Christmas Lights 2020

Auckland's Best Christmas Light Displays

Motat Christmas Lights 2020
Christmas Lights at MOTAT 2020

Auckland for Kids recommendation of the best Christmas Light Displays in 2020 to enjoy with your family in Auckland, New Zealand.

Parnell’s Giant Christmas Bauble 

Heard Park, Parnell Road, Central Auckland
30 November 2020 to Christmas Event 2020

Heard Park Parnell is lit up again this Christmas season with a Giant Christmas Bauble (pictured above) to bring joy, cheer and magic to Auckland families.  With a giant Christmas bauble, providing an interactive light installation for all to enjoy along with Christmas motifs hiding in the hedges, it’s a fun to visit with the kids before bedtime and for a play on the swings in Heard Park. 

Christmas Tree Bauble in Parnell Auckland for Kids

Christmas Lights at MOTAT 2020

MOTAT, 805 Great North Road, Western Springs, Auckland
Friday 11 December to Sunday 13 December 2020: 8pm to 11pm each evening
Wednesday 16 December 2020 to Thursday 24 December 2020: 8pm to 11pm each evening

Get into the Christmas spirit with MOTAT this December over twelve magical evenings. 

MOTAT’s heritage buildings, streetscapes and trams will be beautifully lit up with Christmas lights.

There’ll be plenty of things to see and do with live entertainment, Christmas movies, carolers, Christmas card making, snow falling, lolly making demonstrations. Plus meet Santa in his grotto.

Cost: Adults are $5. Kids aged 5 to 15 are $2 each and kids under 5 are FREE.

MOTAT Tram Christmas Lights

The Counties Power Christmas Lights Trains at Night at Glenbrook Vintage Railway

Friday 11 December 2020 to Sunday 13 December 2020: 7pm to 11pm each evening
Friday 18 December to Tuesday 22 December 2020: 7pm to 11pm each evening
Glenbrook Christmas Lights Trains Event Information

Glenbrook Vintage Railway will be lighting up Franklin with festive cheer this year with its award winning Christmas experience. The Counties Power Christmas Lights Trains at Night event will see the charitable organisation’s trains, station and buildings dressed in Christmas lights, with a special Christmas Express train service, visits from Santa, a Christmas market and much more.

The first train is at 7pm each evening, and will leave approximately every half hour to the workshops and return until 11pm.

Price: Under 2’s are FREE; General admission $10 each. Tickets include one train ride and entry.

Counties power Christmas lights

Karaka Lakes Christmas Lights 2019

20 Cornwall Place, Karaka
Karaka Lakes Christmas Lights

Light and music show at 20 Cornwall Place in Karaka, plus other houses in the neighbourhood put on a really good light show. The 2019 Christmas light and music show schedule be on each evening from 9pm until 10pm on:
– Thursday 5 December 2019 to Sunday 8 December 2019
– Thursday 12 December 2019 to Sunday 15 December 2019
– Wednesday 18 December to 2019 Tuesday 24 December 2019

Karaka Lakes Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights Te Atatu Peninsula

52 Beach Rd, Te Atatu Peninsula, Auckland, New Zealand
Facebook: Hosice West Auckland

Wonderful display of Christmas lights on the Hospice House at Te Atatu Peninsula. The lights are for FREE and are switched on from 9pm to midnight every day, until 24 December. They are a magical sight, particularly for children in the area.

Hospice Christmas Lights

The Christmas Lightshow

Eastgate Christian Centre, 5 Ben Lomond Crescent, Auckland, New Zealand
Facebook event page

Every December, something spectacular happens as the Eastgate Christian Centre building is turned into a Christmas Lightshow to celebrate the festive season.  With over 55,000 lights dancing to music and story, you can’t help but be entertained. Tune into 88.1FM to listen the story to the show from the seat of your car, or step outside and experience it up close at the front of the church. 

This is a free community event that is suitable for all ages.

Eastgate Christmas Light Show

Sky Tower Christmas Lights

Sky Tower, Victoria Street West, Auckland CBD, Auckland, New Zealand

SKYCITY lights up the Sky Tower red and green to celebrate Christmas each year.

Sky Tower christmas lights - Credit Sky City

Santa’s Enchanted Forest and Christmas Window Display at Smith & Caughey’s 

Smith & Caughey’s, Queen St, Auckland 
Saturday 21 November 2020 to Christmas Eve Thursday 24 December 2020

You can see Smith & Caughey’s 2020 animated Christmas window display from now at their Queen Street store until Christmas Eve.  Explore the enchanted forest from 21 November and have your photo taken with Santa. You can either book your visit in advance here to avoid the queue or turn up on the day and wait in line.

Enchanted Forest Walk Experience and Santa Visit:
Non booked: $15 per child – includes forest walk, entry for up to 2 adults and 1 framed photo and Xmas bauble.
Booked: $20 per child – includes forest walk, entry for 2 adults, Christmas tree bauble gift and 1 framed photo.

Enchanted Forest Walk Experience: 
In order to support social distancing, the Enchanted Forest Walk experience is not available separately this year, but is included in both the booked and non-booked experiences.

Smith and Caughey's Christmas

Dannemora Lights

9 Sayes Close, Dannemora, Auckland map
Sunday 1 December 2019 to Saturday 28 December 2019: 8:45pm to late each night.
Facebook event page

Snow machine and Christmas Lights to raise money for South Auckland Hospice. Santa will also be there on selected nights too.

Cost: FREE. Gold coin donations accepted for South Auckland Hospice

Dannemora Christmas lights for Hospice

Cooper Crescent Otara Christmas Lights 2k19

Cooper Crescent, Otara, Auckland
Lights will run from second week of December until New Year 2020. 
Facebook event page: Cooper Cres OTARA 

Not only do you get lights, but the local residents will be selling Maori & Pasifika kai and desserts. 

There will be 3 three themed nights in 2019:
– Culture night on Friday 20 December
– Kiddies Christmas Night on Saturday 21 December
– O Holy Night on Sunday 22 December

Cost:  FREE community event supported by the Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board.

Cooper Crescent Christmas Lights

Light me up Christmas Auckland

Rowandale Avenue, Manurewa, South Auckland
Lights will run from 30th November until 31st December 2019 from approximately 8pm to 9pm each night.
Facebook event page: Light Me Up Manurewa

The 2018 Light Show was a success, and this year it will be bigger and better with more lights in a new location.

Cost:  FREE community event

Light me up Manurewa


Stockade Hill Christmas Lights

Stockade Hill, Howick, East Auckland
Friday 20 November 2020: 7pm to 11pm
Howick Local Board Facebook event page

Stockade Hill Christmas Tree lights turn on Friday 20 November 2020 at 8:30pm for the Christmas season.  Enjoy the music and performances before the lights are switched on.

Cost: FREE

Stockade Hill Christmas LIghts

Browns Bay Christmas Tree Lights

Phoenix Plaza, Browns Bay, North Shore, Auckland
Lighting of the tree on Friday 20 November 2020: 6:30pm to 8:15pm

The giant Christmas Tree is returning to Phoenix Plaza. Celebrate the tree lights being switched on in a a fun-filled evening of entertainment for the kids. Santa will be dropping in again this year with his sack of surprises.

Cost: FREE event. Donations of non-perishable food for the Salvation Army will be much appreciated. Pop them under the tree.

Onehunga Christmas Lights

Jellico Park, 131 Trafalgar Street, Onehunga, Auckland
Lighting of the tree is on Friday 27 November 2020: 7pm to 9pm 
Maungakiekie-Tāmaki Local Board Facebook event page

Enjoy entertainment, lighting of the tree and a visit from Santa at this family event when the lights are turned on in Jellico Park.

Cost: FREE

Onehunga Christmas Lights

Christmas Light Displays that have been cancelled this year due to COVID:

Franklin Road Christmas Lights is cancelled for 2020

Franklin Road, Ponsonby, Central Auckland, New Zealand
2020 Christmas event has been cancelled

The Franklin Road Christmas lights will not be on in 2020 as it is too difficult to implement contact tracing at this event.


Torbay Christmas Lights Display is cancelled for 2020

57A Killarney Avenue, Torbay, North Shore, Auckland
2020 Christmas event has been cancelled

The biggest Christmas lights display on the North Shore is not going ahead in 2020. Their Facebook page says: “This is not a decision that we have taken lightly, but after some careful consideration with the current climate, we feel that it would be irresponsible to hold the event. With the thousands of people that come every night, we are unwilling to take the risk for our community…. Their chosen charity this year was Variety The Children’s Charity. If you feel like donating please head here.