Whilst recently visiting relatives in the Hunter Region, we decided to stay overnight at the Elegant Sebel Hotel -like a bygone era complete with an English Breakfast Conservatory overlooking a private rose garden and fountain, surrounded by winery country as far as you can see! Lovely.We caught up with some local friends for dinner and they suggested we go and see all the Christmas lights - 1.5 million of them!, artfully draped throughout the `Hunter Valley Gardens` after dinner - so that`s what we did!
The Hunter Valley Gardens are a spectacular during the day, but transform at night throughout December, into a truly amazing display of Christmas Lights.
There were sooo many families enjoying the night. Kids and parents had flashing head lights and wands. Little girls with their pretty fairy dresses, prams, teens, and grandparents, the lot. We were a little surprised at the entry cost af $25 per Adult, and only 3yrs and younger were free, making it an expensive treat at Christmas for the family. However, from the looks of awe and wonder on their little faces, it was well worth it.
We pretty much just followed the crowd in one direction from beginning to end, along concrete and fine gravel paths. Took about an hour with a few stops to ogle the lights.
Above are the `Storybook` gardens with all the nursery rhymes lit up!
And of course the `Lollie Land` lane was a bit hit.
It was such a beautiful balmy night for a stroll after dinner, and what better way to get in to the Christmas spirit
Nothing like an Eiffel Tower display to top off the night!
Merry Christmas everyone and hope you`ll visit this blog next year