Christmas lists are done, kids are getting excited, Santa is appearing in plenty of places, Christmas tunes everywhere you go – there is definitely plenty of Christmas cheer around! Christmas in and around Brisbane is a magical place to be, and there are plenty of free activities to enjoy to really get you in the mood!
Disclaimer: We are in the process of updating this article! All entries with 2023 listed beside them have been updated for this year. Those with TBC are to be confirm for this year.
Each year, Brisbane celebrates Christmas with beautiful decorations and lights during December; from the big events within various parts of the city to enjoy, to the smaller neighbourhoods where whole streets get involved to put on a free show where you are welcome to visit and drive or walk through these Christmas wonderlands.
The time and effort spent on celebrating Christmas in this way is a joy to behold and your kids will simply love the mesmerising lights, enjoy meeting reindeer, Santa and elves together with the music and mystical atmosphere that this creates.
In this article we have listed our favourite 12 places that have the best Christmas lights Brisbane has to offer. These locations are ones that enjoy putting on a show of Christmas lights that you can enjoy in and around Brisbane, from the planned larger events within the city to those more local suburbs that unite together to put on a Christmas show for whoever shares in the passion for Christmas. A wonderful and unique way to get your tribe into the Christmas spirit.
We know all the best places to find Christmas lights in Brisbane city as well as the other Christmas events in Brisbane this year.
1. King George Square, Christmas Tree
Every year at the beginning of the Christmas season, Brisbane hosts the official lighting of the Brisbane Christmas Tree. Located in King George Square, this huge event is the epitome of Christmas. With plenty of special guests promising to make an appearance, this is a great way to welcome the Christmas spirit!
The tree will be on display from 25 November 2022 until 8 January 2023.
2. The Lott by Golden Casket City Hall Lights
Whilst visiting King George Square, why not take in the spectacular light display at The Lott City Hall. This is run throughout most of December and displayed every 15 minutes. Lights are projected onto the building in a vibrant visual lighting and audio display that you will be sure to love.
- Dates: Friday 9 – Saturday 24 December
- Times: every 15 minutes from 7.30pm – midnight
3. Government House – 168 Fernberg Road, Paddington
Fernberg has been the official residence of the Governor of Queensland since 1910. Each year they light up the residence and grounds and open it to the public for Christmas.
- Address: 168 Fernberg Road, Paddington
- Date: 9 to 15 December, 2022
- Time: Gates will open each night from nightly from 7.00 – 8.00pm.
- Cost: Entry is free. Tickets and pre-bookings are not required.
Parking is on the streets surrounding the estate (there is no on-site parking, however security will assist with drop-offs for guests with mobility issues). All guests are required to check in via the ‘Check In Qld’ app and follow the Government House COVID-19 protocols.
4. Enchanted Garden Roma Street Parklands
This beautiful location is stunning all year round, however Christmas really is a magical time to come and visit. With over 40,000 stunning fairy lights and laser displays, this is definitely a wondrous spectacle. The display lasts throughout December and is ticketed with a costs of $7 to attend, to manage numbers as this is a very popular activity. Once you have wandered through the Enchanted Gardens, settle down on Celebration Lawn and enjoy some food from the many food trucks that descend on the area – a great evening activity.
Brisbane Christmas lights by neighbourhood
What better way to start the Christmas season than taking a drive around your local Brisbane neighbourhood to see the extraordinary efforts your neighbours have gone to in creating a magical Christmas wonderland for all to enjoy.
This is fast becoming a popular tradition with many families taking time out of their busy schedules to drive around these areas – the sheer delight this brings is fantastic and is a great way to get you into the spirit of Christmas. Here are some of the popular suburbs that take part!
5. Northern Suburbs and Moreton Bay region
Located in 12 Bedarra Crescent, Burpengary East (above), we love this house with all their lights and huge Santa! There are plenty of lights, Christmas characters and photo opportunities here!
28 Minimine Street, Stafford (above) is also a gorgeous display with the family going all out this year to impress the locals and the families that come from far away to see this display!
Take a drive out to 26-32 Fountain Road Burpengary East to check out his amazing walk through display (below) with a real life Santa and take a photo!
Other streets to visit on your drive include:
- 29 Sunflower Crescent, Upper Caboolture
- 26 Cockatiel Court, Deception Bay (each year they fundraise for the RBWH Foundation NICU and Milk Bank, to raise funds to help premmie babies.)
- Long Street, Clontarf
- Myall Place, Bridgeman Downs
- Cobalt Street, Keperra
6. West Brisbane
If you live in and around Westlake or Sinnamon Park, take a drive out to Everard Street in Westlake or Hawke Place, Sinnamon Park. Both are winners of Christmas lights competitions in the past and this year is no exception. Priding themselves on a great Christmas light spectacular you will be blown away by the displays they have put together. There are a tonne of outstanding streets in the Western suburbs, we like this list of Christmas lights in the west, to find the best ones!
7. South Brisbane
The Southside of Brisbane is FULL of Christmas lights displays too! There are 8-10 houses in Abbeyfeale street, Tingalpa (above). The street used to enter (and win) the 4KQ lights competition years ago with about 35 houses lit up. They then took a good break and several houses are back doing it again in 2022.
Just round the corner from there is Annette Street, Tingalpa (below). All are worth a good look in 2022.
Tipperary Court in Capalaba and Polperro Court in Alexandra Hills are definitely worth a visit. Christmas has landed here and a trip to see their lights will get you in the Christmas spirit. Also worth a visit is Redland Bay, in particular Huntly Place and Dory Place, both of which have multiple houses lit up and a very festive atmosphere, and not forgetting Woodcrest Close which even has a snow machine in operation.
If you haven’t seen Giants on the Hill at 19 Nemarra street in Wynnum West, add it to your list too. It is the image at the top of our page!
The local vote goes to the spectacular house pictured above, which can be found in Whipbird Circuit, Victoria Point. Kids love the interactive magical musical light-show displays, and the sleigh they can sit in with all the lights, switches and buttons.
Ipswich residents have really made a competition of having the best lights – there are so many awesome displays to see!
Our featured property can be found in 6 Rise Place, Heathwood (above). On certain nights, kids may find themselves bumping into a few of their favourite TV characters – life-size! Don’t forget to get a s-elfie!
Nova Court and Hillier Court (below) in Flinders View have a number of houses in each location lit up. Stop on by and take in the Christmas wonderlands on view here – spectacular! In and around Springfield Lakes is also a great area to take time to drive around, with many residents taking the time to provide Christmas lights aplenty!
Dwyer Place in Jimboomba is a great place to take the time to visit, as is Jasmine Crescent in Shailer Park with interactive displays. There are streets closeby including Lissadell Street that are also providing Christmas cheer and last but not least 14 Penelope Drive, Cornubia where a lot of effort is poured into providing a Christmas display that the kids (or you) will not forget!
We also recommend:
- 37 Bignell Circuit, Greenbank
- Boice Street, Yarrabilba
- 44-48 Pioneer Drive, Logan Village
- 14 Rachel Drive, Crestmead
- 42 Lamington Place, Loganholme
So now armed with a few ideas, grab your friends and family, select an area and take a walk or drive around to welcome in the Christmas period with an abundance of fairy lights , mystical creatures, and neighbourly grottos. You and your kids will love it!
If you want to know EXACTLY where to go to see the best Christmas lights Brisbane has to offer, you need to download our Christmas driving route maps – FULL of local Christmas lights location across the length and breadth of greater Brisbane. CLICK HERE.
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