BNE’s Best Christmas Lights 2020

BNE’s Best Christmas Lights 2020

Bright lights in the big city and beyond

By Dane Shedden | 17th December 2020

Nothing gets you more into the Christmas spirit than a traditional drive-by, while you marvel at the stunning Christmas light displays Brisbane has to offer. From the fantastic city spectaculars, to the toiling efforts of dedicated Brisbanites, there’s certainly plenty of wonder and enchantment waiting to be discovered!

Before you head into the suburbs to hunt for the best Christmas lights, it’s always a good idea to start with the free Christmas light extravaganzas taking place in the heart of Brisbane City.

Gold Lotto Christmas Lights Spectacular

Go big or go home! This stunning display of Christmas lights is a wonder to behold. This is the ultimate expression of electrical imagination, where Brisbane’s iconic City Hall is transformed into a decorative spectacle to delight and entertain onlookers. Here, spectators will be treated to a glorious projection show featuring animations set to a custom soundtrack.


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King George Square

Oh, 22m Christmas tree, 22m Christmas tree! Be sure to catch this mammoth Christmas tree, decorated with thousands of glittering lights and a huge shining star adorning its peak. It’s located conveniently opposite City Hall, making the journey a one-stop-shop. Get up close and marvel at its enormity, its stunning light display, and maybe make a special Christmas wish.


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Government House

This landmark is usually the stomping ground for formalities, important paperwork and all-round serious business, but, as night falls, it’s magically transformed into a land of extraordinary Christmas fantasy. The building has the advantage of being all white, so the colours of Christmas lights are reflected far and wide – Santa will see it from miles away!


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While we are eternally grateful to the city of Brisbane for its exceptional Christmas light displays. The real heroes of this season are the average Joes (and Joannes), who go above and beyond to bring a little magic and Christmas spirit to their local communities. Here are our must-see picks!

Sparkes Road, Bray Park

Well they don’t call it Sparkes Road for nothing! The sparks are really flying at a super high voltage down this vibrant suburban street. It seems the residents here really take Christmas seriously, and have created an astonishing Christmas display that’s well worth a festive season drive-by.

Kosta Place, Albany Creek

This resident has certainly pulled out all the stops this year. Not only is there a dazzling light show on offer, but so many features at this delightful stop. You’ll see Santa bursting out of the chimney as elves frolic in the garden. There’s also a splendid snow scene with a functioning train and music, but front and centre is the fabulous nativity scene, complete with a shinning star above to remind us of the hope Christmas brings.

Annette Street, Tingalpa

A staggering display that takes over the whole front yard, this show has light spilling down the street. If you like your inflatables, this spectacle has got oodles of them, along with hundreds of sparkling lights in all the colours of the rainbow. The look is completed with multiple signs urging Santa to stop here.

Rudge Street, Woodridge

If you’re fond of seeing a bit of Australiana representation in your Christmas light displays, this is the one for you. There is no shortage of Australian animals in this brilliant work of art, and Santa’s even hooning around in his speedboat! It’s still got the classic nativity scene, life-size toy soldiers, and an abundance of Santa displays!

Glider Street, North Lakes

It looks like Santa had a few too many cookies because the inflatables at this site are larger than life. The residents have really outdone themselves with their astonishing light extravaganza, and as if they couldn’t be more of an over-achiever, they have installed a bubble and smoke machine to really bring on the theatrics.

Daisy Street, Grange

The mastermind behind this elegant display must be proud as Christmas punch. It’s a remarkable sight to behold, with giant teddies, smiley snowmen, glittering reindeer and a ‘roo bearing gifts! If this isn’t enough, the fantastic array of lights are a feature on their own. This tour stop has certainly raised the bar this year!

Mahogany Street, Raceview

This display might have you convinced you’re lost and ended up in the North Pole. In the ultimate ode to Santa, this Christmas phenomenon flaunts Rudolph’s stables, the elves’ crafty workshop, thousands of glittering lights, and a cute sign declaring ‘We love Santa’– it’s nice to give the jolly man some love back this season!


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Article by Dane Shedden

This story has been written by a Guest Styler for Style


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