Boulevard Lights 2021

For 10 days each December, The Boulevard in Ivanhoe East is illuminated with Christmas lights.

As the festive season approaches, COVID-19 restrictions are unfortunately still in place. Boulevard Lights, although a wonderful tradition for our community, is not able to go ahead in 2021 due to these restrictions.

This means we will not provide traffic management, programmed entertainment, event infrastructure or promotion.

We spoke with residents of The Boulevard and surrounding streets, conducting surveys, and have reviewed the advice from the Victorian Government and consulted with the Victorian Police. Victorian Police have shared ongoing concerns about the risks of this event due to the mixing of vehicles and pedestrians.

Victorian Government Events Framework

Under the new framework, Boulevard Lights is classified as a Tier 1 event. The COVIDSafe requirements for Tier 1 events include fenced perimeters around the event allowing for contact tracing, QR check-ins and capping density numbers.

It would be impossible for these requirements to be implemented at this location.

Other ways to celebrate

We are deeply saddened by being unable to celebrate the Boulevard Lights this year, but we are still encouraging residents to keep the festive spirit going. Residents are not restricted from decorating their homes and Victoria Police have confirmed that they will monitor traffic and crowds in the area throughout December. If you have concerns regarding crowds gathering along the Boulevard throughout December, we ask that you report it to Heidelberg Police Station on 9450 8000.

We all deserve a celebration after the last two years we have endured. This year, we are holding the Carols by Candlelight event at Greensborough War Memorial Park (depending on COVID restrictions) and will also support smaller opportunities for trading strips with Christmas themed entertainment throughout December. 

The health and safety of our community has always been and will continue to drive our decision making, we appreciate your understanding on this matter and hope you have a safe and enjoyable festive season.

Join our Carols by Candlelight