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Lights of Christmas at St Stephens Cathedral

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Heritage listed cathedral lights up for Christmas
Brisbane's heritage listed Catholic Cathedral, St Stephen's, will be ablaze in a Christmas light spectacular this December to celebrate the festive season,

From 11 24 December 2019, congregate on the lawns of the Cathedral to celebrate the joy of Christmas with the sensational sound and light show, which is projected onto the Cathedral's historic walls.


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The free event will include music, children's activities, food and a digitally animated tale celebrating the true spirit of Christmas, while a kaleidoscope of moving colour will transform the adjacent chapel. The lights will start to shine from 6:30pm until midnight.

Photo courtesy of Catholic Leader


The first St Stephen's, a small chapel, was built in 1850 is the oldest building on the site and one of the oldest in the city. The tiny church became a cathedral when James Quinn was appointed first bishop of the diocese in 1859.

The cathedral was designed in a gothic revival style with a cruciform shape in plan. It's architect was Benjamin Backhouse. The Cathedral has many beautiful features. It's main features include a spire topped sandstone towers, imported stained glass windows from Munich, the organ, the altar and the newer Blessed Sacrament Chapel at the rear of the building.

The striking stained glass window by Harry Clarke, is known as the "Mayne" window, which is located above the sanctuary on the east wall. The cathedral is made predominantly of Brisbane tuff and freestone. The Blessed Sacrament Chapel is made from reinforced concrete and the restored spires from glass reinforced concrete.

St Stephens Cathedral is located at 249 Elizabeth Street in the CBD. The Lights of Brisbane is a free event for everyone to enjoy.
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Why? Christmas Lights at the Cathedral
When: 6:30 pm - midnight
Phone: 3324 3030
Where: St Stephen's Cathedral, Elizabeth Street, Brisbane
Cost: Free
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