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.

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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.

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