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Get Festive In The City With These Unmissable Christmas Events Going Down In Brisbane

By Ranyhyn Laine
30th Nov 2021

No matter how old we get or how busy our lives become, each year we still get just as excited for the onslaught of Christmas events that merrily overtake Brisbane. Whether it’s the lighting of the iconic King George Square Christmas Tree, the sweet sound of carols permeating the air or watching the annual City Hall light display, there’s nothing quite like Christmas in Brisbane.

So, to help you get your elves in a row, we’ve rounded up every festive event you need to check out in Brisbane City this silly season.

Lighting Of The Christmas Tree

We never tire from seeing a towering, 22 metre tall Christmas tree light up in all its glittering glory—and this year we can once again do it in person. Make sure to catch the Lord Mayor's Lighting of the Christmas Tree presented by The Lott by Golden Casket on Friday 26 November at 6.30pm, with Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner himself doing the lighting, accompanied by live musical performances of Christmas classics. For those who can't make it, the lighting of the tree will also be live-streamed on the Brisbane City Facebook page, so you can catch it from home. If you miss the festivities, don’t stress, it will be lighting up each night until  Thursday 6 January. It’s open and free to attend for all your Christmas Instagram glory. 

Where: King George Square
When: 6.30pm–7.30pm, Friday 26 November

The Lott By Golden Casket City Hall Lights

This year's The Lott by Golden Casket City Hall Lights is going to be as awe-inspiring as ever, merging a dazzling lights display with a touch of fantasy and magic. Telling a fresh take on the classic tale of The Night Before Christmas, the Brisbane City Hall facade will be lit up with projections, with narration provided by local radio host Robin Bailey. The annual projection show is a mesmerising way to celebrate the festive season and is open to everyone and free to attend every evening from 10 to 24 December, with shows every 15 minutes between 7.30pm and midnight.

Where: King George Square
When: E
very 15 minutes from 7.30pm–midnight, Friday 10 to Friday 24 December

Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols

Christmas just isn’t Christmas without hearing a few carols. And what better way to immerse yourself in the spirit than by watching them performed live by Brisbane’s best entertainers? Held at the iconic Riverstage, the night will be hosted by Naomi Price with performances from Kate Miller-Heidke, Sheppard, Troy Cassar-Daley and Jem Cassar-Daley and Marcus Corowa, plus Queensland icons Bluey and Bingo in a world-first performance backed by a live orchestra. Tickets are essential and go on sale Wednesday 1 December. 

Where: Riverstage
When: 4pm–9pm, Saturday 4 December

Christmas on Queen

Heading to the city to do your Christmas shopping? Take a well-earned break to enjoy some joyful live entertainment in Queen Street Mall. Every day from 3 to 24 December you can catch Christmas inspired pop-up performaces and roaming entertainment between 11am–3pm and 4.30pm–8.30pm. 

Where: Queen Street Mall 
When: 11am–3pm and 4.30pm–8.30pm, 3 to 24 December

You should also check out all the Christmas events happening in South Bank this year.

Image credit: Supplied 

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