Ho-ho-holy heck! November is done and dusted, and the sexy month of December is here with its jingle bells, last-minute shopping, Love Actually marathons, over-the-top feasting, and plenty of festive things to do in Brisbane!
Before you send yourself into a food coma, though, we’ve found 13 sweet-as things to do this month, to get your holidays started on a high.
Read on for our hit list of the best things to do in Brisbane this December.
Coppa Spuntino Opens | 2nd December
Open Monday to Friday from early December, Coppa Spuntino is a new city restaurant and bar from the very busy minds behind PUBLIC and Red Hook. They’ll be serving up all manner of goodies for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a serious Euro-wine-bar vibe come evening. Hunt them down in their little laneway hidey-hole, and sip on an aperitif, while pondering (and tasting) the delights of cured meats and cheese.
Lower Latrobe Christmas Late Trade | 3rd December
The retailers of Lower Latrobe Terrace have combined their powers to host an evening of pre-Christmas shopping, bubbles and discounts. TUL fave A.P. Design House will be offering 10% off store wide, and bubbles and beers are provided, so head down between 5pm and 9pm to bag yourself a pretty bargain.
Hopscotch by Circa Zoo | 4th–6th December
Hopscotch is an uplifting and playful premiere by Circa’s youth performance ensemble, Circa Zoo. Combining tumbling gameplay aerial work, Hopscotch explores youthful and playful relationships through contemporary circus. Upbeat and energetic, you’ll wish you could run away and joined the circus. Circa Zoo is Circa’s performance program for talented young people ranging from ages eight to 18. Tickets are available through the Judith Wright Centre.
World Food Markets | 5–7th and 12th–14th December
Food trucks are just the best. Brisbane’s food truck fleet is reaching a fever pitch of delish, so the World Food Markets at Brisbane Powerhouse has conveniently gathered them all in one place for six evenings of yum, under the stars. Some of our most loved mobile vendors will be rolling in, including King of The Wings, Vira Lata, Juan More Taco, Chocolate Komberry Co., plus a whole bunch more.
C-Monkey Central & Pressure at The Brooklyn Standard | 6th December
Want to be one of the cool kids to see one of the first gigs at cool, new CBD venue The Brooklyn Standard? Yeah, you do! C-Monkey Central and Pressure are names to watch on the Brisbane soul and funk scene, we predict The Brooklyn Standard is all about supporting emerging musicians in their quest for stardom. We reckon this beer, food and music haunt is going to become a huge hit with the locals, so get in early.
The Red Robin Supper Club Pozible Campaign | Until 30th January 2015
Super foodie pop-up The Red Robin Supper Club wants to stay popped, and they need your help! Teaming up with musos slash Southside Tea Room owners Patience and John (of The Grates fame), Rory from The Red Robin Supper Club has launched a Pozible campaign to fund the building of their permanent home—a pimped out, one-and-a-half-tonne food truck—that will be parked in Southside’s carpark. The creative juices must have been flowing because the group then decided to extend their empire to a beer garden, and eight-keg tap house (to be known as Death Valley) right next door. Phew, talk about busy! Chip in a little, or a lot and get a range of cool things in return, and the money will be put towards the actual bricks and mortar of local business. Makes us feel all warm and fuzzy.
World Movies Secret Cinema | 11th–14th December
How many times have you been to a secret movie screening, in a secret location with a 1920s theme? Not many, if any? Us either, and we are super excited for this year’s World Movies Secret Cinema, coming to a mysterious venue near you. Part of this year’s BAPFF, the $55 ticket cost includes a free drink and snack on arrival. Whether you are cine-buff or not, we think this would be an excellent way to catch up with friends before the Christmas holidays. Tickets are limited so visit QTIX so you can one of the lucky few to receive the secret SMS with all the details.
Queen of Pops at Dandelion and Driftwood | While stocks last
Northside fave, and all round coffee masters, Dandelion & Driftwood have just gone and won summer! Their range of coffee popsicles, available exclusively at their Hendra café, is the perfect way to get your daily buzz on when it’s stinkin’ hot. Stocks aren’t going to last forever, so don’t dilly-dally, get your mitts on a Latte Pop or an Ethiopia Galena Abaya Pop today. SRSLY, yum.
Handmade High Street’s 3rd Birthday & Farewell | 11th December
Sad face, Handmade High Street is closing in early 2015, just after their 3rd birthday. To celebrate their good innings in Annerley proper, and their born-day, they are hosting an evening of discounted shopping, bubbly, and handmade goodies by Brisbane’s talented makers and doers. The fun kicks off from 5pm and continues through to 9pm.
Once Upon A Wine at Jak + Hill | 12th December
Jack and Jill went up a hill to fetch a pail of…wine? They would have been mighty happy if that wine was from the Merilba Estate, like all the wine to be served at this vino-soaked event at Spring Hill’s Jak+Hill. Brought to you by The Vino Geek and Winemaker and Jak+Hill, Once Upon A Wine is all about showcasing the great wines from the New England region, and some damn fine food to boot. The event will be an informal degustation style and the crew from The Vino Geek will be on-hand to answer any of your wino queries, or just enjoy a tipple with you. Tickets are $85 (including 4-courses with matched wine) and are available here.
Carols In Colour | 13th December
Christmas gets a colourful makeover this year at Westfield Chermside with a carols concert to rival all the rest. Combining the best of a classic Christmas sing-along, and the ever popular colour festivals, the Carol in Colours outdoor spectacular is on at Westfield Chermside on 13th December from 4-8pm. Wear white, grab some holi powder, and chow down on food from the Food Van Jam take two (yep, it’s back! Watch this space for more details)!
We have the inside word that Santa may well make an appearance, to spread the Christmas cheer, too! Fun for both kids and adults, registrations for this free event open soon, so keep an eye out here for more details.
Chocolate Strings with Felicity Lawless | 13th December
The Motor Room turns up the volume once again this month with more free music before the end of the year. As if you needed more reason to visit the Boundary Street Markets, supporting local musicians should get you there. Chocolate Strings with Felicity Lawless will definitely hit the spot.
Woodford Folk Festival | 27th December
Woodford Folk Festival is back, for another year of tie-dye and chai infused revelry in the forest. Now in its 29th year, this year’s theme, Masks, celebrates the fun and adventure of life through dance, music and art over 6 days. Still one of the most iconic festivals on the Australian scene, it’s well worth the trip to Woodford. Check out the line up and purchase tickets here.
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