How to make the most of your Christmas lights experience

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Pack your hand sanitiser – and other top tips to help you explore WA’s best Christmas lights in 2020

It’s that time of the year when the magic of Christmas arrives across WA rooftops, awnings and front lawns! Whether you’re visiting Christmas lights for the first time or you’re an experienced lights visitor, this year is sure to be a little bit different. Here are some tips to help you make the most of your experience. 

Use our new website to plan your Xmas Lights Trail

Our new Xmas Lights Trail website is the first of its kind in WA. Here’s how it works:

  • You can explore all the different decorator profiles and read the inspiration and stories behind them. 
  • You can then create a wish-list of houses you want to visit. 
  • Your wish-list will then be plotted on a Google map with the best route to follow.

Start planning your Xmas Lights Trail right now.


Think COVID-safe

This year, more than ever, it’s important to follow good hygiene when you’re visiting lights displays by making sure you (and your family) wash your hands or use an alcohol-based sanitiser to keep your hands clean. Remember to cover your coughs or sneezes with your elbow (or a tissue you throw away) and follow physical distancing practices.

If you’re not feeling well, please stay at home and plan your lights tour for when you feel better.

Learn more about WA's Christmas lights in COVID times


Plan ahead for a safe and fun experience

Some other things to think about:

  • Some areas, especially where a lot of neighbouring houses are all decorated, can get quite busy. You might want to remind your kids about safety (including road safety) and designate a meeting spot or plan if anybody gets lost.
  • If you’re visiting lights with kids, plan ahead and help your kids understand what to expect. For example, while it might be ok to catch the bubbles coming out of a bubble machine in someone’s front yard, a giant fibreglass Frosty is not safe to climb on. 

Across our Xmas Lights Trail, we’re supporting Lifeline WA. You can donate through our website and enter our competition to win some fantastic prizes. Some Xmas Lights Trail houses are supporting other charities and will welcome donations on the night, so carry some small change if you’d like to show your support.


Drive and park safely

Everybody has a lot on their minds at this time of year, so it can be easy to get distracted. It’s very important to drive and park safely, legally and in a way that keeps other drivers and road users in mind. For example:

  • Even if you’re planning to follow Siri or automated directions, it could be a good idea to put someone who’s not the driver in charge of looking up the Xmas Lights Trail while you’re on the road. 
  • When you’re on the road, approach decorated houses slowly, if it’s safe to do this. There might be kids around or the driver in front of you might decide at the last second to stop for a quick look! 
  • Always park in a safe location and in a legal way. If you get out of your car, remember to lock your car and don’t leave any valuables inside, even for a short time.


Keep up your Christmas spirits

As you travel around to see the Christmas lights, you’re sure to come across unexpected (and unwanted) things like last-minute toilet trips, tired kids, traffic or parking issues. Take a deep breath and try to remember that while it might not be easy at times, it’s all worth it to enjoy the magic of Christmas! 

You might also like to share your Christmas spirit in other ways. Across our Xmas Lights Trail, we’re supporting Lifeline WA – and you can donate through our website if you would like to support this very worthy cause.

Please note, the information shared in this article was correct at the time of publishing. For the latest details on COVID-19 restrictions, please refer to COVID-19 information provided by the WA Government.

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