A Lego Ferrari at The Brick Man Experience | Image credit: Pinterest
‘Tis the season for Christmas markets on Christmas markets on Christmas markets! If you’re sick of giving the same box of chocolates and 3-pack of socks to all your extended family, get yourself along to any of the many Christmas-themed things to do in Brisbane this weekend, and buy an assortment of homemade, handmade, organic or one-of-a-kind stocking-fillers that are suitable for everyone from your brother to your Great Aunt Gertrude.
Here's our pick of the best things to do in Brisbane this coming weekend:
Thursday 10th December
Everingham + Watson POP UP
Liz and Suzie, the brains behind the Everingham + Watson design brand, are making a return to Brisbane in their POP UP shop this month! They’re taking over the old Cher Cher La Femme shop in Paddington, and bringing an explosions of colour and style with them.
When: 2nd – 21st December
Where: 2 Latrobe Tce, Paddington
The 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT8)
QAGOMA is opening its doors for the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT8), internationally renowned as the world's only major recurring exhibition of art from Australia, Asia and the Pacific. After seeing 32 000 visitors come through for the opening weekend, it’s obvious that it’s a must see event!
When: Open until 10 April 2016
LEGO Brick Man Experience in Brisbane
Australia's largest LEGO exhibition The Brick Man Experience by Ryan McNaught heads to Brisbane's Convention & Exhibition Centre showcasing some amazing LEGO constructions including Ryan's biggest ever Star Wars LEGO build, a QANTAS A380, a quarter scale LEGO Ferrari and the world's largest LEGO flower. Ryan is the only LEGO Certified Professional in the Southern Hemisphere, and one of only 12 Certified Professionals in the world, has, for many years, pieced together some of the world's best LEGO displays.
When: 10 - 22 December, 2015
Where: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Tickets: Get yours here
Friday 11th December
Pop up Soiree
Get your post-work sesh on at the Brisbane Sofitel’s exclusive pop-up Soiree rooftop bar. With 180 degree views of the city, and cocktails cool enough to ease even the hottest summer days, the pop up bar will only be around every Friday for the remainder of the month. Check it out before it returns to its VIP access-only state.
When: Every Friday until 18 December
Where: Sofitel Brisbane Central
Be entertained, amused and seduced at the Powerhouse’s end-of-year party, Wonderland. Complete with a cavalcade of burlesque, circus, cabaret, music, comedy, poetry, theatre and variety shows filled with international and Australian artists, the Powerhouse will have everything you need for a good night in Wonderland. The festival also spills into the outdoors with nightly Wonderland Food Markets by Jan Power and Bamboozled performance tents filled with a wide-ranging menu of bite-sized entertainment.
When: 3rd-20th December
Where: Brisbane Powerhouse
Tickets: See the full guide here
South Bank Christmas Markets
Our favourite Southbank markets being tinsel-ified and Christmas carolled. Along the cobbled streets of Stanley Plaza, twinkling decorative lights and the pine fragrance of Christmas trees will make the perfect backdrop for the Christmas-themed South Bank Markets, whose stalls are also gaily adorned in their best yuletide decorations.
When: 11th-23rd December
Where: Stanley Plaza, South Bank
Oyster Hour at Stokehouse
To celebrate Queensland’s unique summer lifestyle, Stokehouse Q is launching oyster hour every Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout Summer, featuring a glass of Verve Clicquot Ponsardin French champagne an natural oysters prepared by Chef Richard Ousby and his team. Yes, that is chef-prepared oysters and wine, every weekend, all summer.
When: Friday, Saturday & Sunday only from 11am to 12noon throughout Summer
Where: Stokehouse, Southbank
Saturday 12th December
Eat Street Drive-in Movie Cinema
For all of December, the best of two worlds have just collided because the Eat Street Markets have added a pop-up Drive In and Outdoor Cinema to their repertoire! Bring in all the World Famous Funnel Cakes, Golden Gaytime doughnuts or Okinomi House Japanese pizzas as you like while you settle in to watch the latest movies.
When: Every Friday and Saturday in December
Where: 257 Macarthur Avenue, Hamilton, Brisbane
Tickets: Buy yours here
Vegan Festival 2015
Being held at Brightside on 12 December 2015, the Brisbane Vegan Festival 2015 follows in the footsteps of the Sydney and Melbourne events. The Festival brings high profile speakers, live entertainment and (of course) plenty of animal-friendly food stalls. Speakers include Cowspiracy filmmaker, Keegan Kuhn, New York vegan chef, Mary Mattern, and animal rights activist, James Aspey.
When: 12th December
Where: Brightside, Fortitude Valley
Sunday 13th December
Aperol Spritz Summer Sessions at Jamie's Italian
Brisbane’s designated home of the fab Aperol Summer Sessions is (no surprises) the home of delicious Italian food, Jamie’s Italian. Pull yourself up a cosy seat at the bar, order a classic Aperol Spritz for $10 and kick off a relaxing long lunch or dinner the right way. Enjoy the weekend vibes from Friday to Sunday, 11:30am till 10:30pm.
When: 19th November to 23rd December
Where: Jamie's Italian
Don't Miss Out
The much awaited Moonlight Cinema is almost back on the green in New Farm! We’re so excited to set up our beanbags, layer on the aeroguard, and enjoy some advanced screenings, brand new flicks, and classic favourites on the lawns of the iconic New Farm Park behind the Brisbane Powerhouse!
When: 16th December – 6th March
Where: New Farm Park
Tickets: Buy yours here
Wandering Cooks Christmas Markets
Our favourite Wandering Cooks are putting on a very special Christmas Market – a chance to make present giving a little more local and delicious this year. Spread over two nights, you can sneak in a bit of late night shopping at Wandering Cooks, grab one of our hampers or stocking fillers plus a couple of surprises like honey and honeycomb from Bee One Third. Between shopping, have some dinner from a range of food trucks and a cheeky beer or wine at the bar!
When: 16th December
Where: Wandering Cooks, South Brisbane
Midsummer Night's Dream NYE Party | Regatta Hotel
This year, Regatta Hotel are putting on a New Year's Eve party to remember. Fashioning a 'Midsummer Night's Dream' theme, the entire venue will be transformed into a magical forest (secret pixie den included!). Revel in a 4-hour premium beverage package plus canapés, DJ sets, roaming entertainers—even facepainting—to see you into 2016 in style! When: 31 December
Where: Regatta Hotel
Tickets: Tickets are $135pp, go to regattahotel.com.au/what's-on-brisbane for full details
Carols in Colour Christmas Spectacular
Celebrate the joy of Christmas with explosions of colour at a free Carols in Colour concert series for the whole family! Dress in white and throw coloured holi-powder high into the sky; timed to the crescendo of your most loved Christmas carols and songs.
Featuring a LIVE carols band and backing choir, breakdancing elves, colour blasts every 15 minutes and most importantly, a special appearance from Santa! Register today to reserve your free personal colour packets & join the fun at Westfield Chermside, Carindale and Garden City.
When: 18 December 2015
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Where: Westfield Carindale
When: 19 December 2015
Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Where: Westfield Garden City Woolworths Express Car Park, next to Woolworths and Fruits of Life
When: 20 December 2015
Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Where: Westfield Chermside
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