guide Dogs WA. Pups cost $35,000 and receive names like Holly, Dash and Ivy. Visit from December 1 to 25 from dusk until midnight

Samson Court, Duncraig

These tight-knit neighbours help each other out and combine their efforts to not only put on dazzling lights displays and draw a crowd each year but raise thousands of dollars for Wheelchairs for Kids (a group of retirees in WA who provide wheelchairs to disadvantaged kids in need around the world). The picture’s blurry, but you get the idea.

22 Newbury Way, Alkimos

Lisa Cloutman and her husband have been lighting up their home for the past four years to raise money for the Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation. There is much to see, with their display extending into three rooms, as well as hand-made giant neon candy canes, a giant gingerbread house and a life-size sleigh. Check out their home from 6.30pm to 10pm from December 4 to 26. Frozen characters Anna and Else are set to visit on December 8. The foundation’s Stiches the Bear will make an appearance on December 15.

South of the river

8 Meadow Springs Drive, Meadow Springs

Mary Kartesz-Wardroper won the People’s Choice Award in last year’s Synergy Christmas Lights Trail competition and with one visit, it is easy to see why. With more than 700 boxes of decorations, hundreds of Christmas trees, characters in costume and an indoor display, make sure you add this wonderland to your viewing list. Mary raises funds for K9 Dog Rescue Group.

267 Lyon Road, Aubin Grove

Clayton Reimer and his family put hundreds of hours into their display, which includes bubble and snow machines, 9-ft tall nutcrackers and more lights than you can imagine. They raise money for Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation. You can see it all from 7.30pm-10pm from December 1 to December 27. There will be a foundation fundraiser on December 15th and Lyons Road party on December 22.

4 Panax Court, South Lake

The Dunkley’s handmade Santa sleigh and flying reindeer look spectacular against their beautiful garden setting. Their lights will also be raising money for Breast Cancer Care WA this year.

You can browse lights displays, choose which ones to visit and even plan your trip in the most efficient way when Synergy’s Xmas Lights Trail site at www.xmaslightstrail.com.au goes live on December 1.