From the 1st December Mandurah's waterways will come to life, as the annual magical spectacle that is Mandurah's Canals Christmas Lights phenomenon commences.
Millions of colourful lights illuminate and reflect onto the water from Mandurah's luxury canal homes as the residents hold a competition to see who has the best Christmas lights display.
There are waving Santas, snowmen, reindeers and sleds, dolphins, kangaroos, stars, snow globes, Christmas trees, opulent stairways, private jetties, watercraft and more all sparkling with colour as carols are sung from balconies.
The best way to observe this phenomenon is from the water. Mandurah Cruises operate Christmas Lights Cruises during this period, departing at 7:30pm and 8:45pm every night from 1 December until 7 January. On board these cruises passengers experience the magic of Christmas as they sing along to Christmas carol favourites and join in the Christmas cheer while cruising through the wonderland of Christmas lights.
At their ferry terminal Santa and his elves are there to meet all the children and for free photo opportunities and Christmas carollers get everyone into the spirit. Mandurah Cruises Christmas Co-ordinator, Natalie Goddard said "It truly is the most wonderful time of the year. We have people of all ages from 0 to 100+ join us to witness the spectacular Christmas Lights and the smile on all their faces and the joy this experience brings is remarkable."
"There isn't anything else like it in the world. This event has become increasingly popular each year and so it is important to book early as tickets sell very fast."
The Christmas Lights are not just a competition for the Mandurah Canal residents as to who can put on the Christmas Lights display but rather most residents do so to raise money for the Rotary Club of Mandurah who distribute the donations to local charities.
There is a floating wishing well that people cruising around enjoying the lights can throw coins into and make a wish. Last year over $21,000 was raised! Since the wishing well started over $120,000 has been raised. All of Mandurah Cruises vessels stop at the floating wishing well during every Christmas Lights Cruise so that passengers can make a donation and wish. Click here to read the full media release.
See what the Mandurah Canals Christmas Lights phenomenon is all about in the video below. For more information on Mandurah Cruises Christmas Lights Cruises and to book now go to mandurahcruises.com.au/cruises-tours/christmas-lights-cruise.