Nothing spreads Christmas cheer more and promotes seasonal festivity than lighting your house and front yard up like a super-sized Christmas tree for neighbours and others passing by to enjoy. For those wishing to spread festivity in the suburbs, Brisbane radio station 4KQ is again running its Brisbane Christmas Lights competition with many categories to enter, including best unit/townhouse, best use of logos, and best commercial business display. To enter, download the entry form here, and this year it could be your name up in lights (so to speak) with winners honourably mentioned for spreading festive spirit in the local community. All entries must be submitted by 5pm November 23, with winners announced December 6 on 4KQ and published in a special Courier Mail feature.
For those wishing to appreciate the hard work of others in their community and view some of the best Christmas light displays across the four corners of the city of Brisbane, I have compiled a list of the best streets and areas in Brisbane for outstanding and extravagant Christmas light displays. Streets and displays are categorised as either Northern, Western, Southern or Eastern suburbs of Brisbane.
Burpengary - 25 Addison Court, 36 Blackbut Court Banyo - Elliot Road & Fairway Place Eatons Hill - 6 Pegasus Avenue - White Christ Theme Everton Hills - Bowers Road South - Last year featured houses had walk through forest and train show Deception Bay - Louise Court - Most homes in street decorated Narangba - 12 Ridgeview Drive North Lakes - Grampion Circuit Warner - Oakwood Road
Ashgrove - 7 Broadbent Street, Laser show last year and Santa's galore & 133 Dorrington Drive Forest Lake - 10 & 12 Princeton Place & 41 Gippsland Circuit Kenmore - 10 Warunda Street - 2011 4KQ Winner Indooroopilly - 24 Cougar Street - winner of 2011 best logo display Westlake - Callabonna Street - Numerous houses in street lit up
Belmont - Brandella Place - 11 Homes decorated. No. 90 features photo studio where family can get picture taken in Santa's sleigh. Also glow sticks on sale. All proceeds from photos and glowsticks go to Bravehearts childrens charity. Capalaba - 44 Larbonya Road & Frost Street Gumdale - 253 Formosa Road Tingalpa - Abbeyfeale Street - 35 houses in one street with outstanding displays including last years No. 1 4KQ Winner Victoria Point - Chestnut Crescent - No. 26 has lots of toys for children and train.
More than 35 houses in Tngalpa's Abbeyfeale Street were lit up last year, including last years overall 4KQ winner.
Beenleigh - Crest Street Greenslopes - Cnr of Chatsworth Road & Bullard Street - Huge oak tree and double storey Queenslander house dressed to the nines with lights and themed ornaments Kingston - 17 Edith Street Logan Central - 15 Heather Street - Christmas trees in abundance and reindeers sleigh Mt Gravatt - 14 Hathaway Street Woodridge - 33 Rudge Street
IMPORTANT NOTE - Streets and displays are based on last year's winners and notable mentions, since at the time of writing many have not yet entered the competition or finalised their displays. Typically however entrants and those with incredible Christmas lights displays do so year after year adding to their displays and attempting to outdo their neighbours. In the process this creates a slightly competitive festive yearly tradition. As a general rule of thumb where there is one outstanding house there tend to be others in the same street/neighbourhood as people are inspired by their fellow locals.
Readers who know of any other outstanding streets lit up with Christmas cheer are encouraged to share their local knowledge by leaving a comment. Merry Christmas to all Brisbanites out there and thanks to the households spreading Christmas festivity for all to enjoy.