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Brisbane’s best Christmas-themed bus was recently judged by Lord Mayor Graham Quirk and Public and Active Transport Chairman Councillor Peter Matic, as part of Council’s annual bus decorating competition featuring buses from all seven Brisbane depots.

The Lord Mayor said the event, which first kicked off in 1994, featured buses decorated in a variety of themes ranging from ‘Christmas – Queensland style’ to ‘A Recycled Christmas’.

“Each year staff from every Council depot in Brisbane are invited to decorate a bus in the spirit of the Christmas season,” Cr Quirk says.“The bus decorating competition provides an excellent opportunity to spread Christmas cheer right across the city as these buses will remain decorated for the month of December.

“This year’s entries feature decorations including Indigenous artworks, letters to Santa from local school children, surfboards, buckets, spades and other beach equipment, native animals and a traditional Christmas display.

“This year’s top spot was not an easy decision, however Eagle Farm Bus Depot stood out again with their bus themed “The Aussie 12 Days of Christmas” with toy animals adorning almost every inch of the bus with a matching Christmas carol.

“Tied for second was Carina Depot’s bus that had decorations with an important message of remembering to recycle at Christmas time, and Virginia Depot’s bus which is decked out in tinsel and a miniature Christmas Village.

“And in third place came Sherwood Depot’s bus with baubles, mistletoe and Christmas lights galore and Santa riding in the back! I applaud the ongoing efforts of all our bus operators and depot staff and thank them for going out of their way to brighten up passengers’ travel through their eye-catching designs.

“Our CityCat staff have also added some decorative Christmas touches to the fleet in the spirit of the season so make sure you keep your eye out for those.”

Cr Quirk said Council’s buses would spread further Christmas cheer next this month as they provided nightly tours of entries in the 4KQ Christmas Lights competition.

“From Monday, 15 December to Friday, 19 December, Council buses will transport residents between the homes of some of the competition participants,” he said.

The bus tours are approximately three hours in duration, with refreshment stops included. Tickets must be pre-purchased through Ticketek, not at bus-door.

For ticket cost and to purchase tickets, visit or phone Ticketek on 132 849.