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These Are The Best Events To Hit Up This Weekend In Brisbane

By Erin Curtain - 13 Dec 2018

Mid-December is here and Christmas cheer is officially everywhere in Brisbane. If merriment and jolliness disgust you, now is the time to find a nice hovel to dwell in for the coming weekends because Brisbane is rolling out nothing but holiday vibes.

If you do enjoy some Christmas flair, check out all the events happening in Brisbane this weekend. You're in luck...

All Weekend

Carols By Twilight

Carols by twilight will kick off this Friday evening, so if you’re looking for high doses of Christmas spirit this weekend, head to Southbank Parklands. The carols will take place every night from Friday 14th to the 23rd so there are plenty of opportunities to join in with a picnic and fill up on holiday cheer.

When: 14-23 December
Where: South Bank Parklands
For more information, click here.

Christmas Parade

It’s not often that Brisbane has a parade, but when we do we go all out. The Christmas Parade starts this Friday and will have its last run on the day before Christmas Eve. Expect Santa, performers, and unnervingly large gingerbread men.

When: 14-23 December
Where: Queen Street Mall
For more information, click here.

Government House Christmas Lights

To cap off this trio of weekend-long merriment, make sure you check out Government House’s Christmas Lights this weekend. The display only runs until this Sunday, with neon displays, projections, and over 10,000 light bulbs making Gov House fully lit for Christmas.

When: 13-16 December
Where: Government House
For more information, click here.

Thursday 13 December

Christmas Gift Wrapping For Charity

In all the craziness of the festive season, gift wrapping often drops to last on the list. After hours of picking out the perfect gifts for family and friends, we would much rather be sitting with our feet up rather than dealing with double-sided sticky tape. Luckily, you can head to Westfield Carindale and have the lovely people from Camp Quality lend a helping hand. All proceeds go towards improving the lives of children with cancer, so you're ticking off your to-do list and doing good at the same time.

Where: Westfield Carindale
When: Everyday until Monday 24 December
For more info, click here.

Friday 14 December

Love Actually Screening

Because what Christmas season is complete without a dancing Hugh Grant? New Farm cinemas will be screening the very English Christmas classic so that you can relive all those heart-warming holiday memories. Book a ticket for this Friday as soon as you can because this one is bound to sell out.

When: 6:30pm
Where: New Farm Cinemas
For more information, click here.

Christmas Picnic

Albert Street will be transforming into an urban hub of pop-ups for a Christmas Picnic this Friday and we are here for it. Expect live entertainment, quality eats, and plenty of Christmas surprises throughout the day. This is the perfect opportunity for an impromptu long lunch with workmates to soak in the city Christmas vibes.

When: 11am-3pm
Where: Albert Street, Brisbane
For more information, click here.

Saturday 15 December

Christmas at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

If your ideal Christmas involves cuddling a koala, stop by Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary this Saturday afternoon. There will be a free event in their adjoining café that has jumping castles, craft stalls, a dog-friendly Santa, and a free screening of Elf at 7pm, plus it is right next door to the sanctuary with cuddly koalas abound.

When: 2:30pm-8:30pm
Where: Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
For more information, click here.

Jungle Love After Party

For our first event that has absolutely nothing to do with Christmas, we proudly present the Jungle Love After Party. For everyone who is having Jungle Love withdrawals or if you missed out of the music festival altogether, relive the vibes at The Triffid this Saturday night. With a line up featuring Sex On toast, DVNA, FeelsClub and more you’ll feel like you’re right back in the heat of the jungle.

When: 6pm
Where: The Triffid
For more information, click here.

Christmas Makers Market

It’s coming up on crunch time to prepare for Christmas, so with just 10 days out from the big day itself Avid Kitchen & Garden are providing you with the perfect opportunity for last minute presents. Their Christmas Makers Market will be chock-a-block with creative and unique pressies for all your family and friends, all handmade by the sellers themselves.

When: 3pm-8pm
Where: Avid Kitchen + Garden
For more information, click here.

Christmas Design Market

For a market with Brisbane’s artistic flair, make sure you drop by QAGOMA’s Christmas Design Market this Saturday. This one will also be full of handmade goods with an emphasis on the artsy side. If you’re buying for someone who has a love for all things creative, artistic, and locally made, do your Christmas shopping here.

When: 9am-4pm
For more information, click here.

It’s a DOG’s Christmas

The Lanes will be transforming into a Christmas haven for all the pups and pooches of Brisbane this Saturday. Start your canine cavalcade at Winn Lane where you can enter your dog into their dog show, then take them for a stroll through California Lane for a pic with Surfin’ Santa before you wrap up the day in Bakery Lane with a puppychino.

When: 10am-2pm
Where: The Lanes
For more information, click here.

Sunday 16 December

Plant Market

Whether you’re gifting succulents as Christmas presents or just want your home to resemble a greenhouse as much as possible, make your way to Vend Market Place on the northside this Sunday for all the plant life you could ever dream of. There will be everything from cacti to hanging plants to get your hands on and expand your greenery fam with.

When: 8am-4pm
Where: VEND Market Place
For more information, click here.

Mega Waterslide Festival

Every Sunday up until Christmas, Eat Street has been holding a totally free Mega Waterslide Festival and there is nothing more keeping with the Aussie Christmas spirit. There are 5 massive waterslides to keep you cool into the lead up of our sweltering hot Christmas, as well as plenty of live entertainment and instagrammable eats in the markets themselves.

When: 11:30am-6:30pm
Where: Eat Street Northshore
For more information, click here.

Drag Brunch | Christmas Edition

To wrap up this list we have a drag-tastic brunch at Cloudland with a Christmas twist. Sellma Soul and BeBe Gunn will be hosting the interactive show full of performances, prizes, games, and glam. Enjoy the delicious brunch menu and bar as special guest Karen From Finance does her corporate drag thing.

When: 11:30am-2:30pm
Where: Cloudland
For more information, click here.

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Image credit: Hin Bong Yeung

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