The magic of Christmas is here and for the first time, the Story Bridge will be lit up with a Christmas light show until Christmas.

The light show, which started on Sunday features 500 new Story Bridge LED lights that create a dazzling 10 minute display that runs three times each night.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk says that in addition to the light show the Story Bridge would feature Christmas-themed lights with the bridge arches turned into an impressive Christmas tree, each night between sunset to sunrise from Monday, 9 December.

“The Story Bridge Christmas lights show is a welcome addition to Brisbane’s Christmas program, adding another dimension of magic to the spirit of Christmas in our city.

“It’s a terrific opportunity for family and friends to watch from some great vantage spots, such as Wilson Outlook Reserve on Bowen Terrace in New Farm or the Eagle Street Pier,” he says.

Cr Quirk says the new LED Story Bridge lights were switched on in June and have a wide range of colours and dynamic lighting options to put on a great show.

“The old lights used gel inserts to create basic colours such as pink, red, green and blue – but the new LED lights can produce virtually any colour as well as special effects such as flashing.

“The lights are generated by light so as the sun goes down they fade up and when the sun comes up they fade down,” he says.

The Story Bridge Christmas lights show complements Brisbane’s six-week Christmas extravaganza in the city, which is expected to draw in tourists, with magnificent new decorations and attractions including the The IGA Lord Mayor’s Carols in The City, Gold Lotto City Hall Light Spectacular, Myer Christmas Parade & Pantomime and a 3D animated ‘toy factory’ projected onto City Hall.

You can catch the light display on the Story Bridge until Christmas Day at 7.30pm, 8pm and 9pm.

Will you be watching the light display on the Story Bridge or attending one of the many free Christmas events held in Brisbane? Why not check out the light displays in your local suburb?