Christmas is just around the corner, and with it comes plenty of jolly events to amp you up for the big day. Whether you are searching for Santa, frantically shopping for last minute prezzies, or just looking to share the Christmas spirit through classic holiday pastimes, this list of things to do in Brisbane has events for any kind of Christmas prep.
The best bit? All these Brisbane events are totally free! Throw on your most fetching ugly Christmas jumper (read: linen tee) hat and go check out the top Christmas events this holiday season.
Visit South Bank’s Beautiful Christmas Village
Revel in the holiday cheer at South Bank’s annual Christmas Village. Every year, around this time coincidentally, South Bank Parklands gets overrun by holly, BULK tinsel, and a lorry load of fairy lights to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. This year's village will feature a gorgeous gift market for all your last minute Christmas shopping, there will be carols by twilight, a village train to guide you through the magical setting—even a beach cinema at Streets Beach showing all of your fave Chrissy classics. Stop by Stanley Street Plaza to see the big man in red himself, but be quick because The Village is only around for one week, from the 15th to the 23rd of December.
Catch All The Christmas Fireworks
There is nothing more festive or exciting than a firey fireworks display. Something about the ridiculous expense of it that really makes it feel worthwhile... Brisbane will be holding its annual Christmas Fireworks display each night from on South Bank from the 20 to the 23 of December. Cuddle up with a blanket (or an ice cold beverage—it is summer, after alll) and countdown to Christmas with an explosive celebration of green and red and sparkles!
Harmonise At The Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols
Fans of indecent amounts of Christmas giddiness multiplied by a large crowd and expressed through singing carols at the top of your lungs sound like you? If you answered yes, you definitely have to check out the Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols hosted at the Riverstage on December 9. Enjoy some of Australia’s most renowned singers belting out all the classic carols you know and love, but make sure you rock up early because it is a free event with only so many spots available.
Have Yourself A Very Laneway Christmas
Bakery Lane and Winn Lane have popped up a micro-market to make your Christmas frenzy a little less, er, frantic and way more inspiring. Browse through the chic stalls and find unique presents that are made with love and lots of local talent, adding an extra touch of thoughtfulness to your gift giving this year. A Very Laneway Christmas will also feature live music each Saturday to add to the already relaxed vibe that will blow away any Christmas stresses.
Get Lost In The Enchanted Garden
Running from the 8 to 17 of December, Roma Street Parklands will transform into a mystical wonderland of fairly lights and decorations come sundown. The Enchanted Garden will take you on a journey through the parklands, casting a magnificent glow on all the gorgeous flora and fauna and giving off magical vibes that are sure to enthral wanderers of any age. Accompanied by equally magical music, the display will be open from 6:30pm–9:30pm nightly so you can take your time on what has to be the most impressive twinkle light display in Brisbane.
Peruse The Brisbane Twilight Markets
Back for another year to spread Christmas cheer is the Brisbane Twilight Markets, taking place on Saturday December 9. If you are looking for unique, Australian, handmade gifts to give out this year, look no further than here. All of the stalls on the day will be selling 100% Australian handmade goods, right from the middle of King George Square in teh CBD. Stroll through and browse for gifts, enjoy the live music, and eat at SOME OF brissy's best food trucks and stalls for a great Saturday out.
Get Starry-Eyed At The Gold Lotto City Hall Lights
Taking place every night from December 8 right through to Christmas Eve The Gold Lotto City Hall Light Spectacular will be putting on a magnificent visual display lighting up City Hall. A time-honoured Christmas tradition in Brisbane, and definitely one to check out, the display changes from year to year, with 2017 having a completely fresh show for you to take in. Insta at the ready, folks!
Settle In For Christmas Movies In The Park
A classic way to warm up to Christmas is a good ol' Christmas movie to warm the soul. Roma Street Parklands will be making this easy for you by hosting Christmas Movies in the Park every night from December 8–17. Sit in the balmy evening air and enjoy all your fave holiday films under the stars, from Home Alone to Love Actually and Elf, wrapping up on the final night with the ultimate classic; Miracle on 34th Street.
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