Things To Do

9 Free Things To Do In Brisbane This December

By Tayla Bruce
3rd Dec 2019

Free Things to Do In Brisbane

Ho ho ho, Christmas is (almost) upon us, and we are scrounging around for our last gold coins as the tidal wave of gift giving suddenly crashes around us. But there’s no need to fret if you’re short on the ‘treat yo’self’ cash, as Brisbane is not short of free events that are sure to keep your social life AND your bank account happy. Grab your family and friends and head out to these free things to do in this December. 

Enchanted Garden

Roma Street Parklands are about to get a whole lot more bedazzled as the Enchanted Garden is lit up for another holiday season. The gardens are set to glow with dozens of illuminations along a dedicated light trail, with strobe, fog and laser lights added to this year’s display. There will also be plenty of food trucks and space for picnics, making it the perfect spot to spend a December evening.

When: Friday 29 November to Friday 13 December, 6.30pm–9.30pm
Where: Roma Street Parklands
For more information, click here

Clock Tower Tour

If local history, antique mechanics, or stellar views of the city are your thing, then you better head straight to Brisbane City Hall a free tour of the clock tower. While the tours aren’t new, the ability to book them online sure is, making it easier than ever to venture up the hand-operated lift to reach the observation deck and view the inner workings of the clock.

When: Daily, 10.15am–4.45pm
Where: Brisbane City Hall, Brisbane CBD
For more information, click here

City Hall Lights 

One of Brisbane’s favourite festive events returns to light up Brisbane City Hall with children’s author Samantha Wheeler in the spotlight. Find a spot out the front of the heritage building to take in a lighting display that will bring to life the animation of Wheeler’s latest story, playing every 15 minutes from nightfall.

When: Friday 6 December–Tuesday 24 December, 7.30pm–Midnight
Where: Brisbane City Hall, Brisbane CBD
For more information, click here

Fireworks at South Bank

With Christmas right around the corner, everyone is throwing up their brightest and best holiday decorations, but if you need a more speccy fix of Christmas lights, head down to South Bank for the most festive fireworks display of the year. South Bank will be transforming into a hub of celebration and colour, as the fireworks burst above for four consecutive nights. 

When: Friday 20 December–Monday 23 December, 8–8.15pm
Where: South Bank Parklands
For more information, click here

GOMA’s Immersive Digital Art

Want to immerse yourself in nature but finding it a bit hot outside? Take a seat in Nicolas Mole’s immersive digital art piece at GOMA, ‘They Look At You,’ that brings to life a colourful forest. Nicolas brings his ancestral home of Lifou, New Caledonia, to Brisbane in this animated gallery, 

When: Until Sunday 28 June
Where: Gallery of Modern Art, South Brisbane
For more information, click here

Jake Moss Exhibition

If you haven’t heard of Jake Moss yet, where have you been? We’re kidding (sorta), but seriously, this Brisbane local is our latest artistic genius, and he is finally opening his first public exhibition and open studio in conjunction with Brisbane Powerhouse and Wonderland Festival. With controversial, meaningful, and large and proud artworks, Moss is sharing his creative talent with Brisbane and we are so there for it. 

When: Until 15 December 
Where: Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm
Find out more here

The Flying Cocks Final Party

While we are devastated that our old friend The Flying Cock is closing its doors on us, we would be lying if we said we aren’t super amped for their final showdown this December. Featuring live bands, poppin’ DJ’s, and famous ‘Cock anthems’ all night long, this venue is letting all us party-goers in with free entry. With the doors opening from 8pm until late, we’re certain The Flying Cock is going to be bidding us farewell in a most upbeat fashion. 

When: Friday 27 December, 8pm–late
Where: The Flying Cock, Fortitude Valley
For more information, click here

New Woman

Now on at Museum of Brisbane, New Woman celebrates the art, personal stories and enduring legacies of Brisbane’s most extraordinary female artists over the past 100 years. Reflected through painting, photography, sculpture, performance and installation works, New Woman will leave you in awe as it recognises extraordinary trailblazing women and how they have shaped Brisbane’s art landscape. 

When: Until Sunday 15 March 2020
Where: Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane City 
For more information, click here.

Friday Nights At High Rotation

Music lovers, ready yourselves for the ultimate backstage pass and trip down memory lane, because the Museum of Brisbane’s exhibition High Rotation is hitting the stage. Showcasing songs, stories and images of the Brisbane music scene over the last 30 years, High Rotation reveals a snapshot of how Brisbane’s local music scene went from small beginnings to worldwide stages. Tune into the musical prowess of artists like Powderfinger, Violent Soho, The Veronicas, Ball Park Music and so much more—you won’t want to miss out on this nostalgic experience. Tickets are normally $12, but you can get free entry every Friday from 5pm–7pm by quoting ‘Friday Night Freebie’ at the ticket desk. 

When: Until Sunday 19 April 2020
Where: Museum of Brisbane, Brisbane City
For more information, click here.

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Image credit: Timothy Birch 

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