It's Christmas time in Brisbane!

Other cities must be jealous of our beautiful climate at Christmas! While Christmas in the northern hemisphere means battening down the hatches against the cold, we get to celebrate the festive season in subtropical style.

Here's a rundown on all the events and activities to see and do in Brisbane this Christmas, so you can make the most of the festive season and connect with people in the places that make our city great.

Ride a bus to see the Christmas lights

A ride on a Council bus can feel magical when you tour Brisbane's suburbs to view some of the spectacular homes in the 4KQ Christmas Lights competition. Running from 16-20 December, there are four tours covering different parts of the city to get your fill of sparkling and twinkling cheer. Tickets range from $11 for children, $22 for adults and $50 for a family of four. Get ready to sing a Christmas carol or two as you travel around.

Tickets will be available from Ticketek from 1pm on 20 November. Get in quick as these tours are always popular!

Merry music moments

If you love a good singalong, you're in luck, with a multitude of live performances this Christmas season. Be entertained by some of Brisbane's best at the free Lord Mayor's Christmas Carols on 7 December at Riverstage. 

Sway and sing to a joyous chorus of festive ballards at the Carols Extravaganza. Showcasing eight jubilant performances across four nights, this show is guaranteed to ignite excitement and nostalgia for the Christmas season. Tickets are $5 and go on sale on Monday 2 December. Entry is free for children under two years if seated on the lap of a parent or caregiver.

City celebrations

Twisting and turning its way up Queen Street Mall every night at 7pm, from 13-22 December, the annual Brisbane City Christmas Parade is a delight for kids, big and small. See dancing elves, fluttering fairies, Santa and his reindeer, as well as some new characters unique to Brisbane. Once the parade finishes, head to King George Square to gaze up at the shimmering, 22-metre high Christmas tree and watch the Gold Lotto City Hall Lights, a jolly animation projected nightly onto Brisbane City Hall. The animation runs every 15 minutes from 7.30pm from 6-24 December.

For more Christmas magic, head to St Stephen's Cathedral for another dazzling sound and light projection, every night from 7.30pm from 11-24 December.

Evening enchantment

For the ultimate Christmas lights experience, visit The Enchanted Garden at Roma Street Parkland until 13 December. Open from 6-9pm, make your way through the lush gardens, sweeping figs and rainforest trees, illuminated by the warm glow of fairy lights. Finish off at the lake with food trucks and live music. This event is extremely popular, so be ready for a cheery Christmas crowd. The good news is there are extra entries and exits this year, meaning less waiting and more enchantment. Pack an evening picnic to enjoy before or after the lights, or pop into the Garden Room cafe for a bite.

South Bank festivities

South Bank turns into a yuletide wonderland this festive season, so make sure you put it on your Christmas to-do list!

Take the little ones to visit Santa as he stops over in Brisbane on 20-23 December. Snap a photo with Santa under the illuminated fig tree and take part in a variety of crafts and storytelling at the nearby Flowstate Lawns.

Round up your loved ones and have a boogie at Festive Beats, an assortment of live performances at Streets Beach, River Quay and Little Stanley Street Lawns from 4-10pm from 20-23 December. If lounging while you listen is more your style, get in early to bag a seat, or bring a blanket to sprawl out on South Bank's lush green lawns.

Take a walk through the Arbour Trail which will be a glittering display of fairy lights every night in December, or enjoy the festive fireworks that will explode across the night sky at 8pm, from 20-23 December.

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Last updated:29 November 2019
Topics: things to do