December and spending money go hand in hand just like cheese and wine. But, if you’re looking for ways to enjoy this December in Brisbane without defaulting on your mortgage repayments then don’t worry, we’ve got your back.
Read on for our list of best free things to do in Brisbane this December. Hint: if you’re particularly into festive fun then this really is your month to live it up, budget friendly.
Check Out HUGE The Christmas Tree In The CBD
Go on, we know you’re not too cool for this one. Get in touch with that enthusiastic inner child and lose your sh*t over the big Christmas tree at City Hall. Go at sunset to see the transformation from day to night for ALL the Chrissy feels.
Immerse Yourself In The Art World At QAGOMA
At QAGOMA right now until February is one of the coolest, most talked about exhibitions out there; Yayoi Kusama. Lose yourself in the infinity or obliteration rooms, and check out her iconic pumpkins and multi-coloured dot motifs—completely free of charge. There’s also a bunch of great free films on and the gallery's cinema and you can even get a free guided tour of the exhibition if you’re so inclined.
Explore An Enchanted Twilight Garden
Be stunned by a real life Enchanted Garden in Roma Street Parklands. Think twinkling lights and mellow music after dark—a real dreamland that'll have you 'gramming to your hearts content. It’s open 6:30pm–9:30pm every night from the 8–17 of December.
Do Yoga On A Rooftop
On December 12th Cove Co-working and Eleven Rooftop Bar are hosting another of their wonderful FREE rooftop fitness classes. Could there really be a more wholesome start to a balmy December day? Get in quick though, you’re required to register for the event and there’s not many places left!
Go On A Christmas Lights Mission
Did we mention December is littered with Christmas-related freebies? Here’s a real penny-saver: grab our list of ballin’ home decoration in Brisbane, fire up the car and your crew, and road trip around town. Bonus points for an Xmas themed playlist (Bing Crosby and Mariah Carey anyone). FYI, it's BYO snacks.
Feed Your Brain At The State Library
Why sit at home feeling poor when you can get smarter, more cultured and become a richer person for visiting our gorgeous State Library? There are a heap of free talks, workshops and activities on during their Summer Festival: Tech + Stories + Play and is running now until 21 Janurary!
Exercise Along The Brisbane River
Brisbane is a beautiful walking and cycling city, so why not hit up the Kurilpa Bridge, Kangaroo Point Cliffs or the New Farm Riverwalk? It is summer after all and giving some attention to your rig whilst taking in a great view and cooling river breeze is never a bad thing—especially if you're not going to pass up the mince pies...
Look Out For Santa At The Christmas Markets
They’re just like normal markets, only Christmas-ified. Brisbane knows how to put on a festive feel-good time, and some of the best markets in town are expecting a visit from old Saint Nick this December. Visit Santa at King George Square Twilight Markets on December 9, the Brisbane Vegan Christmas Market in West End on December 10, and at Christmas on Cribb (aka the Milton Markets) on December 21.
Make A Native Chrissy Wreath At Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens
Don't go spending your hard-earned dosh on exxy Christmas decorations this year, get hands-on at Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens free Christmas wreath making class. Fresh and dried native botanicals will be collected from Mt Coot-tha before the class, where you'll learn how to make your very own Aussie wreath.
Hike Mount Coot-tha And Take In The View
Speaking of Mount Coot-tha, the lookout is the best view of Brisbane and an amazing butt-workout on your way up. All for the bargain price of...zilch! What are you waiting for? Mount Coot-tha awaits, people!
Take In The Views On The City Hopper And City Glider
In the film 40 Days and 40 Nights (a total classic FYI), they go on a date on the bus, it’s seriously cute, and it may or may not have made us want to give it a go—for free of course. Head around town with nowhere in particular to go on the City Hopper Bus or City Glider Ferry. Those views though...
Watch Karaoke At The Sportsman Hotel + Play Trivia At The Wickham
If you haven’t yet celebrated the momentous YES vote, why not hang out with the most entertaining and talented of our beloved LGBTI community. If you haven’t been to karaoke at the Sportie’s at least once are you even a true Brisbanite? Plus it’s an epic free show. Same goes for Thursday night trivia at The Wickham. Some serious silly season shenanigans to be had!
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