Lord Mayor's Christmas Carols


The Lord Mayor's Christmas Carols is Brisbane's premier annual Christmas event and celebrates the magic and joy of Christmas with the Brisbane community.  

The Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols 2021 is presented by Subway and produced by The Little Red Company. Hosted by Queensland’s first lady of song Naomi Price, the new-look Carols features a superstar cast of local legends including Kate Miller-Heidke, Sheppard, Troy Cassar-Daley and Jem Cassar-Daley and Marcus Corowa, plus an extra-special appearance from true-blue Queensland icons Bluey and Bingo in a world-first performance backed by a live orchestra.

More artists to be announced soon!


Lord Mayor's Christmas Carols headline artist line-up

Event details

Lord Mayor's Christmas Carols event details
Date Saturday 11 December, 2021
Time 4pm to 9pm. Gates open at 4pm for a 6pm start.
 Venue Riverstage, City Botanic Gardens, 59 Gardens Point Road, Brisbane City
Cost $5 (includes a donation to Foodbank). Under 18 years of age are free.


General admission, wheelchair accessible and companion card tickets have sold out.

Channel Nine Broadcast

The Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols will be broadcast in full on Sunday 19 December at 7pm and Saturday 25 December at 8am on Channel Nine and Nine Now.

Venue and event information

Event program and times

The official program will be available for free at entry gates and from event volunteers throughout the venue.

  • Gates Open: 4pm
  • Pre-Show: 6pm
  • Main Show Start: 7pm
  • Main Show Finish: 9pm

Entry conditions

Entry will be through Gate 1 and Gate 2. All patrons must have their tickets ready to be scanned upon entry. Any patron without a valid ticket will not be permitted to enter the venue.

All bags will be searched. A personal safety and security search is a condition of entry. Security wanding may occur at events. You can leave prohibited items at the cloakroom. Illegal items will be confiscated.

Patrons must not stand on bins or fences. The venue is not responsible for any injuries caused or suffered by patrons standing on bins or fences.

Please refer to ‘What you can and can't bring to Riverstage’ section for further entry conditions.

COVID safety

There will be COVIDSafe measures in place to ensure the event complies with the current requirements set out by Queensland Health.

Being COVIDSafe is a shared responsibility, and we ask that all attendees follow the guidelines and work together to ensure we can continue hosting events in a safe manner.

Please refer to COVID-19 additional venue entry conditions for more information.

Fireworks and flash warning

This event contains fireworks (bright lights/colours, sudden loud sounds), swirling and flashing light displays (no strobe) and amplified music.


General admission is entry into a large, designated zone on the lawn. You are welcome to bring a small blanket and cushion to sit on the grass. No chairs permitted.

Food and beverage


Water refill stations will be provided on site. Please ensure you bring an empty reusable bottle (no glass).


A licensed bar will be available onsite this year. Due to this, no alcohol can be brought onto site and any alcohol will be confiscated upon entry by security.

Food Vendors

A variety of food will be available to purchase at the event. We encourage contactless payment where possible.

You cannot bring food or drink into the venue. If you have special dietary requirements, email the Riverstage Venue Operations Manager.


No passouts are given under any circumstance.

Accessible mobility access

Riverstage is wheelchair accessible.

Wheelchair accessible seating and companion cards tickets have sold out. 

Council honours the Queensland Government Companion Card. This card allows free entry to Riverstage to anyone accompanying a person with a disability who requires attendant care support.

Wheelchair accessible access for Riverstage is through Gate 2.

An accessible viewing area is available for those with limited mobility. You can be accompanied by a maximum of one companion in the designated areas.

The accessible viewing area is located on a platform at the top of the hill, looking down on the stage (side viewing).

No parking is available on site. Limited disabled parking is available at the rear of The Gardens Club, City Botanic Gardens, approximately 50 metres from Riverstage.

Unless you have accessibility requirements and require to be dropped off close to the gate entry, we recommend avoiding Gardens Point Road passenger drop-off and pick-up points.

Hearing accessibility

Auslan interpreters will be on-site to provide a signed interpretation of the concert.

The signed interpretation will appear on the video relay screens on the left and right hand side of the stage.

Auslan interpretation and Closed Captions

This event will be Auslan interpreted and closed captioned. Closed captions can be accessed on your personal device throughout the performance. Please email info@thelittleredcompany.com by Monday 6 December for information and access to the closed caption services. Participants will receive a link to view closed captions via web browser. Please note: internet access will be required to access closed captions services.

Audio Description

This event will be audio described and radio packs will be provided for those requiring audio description. Please email info@thelttleredcompany.com by Monday 6 December for information and to register for a pack ahead of the event. At the event, designated volunteers will distribute and collect the radio packs.

What you can and can't bring to Riverstage

Permitted items

You can bring the following items into the venue for this event:

  • empty or sealed soft plastic water bottles or empty personal reusable water bottles (no glass)
  • small rugs and blankets
  • working guide dogs and assistance dogs
  • strollers (parking on site).

Non-permitted items

You cannot bring the following items into the venue for this event:

  • backpacks
  • bags larger than A4 size
  • cameras with detachable lens
  • chairs or elevated seating
  • domestic animals (excludes working guide dogs and other assistance dogs) 
  • eskies
  • fireworks (of any kind)
  • full (or empty) beverage bottles, cans or containers of any kind (not including water)
  • food 
  • glass
  • iPads
  • large flashlights and torches
  • laser pointing devices
  • prams
  • selfie sticks
  • skateboards
  • studded fashion items
  • umbrellas
  • video or audio recorders of any type
  • weapons of any kind 
  • any other items considered to be harmful to others.

Council may add items to the prohibited list as required. 

For more information on prohibited items or event-specific conditions of entry, email the Riverstage Venue Operations Manager.

How to get there

Public transport

Council recommends you use public transport to travel to and from Riverstage. The closest public transport options to Riverstage are: 

  • South Bank train station - 12 minute (850 metres) walk via the Goodwill Bridge
  • QUT ferry terminal - one minute (280 metres) walk
  • South Bank bus station - 13 minute (one kilometre) walk via the Goodwill Bridge.

Use TransLink's Journey Planner to plan your trip by bus, train, ferry or foot. Please note: the My TransLink app (available for Apple and Android devices) includes a journey planner. This is ideal for planning your route on-the-go.

For further transport information please visit the Riverstage page.


No parking is available on-site. 

Limited disabled parking is available at the rear of the The Gardens Club, City Botanic Gardens, approximately 50 metres from Riverstage. The on-street disability parking spaces map includes Disability Parking Permit on-street parking in the Brisbane Central Business District. Alternatively, you can view with map in Council's Google Maps account.

View the passenger loading zone locations map. This is an indicative guide of zone locations in and near Brisbane’s Central Business District.

Council recommends avoiding the Gardens Point Road passenger drop-off and pick up points.

First aid

The first aid station for all events is to the right of the stage.

Bad weather policy

Riverstage is an outdoor amphitheatre. If rain or bad weather occurs, the show will proceed, unless deemed unsafe to do so. No refunds will be authorised unless the event is cancelled.

More information

For further information visit the Riverstage page.

For any other enquires:

Last updated: 16 December 2021

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