Christmas Lights Spectacular + Giveaway!
Post in collaboration with Hunter Valley Gardens
Once ago in a galaxy far, far away, there lived a boy who was often very grumpy. He was so grumpy that his name, you guessed it, was actually, Grumpy!
Grumpy liked nothing better than to stay at home and watch YouTube and ABC iView on his iPad. He looked forward to each and every weekend which meant he could stay at home (rather than being forced to attend school) and he could watch and wander and be alone to his heart’s content.
However, Grumpy DID NOT like it when his parents planned outings on the weekends. He did not like missing out on his YouTube/ABC iView watching and would moan and complain and even swear to show his immense displeasure.
“How dare they impinge on his time? How dare they think that he would even want to go anywhere when he could stay at home and just be?”
One weekend, Grumpy was particularly upset when his mother, who really did want the best for him, revealed they were going on an outing to Hunter Valley Gardens to see the Christmas Lights Spectacular.
While his mother pointed out that he would have the whole day at home beforehand and that it would mean he could stay up later than usual on a Sunday night (a rare treat!), Grumpy could not see past the fact that he would not get an entire day at home. He also thought the Christmas lights were for babies and would be lame.
Oh the wisdom of a prematurely aged 11 year old boy…
Despite his very loud and sustained protests, Grumpy was bundled into the car with his two sisters (the also aptly named Whingey & Whiney) and they all headed off to Hunter Valley Gardens to see the Christmas Lights Spectacular.
This is how Grumpy looked when he first arrived:
However it didn’t take long for the magic of the Christmas Lights Spectacular to touch his soul. The promise of a can of soft drink at the end of the evening may have also helped his mood…
Being together and enjoying a fine Spring evening as a family was just what everyone needed to reconnect and find joy again. Even Grumpy (as well as his sisters!) managed a smile:
The family enjoyed the many themed areas on display and took their time to see every single detail and take lots of photos too.
Entry Displays & Tunnel
Music Room & Rose Garden
12 Days of Christmas
Cinderella’s Castle, Pumpkin Carriage & Ice Skaters
Winnie the Pooh
Whale, Waterfall & Sydney Skyline
After the wonder of the literally millions of lights on display, the family also enjoyed a show by the Little Scallywagz.
Well Whingey & Whiney did. Grumpy had a walk with his mum instead but, thankfully, with no complaint!
The night was complete with a visit to Santa’s Cave where everyone enjoyed a visit with the great man himself – even Grumpy!
Followed by some celebratory lemonade!
When asked how he felt at the end of the night, Grumpy was forced to admit that he HAD enjoyed himself and was glad that his precious YouTube/ABC iView time had been interrupted. Even his sisters had stopped whingeing and whining – a win all round!
In light of these miraculous transformations, Mum and Dad were in agreement that a visit to the Christmas Lights Spectacular @ Hunter Valley Gardens would need to a part of all future Christmas celebrations.
Make sure you check out all the details of the Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights Spectacular.
I must confess, after years of will we/won’t we go, we are so glad that we finally did! It is not the cheapest family night out with a family ticket for 2 adults & 2 children at $85 ($20 for each additional child) however, it is well worth saving up for. It will definitely be a new family tradition for us!
Christmas Lights Spectacular Giveaway
I have a Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights Spectacular family pass (2 adults/2 children) to give away for one lucky My Home Truths reader!
To be in the running, share YOUR family Christmas tradition. Is there something you always do, each and every year, as a family? The winner will be chosen by my family, based on originality and creativity.
You must be able to visit Hunter Valley Gardens before 26th January 2016 and you must be an Australian resident to enter.
Competition entries will close 6pm AEDST next Friday 4 December.
Good luck x
Disclaimer: I did not receive monetary compensation for this post however I did receive complimentary tickets to Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights Spectacular for myself and my family. My views, opinions and dodgy photos are all my own 😉