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Brisbane Christmas Lights Bus Tours 2018


One of the most spectacular celebrations of Christmas in Brisbane would have to be the Xmas Lights displays on homes all over the city, and there’s no better way to see them than on a tour. Read on for everything you need to know about Brisbane Christmas Lights Tours for 2018.

Why go on Christmas lights bus tours in Brisbane?

The sparkle and shine, the quirky displays and blaring Christmas carols have us cruising the streets in droves, in search of a little bit of magic. But as wonderful as the experience is, it can also be tiring and at times stressful trying to navigate unfamiliar streets, dodge cars and pedestrians, and find places to park.

The Xmas Lights Bus Tours overcome all these issues, giving you an elevated view of all the splendour as you’re chauffeured from one glorious home to another. You’ll also get to share the excitement with others as you “ooh and ah” at the wondrous sights, and maybe even make new friends.

What types of bus tours are offered?

There are several Brisbane Christmas Lights bus tours on offer in 2017. All The Brisbane City Council tours last for about three hours.

Where can you get on?

Brisbane City Council tours depart from the following locations at 6.45pm. These tours are run in conjunction with 4KQ and will take in the entrants to the Christmas Lights competition. Please note that these tours are NOT free and DO require that you book in advance to avoid disappointment. Follow this link for more info.

  • City – Ann Street, ANZAC Square stop 7.
  • Eastern suburbs – Carindale Shopping Centre, Stop H.
  • Southern suburbs – Garden City Shopping Centre, Stop J & K.
  • Western suburbs – Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, Stop C.
  • Northern suburbs – Chermside Shopping Centre, Stop D.

If you live in the Northern Suburbs, you may also like to consider the Kangaroo Bus Lines Christmas Lights Bus Tour in 2018.

Kangaroo Bus Lines depart from the following locations on and includes a light supper:

  • Caboolture Railway Station – 5.30pm
  • Morayfield Shopping Centre – 5.40pm
  • KBL Depot at Burpengary – 5.55pm
  • Bindawalla at Burpengary – 6.00pm
  • Bay Ave, Deception Bay Shops – 6.10pm
  • North Lakes Dr, North Lakes – 6.25pm
  • Redcliffe Uniting Church – 7.00pm

What’s the cost of Brisbane Christmas Lights Bus Tours for 2018?

Brisbane City Council Pricing:

Adults: $22.
Adult Admit + 1 Free Child under 4 years (Admit 2): $22
Adult Admit + 2 Free Children under 4 years (Admit 3): $22
Adult Admit + 3 Free Children under 4 years (Admit 4): $22
Adult Admit + 4 Free Children under 4 years (Admit 5): $22
Pensioners: $11
Children (4 to 14 years): $11
Full time students: $11.
Children under 4: free
Family ticket (2 adults + 2 children): $50

In the family pass, the two children’s tickets can be applied to other patrons who are eligible for a concession fare. For example, a family could be two full paying adults, a pensioner and a uni student.

Tickets must be pre-purchased through Ticketek (additional booking fees apply) and cannot be bought at the ‘bus door’. Tours will be approximately three hours, with refreshment stops included.

Kangaroo Bus Lines Pricing:

$36.00 Pensioner
$39.00 Adult
$29.00 Child  (if under 13)

$99.00 Family of 4 (2A & 2C)

You can book through their website: click here or call 1300 287 525

What are the best things about taking a Xmas Lights Bus Tour?

Taking a Xmas Lights Bus Tour is easy and convenient. All the legwork has been done for you. You just sit back, relax and enjoy the spectacle. You can even taken your own food and drink (in plastic containers) on the Brisbane City Council Tours to consume outside the bus at various stops. There will be toilet and refreshment stops too.

If you do decide you’d rather visit the lights on your own, we’ve put together a comprehensive list of Brisbane Christmas Lights for 2018 with maps and list of streets in order, to make it as easy and stress free as possible for you and your family to enjoy this annual treat. You can find that by clicking here.

Want to do the driving yourself?

Download our Christmas Lights lists and ordered route map right here!

FeaturedImage_JustTopBrisbane Christmas Lights 2018 – Downloadable Maps and Lists

18 responses to “Brisbane Christmas Lights Bus Tours 2018”

  1. Robert Burton says:

    My wife & I plus two friends went on the Northside Brisbane Christmas Lights tour departing from Chermside last night.
    We were in Bus No 2213 & the drivers name was Paul.
    We thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the tour & very special thanks to Paul as he couldn’t have done more to make our evening very memorable.
    He is a credit to the bus company .thank you very much
    Kind Regards
    Rob & Jocelyn Burton

  2. Carolyn Lamb-Miller says:

    I can’t find anything on ticketek about this.

  3. Don’t forget us here in Logan too pls.

  4. Kiri says:

    Hi I was wondering if anyone knew if children under 4 are free and if they just sit on the lap of the adults?

  5. Sheryl says:

    Thanks Families Magazine, we’ve just booked our tickets! How exciting.

  6. Kerri says:

    I think this might go too late for our littlest one. Nothing like being on a bus with an overtired toddler. We will do the self drive this year I think (thanks to your wonderful maps) and then take the Brisbane bus tours when everyone is over five haha

  7. Robert says:

    We did these tours last year, totally recommend them, was such a wonderful evening with the grandkids.

  8. Marianne says:

    Too expensive with six kids. Should be discount tickets for bigger families. Not cool BCC. Big families need better options.

  9. Carianne says:

    Do you know if they do a toilet stop? I’m thinking of taking our recently toilet trained three year old. We’d need at least one toilet stop along the way.

    • Janine says:

      Yes, I believe they have a toilet break.

      • Colin says:

        For comfort of toddler and consideration to other patrons and tight timetable a night nappy may be the way to go. Toilet at Indropilly before departure and a stop at McD’s Jindalee.

  10. Marelize Knoetze says:

    Do you know if we can take a wheelchair? I have tickets for tonight for myself and Mum. She finds it hard to walk so I was just wondering if we can bring a wheelchair.

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