A Brisneyland Christmas
Expect a four-week extravaganza of free entertainment for Christmas in Brisbane as the wonder of the season sets the city alight. By Kerry Heaney.
THE SILLY SEASON IS officially upon us. Until 24 December, the city, South Bank and Roma Street Parkland will be filled with Christmas trees, decorations and twinkling lights, carols, outdoor cinemas, parades, fireworks and markets.
The Brisbane City Christmas Tree in King George Square lights up every night until Christmas Eve. City Hall bursts into more colour from Friday 8 to Sunday 24 December with the captivating Gold Lotto City Hall Lights showing every 15 minutes from 7.30pm to midnight.
For the second year, Roma Street Parkland will expand Brisbane’s Christmas list with an Enchanted Garden and Christmas Movies in the Park.
From 8 to 17 December, as the sun goes down and the evening settles in, Roma Street Parkland’s Enchanted Garden, a whimsical fairy-land of sparkling lights and lush, vibrant flora, springs to life. The Spectacle Garden will be filled with twinkling lights, beautiful decorations and soft music to create the Enchanted Garden, a festive feast for the senses.
If you prefer to just relax on a warm Queensland summer night, grab your favourite picnic rug and settle in for an outdoor movie experience at Christmas Movies in the Park. Feasting is also on the menu—you can bring your picnic to enjoy or grab a bite to eat at one of the many food truck options onsite. Find the movies in The Amphitheatre starting at 7pm from 8 to 17 December.
There is a sleighful of free entertainment for the whole family from 15 to 23 December at South Bank. For another magical Christmas experience and the chance to finish off your present shopping with toys, homewares, fashion, jewellery, stationary and foodstuffs, South Bank’s Christmas Village should be on your list. Wander the Gift Market stalls, sing along with the carollers, watch the dive-in beach movies, enjoy the roving entertainers and meet Santa and his mischievous elves. Children can also ride the Christmas Xpress Train located next to South Bank Piazza, laughing all the way. The Christmas Village is open from 3pm to 10pm nightly.
Meanwhile, kids will revel in free craft and dance activities, plus a visit from Santa, in Stanley Street Plaza. The free kids’ events will be open from 3pm to 7pm daily, while Santa is onsite from 4pm to 8pm.
Then, as the sun settles for the day, stake your place on Streets Beach and snuggle-up for your favourite Christmas films.
At River Quay Arbour View Café Lawns, enjoy live music with a special half-hour carol sing-a-long at 7pm.
South Bank amps up pre-christmas fun from 20 to 23 December with a 7.45pm Firework Spectacular lighting up the night sky and marking the final countdown to the big day.
Other events include the annual Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols at Riverstage in the City Botanic Gardens on 9 December and the Christmas Parade presented by David Jones. This winds through Queen Street Mall and King George Square from Friday 15 to Sunday 24 December from 7pm.
Head to the centre of Brisbane to experience the wonder of Christmas with your family and friends this year.
The Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols at Riverstage. Photo: © Marc Grimwade.
Beach Cinema, South Bank Christmas Village.
Christmas Parade presented by David Jones. Photo: © Marc Grimwade. Gold Lotto City Hall Lights. Photo: © Marc Grimwade.
South Bank Christmas Fireworks. Photo: Fullframe Photographics.