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11 Awesome Things To Do This Weekend In Brisbane

By Shannon Coward
22nd Dec 2016

things to do in Brisbane December

Just because Christmas Day is this Sunday (bring on the food coma!) doesn’t mean that this little city we call home is winding down any less. We’ve got everything from night markets, all-you-can-eat dumplings, even a screening of everyone's favourite Chrissy movie, Love Actually! It’s all happening this weekend in Brisbane.

Go forth and gather the squad, this’ll be a weekend to remember—and not just because of all the delicious food you’ll surely consume.

Here's what's on this weekend in Brisbane.

Thursday 22nd December

Christmas Night Markets

Need to get a bit of last-minute shopping done before the big day? Why not combine your outing with fire jugglers and food and craft stalls at the Brisbane Botanic Garden’s Christmas Night Market. Hosted by Riverside at the Gardens, this market has rounded up the best of Brisbane’s talent, with local legends The Fergies performing on the night. Don’t forget about the stilt walkers and candlelight carollers! Thursday night plans are definitely sorted.

When: December 22nd, 4:00pm–10:00pm
Where: Riverside at the Gardens, 147 Alice Street
For more information, click here.

Love Actually Screening

You can’t go past a screening of Love Actually to get you into the festive spirit. Luckily, New Farm Cinemas has got you covered, with their one-night-only showing of this Christmas classic. With a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie included in every ticket, this one is definitely the perfect spot to kick off your Christmas plans.

When: December 22nd, 6:30pm
Where: New Farm Cinemas, Brunswick Street
For more information, click here.

Bad Santa Party

The Victory Hotel strikes again with its annual Bad Santa Party. Caiilin Live will head the evening’s musical festivities, followed by Grey Matter and Mr Sparkles as you kick on into the wee hours. Plus, The Vic’s Santa is totally an equal opportunist, and will have plenty of goodies to give away to both the naughty and the nice on the night. Now that sounds like our kind of party.
When: December 22nd, 7:00pm – 4:00am
Where: The Victory Hotel, 127 Edward Street
For more information, click here.

White Christmas At Movie World

Movie World is back at it again with their White Christmas celebrations. Think snow-covered streets, a themed parade with all your favourite characters, thousands of fairy lights dazzling from Main St and ice sculptures created in front of your very eyes. You can also totally take on your favourite rides at night if the Christmas-specific activities aren’t enough for your adrenaline-junkie heart.  Don’t forget to snap a dorky family photo while you’re there.

When: December 22nd, 5:30pm–8:30pm
Where: Warner Bros. Movie World
For more information, click here.

Friday 23rd December

Sunset Spritz Pop Up

This weekend, forget all things Christmas and that you’ve still got all of the shopping to do with an Aperol Spritz (or two) at Customs House. There’ll be loads of nibbles and snacks (think freshly shucked oysters, truffled mushroom arancini and crispy pork cheek slider) as well as some of the best river views (and breezes) in town. Find all the deets here.

Where: Customs House, CBD
When: Until the end of December
For more info, click here.

Saturday 24th December  

Northey Street Christmas Eve Markets

Already nursing a pre-Christmas food baby and dreading the influx of guilt-tastic food you’re about to be exposed to? Well, Northey Street Markets have the Christmas Eve event for you, featuring totally organic produce and hand-made gifts perfect for that last-minute plus one you forgot to get a present for. We’re talking fresh turkey, blueberries, seasonal vegetables, bread and bagels, jams, honey, cheese and raw desserts galore. Let’s be real, you’re totally going to skip Christmas all together in favour for feasting at this market. We won’t judge you.

When: December 24th, 6:00am–11:00am
Where: Northey Street City Farm Organic Market, 16 Victoria St, Windsor
For more information, click here.

Monday 26th December

Havana Brown Plays Fluffy

Aussie icon, pop artist and all-round awesome DJ, Havana Brown will take over Fluffy for the final instalment of GLAM for 2016. One of the first female DJ’s to sign a major record deal in Australia, Havana Brown has toured with the likes of Rihanna, Enrique Iglesias and the Pussycat Dolls and now she’s coming to Fluffy for one fantastic Boxing Day night. We won’t blame you for skipping the sales for this one, friends.

When: December 26th, 9:00pm–5:00am
Where: Fluffy, 8 McLachlan St
For more information, click here.

Foxing Day

The Fox Hotel's traditional Soho Sundays have been bumped to Monday this Boxing Day, for the pun-tastic Foxing Day celebrations. Featuring bubble tea cocktails (say what?), fresh pizzas, live music from Soho’s hottest DJs and one killer view of the city, Foxing Day is the perfect spot for a Monday sesh and a great way to recover from the Christmas Day festivities.

When: December 26th, 12:00pm–3:00am
Where: The Fox, 71-73 Melbourne Street
For more information, click here.

Don’t Miss Out

Woodford Folk Festival

The Woodford Folk Festival is an Aussie tradition for a very good reason. With stunners like Tash Sultana, Oh Pep! and Buffy Sainte-Marie as only a sample of the vast range of music on offer, Woodford is basically Australia’s answer to Burning Man. Pack your gumboots, don your most bohemian outfit (the more feathers and sequins, the better) and get going, guys. We promise you won’t regret it.

When: December 27th–January 1st
Where: Woodfordia
For more information, click here.

All You Can Eat Dumplings Night

Set aside your New Year’s Eve plans guys, Dumpling Republic is hosting an all-you-can-eat dumplings night and we are 100% on board! For only $35 per person, you will be treated to a 3-course dumpling feast, or you can spring an extra $5 to receive a glass of house wine or bottled beer. Dumpling options include pork kimchi, BBQ pork buns and beef and onion. Just make sure you book ahead—no walk-ins here.

Where: December 31st, 5:00pm–8:00pm
Where: Dumping Republic Brisbane, Wintergarden
For more information, click here.

NYE Yacht Party 

You don’t need a yacht to have a yacht party–well at least Darling & Co. don’t think so. That’s why they’re bringing you a nautical-themed, all-inclusive evening of delicious cocktails and good vibes to ring in the New Year. Did someone say risotto station, on top of canapes? Heck yeah, where do we sign up?

When: December 31st, 7:00pm–12:00am
Where: Darling & Co, 157 Given Terrace
For more information, click here.

Want yet more things to do? Check out our events page for inspiration.

Image credit: Film Kailm

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