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Christmas Lights Brisbane 2023: DRIVING MAPS & LISTS in Best Order!

MAPS HAVE NOW BEEN FULLY UPDATED FOR 2023.

If you are looking for lights still on after Christmas Day click here for a full list.

Did you just Google: best Christmas lights near me? Or even 4KQ Christmas lights 2023? Or if you have your finger on the pulse you will know that 97.3FM KISSmas Lights Competition is happening in 2023!! So, in this article you will find the very best list and route maps of the best Christmas lights in Brisbane this year .

We update this list from late November to mid December each year so you can trust that it is 100% accurate. Here is where you will find the ultimate guide to the most spectacular Christmas lights across Brisbane (and beyond). We also have both digital Christmas lights maps and printable Christmas lights maps and lists, so no matter how you want to navigate your way around the Christmas light suburbs, we have you covered!

Maps and lists of THE BEST Christmas lights in Brisbane

If you are like us and love everything Christmas in Australia, you will know that it is time to pile the kids into the car and tour the best Christmas lights in Brisbane.  Every year we track down for you, the most amazing Christmas lights displays and helps Brisbane families plan their own DIY Christmas light show tour!

The ONLY organised driving route map of Christmas lights in Brisbane!

Because we deliver over 40, 000 magazines across Brisbane, we have software that organises street addresses and neighbourhoods into the best, most efficient driving route. So we have used that and organised our Xmas lights Brisbane lists and maps by suburb, by area and by driving route. And don’t be fooled… we are the ONLY website in Brisbane that does this for you!

All you need to do is download our handy Christmas lights lists and maps and get the kids in the car!  We’re lucky to have a former 4KQ Christmas lights judge right here on the Families Magazine team (and she knows all the Xmas lights display insider tips) so rest assured we have the best Christmas lights Brisbane has to offer!

Want us to email you the maps on Thursday 14 December, 2023? To sign up to get the Christmas lights maps and lists emailed directly to you when they have been fully updated with even more displays, add your email address here ===> SIGN ME UP FOR CHRISTMAS LIGHT MAPS!

How to use our Brisbane Xmas lights maps for your Christmas lights tours!

Be sure to download your driving map ON THE DAY of your Christmas lights tour.  We often update the maps with new Christmas lights houses across Brisbane. We get hot tips on new, amazing Christmas lights displays Brisbane is putting up, EVERY SINGLE DAY.  So, you can be sure to see the best and brightest Brisbane has to offer for the 2023 festive season.

We promise you the most comprehensive and helpful tour guide to Christmas lights in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Redlands, Moreton Bay, Logan and Ipswich (and the Sunshine Coast and Toowoomba too!).

Here is how to see the best Brisbane Christmas lights has on offer:

  1. Bookmark this page so you can download the latest list and maps when you’re ready to go!  We update our maps all the time, so you don’t miss a single award winning Christmas lights display!
  2. Pick your area – see below
  3. Find the best map of Brisbane suburbs
  4. Check out our simple, recommended routes
  5. Decide if you want to use the digital Christmas maps or the printable Christmas maps
  6. Download and go!

We know that excited little ones are impatient, so we’ve made sure that our Christmas Lights street maps clearly mark the BEST POSSIBLE ROUTE to keep them thrilled the whole drive!  We know that Brisbane parents are too busy to faff about, so like every year, Families Magazine is the go-to place for Christmas light tours across Brisbane, Ipswich, Caboolture, Redcliffe, Logan and the Redlands.

Brisbane Christmas light lists and maps

We have divided our beautiful city into areas so you can navigate more easily around the lights this year. This map below shows the breakdown of areas:

Christmas lights maps by area
Christmas lights maps by area and suburb

We have detailed written lists and maps of the best Christmas light houses in Brisbane and surrounding suburbs.

You will find a list of the best Christmas lights in these suburbs:

  • Best Christmas Lights List for Caboolture, Redcliffe & Bribie
  • Best Christmas Lights List for Brisbane Northside and Inner Moreton Bay
  • Best Christmas Lights List for Brisbane Southside
  • Best Christmas Lights List for Brisbane Eastern suburbs and Redlands
  • Best Christmas Lights List for Brisbane Western Suburbs
  • Best Christmas Lights List for Ipswich
  • Best Christmas Lights List for Logan

If you’re travelling with very little Brisbane kids, you can use our handy maps to plan two shorter tours.  Remember that the sun goes down later this time of year and your little one’s bedtime might be stretched if you tackle an entire map in one night.

Consequently, our maps make it simple to start a wonderful Christmas tradition by visiting one or two houses each night in the lead up the big day!

Self drive Brisbane Christmas lights tour!

Craft your own Brisbane Christmas lights tour by downloading our pre-planned route maps and getting the kids in their PJs and ready to be amazed!

We update our maps with the Kiss Christmas lights 2023 winners once they are announced on Friday December 1st, 2023. We will also add the winners of the Ipswich Christmas lights competition after they announce on Friday 8 December, 2023 too! And you can always find Christmas lights houses in our article listing some of our favourites with Facebook pages.

Christmas lights digital map Caboolture, Redcliffe & Bribie

UPDATED Friday 8 December 2023: Use our DIGITAL map below to navigate your way around Caboolture, Redcliffe and Bribie Island’s best Christmas lights.

Christmas lights printed map and list for Caboolture, Redcliffe & Bribie Island

Use our PRINTED map and ordered lists below to navigate your way around Caboolture, Redcliffe and Bribie Island.

UPDATED Friday 8 December 2023: Click on the image below for a larger printable map!

Caboolture and Moreton Bay area Christmas lights map V2

Click here for the printable driving map now: Caboolture, Redcliffe & Bribie Christmas Lights

Photos of the best of the best Christmas lights Caboolture, Redcliffe & Bribie

Our top picks for places to visit for the best Christmas lights between Redcliffe and Caboolture are:

  • Below – 12 Bedarra Crescent, Burpengary East
12 Bedarra Crescent, Burpengary East

See more Christmas lights photos on our dedicated Moreton Bay/Caboolture page here.

Christmas lights digital map – Brisbane Northside and Inner Moreton Bay

UPDATED Friday 8 December 2023: Use our DIGITAL map below to navigate your way around Brisbane northside suburbs and inner Moreton Bay area.

Christmas lights printed map and list for Brisbane Northside and Inner Moreton Bay

Use our PRINTED map and ordered lists below to navigate your way around Brisbane northside and inner Moreton Bay area.

UPDATED Friday 8 December 2023: Click on the image below for a larger printable map!

Northside Christmas lights map V2

Click here for the printable driving map now: Brisbane’s North Suburbs Christmas Lights

Photos of the best of the best Christmas Lights Brisbane Northside

Our top picks for places to visit for the best Christmas lights on the northside are:

  • 6 Topham Street, Bald Hills – below
6 Topham Street, Bald Hills
  • Paladin Place, Bald Hills – below
Paladin Place - Brad's Christmas lights
  • 86 College Way, Boondall – below
86 college way Boondall
  • 27 Minimine St, Stafford – below
27 Minimine St, Stafford christmas lights

See more Christmas lights photos on our dedicated Northside page here.

Christmas lights digital map Brisbane Southside

UPDATED Friday 8 December 2023: Use our DIGITAL map below to navigate your way around Brisbane southside suburbs.

Christmas lights printed map and list for Brisbane South

Use our PRINTED map and ordered lists below to navigate your way around Brisbane southside suburbs.

UPDATED Friday 8 December 2023: Click on the image below for a larger printable map!

Southside Christmas lights map V2

Click here for the printable driving map now: Brisbane’s Southern Suburbs Christmas Lights

Photos of the best of the best Christmas lights Brisbane Southside

Our top picks for places to visit for the best Christmas lights on the southside are:

  • Abbeyfeale Street, Tingalpa – below
Abbeyfeale Street, Tingalpa
  • 101 Kempsie Road, Mt Gravatt – below
101 Kempsie Road, Upper Mount Gravatt

See more Christmas lights photos on our dedicated Southside page here.

Christmas lights digital map Brisbane Redlands & Bayside

UPDATED Friday 8 December 2023: Use our DIGITAL map below to navigate your way around the Redlands and Bayside areas of Brisbane.

Christmas lights printed map and list for Brisbane East and Redlands

Use our PRINTED map and ordered lists below to navigate your way around the Redlands area of Brisbane.

UPDATED Friday 8 December 2023: Click on the image below for a larger printable map!

Redlands and Easters suburbs Christmas lights map V2

Click here for the printable driving map now: Brisbane’s Eastern Suburbs & Redlands Christmas Lights

Photos of the best of the best Christmas lights Brisbane eastern suburbs & Redlands

Our top picks for places to visit for the best Christmas lights in the Eastern suburbs & Redlands are:

  • Whipbird Circuit, Redlands – below
Whipbird Circuit Redlands

See more Christmas lights photos on our dedicated Redlands & East suburbs page here.

Christmas lights digital map Brisbane Western suburbs

UPDATED Friday 8 December 2023: Use our DIGITAL map below to navigate your way around the Christmas lights in the western suburbs of Brisbane.

Christmas lights printed map and list for Brisbane western suburbs

Use our PRINTED map and ordered lists below to navigate your way around the Christmas lights in the western suburbs of Brisbane.

UPDATED Friday 8 December 2023: – Click on the image below for a larger printable map!

Western suburbs Brisbane Christmas lights map V2

Click here for the printable driving map now: Brisbane’s Western Suburbs Christmas Lights

Photos of the best of the best Christmas lights western suburbs Brisbane

Our top picks for places to visit for the best Christmas lights in the western suburbs are:

  • 🏆📷 6 Rise Place Heathwood – below
6 rise place heathwood
  • 🎄📷 4 Burwick Close, Middle Park – below
4 Burwick Close Middle Park

See more Christmas lights photos on our dedicated western suburbs page here.

Christmas lights digital map Logan area

UPDATED Friday 8 December 2023: Use our DIGITAL map below to navigate your way around the best Christmas lights in Logan City.

Christmas lights printed map and list for Logan

Use our PRINTED Logan maps and ordered lists below to navigate your way around the best Christmas lights in Logan City.

UPDATED Friday 8 December 2023: Click on the images below for a larger printable map!

Logan Christmas lights map V2

Click here for the printable driving map now: Best Christmas Lights Logan Christmas Lights

Photos of the best of the best Christmas Lights in Logan

Our top picks for places to visit for the best Christmas lights in Logan are:

  • 32 Cordia Street, Algester – below
32 Cordia Street Algester
  • 3 Hailar St, Shailer Park – below
3 Hailar St, Shailer Park
  • 38 Copperfield Drive Eagleby – below
38 Copperfield Drive Eagleby
  • 14 Penelope Drive, Cornubia – below
Best Christmas lights Brisbane

See more Christmas lights photos on our dedicated Logan area page here.

Christmas lights digital map Ipswich

UPDATED 7 December 2023: Use our DIGITAL map below to navigate your way around the best Christmas lights in Ipswich.

Christmas lights printed map and list for Ipswich

Use our PRINTED maps and ordered lists below to navigate your way around the best Christmas lights in Ipswich. Choose the best map for your local area.

Click on the images below for a larger printable map!

Ipswich East

Ipswich East Christmas lights map V2

Ipswich West

Ipswich West Christmas lights map V2

Click here for the printable driving map now: Best Christmas Lights – Ipswich Christmas Lights

Photos of the best of the best Christmas lights in Ipswich

Our top picks for places to visit for the best Christmas lights in Ipswich are:

  • 1 Avalon Close Bellbird Park
1 Avalon Close Bellbird Park
  • 3 Pringle Place Pine Mountain
3 Pringle Place Pine Mountain

See more Christmas lights photos on our dedicated Ipswich area page here.

Is 4KQ doing Christmas lights competition?

No!! 4KQ are not running their Christmas lights competition this year. This has been taken over by Kiss FM with their KIISmas lights competition. Displays can be viewed nightly from 7pm until 10 pm right up until Christmas Eve!

We are so excited that KIIS has taken over the competition and we hope this they continue to run the annual Christmas Lights competition. It’s such a wonderful community event and we want to help you love every minute!

KIISmas Christmas lights competition – winners announced

Make sure you bookmark this page to see the newest displays of Christmas lights and get the scoop on the KIIS FM Christmas Lights Competition winners for 2023.  We are now in the process of updating our Christmas lights maps and lists now with the KIIS Christmas lights entrants. You won’t miss out on award winning Christmas lights in Brisbane, Moreton, Logan, Redlands, Logan & Ipswich.

Please check back to this page just before you set off to see the lights to get the most comprehensive and up to date list of Christmas Lights Brisbane 2023.

How to take spectacular photos of Christmas lights

To ensure the highest quality for your photos, consider the following tips:

  1. Commence capturing your lights around dusk, as this period offers optimal lighting for capturing the perfect shot of your light display.
  2. Act swiftly, as lighting conditions change rapidly between sunset and nightfall, with each passing minute bringing subtle variations.
  3. Abandon the use of flash.
  4. Maximize your frame by including everything you aim to capture within it.
  5. If you’re using an iPhone, consider utilizing burst mode. This feature captures multiple shots at once, allowing you to review and select the best ones later on.

Brisbane CBD Christmas lights, Christmas tree & events

There continue to be changes this year to the Christmas in the City activities. Due to crowd restrictions some events will be capped, and ticketed.

Check out article CBD Brisbane Christmas activities to find events that happen throughout late November and December and are perfect for littler kids who might tire too early on a long drive.

How to make Christmas lights memories for your family!

Glowsticks

Yes, there’s nothing so delightful as a glow stick, glow sword, glow wand or other light up treat and Christmas lights tours are a perfect time to crack them out.  But it’s not just about fun!  Brisbane Christmas lights displays are pretty full on.  Depending on the display, there may be dozens or even hundreds of people there.  Christmas light set ups look best against a very dark background so there will likely be no atmospheric light.  Equipping your child with a unique glowstick (ideally attached to their body in some way) ensures you can spot your little one in a big, dark crowd.

Food and water

It would take weeks to see all the Christmas lights in Brisbane.   Even with our exclusive Christmas maps, carefully planned for getting you around fast, your evening could be a long one.  All that gasping at the sparkles is thirsty work, make sure you take adequate healthy snacks and plenty of water for the trip!

Spending money

Christmas light displays cost a lot of money for businesses, churches and other not for profits.  You will fund raising stalls along the way.  They’ve invested a lot into helping your Brisbane family enjoy a wonderful Christmas tradition, so if ever there was an excuse to buy Christmassy baked goods, coffee, sausage sizzles and small toys, this is it.  Most won’t have EFTPOS – so a little pocket change will come in handy.

Cameras and Photo ops

Christmas lights don’t tend to photograph very well, especially on your phone.  Take along a proper camera if you have one because you’ll likely find some Santa photo opportunities along the way.  If you’re starting a family Christmas light tradition, you may even want to take your Elf on the Shelf or a special toy along to be part of your photographs!

Timing

Peak time at Brisbane Christmas light displays tends to be from sundown until about 8.30pm.  Most Christmas lights will be switched off around big kid bedtime, so you’ll need to join the crowds – there’s not much ‘out of hours” service!

Traffic/parking

Big Christmas light displays attract a lot of onlookers.  You may be shocked by the queue to get into streets with famous displays (former winners of the 4KQ Christmas lights competitions are the worst candidates for traffic dramas).  You may wish to choose an area with a lot of Christmas light displays close together and do the journey on foot.  If you are driving, remember that there will be kids EVERYWHERE so drive carefully and keep a look out for excited little people who may not be thinking straight!

Pets are NOT welcome at Christmas light displays

Most Christmas lights displays will not allow pets and generally dogs tied up outside are a nuisance.  It’s best to leave your fur family at home for this one!  Most of the larger Christmas lights displays will have a “no dogs” sign out front.

Crowds and sensory issues

Brisbane can’t get enough of Christmas lights.  If your child is easily overwhelmed by crowds, opt for “drive by” viewings of the bigger Christmas light displays and journey into the quieter ones.  The 4KQ judges require lights to be left on until 11pm on judging days (early December) so you may be able to take older kids with sensory issues to tour Brisbane Christmas lights after hours.  The lights, inflatables, noisy displays and other decorations themselves can be a sensory onslaught so test the waters with smaller displays first.

Change of clothes

Some Christmas light displays get quite interactive.  Some kind householders offer craft activities, fake snow, drinks and sweets.  It doesn’t hurt to have a change of clothes in the car in case of incident!

Showing gratitude

It costs tens of thousands and in some cases hundreds of thousands of dollars to put on an award winning Christmas lights display in Brisbane.  Let’s not even talk about the hours up ladders hanging lights! These amazing people do it to see the delight and wonder on your child’s face.  Explain to your kids what a big job decorating can be.  Help them appreciate the work put in, and make sure they say thank-you if they meet the owners.

It costs tens of thousands and in some cases hundreds of thousands of dollars to put on an award winning Christmas lights display in Brisbane.  Let’s not even talk about the hours up ladders hanging lights! These amazing people do it to see the delight and wonder on your child’s face.  Explain to your kids what a big job decorating can be.  Help them appreciate the work put in, and make sure they say thank-you if they meet the owners.

Extended family

Remember that Christmas lights are a wonderful activity for older people too.  Christmas light tours are the perfect time to invite older neighbours or family to enjoy some Christmas spirit with you and the kids.  Alternatively, it’s a great activity for grandma and grandpa, while you’re at the work Christmas do!

How to submit your Christmas lights display

Are you planning to get your Christmas lights on this year?  We’d love to hear about your display so we can list it in our Christmas lights guide and on your local map and tour guide.  We’re also soooo excited to help you kick off your journey!

Consequently, we’ve got tons of information on Christmas and the best places across Australia to celebrate Christmas on our other Christmas in Australia website.  Check it out – especially if you are travelling to another location in Australia this Christmas.

The best Christmas lights in Brisbane – lists and maps!

Merry Christmas from Families Magazine.  It’s our favourite time of year because Christmas Lights Brisbane tours are our absolutely favourite family tradition.  Our team of content creators and magazine staff all visit Brisbane Christmas lights with their kids. 

We wish you a merry Christmas and happy light gazing!

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

97 thoughts on “Christmas Lights Brisbane 2023: DRIVING MAPS & LISTS in Best Order!”

  1. CABOOLTURE- There are a couple of houses down the end of Jensen Road, Caboolture which are lovely. In the same estate/neighbourhood and just around the corner is Kleo Court almost all the residents have their houses decorated.

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  2. 2/49 willow rise drive waterford worth the look! It’s called The 360 enchanted Christmas display on Facebook if you want updates.

    Full size 2×3 metre long sleigh for adults and kids to use. Step at back of the sleigh for easier access kiss under the mistletoe while your in the sleigh.
    A chimney on the roof! Full front room is village display and garage is a projector screen display is based on inflatables it’s a must see. And photo opportunity

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