This time of year always brings with it a healthy dose of happy that sweeps you off your feet. Summer is here, Christmas is around the corner, the new year is knocking and we are so here for it.
If you’re walking around town with a spring in your step, you might be captive to one of the many Christmas carols already playing in stores, or maybe you’re just as excited as we are for the month ahead. That’s why we’ve teamed up with The Body Shop to bring you the best activities to get around this holiday season in Brissie. Clear your calendars, here’s what you should hit up this month to launch you into the festive spirit.
Snap A 'Gram With Mrs Claus
Yas Christmas queen, The Body Shop are flipping your favourite Santa photo on its head, offering pictures with Mrs Claus at select stores starring some of our favourite Aussie women. Sporting legend, Ali Brigginshaw, will be spreading cheer at the Brisbane event. Book your snap here for just $10, with all proceeds donated to Plan International Australia's 2020 Youth Activist Series, a 12-month training and leadership program to launch the dreams of Australia's future change-makers.
When: 29 November–1 December
Where: Brisbane Westfield Chermside, Gympie Road, 11am–2pm
Prepare To Putt At Christmas-Themed Mini Golf
Christmas lovers, brace your elves, because Victoria Park is turning their putt putt course into the ultimate Christmas wonderland this festive season. Decking their holes with boughs of holly (sorry, we had to), the beloved mini golf grounds will be transformed into a dreamy Christmas wonderland come November, just in time for end-of-year catch ups. So, gather the gang and get ready to smash some hole in ones with some festive cheer. Grab your tickets online before it ends on Christmas Eve.
When: 14 November–24 December
Where: Victoria Park Golf Complex, Herston
Cry At Love Actually In Concert
Forget Hallmark (though we do love a cheesy Christmas romance), we all know that the real OG cult favourite holiday movie is Love Actually. Your favourite Christmas romance flick is coming to Brisbane with a full orchestra to play the score. Cry your eyes out to Joni Mitchell and feel alive while belting ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You.’ Brisbane is the first stop on the Aussie tour, with Love Actually in Concert coming to the Convention and Exhibition Centre on December 12. With UK tours selling out, you’ll want to get your tickets now.
When: December 12, 7.30pm
Where: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, South Brisbane
Cost: From $60.10–$132.40
Dream Big And Win At The Body Shop
Head to The Body Shop this month and take part in their initiative to help launch the dreams of our future activists in partnership with Plan International Australia. This Christmas, The Body Shop will donate $20,000 to kickstart Plan’s 2020 Youth Activist Series, a 12-month leadership development program to empower young people who are fighting for equality. Cast your vote for one of three incredible causes—ending period shame, girls and climate change, and equal education—and you’ll get the chance to score some free products, vouchers or discounts.
When: December 4–8
Where: Your Local The Body Shop or online
Lose Yourself In The Enchanted Garden
A Brissie favorite, if you haven’t yet been to The Enchanted Garden before, get yourself there quick smart before December 13. Get lost beyond the city streets and wander down the magically lit garden path through the Roma Street Parklands where we promise you’ll find multiple epic ‘Gram locations. Don’t bypass the drool-worthy food offerings available during the event with food trucks galore descending on the park—think juicy burgers, wood-fired pizza and hand-crafted gelato. Take your patience (crowds are common), and let yourself be dazzled by this spectacular sight.
When: December 29–13, from 6.30–9.30pm
Where: Roma Street Parkland
Hit Up The Many, Many Festive Markets
'Tis the season to go Christmas shopping. But mainly, 'tis the season to stuff your face. So what better way to do both than hit up all the Christmas markets Brisbane has to offer in November and December? There will be several options popping up across the city, each peddling quirky Christmas wares and some top-notch food. For a Friday funday feast in the CBD, head to the Brisbane Festive Flavours market and chow down on a festive treats with a cup of Christmas punch. Should you be seeing something unique for that special someone, swing by the Christmas Design Market for a plethora of local designs, jewellery, homewares, ceramics and artworks to choose from. Want more? Check out our Christmas Market round-up here.
Get Lit At The Gold Lotto City Hall Lights
Each evening for most of the month, our City Hall will light up with a Christmas tale by Brisbane children’s author, Samantha Wheeler. The animated narrative will play on a 15-minute loop between 7.30pm and midnight, giving you plenty of opportunity to take advantage of this festive story time. A unique and intricate display that is always highly-anticipated, round up the gang and make an evening of taking in this dazzling display.
When: December 6–24
Where: City Hall, King George Square
Hit Play At These Outdoor Christmas Movies
An outdoor cinema is the perfect way to enjoy those balmy summer evenings, and now you can take in a festive flick to add to the joy. Throughout December you can catch a few favourite flicks at Big Screen On The Green like Elf, Polar Express, How the Grinch Stole Christmas or Home Alone (or hit up all four, we’re not judging). You can also choose from a bunch of baller upgrades to achieve the ultimate viewing experience—think bean bags, booze, Christmas hampers and food trucks. Plus, if you register online you’ll also nab yourself a free frozen Fanta too—how good.
When: December 16–19
Where: Eagle Farm Racecourse
Cost: A gold coin donation
Be Dazzled By The Nutcracker Ballet
The beautiful scores of Tchaikovsky have never looked more stylish, with this stunning production of The Nutcracker by the Queensland Ballet. The tale of these Christmas toys coming to life is essentially a dreamy, dance-y version of Toy Story and we’re so here for it. True romantics and lovers of drama will be all over this spectacle, mesmerised by the magical tale of Clara as she’s whisked away into the enchanting Land of Sweets filled with Sugar Plum Fairies, pirouetting lollies and serene snowflakes.
When: December 13–21
Where: Lyric Theatre, QPAC
Do good and feel good this Christmas with The Body Shop, who have teamed up with Plan International this holiday season to provide training and skills to girls in Indonesia and Brazil. Every purchase during November and December will make a difference to hundreds of young women, helping them to unlock their dreams.