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:

Why so grumpy? Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights Spectacular

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…

Less Grumpy Face Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights Spectacular

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:

Smiley Kids Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights Spectacular

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

Frozen characters near entry to Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights Spectacular

More entrance fun at Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights Spectacular

Music Room & Rose Garden

Rose Garden & Music Room at Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights Spectacular

12 Days of Christmas

12 Days of Christmas at Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights Spectacular

Cinderella’s Castle, Pumpkin Carriage & Ice Skaters

Cinderella & Ice Skaters at Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights Spectacular

Story Book

Story book land highlights at Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights Spectacular

Magic Story Book Land at Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights Spectacular

Santa’s Plane

Santa's Plane at Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights Spectacular

Mega Trees

Mega Trees at Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights Spectacular

Winnie the Pooh

Winnie the Pooh at Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights Spectacular

Candy Land

Candy Land at Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights Spectacular

Whale, Waterfall & Sydney Skyline

Magical Water Lights at Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights Spectacular

Fairy Garden

Fairy Garden at Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights Spectacular

My Little Pony at Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights Spectacular

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower at Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights Spectacular

After the wonder of the literally millions of lights on display, the family also enjoyed a show by the Little Scallywagz.

Little Scallwagz at Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights Spectacular

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!

Santa's Cave at Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights Spectacular

Followed by some celebratory lemonade!

Celebrating at Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights Spectacular

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 😉


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25 Responses

  1. LOL, so Mum really does know best 🙂 The lights are one of my favourite parts of the run up to Christmas, one of the compensations for the crazy busy shopping centres and an over excess of adult grumpys on the roads. I can’t wait for the Brisbane city hall light-up to start.
    Toni | 2 Aussie Travellers recently posted..Exploring the Hiroshima Peace Park

  2. What amazing lights and displays! Looks like a fun night out for little and big kids. So glad Grumpy enjoyed himself. I wish we had lights of that scale here on the west coast. Many houses go to great effort with their light displays so we’ll be driving around visiting those this year and admiring from our car windows. Not the same though!
    Tash @ Gift Grapevine recently posted..Gift Grapevine gift guide # 6 – Gifts for 4 – 6 year olds

    • Kirsty says:

      I wish I had the energy to decorate my house the way that so many others do. It really is something seeing little faces light up with joy & wonder!

  3. Oh-laf! That looks like so much fun! I’ve heard a lot about the lights but didn’t realise that it was such an excellent extravaganza! It looks like the perfect way to un-grump oneself and as if a merry time was had by all!
    Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid recently posted..The Ultimate Rabbit Hole #46

    • Kirsty says:

      It’s powerful stuff. It must be to so effectively ungrump Grumpy (which is something I’ve tried and failed to do for years!!!)

  4. Lydia C. Lee says:

    We have quite a few – check out the DJ’s windows, ride the Myer train and make a gingerbread house. Most years we make it to the Christmas Light Spectacular. Fingers crossed for this year – my youngest will love the My Little Pony display!
    Lydia C. Lee recently posted..Krabi, overlooked tranquility

    • Kirsty says:

      The ponies were THE highlight for my girls, closely followed by the stage show. They had the best time, it really is worth a visit.

  5. Nicole K says:

    My Christmas tradition is to drive to my home town 2 hours away every year and go to this small church and buy my Christmas pudding from there. My mum always bought them from there and swore they were the best she had ever eaten. Now that she’s no longer with us, it’s really important to keep this tradition going for my family. The funny part is – I don’t even like pudding

  6. DIANA O says:

    Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, for the carols, for the gorgeous nativity, embracing a tradition that my Grandparents shared with me when I was little, like their Grandparents before them did with them. We’re by no means religious freaks, but at this time of year I think it’s really nice to go, and remember the true meaning of Christmas and not merely the over commercialization of the season.

    • Kirsty says:

      Very true Diana. It’s been many years since I went along to midnight mass but there is something very special about it – it definitely reminds you of the true meaning of Christmas x

  7. Rebecca H says:

    I get my family to on our Santa hats on and pop in the car and get the Christmas CD tunes going. We have the music quite loud and sing to it driving by all the homes lit up with wonderful Christmas lights! It’s just Magical!

  8. karina l says:

    We get together and eat my Dad’s honey glazed Christmas ham which is big enough to feed the 500 so we end up eating ham for the next week. That happens without fail every year at Christmas time!

  9. Sonya Blyton says:

    We have quite a few traditions for xmas, but by far would have to be making my Nana’s Trifle recipe and and then enjoying every little mouthful with delight!! My sisters call me and make sure I have pre-paired it for Xmas dinner they love it so much…….. Yum Yum Yummmmmm

    • Kirsty says:

      Nanas ALWAYS have the best tasting Christmas recipes – no wonder your sisters make sure you are prepared for Christmas dinner!!!

  10. Ash says:

    We make Danish rice pudding with cherry sauce and almonds. The almonds are broken up but there is one whole almond. Whoever gets the whole almond gets a prize at the end of dessert. It can be a booby prize like washing up all the dishes or something fun!

  11. Would love to gift this to my aunt and her grandchildren if I win.

    When we were near family it was always a boxing day family affair at our place. These days, with the girls now older
    and family so far away, our favourite Christmas tradition involves a massive Christmas Eve cook up and then days of feasting on left overs. It’s such a relaxing way to do things. We include all our Christmas favourite foods starting with my mango glazed leg ham.
    Raychael aka Mystery Case recently posted..Where am I Wednesday?

    • Kirsty says:

      That sounds divine. Remind me to organise a trip over your way following Christmas so you can feed me up on leftovers and I can catch some of the Hopman Cup tennis action as well!!!!

  12. Danielle Fletcher says:

    Every year on Christmas Eve we look at the beautiful Chrisymas lights in iur estate then sing as we watch carols by Candlelight on the tv. Although my darlings don’t stay up too late as Santa won’t come until they’re in bed. Christmas Eve for us is about family time

    • Kirsty says:

      Same here Danielle – watching the Carols on Christmas Eve and taking time to see the lights all around us is a special way to celebrate Christmas as a family!

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