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96five’s Drive Show with Jess Live at the Bridgeman Christmas Lights Festival

One of Brisbane’s biggest community Christmas events celebrated its tenth year with a special live Drive Show with Jess.

By Steff WillisWednesday 13 Dec 2023Station NewsReading Time: 2 minutes

Bridgeman Baptist’s, Christmas Lights Festival on December 13-15 will feature thousands of lights, two unique shows, food, markets, carnival rides and carolers between 5:30pm and 9pm.

Wednesday 13th December also featured a live broadcast of 96five’s Drive Show with Jess from 5.30pm to 7pm.

The Christmas Lights Festival was our final stop on the 96five Carols Crawl and it was an excellent night meeting listeners and celebrating the season with the extended Brisbane Baptist community.

This Christmas Lights Festival marks 10 years of family fun on the Northside.

“We’re so excited to be welcoming the crowds again to celebrate the season,” said Bridgeman Baptist Community Church Senior Pastor Nathan Harris.

“Christmas is a time for coming together and this is a perfect opportunity to invite family and friends out for a night of joy and fun.”

The festival is free with the only costs being food, market items and carnival rides and there’s still time to catch the final night.

Christmas Lights Festival / Source: Supplied

“Lights Festival has been an important community event for 10 years now and it’s been special to see how well it’s been received by locals with up to 8,000 thousand joining us across the three-nights,” Nathan said.

Since the early 2000’s Bridgeman hosted a well-attended ‘Carols in the Park’ event but in 2014 following several rained-out events pivoted to multifaceted festival which has grown year on year.

The event hit global headlines in 2022 with stories featured in the BBC, The Guardian and The Jerusalem Post amongst others when three camels used for a nativity scene escaped and ventured down a nearby road in the lead up to the event captivating motorists.

Here more about that here: 96five’s Jess Discovers How the Camels Escaped their Nativity Scene

‘Cyrus’, ‘Benjamin’ and ‘Morgie’ returned safely and will be back again in 2023. Joining them will be some of the regions most talented musicians and 400+ volunteers that make the event happen across three nights.

Christmas Lights Festival / Source: Supplied

The theme for the festival is ‘All is Well. God with us.’ a fitting theme for a year of turmoil locally and globally.

The event will also be raising funds for ‘Hope & Care for Little Souls’ a charity that brings hope to at-risk and parentless children in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Christmas Lights Festival will run from 5:30-9pm at Bridgeman Baptist Church (379 Albany Creek Road). The event is free (excluding markets food & rides). AUSLAN interpreters will be available on Night Two (14 December) as well as a special ‘low Sensory’ space for those with additional needs. More information can be found at www.bridgeman.org.au/lights

Christmas Lights Festival / Source: Supplied