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This Weekend in Brisbane

By Gabbi Johnston - 17 Dec 2015

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For One of the best things about summer in Brisbane is outdoor movie dates, and this week all our favourite outdoor cinemas are finally turning on the popcorn machines and rolling out the moon chairs for a summer of new releases, classics, and family favourites. Whether you like your movies by the water, on the grass, or accompanied by cronuts, donuts and funnel cakes, there’s a cinema for everyone.

Alternatively, if you’re looking for things to do in Brisbane to be uber festive (two weeks to go, I repeat, TWO weeks to go), there’s also Christmas Light Bus Tours, Christmas markets and Twilights markets to get your dose of Christmas this week, and even some boozy gelato collaborations to get your hands on to really kick off the silly season.

Thursday 17th December

Everingham + Watson POP UP

Liz and Suzie, the brains behind the Everingham + Watson design brand, are making a return to Brisbane in their POP UP shop this month! They’re taking over the old Cher Cher La Femme shop in Paddington, and bringing all their explosions of colour and style with them.

When: 2nd – 21st December
Where: 2 Latrobe Tce, Paddington

Christmas Lights Bus Tours

What’s the best part of Brisbane’s festive season? All the pretty Christmas lights of course! Be guided to the most epic Christmas lights displays around Brisbane with the Brisbane City Council’s popular Christmas Lights Bus Tours. Tours commence from central spots in the northern, eastern, southern and western suburbs in the lead up to the big day.

When: 14th – 18th December
Where: Various locations
More information click here

Aquila X La Macelleria: A deliciously naughty Christmas collaboration

Aquila Caffé Bar and La Macelleria are teaming up this silly season to produce the most boozy gelato you’ll have this summer! Every Thursday and Friday from 11am they’ll be serving peach sorbetto bellinis, espresso martini’s with Baileys gelato, mojito sorbetto, Aperol Spritz granita, gin + tonic oyster shots with lemon & lime granita… and whatever else they can dream up!

When: Every Thursday and Friday in December
Where: Aquila Caffé Bar

Friday 18th December

Truck-it Street Party

Stuff your face and drink up at Truck It Street Feeds, the food truck laneway party of the year! Kick off the silly season in style with Brisbane’s most coveted and iconic food trucks and an awesome lineup of local music and entertainment curated by The Brightside. Combining live music and street food, Truck It will host The Bun Mobile, The Bone Lorry, Micasa, Juan More Taco and Gourmet H-Dogz in the car park, alongside permanent fixture Lucky Egg.

When: Friday 18th December
Where: The Brightside, Fortitude Valley

Pop up Soiree

It’s the final day to check out Brisbane Sofitel’s exclusive pop-up Soiree rooftop bar. With 180 degree views of the city, and cocktails cool enough to ease even the hottest summer days, the pop up bar is the host of the exclusive party you have to get to before it returns to its VIP access-only state next week.

When: 18th December
Where: Sofitel Brisbane Central 

Southbank Christmas Markets

Our favourite Southbank markets are being tinsel-ified and Christmas carolled. Along the cobbled streets of Stanley Plaza, twinkling decorative lights and the pine fragrance of Christmas trees will make the perfect backdrop for the Christmas-themed markets, whose stalls are also gaily adorned in their best yuletide decorations.

When: 11th-23rd December
Where: Stanley Plaza, Southbank

Oyster Hour at Stokehouse

To celebrate Queensland’s unique summer lifestyle, Stokehouse Q is launching oyster hour every Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout Summer, featuring a glass of Verve Clicquot Ponsardin French champagne an natural oysters prepared by Chef Richard Ousby and his team. Yes, that is chef-prepared oysters and wine, every weekend, all summer.

When: Friday, Saturday & Sunday only from 11am to 12noon throughout Summer
Where: Stokehouse, Southbank

Carols in Colour Christmas Spectacular

Celebrate the joy of Christmas with explosions of colour at a free Carols in Colour concert series for the whole family! Dress in white and throw coloured holi-powder high into the sky; timed to the crescendo of your most loved Christmas carols and songs.

Featuring a LIVE carols band and backing choir, breakdancing elves, colour blasts every 15 minutes and most importantly, a special appearance from Santa! Register today to reserve your free personal colour packets & join the fun at Westfield Chermside, Carindale and Garden City.

Westfield Carindale 

When: 18 December 2015
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Where: Westfield Carindale

Westfield Garden City

When: 19 December 2015
Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Where: Westfield Garden City Woolworths Express Car Park, next to Woolworths and Fruits of Life

Westfield Chermside

When: 20 December 2015
Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Where: Westfield Chermside

Saturday 19th December

Eat Street Drive-in Movie Cinema

For all of December, the best of two worlds have just collided because the Eat Street Markets have added a pop-up Drive In and Outdoor Cinema to their repertoire! Bring in all the World Famous Funnel Cakes, Golden Gaytime doughnuts or Okinomi House Japanese pizzas as you like while you settle in to watch the latest movies.

When: Every Friday and Saturday in December
Where: 257 Macarthur Avenue, Hamilton, Brisbane
Tickets: Get yours here


Be entertained, amused and seduced at the Powerhouse’s end-of-year party, Wonderland.  Complete with a cavalcade of burlesque, circus, cabaret, music, comedy, poetry, theatre and variety shows filled with international and Australian artists, the Powerhouse will have everything you need for a good night in Wonderland. The festival also spills into the outdoors with nightly Wonderland Food Markets by Jan Power and Bamboozled performance tents filled with a wide-ranging menu of bite-sized entertainment.

When: 3rd-20th December
Where: Brisbane Powerhouse 
Tickets: See the full guide here 

Moonlight Cinema

The much awaited Moonlight Cinema is FINALLY back on the green in New Farm! We’re so excited to set up our beanbags, layer on the aeroguard, and enjoy some advanced screenings, brand new flicks, and classic favourites on the lawns of the iconic New Farm Park behind the Brisbane Powerhouse!

When: 16th December – 6th March
Where: New Farm Park
Tickets: Get yours here

Sunday 20th December

South Bank Christmas Cinema Series

Watching Christmas classics like The Muppet Christmas Carol, Dr Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas and Home Alone is so more fun with a festive crowd. Enter the South Bank Christmas Cinema Series where you can get comfortable on a beach towel on the sand at South Bank’s Streets Beach and watch the movies on the big screen.

Where: Streets Beach, South Bank
When: 17th – 23rd December
For more information click here 

Volunteer with The Smith Family

It is the season of giving, so why not lend a helping hand these holidays and volunteer your time? Each Christmas, The Smith Family distributes tens of thousands of food hampers to families in need. The hampers are packed and delivered by volunteers and their mantra is the more, the merrier.

Where: Various locations
When: 1st – 23rd December
For more information click here

Brickman Experience in Brisbane

Australia's largest LEGO® exhibition Brick Man Experience - The Complete Collection by Ryan McNaught heads to Brisbane's Convention & Exhibition Centre showcasing some amazing LEGO® constructions including Ryan's biggest ever Star Wars LEGO build, a QANTAS A380, a quarter scale LEGO® Ferrari and the world's largest LEGO® flower. Ryan is the only LEGO® Certified Professional in the Southern Hemisphere, and one of only 12 Certified Professionals in the world, has, for many years, pieced together some of the world's best LEGO® displays.

When: 10 - 22 December, 2015
Where: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Tickets: Get yours here

Don't Miss Out

So Frenchy So Chic

French pop royalty Lou Doillon is hitting town on the 14th of January for So Frenchy So Chic—and to celebrate the launch of her new album Lay Low! Get your tickets here or enter our competition to win a prize that's a Francophile's dream!

When: 14th January
Where: Brisbane Powerhouse
Tickets: Available here

Carseldine Twilight Markets

Carseldine’s first Twilight foodie, farm, & provision Market will open it’s gates the Wednesday before Christmas to meet all your last minute Christmas needs. Located at the former QUT Carseldine campus, the team behind 5 of Brisbane's best markets will transform the site into a Christmas wonderland from 6.30pm - 10pm! Featuring North Pole projections on the campus walls, reindeer installations, an abundance of Mistletoe and, of course, Santa will be making an appearance!

Where: Carseldine Farms and Artisan Markets
When: Wednesday 23rd December
More information here

Woodford Folk Festival

THE event of the Christmas-New Year period this year is the Woodford Folk Festival. This promises to be more exciting than ever with over 2,000 performers and 430 events including an eclectic mix of concerts, dance and comedy sessions over 6 days.

Where: Woodfordia Parklands, Woodford
When: 27th December – 1st January
For more information click here

Noosa Swim 

Nothing says summer like a dip in the ocean, but why not make good on a few New Year's resolutions and enter into the annual Noosa Swim! Sign up for the ultimate summer ocean swim, and join your fellow racers in one of three events; a 3km, 2km,or a 1km swim (there's even things to do for the little ones!).

Where: Noosa Heads, Sunshine Coast
When: January 30th 2016
For more information click here

New Year’s Eve Fireworks

To welcome in the dawning of 2016, Brisbane’s sky will be filled with no less than 5 tonnes of fireworks fired off from 3 barges and 3 city rooftops! There will be two fireworks sessions on offer for the early birds (8:30pm) and the traditionalists (midnight), but you’ll still need to secure your spot early!

Where: South Bank Cultural Forecourt
When: 8:30pm and midnight, 31st December

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