It's that time of year again. Bust out the Mariah Carey playlist, slap on a (seasonally inappropriate) Christmas sweater, load up on eggnog and mince pies and pause your cheesy Christmas movie binge-fest courtesy of Netflix, because it's time to head out to find Brisbane’s best Christmas lights for 2020.
Whatever suburb you’re in, however far you’re keen to travel (or not), there’s a street packed with blinking LED goodness ready for your gawking, and we’ve driven the streets to find some of the best. Start planning your route, because these are the streets to see.
Best Christmas Lights Brisbane Central
Gold Lotto City Hall Lights
This year's Gold Lotto Christmas Lights Spectacular will be lighting up City Hall every night until Christmas Eve, merging a dazzling lights display with a touch of fantasy and magic. From glistening ice castles to Santa's bustling workshop, the building’s facade will be adorned in a decorative spectacle. With animation synced to a custom soundtrack, this projection show is a mesmerising way to celebrate the festive season. It’s open to everyone and free to attend, so gear up and get out the door. Find out more here.
The Enchanted Garden
A Brissie favorite, if you haven’t yet been to The Enchanted Garden before, get yourself there quick smart before 17 January. Get lost beyond the city streets and wander down the magically lit garden path through the Roma Street Parklands where we promise you’ll find multiple epic ‘gram locations. Don’t bypass the drool-worthy food offerings available during the event with food trucks galore descending on the park—think juicy burgers, wood-fired pizza and hand-crafted gelato. With the gardens ticketed this year, the first few weeks are already booked out, but tickets to the January sessions will be released soon.
Government House Christmas Lights
Want to see what 10,000 lights measuring a grand total of 1,800 metres looks like? Then you need to head for Government House in Paddington, where their magical Christmas light display is on from 11 to 15 December. This year, you will need to register in advance, so jump online and get your free tickets here.
Best Christmas Lights Brisbane North
Albany Creek, Bridgeman Downs And Aspley
Expect seriously bedazzled windows and driveways worthy of sunglasses in Albany Creek and Bridgeman Downs where plenty of houses have lighting displays worth writing to Santa about. In Albany Creek, drive by Longreef Court, 9 Costa Place and 81 The Boulevard, while Myrtle Crescent and Myall Place in Bridgeman Downs are one great big flashing light party. And over in Aspley, Stoneycroft Street is where you’ll find one house that has synced their lights to a Christmas music playlist—tune in via your radio and stay for hours.
Warner And Bray Park
George Michael educated us on the perils of giving away our hearts at Christmas but the worthy displays in this part of town would never break your heart. Head for 10 Mondial Drive in Warner, 73 Carlingford Court in Warner Lakes and 122 Sparkes Road in Bray Park, where the name of the street is fitting for the sparks of joy flying from the well-lit house.
Bracken Ridge And Carseldine
Over in Carseldine, 634 Beams Road is an annual favourite, and they’re back on the top Brisbane Christmas lights route for 2020. If you’re heading that way, we also hear that you’ll find brilliant displays at Wintergreen Close, 122A Barbour Road and 30 Greenore Street, though we’ve yet to lay eyes on these for ourselves.
Everton Park, Stafford And Grange
Unwilling to drive more than 20 minutes? We feel you—although heading way out to the ‘burbs definitely holds the highest reward. But there are a few displays closer to the centre of town that are just as illuminating, especially those at 27 Minimine Street in Stafford, 202 Flockton Street Everton Park and 48 Daisy Street in Grange.
Not grouped together neatly but no less worthy of inclusion are the displays you’ll find at 36 Sugarloaf Street in Wavell Heights (it’s a doozy) and 123 Dorrington Drive Ashgrove.
Best Christmas Lights Brisbane South
Eight Mile Plains And Runcorn
The south side has definitely stepped it up this year, and is worth a drive down the M1. If you head for 1 Catalpa Street in Eight Mile Plains and 26 Calliope Street in Runcorn, you’ll find the lights worth the trip.
The Logan ‘burbs are probably going to see a spike in electricity usage this month, with multiple houses across the area putting on epic displays. They need to be seen to be believed, so just plan a route that hits 23 Homestead Street in Marsden, 9 Ernestine Circuit in Eagleby and Lenore Crescent in Springwood.
Best Christmas Lights Brisbane East
Alexandra Hills And Capalaba
People come from near and far to see the lights displays in this neck of the woods. Spend a festive eve in Alexandra Hills’ Ashbury Court, Palana Drive and Classic Court, where you’ll find entire cul de sacs lit up bright enough to be seen from space. Make sure you also stop by 3 and 4 Soiandra Street and 51 Bluebell Street for their blinding displays. Meanwhile in Capalaba, Tipperary Court is the place to be, and you’ll probably find half the neighbourhood there mesmerised by the multiple light displays any given night before Christmas. Oh and if you head just a little further east, you’ll find 6 Bainbridge Street East in Ormiston worth the detour.
Tee up the Michael Buble for drive around Gretchen Circuit, Starfish Court and 45A Thornlands Road in Thornlands, where the residents have put some serious effort in spreading joy, cheer and electricity surges this year.
Well ho ho ho, Redland Bay residents go all out for Christmas and we are here for it. Make the rounds of 13 Foote Street, 17 Fairway Drive and also Woodcrest Close. If you’re short on time though, Huntly Place is the place to be, with over half a dozen houses competing with each other to be the best of the best.
Morningside, Hawthorne And Bulimba
The inner east side has well and truly joined the Brisbane Christmas lights party in 2020, and you’ll find festive displays at 60 Harris Street in Hawthorne, 7 Merry Street in Bulimba and 81 Stephens Street in Morningside.
Wynnum And Tingalpa
Baysiders, you are one truly lucky bunch when Christmas rolls round—the east side really goes to town with their decorations. You’ll find blinding displays at 81 Hutton Avenue in Wynnum, 19 Nemarra Street in Wynnum West and 62 Annette Street in Tingalpa—but if that’s not enough for you, just keep heading south.
Best Christmas Lights Brisbane West
Nothing can prepare you for the kaleidoscopic light overload at 1 Moncrieff Court in Mount Ommaney, a local favourite (and soon to be yours). Charge those phone batteries because we guarantee you’ll be on the ‘Gram religiously. On your way out, stop at 28 Raeside Street and 2 Gillen Close for more.
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