Lord Mayor's Christmas Carols information | Brisbane City Council

Lord Mayor's Christmas Carols information

Experience the joy of Christmas at the annual Lord Mayor's Christmas Carols at Riverstage, City Botanic Gardens on Saturday 8 December 2018.

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

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For those planning to attend the event, please also read Lord Mayor's Christmas Carols frequently asked questions.


Admission to the Lord Mayor's Christmas Carols is free. No tickets are required. We encourage guests to arrive early and together to avoid disappointment.

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 .

Please consider others when laying down 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. 

Note: Once venue capacity is reached, there will be no further admittance.

Program schedule

Gates open 4pm
Pre-concert entertainment 4.15-5pm
Children's Christmas Spectacular 5-6.30pm
Carols concert start 7pm
Approximate finish 9.15pm

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. NOTE - 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. Please phone 07 3403 8888 for more information.

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 two companions 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 Children’s Hospital Foundation 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 Carols 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.

Glass-free event

The Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols 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.

Rubbish and recycling

Recycling stations will be setup throughout the venue. Please use the correct waste bins provided.

For safety reasons glass is not permitted in the Riverstage venue.


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.

Please refer to Council’s website, Council’s social media channels or listen to 96.5FM for cancellation announcements. 


No hawkers or unauthorised sellers of goods will be permitted at Riverstage, the City Botanic Gardens or surrounding streets. 

Donations - Children's Hospital Foundation

Christmas is a time of joy, reflection, and above all of togetherness. This year’s Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols is supporting the Children’s Hospital Foundation.

The Children’s Hospital Foundation helps sick kids today and tomorrow by funding life-saving medical research, investing in vital new equipment, and providing comfort, entertainment, support and care for children and their families.

The Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols is proud to be bringing the magic and joy of Christmas to thousands of Queensland families and to help work wonders for sick Queensland kids and their families .

With generous community support, the Children’s Hospital Foundation can continue to fund research that achieves faster diagnoses, better treatments and ultimately cures for some of the most devastating childhood illnesses and injuries.

You can make a donation online via the Children’s Hospital Foundation website or by phoning 1300 742 554. 

More information

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15 November 2018