Debra, a stay-at-home mum of three, loves experiencing and sharing all that Brisbane has to offer; especially southside secrets.
The 4KQ Christmas Lights Competition is celebrating 25 years this season. Every year 4KQ holds a contest to see who has the best and brightest Christmas lights. Last year, Beverly and Walter Wood's dazzling display in Kenmore was declared the winner.
This year 4KQ is looking for displays that are tidy, imaginative, vivid, and 'green'; use of energy efficient lighting will be considered. Entries have now closed with final judging taking place from December 1 until December 5. Winners will be announced on Classic Hits 4KQ on December 7 and will be featured in The Courier-Mail.
All winning displays will be lit up from December 7 until December 24 from 7 til 10 pm.
If you don't feel like driving around the light displays yourself, Brisbane City Council will run 4KQ Christmas Lights Tours from December 19 until December 23. Buses depart at 6:45 pm from Anzac Square in the city and the following shopping centres: Carindale, Garden City, Indooroopilly, and Chermside. A family pass for the three hour tour costs $50. Tickets are available at Ticketek.
Update:The winners of the 4KQ Christmas Lights Competition have been announced with last year's winners, Walter and Beverley Wood of Kenmore, winning the Best Lighting Display again. Kim Frederiks of Gumdale took out first place for Residential East with an impressive display of Mt Coot-tha, the Story Bridge, and CityCat. First, second, and third place winners were also awarded for Residential North, South and West.
Some of the other categories include : Best Use of Recycled Materials, Best Environmentally Friendly Display, Best Synchronized Music and Lights Display, and Best Neighbourhood. Abbeyfeale Street in Tingalpa won first place in the latter category.
There are some really good Christmas lights in Petrie too. When I was younger, a whole street used to put up Christmas lights/decorations and one man would dress as Santa and sit in the cul-de-sac on a throne waving at passers-by.