Lord Mayor's Christmas Carols

Come along to the annual Lord Mayor's Christmas Carols at Riverstage, City Botanic Gardens on Saturday 7 December 2019.

The free Carols event will host a variety of Australia's most renowned singers and entertainers as they ignite the big stage in this joyous and magical celebration of Christmas. 

Channel 9, this year's event partner, will be filming this event for broadcast.

On this page you can find information about:


Admission to the Lord Mayor's Christmas Carols is free. No tickets are required.

A voluntary donation can be made upon entrance to Riverstage or at collection points throughout the venue. All funds go directly to the Children's Hospital Foundation.

We encourage guests to arrive early and together to avoid disappointment.


Entry will be through Gate 1 and Gate 2. Entry can take some time, depending on when the majority of guests arrive. We appreciate your patience as you enter and find your seat.

Please consider others when laying down small picnics and blankets. Follow the advice provided by security staff, volunteers and announcers as this will help to ensure that there is enough space for everyone. 

The event may reach capacity well before the start.

If this occurs, the gates will be closed when we reach capacity to ensure the safety of all.

Once venue capacity is reached, there will be no further admittance and people will be directed to the Overflow Area.

Overflow Area

The Overflow Area is located behind Gate 2 on the grass hill below The Gardens Club and will be used when the event has reached its capacity.

The Gardens Club is located at the top of Gardens Point Road. Here, you will be able to watch the event on a large screen.

Event program and Christmas merchandise

The official songbook is in the souvenir program and will be available at the gates and from the Children's Hospital Foundation volunteers throughout Riverstage. A voluntary donation is encouraged and will be much appreciated.

Christmas merchandise will be available to purchase at the gates and from roaming Children's Hospital Foundation volunteers.

All proceeds from the sale of merchandise will go to the Children's Hospital Foundation.

Program schedule

This table shows the program schedule for the Lord Mayor's Christmas Carols.

Gates open


Pre-concert entertainment


Children's Christmas Spectacular


Carols concert start


Approximate finish


The 2019 hosts

Charli Robinson

Charli Robinson was an original member of the hugely successful kids' band Hi-5 and is one of Australia's best-loved personalities. She has appeared on numerous television shows including Network Ten's It's a Knockout, Seven Network's Spring Racing Carnival, as a regular presenter on 9 News Weather and as a finalist on the eighth season of Dancing with the Stars.

Charli is a guest presenter on 9Now's Getaway.

John Foreman (OAM)

Musical director, pianist and composer John Foreman has appeared on Australian television for more than two decades. He is the musical force behind many of Australia's biggest entertainment events. From 2003-2008 John was the Musical Director for Australian Idol and has produced hit records for Guy Sebastian and Anthony Callea.

Transport options

Construction work is being undertaken along the bikeway adjacent to Gardens Point Road, there will be disruption and possible road congestion. Seeking alternative transport is recommended.

Public transport

We recommend you use public transport to travel to and from Riverstage.

The closest public transport options are: 

  • South Bank train station is a 12 minute (850m) walk via the Goodwill Bridge to Riverstage
  • QUT ferry terminal is a one minute (280m) walk to Riverstage
  • South Bank bus station is a 13 minute (1km) walk via the Goodwill Bridge to Riverstage.

Use TransLink's Journey Planner to plan your trip by bus, train, ferry or foot.

The My TransLink app (available for Apple and Android devices) includes Journey Planner and is ideal for planning your route on-the-go.

CityCycle Stations 19 and 20 are located beside Riverstage. Find out more about using CityCycle.

Car parking

Paid, underground parking is available at Council’s King George Square Car Park. For more information phone Council on 07 3403 8888.

Pay-for-parking options are available at inner city parking stations and South Bank.  

There is also limited metered parking along Alice Street.


Special mobility access

Riverstage is wheelchair accessible. Wheelchair accessible access for Riverstage is through Gate 2.

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

The accessible viewing areas are located adjacent to Gardens Point Road and include points:

  • on the levelled seated area to the right hand side of the stage (side viewing)
  • on a platform at the top of the hill looking down on the stage (side viewing).

Accessible viewing areas will be clearly marked. For access to these areas speak with a charity partner volunteer or security staff on arrival.

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.

Due to construction work being undertaken along the bikeway, 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.

Deaf and hard of 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 and directly behind the lighting tower.


Riverstage is an outdoor amphitheatre. If rain or bad weather occurs, the show will proceed, unless deemed unsafe to do so. Please check weather conditions on the day and dress appropriately.

For cancellation announcements, refer to Council's social media channels or listen to 96.5FM.

Venue information


There will be food vendors at the event offering a range of food.

Christmas Hampers are available for pre-order (prior to 6 December) from The Gardens Club (Gate 2).

Glass-free event

This is a glass-free event, no beverages in glass permitted, including alcohol, delivered in co-operation with Queensland Police Service. 


We encourage you to bring your own personal reusable water bottle.

Council has made a commitment to improve the health of Brisbane’s waterways and Moreton Bay by phasing out the use of plastic straws, helium balloons and single-use plastic water bottles in Council operations, venues and events, and Council-supported events.

To support Council’s commitment, water stations will be provided at Riverstage for patrons to access with their personal water bottles. Vendors will not be selling or providing single use water bottles or plastic straws at Riverstage unless required by patrons with a medical condition.

Permitted items

In addition to plenty of Christmas cheer, you are encouraged to bring:

✔ small rugs, cushions or low backrests
✔ lawn chairs 20cm or less off the ground (designated areas only)
✔ hat and sunscreen
✔ picnics
✔ collapsible prams (designated areas only)
✔ reusable water bottles
✔ smoking is permitted only in designated smoking areas.

Free tap water is available inside the venue. It is recommended that patrons bring enough water to consume whilst in the queue.

Space is limited so avoid bulky and large items like eskies and picnic baskets.

Items not permitted

There are a number of items that patrons are not permitted to bring to the venue.

These include:

✖ plastic ground cover
✖ large rugs
✖ large chairs
✖ glass
✖ sparklers/fireworks/candles
✖ tents or marquees
✖ animals (except companion animals)
✖ barbecues
✖ large hard-sided hampers, coolers and eskies
✖ bean bags or inflatable furniture
✖ skateboards and bikes
✖ studded fashion items
✖ umbrellas
✖ laser pointers, selfie sticks, large flashlights and torches
✖ cameras with detachable lenses
✖ flash photography and filming
✖ weapons of any kind
✖ any items which may obstruct other people’s enjoyment of the show or deemed dangerous
✖ hawkers or unauthorised sellers of goods at Riverstage, the City Botanic Gardens or surrounding streets. 

Items may be added to the prohibited list as required.

Security will conduct entry checks and prohibited items will be disposed of or be kept in the cloakroom, situated to the side of the Goodwill Bridge in close proximity to Gate 1, and Gate 2 and returned to patrons on exit.

Illegal items will be confiscated.

For general information on prohibited items, visit Riverstage admission.

For any event specific questions email the Riverstage Venue Operations Manager.


Prohibited items may be deposited in the cloakroom situated near the entry of Gate 1 and Gate 2. Other items are not accepted.

For more information on prohibited items, refer to Riverstage admission.

First aid

The first aid station will be located at the bottom of the hill to the right of the stage.

Live streaming

If you are unable to make it to Riverstage on Saturday 7 December you can watch the live stream available on the Visit Brisbane website. The Lord Mayor's Christmas Carols will be broadcasted at 4pm, Saturday 21 December and 6am, Wednesday 25 December on Channel 9.

More information

For more information phone Council on 07 3403 8888.

Last updated:4 December 2019