Flicking on festive lights

There's a new destination to add to the Christmas light tour this year with the news that Morisset's Cedar Mill is hosting what is claimed to be the biggest LED Christmas tree in the Hunter.

Located at the old Country Club site, the 12.5-metre display features more than 20,000 LED globes which were turned on last week and will be shining brightly every evening until Christmas.

"Easily spotted from the roadside, our giant, shiny Christmas tree is a drive-by spectacular that provides some festive spirit to the Morisset residents and visitors," Cedar Mill General Manager Kyle McKendry said.

"It took a crane and a scissor lift and some steady hands to install the giant Christmas spectacle inside the carpark."

Visitors will also be greeted by a nativity scene and plenty more lights, as part of the Christmas festivities.

Meanwhile, some of tried and true locations for enjoying the tradition of Christmas lights have once again flicked the switch on their displays.

Waratah Village has had its lights on since November 1 and also features Santa, Mrs Claus and magician Joel Howlett as will as an array of other activities.

And further north at Raymond Terrace, the town's iconic 43-metre Norfolk pine tree has been adorned in lights and will be turned on from December 6.

The tree, located at the Old Rectory on Sturgeon Street, features 12 runs of lights with 60 bulbs on each, plus a star at the top.

The official lighting of the tree will take place at 7.30pm during the Carols under the Christmas Tree event that starts at 6pm.

And for those willing to travel a little farther, the Hunter Valley Gardens, located in wine country at Pokolbin, is renowned for its annual Christmas Lights Spectacular.

This year's offerings include 'Snowy' the snowman, an 8-metre creation that can be walked though, Giant Castle and Lover's Corner - which provides the ideal opportunity for a romantic picture.

Favourites from last year, including 'Hunter' the giant teddy, the walk-through bauble and Christmas around the World, will also return.

The event runs from November 8 to January 26.

For more information or to book tickets visit www.huntervalleygardens.com.au

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