Christmas Lights Spectacular 2016
Last weekend we took the kids to the Christmas Lights Spectacular at the Hunter Valley Gardens in Pokolbin and it was so much fun! It was our second year there and we were so excited to go after having so much fun last year.
We met up with some friends who traveled up from Sydney with their kids and first of all had a picnic at the part next to the Hunter Valley Gardens.
Despite being a lovely sunny day, we easily found a table with shade and the kids had a fantastic time running around and burning off steam.
We normally have them both in bed by 7pm so it was a bit of a late one, with doors opening at 6.30pm, although they’d napped on the way so were well rested.
On the way into the event, I bumped into my lovely blogging friend Ness from Nessville which was an amazing bonus and so lovely to meet her in person!!
The arrangement of the lights were so different this year but it was lovely to see some of our favourites from last year too!
Miss loved seeing Cinderella’s carriage, the butterflies and gingerbread men.
Mini was in just in awe of everything! As he’s only 1.5 year old, and it was such a late night for him, we changed him into his PJs before we went in at 7.30pm in case he fell asleep while we were there. He didn’t – there was too much to see and so much excitement from the crowds!
We were happy he stayed awake in the end as it meant that he was awake for a lovely photo with Santa. Last year he was a baby asleep in his capsule – but we popped him in the Santa photo in that anyway!
Although we had already eaten, there were lots of stalls offering food and drink and conveniently placed right next to the Fun Zone – that had jumping castles and games for both the kids and adults.
We also caught the end of one of the Little Scallywagz shows (on at 7.30pm and 8.30pm daily) which Miss loved.
The lights were so varied with displays from Candyland, Around the World, Storybook Garden and so much more.
We had such an amazing time at the Christmas Lights Spectacular and I’d highly recommend a trip to anyone driving distance from the Hunter Valley. It’s on until January 26th 2017.
We left at about 9pm and the kids both fell asleep on the drive home which meant we could pop them straight into bed when we got home.
You can find out more about the Christmas Lights Spectacular at www.hvg.com.au
Disclosure: we were given a family pass to the Christmas Lights Spectacular in exchange for our honest review.