With more than 80 individual free and affordable events on offer, Brisbane residents will be able to enjoy Christmas carols, festive movies in the park, Christmas craft workshops and candlelit bushwalks, Lord Mayor, Adrian Schrinner announced today.
Lord Mayor Schrinner (pictured, right) said the program had been organised with cost-of-living front-of-mind.
“Christmas in Brisbane is the most wonderful time of the year but it also can be an expensive, and that’s why we ensure our events are free and affordable,” Cr Schrinner said.
“Our suburban events program spreads festive cheer right across Brisbane so residents don’t have to travel far to enjoy the silly season.
“Community events like these are so important to bring family, friends and neighbours together to celebrate Christmas.”
Cr Schrinner said there were plenty of low-cost options for families to help keep the kids entertained through the school holidays.
“Our environment centres will host nature-based arts and crafts at Boondall and Karawatha, while Downfall Creek has organised the highly-anticipated Bush Christmas event,” he said.
“With live music, Christmas crafts, Australian wildlife displays and a sausage sizzle, Bush Christmas is a magical event that brings the festive spirit to McDowall.
The Council’s 33 libraries will host more than 60 Christmas-themed free events.
“Brisbane libraries have a spectacular Christmas program and I encourage residents to check it out,” he said.
“Kids can get stuck into crafts and learn how to make Christmas cards and decorations for friends and family.
“The Summer Reading Program includes a range of family-friendly events, activities, live performances and quiz-style events.
“Parents should also take the opportunity to browse our incredible range of more than 6.4 million books, magazines and physical loans.
“There’s nothing better than relaxing with some summer reading over Christmas and it’s all free with a library membership.”
“For all our inner-city residents, our Christmas in Brisbane program continues with multiple events daily.
“Limited tickets remain for The Enchanted Gardens which brings Roma Street Gardens to life with dazzling lights and projections.
“There’s also the Lott by Golden Casket City Hall Lights running every night from 8 December, the iconic 22-metre City Hall Christmas Tree and live entertainment on Queen Street through Christmas on Queen.”
For more Christmas events around Brisbane, visit Council’s website what’s on pages and search ‘Christmas.’
To view the full program of events, visit www.christmasinbrisbane.com.au.
|2023 CHRISTMAS IN BRISBANE PROGRAM
|DATE & TIME
|23 November – 20 December
|Roma Street Parkland
|The Enchanted Garden presented by Royal CaribbeanRoma Street Parkland’s immersive light spectacular returns spanning 22,000sqm of inner-city parklands, featuring twinkling lights, intricate holograms, dazzling lasers, special effects and projections. Tickets are essential and are on sale from Monday 13 November at 10am via Ticketek.For details, head to enchantedgarden.com.au
|$9 (aged 13+ years) $7 (aged 3-12 years), Children aged two and under are free and do not require a ticket.
|8 – 24 December 7.30pm – midnight
|Brisbane City Hall, King George Square
|The Lott by Golden Casket City Hall LightsGet ready to be captivated by the magical charm of Christmas as Brisbane’s iconic City Hall transforms into a lively canvas of stunning visuals and sounds of a Christmas story.This free show is running from 7:30 pm to midnight daily, from 8-24 December.
|1 – 24 December11am – 2.30pm daily 4.30pm – 8pm during late night trade
|Queen Street Mall
|Christmas on QueenIn this festive season, take a break from shopping and gatherings to enjoy live holiday entertainment in Queen Street Mall.Experience Christmas-themed pop-up performances and roaming acts in the mall from 11am to 2.30pm daily, and during late-night shopping from 4:30pm to 8pm. So, there are many chances to join in on the festive fun.
|December 8, 15, & 225pm, 6pm, & 7pm
|Queen Street Mall – Main Stage
|A Whimsical, Wondering ChristmasThe Mall’s festive Friday Christmas feature show.
|16 – 24 December 5 – 6pm daily
|Queen Street Mall – Main Stage
|Starz Christmas SpectacularFeaturing local singers and dancers in a spectacular display of colour and movement.
|Friday, 8 December, 10am – 7pm Saturday, 9 December, 10am – 4pm
|Queen Street Mall
|Brisbane Arcade Christmas MarketsExperience the holiday cheer as Brisbane City comes alive with delightful Christmas markets for everyone to savour.Discover and shop for the perfect gifts from your favourite Brisbane Arcade brands right in the heart of Queen Street Mall.
|Friday, 15 December, 4pm – 9pm
|King George Square
|BrisStyle Twilight MarketsMake your way to King George Square and immerse yourself in the unique BrisStyle Twilight Markets, where you can find a delightful array of locally handmade goods from over 60 talented local designers.Stroll through the diverse stalls displaying the finest work of local designers and appreciate the artistry behind hand-crafted goods, set against the backdrop of the stunning Christmas Tree and City Hall.
|1 – 31 December
|Christmas Tiny DoorsEmbark on a joyful adventure as you discover the whimsical Christmas-themed tiny doors sprinkled throughout The City! Each handmade door is a merry tribute to the holiday season and promises a delightful, free activity for the entire family. Available all December, let the magic of the season come alive through these enchanting little surprises.
|Uptown, Queen Street Mall
|Christmas at UptownGo to town this festive season in collaboration with Rachel Burke. Enjoy a festive photo experience, free and paid workshops for the whole family, and gift wrapping from 1 December at Uptown, Top of Queen Street Mall.
|Free and paid workshops
|9 November – 24 December
|QueensPlaza, Queen Street Mall
|Christmas at David Jones – QueensPlazaQueensPlaza is offering a premium Santa photo experience and Queensland’s first Waterford Bar stocked with Waterford crystal in David Jones, as well as festive entertainment this Christmas from 9 November.
|Wintergarden, Queen Street Mall
|Christmas at WintergardenEnjoy a free festive photo moment at The Wintergarden Portrait Office and a chance to win a share of over $30,000 worth of prizes at The Wintergarden Mailroom. Plus, be delighted as the iconic Wintergarden façade is lit up each night with a dazzling Christmas light show.