Is there anything that gets you more into the Christmas spirit than a town filled with Christmas lights? From the littlest light in a window to a full-blown spectacle, it’s all pretty magical this time of year – but one thing is true, there’s nowhere that does it quite like Mandurah. The bar keeps getting raised, with the displays getting bigger and better every festive season – and this year is no exception.
The canals are just one part of what makes Mandurah’s Christmas lights so special, with over 200 homes creating spectacular light displays that are made even more impressive as they shine and twinkle over the water. These impressive efforts by local Mandurah residents are not just amazing to look at, they also go towards raising money for the Rotary Club of Mandurah, who distribute the funds to a variety of deserving local causes.
And the best way to see these lights? Well, it’s gotta be cruising down the canals, of course! There are heaps of local businesses who run tours each festive season, just make sure you book in sooner rather than later, as spots fill up in a flash.
As well as the canal lights, there is an elaborate display on land too. Each year, you can stroll around the Mandurah Foreshore and down a beautiful walking trail of spectacular Christmas lights. This year, the Mandurah Christmas Lights Trail has some huge new additions to their already amazing trail. There are now over 23 installations, with a Christmas boot, a countdown clock, a Chopper motorcycle, a reindeer to sit on and a Colours of Mandurah light-up archway – plus 50 interactive coloured stepping stones.
If you can’t quite get to it all in one night, the trail will be twinkling until the 9th of January, so make sure to check out the Visit Mandurah website to view all the Christmas events in Mandurah, there may be a special event that catches your eye.
If you’re wondering where to start your lights gazing, the Mandurah Christmas Lights Trail runs from Tuckey’s Lane all the way up to Dolphin Quay, so there are plenty of amazing spots along the way to stop in for an early family dinner or even a romantic nightcap.
Download the Visit Mandurah Xmas Lights Trail Map HERE.
Better yet, you could turn your visit into a weekend stay and experience all the great things to do while you’re there. Plus, then you’ll get to spend the morning relaxing on one of those pristine beaches nearby – or have the kids splash around at Lido’s Beach, better known as the Children’s Beach at Dolphin Quay.
Be sure to fill your day with a host of activities while on your visit, and make the most of a summer in Mandurah. The best thing is, you can pick and choose the things you love, be it on water, immersed with nature, on an art and history quest or foodie adventure. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for the playful wild dolphins often seen in the estuary, a ship full of pirates even!
You won’t have to travel far for a fun-filled break away from home when you visit Mandurah, and as WA’s Christmas Lights Capital, you’ll definitely head home full of Christmas spirit!
To find out more about all the Mandurah Christmas activities on offer, and a raft of things to do over summer, head HERE.
Images: Natalie Goddard