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Mandurah Canals Christmas Lights phenomenon

A spectacular annual event not to be missed!

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 1st December until 7th 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.”

“This year there are a range of cruise option available including our traditional 1 hour Standard Christmas Lights Cruise, 1 hour luxury Christmas Lights Cruise which includes food and beverages, 1.5 Hour Sunset Adventure & Christmas Lights Cruises on board our exciting new vessel Spirit of Adventure and 2 hour Family Christmas Cruises.”

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.

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Mandurah’s Dolphins

Mandurah has a healthy population of Bottle Nose Dolphins (tusiops truncatus) that is estimated to number up to 75 individuals, depending on the time of year. The number increases around mating times when males come in and join the pods. The pods of dolphins average around 10-15 and have sometimes been seen to be as large as 25 down to solitary dolphins or smaller family groups of 3-4.

Their average length is about 3 metres, with calves being about 1 metre long at birth. We normally see baby dolphins appear between December and April. Mandurah's wild dolphins are medium grey in colour with light flanks and pale bellies. They can live up to 30 years and can swim in short bursts up to 40km/h and they love to play in our ferries bow waves and wash. As a matter of fact dolphins are the only other mammals apart from humans that continue to play well into their adult life. And Mandurah's wild dolphins are very playful!

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