Once again we headed off to Southbank to enjoy the “Santos City of Lights” display that was part of the Brisbane Festival.
Last year we visited on a quiet weekday evening.
This year we made the mistake of choosing a Friday evening, during the school holidays and the last opportunity during the festival. We realised the folly of our choice as we sat in the growing ‘carpark’ on the freeway.
The atmosphere of a busy festival night at Southbank was worth the bumper to bumper traffic through the city.
And a few thousand other Brisbanites thought so too.
On Friday night there were three showtime options – 7pm, 8pm or 9pm.
Due to our ‘extended’ travel time into the city, we didn’t arrive with enough time to find prime viewing points for the 7pm session. Instead, finding ourselves several rows deep in the crowd.
Not people to stress easily, we just sat and enjoyed the 7pm session, then shuffled forward once the first batch of viewers left and waited for the 8pm session. (Warm home made chocolate chip cookies helped pass the time.)
Brayden was beside himself with worry about sitting soooo close to the river. I’ll admit I felt a little the same myself.
The wait was well worth it and the 8pm session wasn’t nearly as crowded – not that it mattered to us in our front row, very edge of the river, grassy seats.
The laser light display was once again spectacular!
I felt this year’s display was far superior to last year’s. For one, the barge, that is central to the display, was much closer to the viewing side of the river.
We also made sure that we were at the correct viewing location. Last year we’d been too far down Southbank to properly appreciate the spectacle and not nearly close enough to the speakers to hear the music it’s choreographed to. Brayden commented this year that he hadn’t realised before that the lights were in time to the music.
While it only lasts ten short minutes, it is well worth the trip into the city to see the display. Aside from parking fees, it’s a free event and a nice way to spend the evening with the family.
For little ones who don’t like the sudden explosive noise of the fireworks, they might appreciate this kind of event more. The only noise being the music that the lights are choreographed to.
For a better idea of what to expect, if you choose to head in to Southbank to see the display next year, here’s a little snippet of the Santas City of Lights spectacular:-