Brisbane will become a magical destination again this Christmas, hosting free festive celebrations all across the CBD, Roma Street Parklands and South Bank.
The annual Lighting of the Brisbane City Christmas Tree, in King George Square, takes place on Nov 30. This year, the 22m tall tree will be decorated with thousands of glittering fairy lights and a huge colourful star, all powered by a solar-charged battery. The big switch won’t be flipped until night has fallen, so settle in early and enjoy the fun-filled concert in front of City Hall while the sun is setting. It’s a great way to kick off a month of festive celebrations with family and friends.
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From Dec 14-23, the David Jones Christmas Parade will twist and turn through Queen Street Mall, Albert St and conclude with Santa Clause in King George Square. Brimming with music and merriment, this year’s parade will feature new exciting characters and hundreds of singing and dancing performers. The atmosphere of this annual calendar must-do is like no other.
For the first time, The Lights of Christmas at St Stephen’s Cathedral will celebrate the joy of Christmas with a magnificent new show from the creators of VIVID festival. And, of course, the Gold Lotto City Hall Lights are back. Showing nightly from Dec 7-24, the animation will wow crowds every 15 minutes between 7.30pm and midnight. It’s an enchanting, brand new story of an Aussie Christmas with an international twist. A true highlight of the festive season.
Roma Street Parkland is also joining the Christmas celebrations this year with The Enchanted Garden, from Dec 7-19. Stretching its way through several pockets of Parkland, The Enchanted Garden is a twinkling track of light displays, flanked by food trucks and live music.
Over at South Bank Parklands, the precinct pops with Christmas glee from Dec 14-23. Enjoy Carols by Twilight (6-8pm) and the Christmas Cinema on the waterfront at River Quay. Find presents with a difference and ornate handmade creations at the Christmas Gift Market. You can even bring the little ones to Holly Jolly Kids for acrobatic-activities at South Bank’s very own Elf Academy, dance classes with Queensland Ballet and beautiful Parklands-themed ornament making.
And because it’s not Christmas without a dazzling pyrotechnic display, venture to the Clem Jones Promenade from Dec 20-23 for the Christmas fireworks.
Christmas in Brisbane events are suitable for all ages and entry is FREE. Visit www.ChristmasinBrisbane.com.au for more, and make sure you share your event experience using #MerryBrismas