Christmas 2020: Where to find the best light displays in New Zealand

Here's what you need to know.
Here's what you need to know. Photo credit: Getty.

There's few things better than meeting with friends on a warm summer December night and getting into the holiday spirit by looking at the local Christmas lights.

As we inch closer and closer to the big day, here's a few of the places you'll be able find some of the spectacular sights:

Museum of Transport & Technology (MOTAT): The Auckland museum found in Western Springs has brought back it's "must-do December event" for another 12 nights. Along with tram rides lit up by fairy lights, you'll find Santa in his grotto, carolers, Christmas card making activities and Christmas movie night screenings. 

SkyTower: New Zealand's tallest structure is lighting up red and green to celebrate Christmas. Weaving around the tower, down Federal St and at other SkyCity installations is the T'was the Lights Before Christmas art exhibit curated by artist Angus Muir. The best time to catch this is around sunset at 8:20pm.

Glenbrook Vintage Railway: The Counties Power Christmas Lights – Trains at Night event sees trains, stations and buildings dressed up in spectacular Christmas lights, as well as a very special Christmas Express train service, visits from Santa and a Christmas market.

Wellington (Flick): Electricity company Flick and Wellington LIVE have created a map that shows a list of addresses with Christmas lights. Click here to find properties close to you.

Ngā Rama Wherikoriko Pō Night Lights & Christmas Market: Hosted by Heritage New Zealand, see Wellington's Old Government Buildings lit up in a celebration of Christmas. There are also markets and Santa to meet. 

Notenoughlights Christmas: Boasting more than 250,000 LED lights, find this Christmas display on Dunluce Place in Hornby, Christchurch. The lights are synchronised to music so you can stay in your cars and tune into 90.0FM while watching the spectacle. 

Christchurch Christmas Lightshow: Held on Shands Rd, this display is promising all-new light designs and animated carnival displays. The lights here are synchronised to rock music with different display rooms having different themes and animations.

Light Up Christmas: If you're a fan of wandering the streets while looking at lights hung up on houses, check out the Light Up Christmas website. It provides a comprehensive list of all of the displays in New Zealand, including driving directions and the ability to view photos of the set-ups before you head out.