So, ol’ grinchy grinch has got your Christmas spirit and you’re looking to get it back? Have no fear, we know just the thing that will have your bells jingling in no time—Christmas lights!
Ain’t nothing like some shiny, bright, twinkling fairy lights to ignite your festive fire and fill you with the childish wonder of the season. In our opinion, the more garish the better—we’re talking music, bright strobe lights, cute (read: slightly creepy) stuffed animals, mannequins and blow up Santas; the whole seasonal shebang.
In fact, Christmas light displays are just about the only thing that won’t make you fat, hungover or stressed at this time of year and you can make a night of it, better yet, actually multiple nights, driving around Brisbane to get a glimpse of the best displays.
Here are the best places to see Christmas lights in Brisbane. Cheaper than a trip to the North Pole…
Graceville | Sherwood | Yeronga
Try this little south-west festive loop starting on Graceville Avenue. Every year there is a house here that synchronises its Chrissie lights to music playing on 88.0FM (damn legendary if you ask us). Then hot-foot it to Jerrold Avenue in Sherwood and The Esplanade in Yeronga. With all the beautiful Queenslanders (the perfect canvas for twinkly lights) in this area, we bet you’ll spot more along the way.
Bardon | Paddington
Starting on the 8th December, The Governor’s Residence on Fernberg Road will open their grounds from 7-8pm so that you can marvel in His Excellency’s Christmas lights display—very fancy indeed. There are some houses to see nearby on Elizabeth Street and Guthrie Street is a must-do as well.
Albany Creek | Chermside West | Banyo
Both Albany Creek and Banyo have several ‘must-see’ houses in their neighbourhoods. Check out Basswood Court, Kosta Place, Longreef Court and Narrabeen Road in Albany Creek, before driving north to Banyo’s Huron Street. Number 4 Huron is near on iconic status when it comes to the best Christmas lights in Brisbane, and are sure to deliver nothing short of spectacular this year. Drive between the suburbs via Maundrell Terrace in Chermside West for a glimpse of more festivity.
Spring Hill | Brisbane City
The Roma Street Parklands ‘Spectacle Garden’ will be lit up like an enchanted forest from the 8th December. Take a wander through the garden before walking down to Brisbane City Hall where every 15 minutes, the façade will light up with a light projection show. Naww.
Belmont | Carindale
This pocket on the south-east side is your own wintery (and brightly lit) wonderland, just in a Brisbane high-humidity summer... We’ve heard that Brandella Place in Belmont has some of the best displays on this side of town, complete with snow machines, dancing Santas and a photo studio—fancy. They are closely followed by Melrose Close in Carindale with several houses literally lit-up like a Christmas tree. Does it get more festive than that?
Underwood | Eight Mile Plains | Runcorn | Upper Mount Gravatt
People come from near and far to see the lights displays in this neck of the woods. Starting out near Logan, you and your little elves will love Arlington Street in Underwood. Then, head to Fern Tree and Calliope courts in Runcorn, Gaskell and Colvillea streets in Eight Mile Plains, before finishing a festive eve on Lindwall Street in Upper Mount Gravatt.
There are several houses with awesome Christmas lights at Springfield Lakes, but none really measure up to the uber high-tech and uber festive projection display on Capri Street. Take a drive around, but don’t miss this display that runs every 30mins. Won’t someone think of the electricity bills?
Jindalee | Westlake | Sinnamon Park
These suburbs aren’t known as “the best in the west” for no reason. Jindalee and Westlake have consistently delivered some of the most superior and busiest light displays year after year. There is an impressive house on Curragundi Road in Sinnamon Park, well-known for its Christmas train and a separate area with magical silver bells and lighting. Hot tip: save Everard Street in Westlake for last—the lights on this street will really stuff your turkey.
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