The CBD has been bursting this week and the numbers reflect the trend which shows there are more people in the City… and those people are spending more money. 

For the opening two weekends of the Christmas Lights Trail, the number of visitors on Friday nights is up 35.4 per cent compared to the same time last year while Saturday attendance is up 38 per cent compared to the first two weekends of 2020.

On top of that, expenditure in the City is $20m higher in October, compared to the same month last year. 

All up, expenditure in the City is up 7.8 per cent for the year and pedestrian activity is up 36 per cent for the year compared with 2020.

So - more people in the City, staying longer and spending more.


It’s just gone up - directly opposite Piccadilly Arcade on the Murray Street Mall.

It’s 13 metres tall, features 250 decorations, 4000 digital lights, 450 white strobes and a whopping 1.5m star on top.

The kids love it. So do the big ones!