November 29th, 2017
Hunter Valley Garden’s Christmas Lights Spectacular

Long regarded as an adults’ gourmet haven (hello, wineries), the Hunter Valley deserves recognition for its family-friendly fun, especially at Christmas time when the Hunter Valley Gardens turn into a magical light-filled wonderland.

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The Hunter Valley Gardens is home to the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest and most breathtaking display, with over two million Christmas lights adorning the spectacular reserve.

It’s the perfect family event with vibrant sound and light displays, roaming live entertainment, delicious food stalls and of course, a special appearance by the big man himself- Santa.

See if to yourself and save up to 67% with Luxury Escapes’ Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens package – and receive half-price entry to the Christmas Lights Spectacular!


Marking 10 years of light filled fun, this year’s Christmas Lights Spectacular sees the addition of three new rides: a Ferris Wheel, Carousel and Swing Chair will join the ever-popular Super Slide. If your children love the thrill of rides, unlimited rides wristbands are available for purchase at the event ticket booth.


There’s an inflatable zone for everyone, we’re not kidding. Rest assured that littlies won’t risk the odd bump or fall, with a dedicated toddler zone located next to the Storybook Garden.

Meanwhile, the older kids who aren’t afraid of a little rough and tumble can get their bouncing fix at the standard inflatable fun zone located next to the Ferris Wheel.


When you’ve finished drinking in the sparkling lights, fill your stomachs with a delicious array of food and beverage stalls by much-loved local entities.

Enjoy loaded fries at HVG Marquee, gelato, taco baskets and burrito bowls at Gelato Brothers, stuffed spuds and dumplings at Cazza’s Kitchen, coffee and churros at Paul’s, Kranskys at German Kitchen, fairy gloss, popcorn and slushies at Floss a Pop or piping hot pizzas at Woodstax Pizza.


The festive spirit is in full swing with roaming entertainment venturing around the gardens each night, including carolers (until Boxing Day) and nightly performances by children’s music group Little Scallywagz.


It’s not Christmas without Santa and kids will be delighted to find a traditional Christmas workshop replete with Santa and his friendly elves. Here kids can write a Christmas letter and get their photo taken with the man in red.


It’s not just Australia that celebrates Christmas and the Hunter Valley Gardens promise to take you and your family around the world. See some of the world’s most iconic landmarks including the Eiffel Tower, Colosseum, Dutch windmills and a Scottish castle nestled in the light displays.


3 November 20017 – 27 January 2018

Gates open at 5.30pm and close at 10pm

Passes include access to the Hunter Valley Gardens during the day. All paths within the Hunter Valley Gardens are wheelchair friendly.

Take the family to the Hunter Valley and save up to 67% with our exclusive package to Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens, plus receive half-price entry to the Christmas Lights Spectacular!