Carols, outdoor cinemas and spectacular light shows – the festive Christmas events taking over Brisbane
It’s nearly time to drag the tree (and the copious amounts of tinsel) out of storage, start shopping for gifts and planning who’s going to pick up the ham – Christmas is just around the corner! The festive season is a magical time in Brisbane when our city comes alive with vibrant events to celebrate. From family-friendly carols to screenings of your favourite Christmas classics, we’ve found the top things happening during Christmas in Brisbane across the city.
The City – December 1–24
Yuletide fun, shopping sprees and spectacular light shows – we are more than just a little bit excited for the festive season to kick off in The City. You could say it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Brisbane when the towering 22-metre-tall tree in King George Square is finally illuminated. Events look a little different this year with social distancing, and that’s why the Lord Mayor’s Lighting of the Christmas Tree will be completely virtual! You can witness the magical moment when the twinkling lights are switched on via a live stream that can be enjoyed from the comforts of your couch. The Christmas vibes continue with joyous sing-alongs at the Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols, which will see some of Australia’s finest singers and entertainers ignite Riverstage. Remember to keep your eyes to the sky when you’re walking around the city – many of Brisbane’s striking heritage buildings will be illuminated with festive light shows throughout the season. You can also catch the ever-popular Gold Lotto City Hall Lights when they return to City Hall with an enchanting display of fantasy and magic.
South Bank – December 18–23
The abundance of festive dining destinations, a sea of glittering lights weaving through the parklands and excitement in the air – Christmas at South Bank is nothing short of magical. Kids will go nuts over Santa’s Stop Over, where little ones will have the opportunity to get a photograph with Santa and Mrs Claus as the pair spread Christmas cheer through the lush green surrounds of South Bank. Looking for more ways to keep your little ones entertained this Christmas? Kids Craft and Storytelling is taking over Flowstate at South Bank to make sure your kids are kept thoroughly busy. Santa’s elves will be on hand to recite their favourite storybook tales, and craft-loving kids will be able to create their very own wombat crowns. For a family affair, pack some nibbles and pull up a picnic rug at River Quay Green – Christmas Cinema has returned! This season you can watch some of your favourite festive movie titles (for free!) as the sun sets over the Brisbane skyline. This year also sees Christmas Tree Spectacular deliver singing, dancing and circus acts to the stages of South Bank. This spellbinding show is guaranteed to get you ready for the most wonderful time of the year. More musical goodness awaits at Festive Beats, which will see 30 different local artists serenade guests with original tunes and cheerful Christmas covers on the green at River Quay and Little Stanley Street Lawns.
Please observe social distancing and COVID-Safe practices at all times when attending Christmas in Brisbane events. Stay at home if you are feeling unwell, wash your hands regularly and download the COVID-Safe app.
This article was written with our friends at Brisbane Economic Development Agency.