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The Enchanted Garden 2021

See one of Brisbane's most popular spaces in a completely new light.
By Sarah Ward
November 04, 2021
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By Sarah Ward
November 04, 2021
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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 8000 square metres of 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' returning Enchanted Garden, it can turn an already picturesque space into a glorious festive wonderland.

This is a family-friendly affair, and it's back from previous years. That said, there's a big difference in 2021: it's no longer free. You'll pay $7 to head along and stare up at all that dazzling brightness — all between Wednesday, December 1–Thursday, December 23. And, once you're in, you can soak up the luminousness for as long as you like.

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. Instead, there'll be a lighting trail that uses LED fields, holograms and 3D-printed birds, all spread across 11 different activations.

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

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 at the Celebration Lawn and Lakeside Lawn from 4pm daily if you don't get around to taking care of your own nosh, and The Garden Room will also be doing meal options.

Tickets go on sale at 11.30am AEST on Thursday, November 4.

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