A local brass band is playing at the display tomorrow evening.

PARA HILLS BRASS BAND will visit Ryan’s Christmas Lights 2021 for a local carols evening tomorrow (23 December) between 8:30 pm and about 9:15 pm. They will play through a number of popular carols such as ANGELS WE HAVE ON HIGH, JINGLE BELLS and SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN, just to name a small few. There will be two sets of carols with a 5 minute intermission in-between.

The usual display music will be muted while the band plays. The regular synchronised to music Christmas light show will start after the band has concluded at around 9:15 pm and run until the normal finish time of 10:30 pm.

Also a friendly reminder about possible increased pedestrian traffic. Please take care while driving in the area. Foot traffic tends to ramp up as Christmas Day edges closer.


  • Brass band plays: 8:30 pm to ~9:15 pm
  • Regular music light show: ~9:15 pm to 10:30 pm

Tonight’s show may end early due to incoming thunderstorm

Please be advised that tonight’s show may turn off early if a nearby thunderstorm brings rain. The weather radar indicates isolated heavy showers could occur in the area from around 9:30-10pm. The Christmas lights will stay on until 10:30 pm or until the wet weather arrives, whichever happens first.

UPDATE: Just a few short-lived showers up to 10:30, so tonight’s show (17 December) will end at the normal time.

Back for another year starting from 3 December, 2021

Ryan’s Christmas Lights 2021 is happening, yay! The plan is to start the show from the 3rd of December.

This year will be a similar size to last year’s scaled down display. But there are some changes to tease:

  • Some new lighting elements plus a couple of older ones replaced with individually controllable digital pixel lights.
  • A new festive song for lights to dance to that has not been part of the display until this year.

A scaled-back display for 2020

It’s November. Many of you are probably starting to think about what Christmas will be like, particularly after so many events this year were cancelled due to health concerns. 2020 has been a year of adjustment and doing things differently in a race to stay safe. For reasons unrelated to the pandemic, I am unable to commit to a regular sized lights display for this year. One possible option could have been to not decorate at all, but I also thought that the local area should still have something festive to look forward to with the kind of year that 2020 has been.

So in December 2020 I plan to still have some sort of display, but please understand there will be fewer lights. Think of it as a light at the end of the tunnel, or year, as it were.

Extreme hot weather and adjusted running times

Due to the extreme heat, tonight’s display will likely not start until after 9 pm with some of the lights unplugged for the whole night. A moment ago at 8 pm, the local outside temperature was still hovering around 40 degrees (C). This is approaching the upper recommended operating conditions for some of the equipment that runs the Christmas lights display.

Tomorrow (Friday) will be another day of extreme heat, however Saturday should be cooler and much more comfortable.