The Ho-Ho-Hottest Spots for Christmas Lights in Brisbane

Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without a few lights on the front of the house, but some folks are willing to go further than the rest of us dare dream. This one’s for them (and their electricity bills), so why not pay them a visit and appreciate their hard work this festive season?

Brandella Place, Belmont

Image credit: Belmont Santa Studio
Image credit: Belmont Santa Studio

Brandella Place managed to win the 4KQ Christmas Light Competition in 2014, and finished runner-up last year. You just know they’re gunning to reclaim the top spot, so head down at once to witness the glittering marvels they’ve put up for us this Christmas. Everyone who lives there gets involved, and the displays are just fantastic, so head down for a truly magical night.

Do Christmas lights often put you in the mood for Indian food? If so, check out Get It India nearby. Marine World Seafood Cafe is great if you fancy something fishy, and Tingalpa Hotel covers the rest.

Roma Street Parkland

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Image credit: Visit Brisbane

There ain’t no garden like an enchanted garden, and that’s just what Roma Street Parkland becomes between the 9th and 18th of December. It’s a special installation with various garden rooms all decked out in shimmering Christmas cheer, so make sure you catch it at least once. It’s wonderful for families, and kids can even make their own bamboo lanterns to become part of the show!

For a hip and modern bite in the area, check out Gazebo Bar & Restaurant at Hotel Urban. Frescos and Bishamon Japanese Restaurant are also highly recommended.

Paladin Place, Bald Hills

If it’s an extravaganza of sights and sounds you fancy, Paladin Place should do the job just fine. It’s home to Brad’s Brisbane Christmas Lights, a spectacular light show synced up to music and featuring more than 24,000 LEDs. You can even get your name in lights by connecting your phone to the Xmas Lights Wi-Fi portal. It’s unlike anything we’ve ever seen before, so why not go and give it a try?

This much sensory stimulation certainly works up an appetite, so you can refuel at Bonny View Tavern or Steve’s Fish & Chips. For a spicier bite, look no further than King’s Curry Hut.

Church Road, Bellbowrie

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Image credit: Bmag

The fabulous Church Road lights run all the way from the 30th of November to Boxing Day, and you can catch them every night between 7 and 10pm. Heaps of houses get involved, and number 45 has won awards for their displays for the last two years. The lights create a sparkling wonderland you have to see to believe. Oh, and they also collect donations for Diabetes Queensland! So dig deep and donate what you can to this worthy cause.

After the lights, be sure to visit the famous Bellbowrie Tavern. Spicy Affair does a mean curry, and Star Seafood & Burger is exactly what it sounds like.

Paperbark Crescent, Heathwood

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A single section of road is all it takes to put Paperbark Crescent up there with the finest Christmas lights in Brisbane. One house in particular makes a monumental effort, with a massive interactive sleigh outside for kids to play on. You may even see an elf or two flitting about, and keep an eye out for a kindly old couple by the name of Claus…

Once you’ve met Santa, why not head for a meal at one of the nearby restaurants? You haven’t tried Thai food ‘til you’ve tried it at Red Chilli Thai Restaurant, and Blue Gulabi Indian Restaurant holds many treats indeed.

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