From 17 November until 2 January, 22 bigger and better installations will illuminate the city over 4kms, stretching through Central Perth and Northbridge.   

City of Perth Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas said every year the Rio Tinto Christmas Light Trail drew people from near and far to experience the wonder of the city at Christmas time. 

“No Christmas in Perth is complete without the joy of the Christmas Lights Trail and this year is no exception with 17 new and amazing installs. Make it your mission to tick off every stop of the Trail or meander along the new route that has been designed for little legs known as The Merry Mile,” he said. 

“This year we’re delighted to welcome back our friends from Rio Tinto as a partner of the 2023 Christmas Lights Trail, for an even more accessible and joyful trail for all to enjoy.” 

Rio Tinto Iron Ore Chief Executive Simon Trott said nearing 60 years of being part of the Western Australian community, they were excited to support this year’s Trail and spread holiday joy.  

“Each year thousands of people come together to experience the lights, performances and entertainment along the Trail," he said.

“There’s many highlights this year but some of the really special installations include the 140 Perth’s mural projections and The Moodjar Tree in Yagan Square which showcases the talents of Aboriginal Artists and their rich connection to the land and its people."

The City of Perth is proud to have Lotterywest as a Major Supporter of the event, presenting an exciting light and sound art fusion experience with Symphony of Light at Barrack Square and the reimagined Constellation Labyrinth in Cathedral Square. Thanks also to partners Development WA, Raine Square, 140 Perth, Central Park, Forrest Chase and enex. 

The city will come alive every Friday and Saturday night with free kids' entertainment and performances along the trail.

With 17 new installations this year, visitors are encouraged to look out for the 8m tall ship in Elizabeth Quay, board the Vintage Christmas Train in Central Park, take a Quokka Selfie in front of Myer in Forrest Chase, or relax with Summer Santa in Murray St Mall.  

Back by popular demand, our iCity volunteers will run free Christmas lights walking tours which are also featured on the Perth Trails app, offering informative walking trails suitable for people of all ages.  

And don’t forget to grab a quick and easy dinner before the trail at the Twilight Food Markets every Friday night in Forrest Place.

It’s never been easier to enjoy the Trail thanks to free parking options at CPP carparks:

  • Free parking at CPP at all carparks after 6pm 
  • Three-hour free parking on weekends and public holidays at CPP Cultural Centre, Pier Street and His Majesty’s carparks.


Issued by: Grace Carr