Despite the severe storm that ravaged Brisbane last night, the Brisbane City Christmas Tree will still light up our city tonight.

Hail and wind gusts of more than 140 kilometres an hour ripped through south-east Queensland last night, but despite the storm damage the iconic lighting of the Brisbane City Christmas Tree will still go ahead tonight as planned.

Each year seasoned Brisbane locals and tourists flock to this must-see ringing in of the festive season, and according to The Lord Mayor this year is set to be no exception with thousands still expected to attend tonight’s event.

20 metres in height, decked out with four kilometres of decorative snowflakes, baubles and over 16,000 Christmas lights, this iconic tree is also the seventh largest solar-powered Christmas tree in the Southern Hemisphere.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk and Santa are amongst the list of the special guests that will grace the event and join in on the festivities when the tree is lit tonight.

The evening will be the perfect occasion for the whole family as they marvel at this spectacular sight and enjoy or even participate in carolling and other entertainment in King George Square.

The tree will remain in its place until Boxing Day, so don’t fret if you can’t make it to opening night!

The city’s Wonder of Christmas program will continue throughout December — must-dos include the all-singing, all-dancing Myer Christmas Parade and Pantomime, the magical Gold Lotto City Hall Light Spectacular and the beautiful Queen Street Mall decorations.

For more information on the lighting of the Christmas tree, check out our Event Guide listing.

For your chance to win the ultimate Christmas experience in Brisbane — including VIP tickets to the Myer Christmas Parade & Pantomime on December 13 — enter our competition here!

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