Here’s When to See the Annual Christmas Lights at Paddington’s Government House

Photo Credit: Governor of Queensland/Facebook

For a lot of families, cruising the neighbourhood at night to admire some dazzling Christmas lights is a cherished holiday tradition. If you’re looking for the best display in Paddington, then plan a trip to the Government House this December. 

From the 13th to 20th of Dec 2019, the Government House will be open to the public for its annual Christmas lights spectacle. The heritage-listed mansion will be lit from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

For the first time in this long-held tradition, visitors may come inside to view the gorgeous Christmas tree in the Drawing Room. Expectedly, Gavel the Vice-Regal dog will be greeting the visitors but the verdict is still out on whether the pup is in a Christmas costume or his usual police uniform. 

Photo Credit: Governor of Queensland/Facebook

Also another first — the garden lights on display will be three times bigger for 2019. Sections that haven’t been illuminated before will be lit up with colourful lights. 

2016 Christmas Lights Display

2017 Christmas Lights Display

2018 Christmas Lights Display



This is a free event that families or groups must take advantage of. This joyous season is a time to make treasured memories, especially with impressionable kids. 

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The Government House was built in 1865 as the official residence for the Governor of Queensland, who is also the representative of the monarchy of Australia. Over the years, this mansion hosted parties and celebrations during the party season of December, especially when members of the royal family are in the country.

Photo Credit: Old Government House Brisbane/Facebook


Visitors will be asked to take the pedestrian access gate at 168 Fernberg Road as there will be no on-site parking available.  

In lieu of paying fees, visitors may make gold coin donations to the QCWA Public Rural Crisis Fund.