Christmas light viewing is a yearly rite-of-passage that has our holiday-loving hearts skipping a beat at the mere thought of it. Picture those twinkling fairy lights, the faces of children (okay, ours) lighting up as a hat-wearing electronic deer busts out some sick Christmas jams, while you pile into the car with fresh hot chocolate (or iced chocolate, this is Brisbane folks) for the most festive road trip ever.
But where do you even start looking for the best Christmas lights in Brisbane that'll make the trip worth it? Fear not, friends, for we have done the hard yards for you and rounded up the cream of the crop when it comes to Brisbane’s best Christmas lights.
Here's the best spots to see Christmas lights in Brisbane this year.
4 Huron Street
Grandma’s Christmas Garden in Banyo is queen of the north-side Christmas lights. Their spectacular display took home a Best in the Northern Suburbs award in 2015 and scored a 4KQ Judges Recommendation this year. Featuring a sprawling front yard covered in every sort of twinkling light and ornament you could imagine, Grandma’s Christmas Garden is a must-see destination on your light list.
146 Maundrell Terrace
St Gerard Majella Catholic Church, at Chermside West, is a stunner with its massive angel, made entirely of twinkling lights. Towering above the rest of the display the angel is worth the trip alone, but don’t think there is nothing else here. LED wise-men make their yearly pilgrimage around the roof of the building itself, while cascading fairy lights frame windowsills and doorframes at every opportunity. After all, St Gerard Majella was the recipient of the 2014 4KQ Best Church or Community Group award for a very good reason.
207 Graceville Ave
This mind-boggling display is lights with a show, featuring approximately 3500 LED lights completely synchronised to a 20-minute radio show (now that's commitment). All you have to do is rock up, tune into 88.0 FM and sit back and enjoy the marvel of festive engineering laid out before you. The rightful winner of the Best Synchronised Music Display 2015, 207 Graceville Avenue continues to be a favourite local gem. Make sure to add this one to your list, guys, we promise you won’t regret it.
16 Merchant Court
The work of Adrian and Bev Wheatley in Springwood, 16 merchant Court takes classic Christmas light viewing to a whole new, heart-warming level. The pair have completely transformed their front yard into a festive wonderland, complete with a true-blue inflatable Santa in a singlet and board-shorts. This magestic light show is worth a stop if you’re in the area, even if it’s just for the opportunity to glimpse Adrian and Bev in their truly festive costumes amongst the lights.
Brandella Place, a cul-de-sac in the bayside suburb of Belmont, is an entire street decked out in Christmas glory. Yes, you heard that correctly, an entire street. Approximately 12 to 15 houses go all-out for the benefit of both the kids living on the street and visitors, something that is reflected in the thousands of guests rumoured to pass through this Christmas wonderland every holiday season. Winner of the Best Neighbourhood 2014 award and second place recipient of the same award in 2015, Brandella Place is the living embodiment of Christmas spirit. How could you resist a visit?
536 D’Arcy Rd
Winner of the Best in Eastern Suburbs award for two years in a row, 536 D’Arcy Road, in Carina, is a veritable smorgasbord of festive eye-candy. Boasting a life-size nativity scene, fairy lights aplenty and even a series of miniature Christmas villages peeking out from behind a window, 536 D’Arcy Road has more than earned its place as reigning champion of the eastern suburbs’ Christmas game.
20 Curragundi Rd
Similar to our Carina favourite above, 20 Curragundi Rd in Jindalee, is a solid choice as the 4KQ Best in the West winner of 2016. Featuring little touches like light-up angel statues, enough twinkle lights to make even the worst Instagram post look fabulous, and a candy-cane lined driveway, you can’t go past 20 Curragundi Rd for the perfect Christmas light experience.
45 Church Rd
While 45 Church Rd had to surrender its Best of the West crown to 20 Curragundi Rd this year, it still took home the runner-up prize! Take a stroll down an enchanted laneway, lined on either side by a garden of LED lights and totally festive light-up mushrooms. One side even features a lake made of blue lights, complete with a fishing Santa in a boat. Don’t quote us, but we reckon this stunning display won’t be in second place for long, friends.
Need more ideas for your Christmas season plans? Check out our other festive round-ups here.
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