Top 12 Best Christmas Lights Displays in Brisbane

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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! 

From Christmas lights in Brisbane to Christmas carols, to firework displays, and Christmas movies in the park surrounded by magical twinkly fairy lights, it truly is a wonderful time of year.

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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.

Brisbane city

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! 

2. Gold Lotto City Hall Lights

Whilst visiting King George Square, why not take in the spectacular light display at Gold Lotto City Hall.  This is run throughout most of December and displayed every 15 minutes.  Lights are projected onto the building and the music entices you in.

3. St Stephen’s Cathedral 249 Elizabeth Street Brisbane

Cancelled last year but back with a vengeance this year (bigger and better than any before), this annual event which runs through mid-late December from 7pm onwards (every 12 minutes) is a beautiful projection of lights show. Music, food and events including choirs will add to the Christmas mood and engage the entire family.  A free event not to be missed!

4. 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: 10 to 16 December 2021
  • Time: Gates will open each night from 6:45pm to 8pm.
  • 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.

5. 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.

6. South Bank, Brisbane

Best Christmas Lights Displays in Brisbane
Christmas fireworks south bank

South Bank always draws a crowd and there are plenty of reasons why, great location, plenty of activities with City Beach, markets and lots of bars and restaurants to enjoy! At this time of year, the Christmas lights are also out on view, so wandering around this area is even more magical.  Additional Christmas activities are also available to enjoy including outdoor Christmas movies, local singers and choirs, storytelling and Santa photo opportunities – and you can cool off in the water at City Beach!!

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!


7. 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!

Other streets to visit on your drive include:

  • 29 Sunflower Crescent, Upper Caboolture
  • 26 Cockatiel Court, Deception Bay
  • 29 & 34 Mercury Parade, Mango Hill
  • Long Street, Clontarf
  • Myall Place, Bridgeman Downs
  • Cobalt Street, Keperra

Use this map of the Caboolture, North Lakes & Redcliffe Christmas lights to find your locals.

Use this map of the Christmas lights on the Northside to find the best ones near you!

8. 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!

9. South Brisbane

The Southside of Brisbane is FULL of Christmas lights displays too! There are 8-10 houses in Abbeyfeale street, Tingalpa. 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 2021.

Just round the corner from there is Annette Street, Tingalpa (below). All are worth a good look in 2021.

You can find all the best lights in South Brisbane here.

10. Redlands

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.

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.

You can find a full list of Christmas lights in the Redlands here.

11. Ipswich

Ipswich residents have really made a competition of having the best lights – there are so many awesome displays to see!

Nova Court and Hillier Court 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!

Our featured property can be found in Mahogany Street, Raceview. 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!

There are SO MANY Christmas lights to see in Ipswich – check them out here.

12. Logan

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 Penelope Drive, Cornubia where a lot of effort is poured into providing a Christmas display that the kids (or you) will not forget!

Check out this map and list of the best Christmas lights in Logan.

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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