Christmas Lights Displays Gold Coast

Where are the Light Displays in Gold Coast?

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Christmas displays and lights are popular in the 'burbs, great for kids, adults and visitors to enjoy.

The creativity of the general public never ceases to amaze me. I just LOVE driving round the suburbs at night at this time of the year checking out the different lighting displays on the houses.

Lights on the Christmas tree are as far as we go. I couldn't even contemplate keeping up with the neighbours! But we do enjoy checking them out at this time of the year.

Definition: Gold Coast Christmas Lights Competition

A formal and informal competition to out do your neighbour with your decorating skills!

On this page you will find some top spots for great lighting displays around the suburbs of the Gold Coast.


When we first moved the Gold Coast we lived in Arundel and there was a definite feeling that in some streets the competition between neighbours was pretty full on!

You would drive down one night and see a few lights, and a few days later there would be more, bigger and more imaginative displays.

By the time Christmas came around it was lit up like Piccadilly Circus (sorry pommie reference there, but you know what I mean) - with sleighs, reindeer, roof scenes, palm trees, moving parts, flashing lights and sometimes even sound effects!

In the Gold Coast the City Council runs a Christmas Lights competition each year, which inspires neighbour against neighbour, suburb against suburb for the prestigious crown of the Best Christmas Lights in the Gold Coast!

After a few changes in format this one seems to be here to stay... The Mayor's Panel Top 12 list is compiled from entrants and the community then votes for the best one. Online voting closes around mid December with the winner announced a few days later at Robina Town Centre.

The rest of those on the list will most likely have their lights from 1 December through to Christmas Eve on 24 December. So that is the best time to go see the Christmas lights around Gold Coast.

Best viewing times are at night of course, so it can get a bit busy and there are traffic jams! At this time of the year it is usually dark enough by about 7pm.

Christmas Light bus tours usually run for about a week leading up to Christmas Eve on 24 December. Since 2017, they have been split into north and south. With one departing from the Gold Coast Arts Centre covering the southern notable lights displays and the other from Upper Coomera for the northern suburbs.  They depart around 7pm  and can be a great option, especially if you are visiting and don't know the areas and don't mind being on a bus for a couple of hours.

These bus tours are run by Murrays Bus Tours and the GCCC.

For those that would like to check out the options ahead of time, I have compiled some of the hotspots for good displays around the Gold Coast.

Christmas Tree Lights
Christmas Tree Lights


 Gold Coast Local Information For December & January



Drive Yourself To See the Lights in Gold Coast

If you want to drive yourself, here are some good spots for checking out the Christmas Lights. Please note that people move or no longer participate in the lights competition from year to year, but the following information will at least give you an idea of where to look.

Here are some good spots to check out the lights in several suburbs across Gold Coast, I am sure there are more, including some of the winners and entries for the Gold Coast Xmas lights competition. Remember that from year to year, people may move, so this is no guarantee that you will find the biggest and best in this list, but I know competition excites the neighbours, so it is likely that there will be lights to see!

I've tried to group them for you so you can find them relatively easily. Those in Red are 2017 Mayor's Panel Top 12

Christmas Displays and Lights in Northern Gold Coast

Ormeau - 1 Pindar Avenue

Upper Coomera - Annabelle Crescent, The Landings, Glentree Avenue, Ireland Way and Sundew Crescent (14 Sundew Crescent 2011 Grand Champion & 2nd place in 2012!). New additions Runaway Drive, 4 Morgan Court, Forest Oak Drive, 8 Shelduck Street, 26 Jagera Drive and Hasemann Crescent.

Coomera - Starush Court & Ragamuffin Drive West

Oxenford - Laysan Crescent, Blueash Crescent, Georgina Street, Meadowvale Street, Maidenhead Court, Buchanan Ciruit and Hensman Park Court

Helensvale - Glenwater Cresent, The Peninsula, Monterey Keys Drive and Saltwater Terrace

Pacific Pines - Inman Court, Beaumont Crescent, Savado Drive, McRae Court and Hillary Circuit

Arundel - Hocking Street & Kite Circuit

Coombabah - Iando Street, Kangaroo Avenue, 16 Taupo Court and Sidney Nolan Drive

Runaway Bay - Anchorage Way.

Hollywell - Columbus Drive

Paradise Point - Sundown Drive

Christmas Displays and Lights in Central Gold Coast

Ashmore - Tyalla Drive, Cotlew Street West and Kallaroo Crescent

Molendinar - Mintwood Place

Southport - Eugaree Street (37 Eugaree Street, Southport was Grand Champion in 2014 & 2015) & 70 Melinda Street.

Highland Park - Sue Court & Cuthero Court

Gilston - 14 Worley Drive

Nerang - Riverview Road, 28 Riverpark Drive, Forestwood Court, Martin Street and Ashmore Road

Carrara - Avonbury Court & Colombo Court

Worongary - Quambone Street

Christmas Displays and Lights in Southern Gold Coast & Hinterland

Mermaid Waters - Oceanic Drive

Burleigh Heads - Harpullia Rise

Burleigh Waters - Montezuma Drive, Coronet Crescent, 104 Dipper Drive (Dipper Drive had a few entries in 2016), Christine Avenue, 16 Dabchick Drive and Spinebill Street

Palm Beach - Gold Coast Highway

Robina / Varsity Lakes - Clematis Ct and 17 Wattle Street and Breakwater Road (Commercial) & Corvus Way 12 Beauty Point Drive & 3 Rigel Court

Mudgeeraba - Wagner Street, Birdsville Street & Augathella Court

Tallai - Tallai Road

Currumbin Waters - Clives Circuit, Currumbin Creek Road

Elanora - Applecross Way

Tugun - Coolara Street

Bonogin - Tulipwood Drive

Obviously there are plenty more places with lights and displays, but these are (or have been in the past) some of the best around. If you find any more good ones let me know!

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