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The amazing news is Brisbane’s inner-city will still be a magical destination once again this Christmas, hosting free festive celebrations all across the CBD and South Bank. A visit to the city to see the giant Christmas Tree, City Hall lights and other fantastical festive delights are must-do’s on every family’s holiday wish list.
-Lighting Of The Christmas Tree in King George Square
This year, Brisbane households can join in the Lighting of the Brisbane Christmas Tree live-streamed via the Brisbane City Facebook page at 6:30pm on Tuesday 1 December. Hosted by Brisbane’s singing sweetheart Naomi Price, Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner will turn on the 22m-high Christmas tree’s twinkling lights accompanied by two special Christmas musical performances to get you in the festive mood.
-City Hall Lights Spectacular
King George Square will once again host the Gold Lotto City Hall Lights, a dazzling visual and sound display of fantasy and magic that will transport you to a winter wonderland in Brisbane. Your family can wonder at glistening ice castles and Santa’s buzzing workshop animated against the Brisbane City Hall façade accompanied by a festive soundtrack.
It’s the perfect story-time end to a night in town doing some late-night shopping, seeing a Christmas movie or having dinner at one of the many eateries in the CBD.
-Christmas in the Queen Street Mall
Enjoy the magic of Christmas in the Queen Street Mall with daily pop-up performances and roaming entertainment that’s sure to delight all ages. The festive performances and entertainment will be throughout Queen Street Mall. Don’t miss the roving festive fun.
When: 4-24 December 11am-2pm, plus 5pm-8pm during late-night trade
-The Enchanted Gardens at Roma St Parkland
The Enchanted Garden is a magnificent evening walk, set amid winding pathways bordered by towering trees and lush foliage, lit with the warm glow of mesmerising lights. This year’s newly extended program will ensure ample time to meander the Parkland’s twinkling tracks, with four 45 minute sessions taking place each night of operation.
The Enchanted Garden opening times
You can find out all the details about The Enchanted Garden at Roma Street Parkland here.
-Christmas at Southbank
Kids Craft & Storytelling:
Entertain your littlies with festive arts and craft activities and storybook tales at Flowstate in South Bank Parklands. Santa’s elves will recount favourite festive tales and lead children in making their own wombat crowns for a very Aussie Christmas in The City. Tickets are free, but registration is required at least one hour before each session commences.
The Christmas Tree Spectacular:
Head to South Bank Piazza for Christmas entertainment that’ll light up the stage. The Christmas Tree Spectacular show is a riot of circus acts, singing, and dancing to ignite joy and wonder for the whole family. Entry into the Christmas Tree Spectacular is on a first come first serve basis and crowd management will be imposed throughout. From what we know so far you can’t pre-book for this event.
We all know the kids love to be there when Mr and Mrs Claus come to town! This year, your family can visit the Clauses on their annual visit Down Under amid a festive towering fig tree and light installation. You can even capture your own pics with our friends from the North Pole, social distanced style of course!
Entry to Santa’s Stopover is free, but to manage crowd numbers, free tickets must also be obtained to take part in activities. Ticketing booths will open one hour prior to scheduled activities at Flowstate.
Does your family love to cuddle up to watch your fave Christmas movies each year? If yes, we highly recommend heading to River Quay Green in South Bank Parklands for free festive outdoor screenings. Pack a Christmas picnic and rug to watch beloved Christmas cinema classics while the sun sets over the Brissie skyline and river. To ensure no obstruction of views, chairs will not be permitted on the lawn. Furry friends are welcome, permitted they are kept on a lead at all times.
The Gabba Central Apartments are conveniently located only a 5 minute drive to the Brisbane CBD and Southbank with easy bus access via the Woolloongabba busway station located directly across the road.
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