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!
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 too 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!
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. David Jones Christmas Parade
Another annual event that unfortunately was missed last year, but back again this year, is this fabulous parade that runs through nightly from mid to late December in and around Queen Street Mall in the centre of Brisbane. Performers, dancers, lights and various displays will delight and amaze, so come on down and enjoy the show!
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 most of January and is ticketed, albeit free to attend, just 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
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 Bendee Street, Narangba, the North Pole is alive and well and the evidence is here for all to see. Plenty of lights, Christmas characters and photo opportunities here!
Beach House on Suttons in Redcliffe is also a unique building with the residents coming together in one building to give your eyes a Christmas feast!
Other streets to visit on your drive include:
- Bonnet Parade, Mango Hill
- Wintergreen Close, Bracken Ridge
- Minimine St, Stafford
- Myall Place, Bridgeman Downs
- Larwood Place, Ferny Hills
- Cobalt Street, Keperra
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.
9. South Brisbane
Windaroo is the place to be for all things Christmassy. Lennon Drive to be exact – they have put together an extraordinary display of Christmas lights so if you are a local, drive on by and wish them a Merry Christmas.
Tipperary Court in Capalaba is definitely worth a visit. Christmas has definitely landed here and will get you in the Christmas spirit. Also worth a visit is Redlands Bay, in particular Huntly Place and Dory Place and not forgetting Woodcrest Close in Redland Bay or Polperro Court in Alexandra Hills.
The areas to visit if you live in this suburb include Nova Court and Hillier Court with a number of houses in each location taking the time to decorate. 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 Penelope Drive, Cornubia where a lot of effort is poured into providing a Christmas display that the kids (or you) will not forget!
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.