CouncilGardens set to be Merry and Bright

Gardens set to be Merry and Bright

Merry and Bright 2022
Merry and Bright illuminates the Bundaberg Botanic Garden with the magic of Christmas

The Bundaberg Botanic Gardens will once again be illuminated with festive cheer as the Merry and Bright event takes over.

The gardens will light up from Thursday 8 December until Wednesday 14 December for residents to experience the magic.

There are two options for exploring the enchanted gardens including Christmas Village, which is a paid experience taking place for the first four nights, followed by three nights of the free Light Night event.

Santa will be visiting the Christmas Village and is looking forward to hearing all the children’s Christmas wish lists.

Hinkler Hall of Aviation will also light up, with an illuminated artwork by artist Tim Gruchy set to be projected onto the side of the building.

Council’s Arts, Culture and Events portfolio spokesperson Cr John Learmonth said the events were a great opportunity to get out and explore the Botanic Gardens in a different way.

“The Merry and Bright event has been a favourite since it started and we look forward to another great event,” Cr Learmonth said.

“From exploring the gardens under the bright lights to seeing Santa and his reindeer, there is something for all ages at this family friendly event.”

In support of the Mayor’s Christmas Cheer Appeal $5 from every family, $2 from every adult and $1 from every child Merry + Bright Christmas Village ticket sold will be donated to support families in need this Christmas.

Tickets for Christmas Village and registrations for Light Night open on Wednesday, 16 November.

You can find the full Christmas program here.

The two offerings for Merry and Bright include:

Christmas Village

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Mr & Mrs Clause are ready for Christmas at Merry and Bright

Step foot into an enchanting Christmas Village as the Botanic Gardens are transformed for this year’s Merry and Bright.

Make your way around the dazzling light display and enjoy the many delights of the Christmas Village event. In the village you can meet Santa and Mrs Claus and try to avoid the Grinch if you can!

There will be entertainment from Spark Starter performers, Christmas alpacas, reindeer and even a snow globe photo booth!

Food and drink will be available from a variety of food trucks on the night and Café 1928 will be open.

Date: 8 – 11 December
Time: 5.30 – 8.30pm
Cost: $30 family (2 Ad, 2 Ch) | $15 adults | $7 children (3-12 years) | children under 3 years free (ticket still required)
Location: Bundaberg Botanic Gardens

Light Night

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Merry and Bright transformed the Bundaberg Botanic Gardens for the first time in 2020.

Take a relaxed stroll through the Botanic Gardens transformed into by thousands of twinkling lights for our Merry and Bright event.

In this free version of the Merry and Bright event the beauty of the twinkling lights in the lush gardens take centre stage for Light Night.

The mesmerising light display – which is the highlight of Merry and Bright event – will stand alone on Light Night.

Café 1928 will be open to the public for food and drinks.

Date: 12 – 14 December
Time: 5.30 – 8.30pm
Cost: Free – bookings essential
Location: Bundaberg Botanic Gardens




  1. I would like to book 4 tickets for the Light Night on 12 December. If no availability, then 13 or 14 December would also suit.

  2. Hi there.
    Just wondering where we can make a booking as there is no booking information in the above article.

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