|November 12, 2009||to||January 6, 2010|
- Gates open nightly from 6.30pm
- Accommodation packages available
For the third year running, Hunter Valley Gardens is set to host the Christmas Lights Spectacular, Australia ’s biggest Christmas lights display. A wonderful experience for the whole family to enjoy, the Gardens will be alive with colour every night from Thursday 12 November until Wednesday 6 January 2010 (excluding Christmas Day & Night).
With exciting new displays of over half a million lights, plus festive food, beverages, children’s entertainment and of course Santa Claus, the Christmas Lights Spectacular is bound to capture the spirit of Christmas and create lasting memories for all.
This year Hunter Valley Gardens has made several additions to the Christmas Lights Spectacular with enough net lights to cover a football oval and 19km of string lights. Other additions include scenes such as The North Pole, fountain firework lights, cherry blossom trees, a larger than life nativity scene and even a touch of Sydney thrown in with some famous landmarks recreated in lights.
Fundraising will take place throughout the event for community based charities, with funds donated last year to The Salvation Army, Westpac Rescue Helicopter and the local Lions and Rotary Clubs.
General Manager, Kyle McKendry says, “We are thrilled to once again be hosting the magical Christmas Lights Spectacular display throughout the Gardens. With thousands of people having visited last year we are sure many more families will come along to see an even bigger and brighter display this year. It’s a great opportunity to experience the Christmas spirit that the lights inspire.”
Children will be able to have a professional photo taken with Santa or to simply sit on his knee and talk about their Christmas wish list. Well known children’s group The Little Scallywagz will entertain them with a fun energetic upbeat Christmas show at 7pm and 8pm every night and there will also be roaming performers and carol singers, keeping both the young and not so young entertained.
The gates will open nightly from 6.30pm with pre-lights entertainment and food stalls so that families can make an evening of it. The lights display will commence at 7.30pm.
Entry to the Christmas Lights Spectacular will be $10 for children aged between five and 12 and $15 for adults and children 13 and older. Children four and under receive free entry and every child will receive a FREE glow stick. If guests have visited the Gardens during the day they are entitled to a discounted entry to the Christmas Lights Spectacular of $5 per adult and free entry for children with a receipt as proof of entry.
For those looking to do something a little different this year for their work Christmas party or even a festive dinner with friends, dinner packages are available at $47.50 per adult and $25.50 per child which includes entry into the Christmas Lights Spectacular and a delicious two course dinner. For an event with a difference, the 10 individually designed display gardens are also available for private functions ranging from cocktail parties to formal sit down dinners.
If making a weekend of it is on the agenda, Christmas Lights Spectacular accommodation packages are available at Harrigan’s Irish Pub and Accommodation. For bookings and inquiries please contact Harrigan’s on 02 4998 4300.
To find out more about the Christmas Lights Spectacular, for dinner packages and for Christmas function bookings, please visit www.hvg.com.au or call 02 4998 4000. In the event of wet weather, please contact Hunter Valley Gardens to find out if the Christmas Lights Spectacular will be open.