It's that time of year again. Bust out the Mariah, 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 head out for some Christmas lights.
Whatever suburb you’re in, how ever far you’re keen to travel (or not), there’s a street packed with blinking LED goodness ready for your gawking.
Gold Lotto City Hall Lights
Each evening from December 6 to 24, our City Hall will light up with a Christmas tale by Brisbane children’s author, Samantha Wheeler. The animated narrative will play on a 15-minute loop between 7.30pm and midnight, giving you plenty of opportunity to take advantage of this festive story time. A unique and intricate display that is always highly-anticipated, round up the gang and make an evening of taking in this dazzling display. Find out more here.
A Brissie favorite, if you haven’t yet been to The Enchanted Garden before, get yourself there quick smart before December 13. 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. Take your patience (crowds are common), and let yourself be dazzled by this spectacular sight.
Lights of Christmas at St Stephen’s Cathedral
Back for its second year, a mesmerising light display will make the historic St Stephen’s Cathedral glow with animations throughout December. Not just a visual marvel, carols will also complement the light show from 6.30pm–7pm each night. Celebrate the season of peace, joy and goodwill through dazzling light projections.
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 13 to 20 December. This year, you can even pop inside to see the official Christmas tree in the Drawing Room—and you can bet it’s no Kmart tree with ancient plastic baubles here.
George Michael educated us on the perils of giving away our hearts at Christmas but the worthy displays in Banyo would never break your heart. Head for 24 Ellamark Street, 20 Hilltop Place, 81 Froude Street and nearby 40 Raleigh Road for a dazzling time. Number 4 on Huron Street is also known for its flair and has already won 4KQ’s annual competition—you’ll want to get out of the car to explore the magical pathways through snowy arches.
Expect seriously bedazzled windows and driveways worthy of sunglasses in Chermside, where houses at 34 Ashley Road, 12 Whittaker Street and 27 Allamanda Place have lighting displays worth writing to Santa about. Chermside’s real MVP though, is the St Gerard Majella Catholic Church at 146 Maundrell Terrace, where a giant angel watches over an epic light show.
Ok, there’s just one light show in Bald Hills that we know of, but boy is it a doozy. So epic they have their own website, you can even get your name up in lights on the front of your house by connecting to the wi-fi portal when you arrive. All timed to a 14 minute long musical loop, there’s no doubt Paladin Place is worth a detour on your Christmas lights road trip.
Upper Mt Gravatt
People come from near and far to see the lights displays in this neck of the woods. Spend a festive eve on Lindwall Street in Upper Mount Gravatt, where you’ll find several houses lit up bright enough to be seen from space. Make sure you also stop by 106 Wemvern Street and 101 Kempsie Road for their blinding displays.
Algester and Calamvale
Algester and Calamvale are definitely going to see a spike in electricity usage this month, with multiple houses across the ‘burbs putting on epic displays. They need to be seen to be believed, so just plan a route that hits 39 Booyone Street, 7 Bluedong Place, 6 Triantha Street, 32 Cordia Street, 29 Lewis Place and 19 Nolan Place. Leave 81 Sunflower Crescent and their laser light show until last, as you’ll be there trying to get that perfect ‘Gram for hours.
There’s a glorious and picturesque bunch of streets you should be trawling your way through in Victoria Point. We’re talking about Bellenden Court, Bunker Road, Darescott Court, Honeysuckle Close, Chestnut Crescent, Link Road, Kestrel Court, Melody Street, Prescoter Drive, Trisha Close and Whipbird Circuit, which all have a cute selection of homes who are all about the Chrissy spirit.
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, Garrett Place, 5 Indigo Street, 210 Main Street and also 6 Woodcrest Close where there’s even a snow machine. If you’re short on time though, Huntly Place is the place to be, with over a dozen houses competing with each other to be the best of the best.
Nothing can prepare you for the kaleidoscopic light overload on Everard Street, a local favourite (and soon to be yours). These houses have been killing it for the last couple of years and are sure to bring their A-Game to 2019. 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.
If you’re a Harry Potter fanatic, you’ll want to stop by Leichhardt Circuit in Forest lake, where the Hamilton family Christmas lights are entirely timed to the many memorable tunes from the movies. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll relive the moments you know off by heart all over again, all while watching an epic display of lights.
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