Looking for something free to do in Auckland for kids this Christmas season? A visit to Franklin Road in Ponsonby is always on the top of the Christmas to-do list in this part of New Zealand. The area is popular for its impressive Christmas lights display, courtesy of the residents of the tree-lined stretch of road.
For the last 20 years, it has been a community tradition to turn on the festive lights from the 1st of December until Christmas Eve, from 6:30pm to 11pm. It’s best to see it when it’s fully dark at around 9pm. You can see the lights by simply driving down the street but walking the road gives you an even better view. It’s a pretty short and safe trek for families — you’ll see a lot of mums and dads with little kids on their shoulders. It’s about a 15-minute leisurely walk going one way and another 15 going up the other side of the street. It’s such a magical setting, especially with buskers singing carols.
Definitely worth a place on your Christmas to-do list in NZ.
Check out the gallery of Franklin Road Christmas Light houses after the jump.