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Rio Tinto Christmas Lights Trail
Friday 18 November - 2 January 2023
Now in its sixth year, the Rio Tinto Christmas Lights Trail covers 6km across the City of Light. The Trail showcases 35 unique large-scale light installations over 46 summer evenings.
Proudly brought to you by the City of Perth. Supported by Rio Tinto and Lotterywest.
- 1Presented by WA Museum Boola Bardip
WA Museum (Old Gaol)
Venture down the rabbit hole into Wonderland, where expectations are upended, and curiosity is rewarded. Illuminate Alice celebrates the screen history of Lewis Carroll’s timeless stories with captivating projections for adults and children alike, bringing the Old Gaol to life after dark.
- 2Presented by WA Museum Boola Bardip
WA Museum (City Room)
The Gnomes have come to Perth in anticipation of WA Museum Boola Bardip’s Wonderland exhibition. Gather around and you may just hear the gnomes talking to each other and singing Christmas carols.
Perth Cultural Centre
Presented by Perth Cultural Centre
At the Koort (heart) of the installation will be three magnificent multi-faceted infinite space light structures, titled Shard, that energise the Cultural Centre through video imagery.
Presented by Lotterywest
Enjoy an immersive music and light show under a constellation of 16,000 lights. The 23-metrelong tunnel in the heart of Northbridge is the ultimate Christmas themed sensory experience.
Manatj Park (Kings Square)
Presented by Kings Square
All Aboard! This fun and sweet Christmas train has components made up of gingerbread, icing, lollies and of course, Christmas lights and decorations. Step inside for a selfie or take that memorable family shot.
This modern take on the classic Christmas tree will dazzle as it lights up Tulbak Boodja.
Standing 4 metres tall, the King of all Frilled Neck Lizards has come to show Perth how amazing its frill is when dressed in Christmas lights.
People power makes these giant lowers bloom and illuminate while light crystals on the trees trunk are lifted higher and higher! Jump on an exercise bike to see this stunning tree in all its glory.
Presented by Raine Square
An enchanted Christmas light garden featuring stunning light totems has taken over Raine Lane, creating an ever-changing mesmerising mystical garden.
As part of the ‘Light it Up’ project, this new permanent artwork was created by artist Joshua Webb.
These beautifully created pieces are set to brighten up laneways around the City.
- 11Presented by 140 Perth
140 Perth, Railway Lane
Be mesmerised as the stunning Maarakool (with the hands) mural by Kambarni comes to life with shimmering textures and vibrant pops of colour, or create your own effects by tracing your hand across the artwork. The combinations are endless!
- 12This stunning, four metre tall Christmas tree covered in over 13,000 lights is the tallest installation on the Trail and is sure to knock your socks off! Can you count all the gifts tucked away under its branches?
- 131 December to 31 December, from 7:45pm
For a limited time only, captivating animated projections will light up the façade of this beautiful historical building. The projections will be sure to add Christmas spirit to Forrest Place from dusk to midnight, with festive music concluding at 10pm.
- 14Presented by Forrest Chase
Forrest Chase, Level 1, Padbury Walk
Snowy the Polar Bear is visiting all the way from the North Pole. Make sure you stop and give the friendly bear a cuddle and hop on his lap for a perfect snap!
- 15Who knew, Santa loves his cricket too? Standing at over four metres tall, head down and have a hit with the big man himself.
Murray Street Mall
- 16That’s not something you see every day! This bright Playful Platypus has made a special appearance just for Christmas. Covered in nearly 10,000 lights, the Murray Street Mall will come to life after dark.
Murray Street Mall
- 17A bright, illuminated grass tree has sprung up in Murray Street Mall. Snap a quick photo with it before you continue your journey.
Murray Street Mall
- 18Presented by Brookfield Place
Brookfield Place, Podium Lane
Appearing for the first time ever, discover the specially designed 35 metre long LED lights illuminating Podium Lane.
- 19Presented by enex
enex, St Georges Terrace
This floral display is a beautiful and truly Western Australian representation, consisting of Banksias, Waratahs, Kangaroo Paws and a scattering of gum nuts for good measure.
- 20Central Park has been taken over by a giant boab tree, towering over the area at 6.5 metres high. This remarkable sculpture will be impressive by day and by night.
- 21Presented by Central Park
Walk through the Candy Cane Gateway and be transported to a world of all-things Christmas. Made up of over 10,000 lights, this is the perfect spot for a fun festive photo!
- 22It wouldn’t be an Aussie summer without a flamingo floatie for those backyard pool days. This one seems to have blown in from the Swan River!
Hay Street Mall (West)
Presented by Piccadilly Arcade
It’s a Piccadilly Christmas! While walking through Perth’s most iconic arcade, take a snap at Piccadilly’s sparkly Christmas booth for your chance to win.
*Open Friday and Saturday evenings until 10pm
- 24Sweet Christmas treats are filling up the Hay Street Mall! There are already a few bites missing - hurry for you chance to get a photo before they’re all gone.
Hay Street Mall (Central)
- 25Presented by Hay Street Mall
Hay Street Mall (East)
As part of the ‘Light it Up’ project, this new permanent artwork was created by artist Adam Cruickshanks. These beautifully created pieces are set to brighten up laneways around the City.
- 26Stand under the bright cascade of sparkling lights hanging around the outside of the beautiful City of Perth Library.
City of Perth Library
- 27Presengted by Hibernian Place
A giant five metre tall festive Koala has found its way to Hibernian Place. Walk underneath the mesmerising marsupial and snap an unforgettable Christmas pic while you’re there!
- 28As part of the ‘Light it Up’ project, this new permanent feature was created by artist Pamela Gaunt. These beautifully created pieces are set to brighten up laneways around the City.
Irwin Street (Behind District Court of WA)
- 29They’re back! Captivating animated projections will light up the facade of this beautiful historical building with a traditional nativity scene and snapshots of iconic locations around the City. The projections will be sure to add Christmas spirit to St George’s Terrace from dusk to midnight, with festive music concluding at 10pm.
St George's Cathedral
Lights switch on from 7:45pm
- 30A Christmas Lights Trail Tradition! The family-favourite mob of illuminated, festive kangaroos have found their way back into the City just in time for Christmas.
- 31It’s all happening on St Georges Terrace! Make sure you look up to check out the fun Christmas festivities lighting up iconic Council House from sunset onwards each night. What festive animals can you spot?
Council House, St George's Terrace
Some nights may have alternative programming to celebrate other occasions in the City.
- 32Thanks to State Buildings and proudly sponsored by the City of Perth
Postal Hall, State Buildings
A Festive Masquerade is the showcase of the blue kangaroo paw, known as Masquerade. Come and see the Christmas light installation in the shape of a Christmas tree, made up of individual 3D printed kangaroo paws.
From 28 November, nightly till 10pm
- 33We already know that Perth is the City of Light, but you haven’t seen Perth like this before! Illuminated in 11,000 lights, this impressive 10 metre long structure will show the City skyline in a new light. What buildings can you spot?
Bell Tower, Barrack Square
- 34Presented by DevelopmentWA
Elizabeth Quay (East)
Six silly seagulls have perched themselves in Elizabeth Quay after stealing some chips! You’ll want to watch your food around these cheeky birds.
- 35Thanks to Sculpting Sand
Elizabeth Quay, Western Concourse
Experience 100 tonnes of sand as it transforms into a work of art, complete with a Nativity Scene and Santa surprise that lights up after dark. This larger-than-life sand sculpture will leave visitors of all ages in awe. Made possible by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and DevelopmentWA.