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A fabulous fairyland of Christmas lights in the city
Let's face it, there are Christmas lights and there are Christmas lights. Brisbane's popular Roma Street Parklands was home to the twinkling, sparkling, magical highlight of last year's Christmas in the City program with The Enchanted Garden and it's back again for 2018 with a (seemingly impossible) bigger and brighter display to captivate the hearts of young and old. And it's FREE to enter and enjoy.
Roma Street Parklands is one of Brisbane's premier green spaces and a popular attraction for children and those seeking to escape the city's hum and throb while being right on its doorstep. It features giant spreading trees; expanses of lush, green lawns; a peaceful lake; ribbons of walkways; and colourful plant life at every turn. It is already an enchanting haven. And the enchantment factor will be well and truly ramped up when The Enchanted Garden 2018 lights up the night with magical fairy lights and rainbow light displays for thirteen evenings from Friday 7 December to Wednesday 19 December.
My daughter subscribes to the theory that everything looks better adorned with shimmering fairy lights and our verandah and deck are testament to this vision all year around (why wait for Christmas?). My grandchildren can't resist even that small shimmering show so I can't wait to introduce to them to the large-scale fascinating fairyland of The Enchanted Garden, complete with fairies snuggled in the undergrowth and tree branches.
It's not all about the kids, however. There will be a selection of Brisbane's favourite food trucks on hand, as well as live musical entertainment.
This year's event will range across a larger area than 2017 (the walk begins near the 'Queensland Greats' wall of plaques) and opening hours have also been extended. This year you can enjoy the spectacle from 6.30pm until 10 pm (with last entry at 9.30pm) and there won't be any queueing to see the lights. So you can make a night of it, or, if you have littlies, this gives you plenty of time to let them experience some wide-eyed wonder and still have them home nestled all snug in their beds, with visions of sugar-plums dancing in their heads.