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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.  

You can also get your copy of the trails right to the palm of your hand by downloading the Perth Trails app. Available on the App Store and Google Play

Christmas Lights Trail map

Christmas Lights Trail accessible map

  • 1

    WA Museum (Old Gaol)

    Presented by WA Museum Boola Bardip
    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.
  • 2

    WA Museum (City Room)

    Presented by WA Museum Boola Bardip

    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.

  • 3

    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.

  • 4

    Northbridge Piazza

    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.

  • 5

    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.

  • 6

    Tulbak Boodja

    This modern take on the classic Christmas tree will dazzle as it lights up Tulbak Boodja.

  • 7

    RAC Arena

    Presented by RAC Arena

    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.

  • 8

    Yagan Square

    Presented by DevelopmentWA 

    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.

  • 9

    Raine Square

    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.

  • 10

    Wolf Lane

    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.

  • 11

    140 Perth, Railway Lane

    Presented by 140 Perth
    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!
  • 12

    Forrest Place

    This 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?
  • 13

    Forrest Place

    1 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.
    Christmas Lights Trail - Image coming soon
  • 14

    Forrest Chase, Level 1, Padbury Walk

    Presented by Forrest Chase
    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!
  • 15

    Murray Street Mall

    Who knew, Santa loves his cricket too? Standing at over four metres tall, head down and have a hit with the big man himself.
  • 16

    Murray Street Mall

    That’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.
  • 17

    Murray Street Mall

    A bright, illuminated grass tree has sprung up in Murray Street Mall. Snap a quick photo with it before you continue your journey.
  • 18

    Brookfield Place, Podium Lane

    Presented by Brookfield Place
    Appearing for the first time ever, discover the specially designed 35 metre long LED lights illuminating Podium Lane.
    Christmas Lights Trail - Image coming soon
  • 19

    enex, St Georges Terrace

    Presented by enex
    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.
  • 20

    Central Park

    Central 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.
  • 21

    Central Park

    Presented 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!
  • 22

    Hay Street Mall (West)

    It 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!
    Christmas Lights Trail - Image coming soon
  • 23

    Piccadilly Arcade

    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 

    Christmas Lights Trail - Image coming soon
  • 24

    Hay Street Mall (Central)

    Sweet 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.
  • 25

    Hay Street Mall (East)

    Presented by Hay Street Mall

    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.
  • 26

    City of Perth Library

    Stand under the bright cascade of sparkling lights hanging around the outside of the beautiful City of Perth Library.
    Library Lights
  • 27

    Hibernian Place

    Presengted 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!
    Christmas Koala
  • 28

    Irwin Street (Behind District Court of WA)

    As 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.
  • 29

    St George's Cathedral

    They’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.

    Lights switch on from 7:45pm

    Christmas Projections
  • 30

    Council House

    A 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.
    Christmas Yongas
  • 31

    Council House, St George's Terrace

    It’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?

    Some nights may have alternative programming to celebrate other occasions in the City.
    Council House Light Show POI
  • 32

    Postal Hall, State Buildings

    Thanks to State Buildings and proudly sponsored by the City of Perth
    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
    Christmas Lights Trail - Image coming soon
  • 33

    Bell Tower, Barrack Square

    We 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?
    Christmas Lights Trail - Image coming soon
  • 34

    Elizabeth Quay (East)

    Presented by DevelopmentWA
    Six silly seagulls have perched themselves in Elizabeth Quay after stealing some chips! You’ll want to watch your food around these cheeky birds.
  • 35

    Elizabeth Quay, Western Concourse

    Thanks to Sculpting Sand
    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.
    Christmas Lights Trail - Image coming soon

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