Even though I no longer have my nose to the grindstone Friday nights still feel special so we headed into town to see the Christmas lights and visit the Christmas Craft Markets - both which were being held in the city's King George Square.
We arrived before nightfall and made our way through the lovely old Brisbane Arcade towards the square.
It looked lovely
and the giant Christmas tree towered above it all.... waiting for darkness to fall so it could show off its thousands of solar powered lights.
and the Three Wise Men mounted on their camels.
Next came Santa pulled along by a couple of "riendeer"
Christmas Dinner arrived along with all the cooks!
There were ballet dancers,
and Santa's elves.
By now night had fallen.
It comes so quickly here in Brisbane.
One minute it's daylight and the next it's dark!
The parade finally passed us by and after a bite of dinner and a cool glass of wine by the river we made our way back to the Square and the tree.
The reindeer were sparkling ....
as they pulled the sleigh around the tree...
as it stood towering above us with with thousands of twinkling lights.
and there in the background was the church where we were married almost 41 years ago.
The weather was delightful too.
Warm but not hot, a cool, gentle breeze blowing as we caught the CityCat back to the car.
The countdown to Christmas is off to a great start.