Visit the sparkling world of Christmas

Christmas is such a magical time of year and the Christmas Lights Spectacular at Hunter Valley Gardens truly brings the excitement to life.

Running every night until January 26 (except December 25), be enchanted by more than 2 million twinkling lights set up in breath-taking displays and animatronic exhibits.

The largest lights display in the Southern Hemisphere runs from 5.30pm to 10pm, with the gardens open from 9am to 4pm through the day.

This year will bring a mix of old favourites and new inclusions with Hunter the Giant Teddy, the beautiful Princess Castle and characters from all the fairytales, Candyland with sweet faces like the Gingerbread Man and the magical Fairy Garden.

Be sure to pay a visit to Santa’s Workshop where you’ll find Santa and his elves busy preparing and making presents. It’s your chance to get a photo with Santa and send him a letter before the big day.

For a bit more action, jump on one of the incredible rides – view the gardens from 25 metres up in the air on the ferris wheel, feel the wind in your hair on the swing chair, delight on the carousel or grab a mat and zoom down the super slide – it’s exciting for kids of all ages.

Throughout the evening listen to live entertainment, and grab something to eat and drink at one of the many food and beverage stalls.

The gardens are in the heart of Pokolbin, easily accessible along the Hunter Expressway or 20 minutes from Maitland and 30 minutes from Newcastle.

It’s a perfect night out for the whole family and wandering through the colourful displays will really being the festive season to life.

At a glance:

Christmas Lights Spectacular
Hunter Valley Gardens, Pokolbin
5.30pm-10pm each night, except Christmas.
Tickets and info: huntervalleygardens.com.au
Family pass: $99; adults $30, children $25, under 3 free.
Rides cost $6 each, or $15 for unlimited rides.