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By Sarah Ward
November 10, 2020
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The Enchanted Garden 2020–21

See one of Brisbane's most popular spaces in a completely new light.
By Sarah Ward
November 10, 2020
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Fancy seeing one of Brisbane's most popular spaces in a completely new light? Or, to be more accurate, with more than 40,000 different lights flickering over the top of its lush greenery? As every home renovation-focused TV show has told us time and time again, a splash of colour can make a world of difference — and, at Roma Street Parklands' Enchanted Garden, it can turn an already picturesque space into a bright, festive wonderland.

This is a family-friendly affair, and it's returning from previous years. That said, it's a bit different in 2020. Firstly, it'll run on select dates between Friday, December 4–Sunday, January 17 — every day except Mondays and Tuesdays up until the week of Christmas, then every day until December 23, then returning from January 1 from Wednesday–Sunday. So, it'll initially be part of the city's Christmas fun, then it'll keep the merriment going into the new year.

The reason for all of the above? Capacity limits and social distancing, of course. You'll also need to select a 45-minute time slot (starting at 6.30pm, 7.15pm, 8pm and 8.45pm) and nab a ticket. The first batch, up until Christmas, have actually already booked out — but you can join the waitlist. The second batch, for post-Xmas viewings, will become available from 9am on Friday, December 11.

Attendees shouldn't go expecting the kind of setup that you've been ignoring on every street corner in Brissie's suburbs. Lights will twinkle and decorations will sparkle; however, this isn't a tacky DIY display. Nope, not at all.

That said, a word of warning: people love all things glittery, so prepare to have as much company as is permitted in this chaotic year.

If you're organised enough, you can always pack a picnic, arrive early and enjoy dinner beforehand. Plus, you can BYO drinks to one of the few public places that allows them in our fair town — although Roma Street Parklands' licensed areas are only licensed until 8pm.

Food trucks will also be onsite from 5pm daily if you don't get around to taking care of your own nosh.

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