Christmas in Brisbane will officially get under way this week with the official lighting of the giant Christmas tree in King George Square.
And while I may be woefully under-prepared regarding Christmas shopping, Christmas cooking and Christmas decorating (and believe me I am!) I DO have my Christmas event calendar under control!
So prepare to get your Christmas cheer on with the Our Town Brisbane Guide to the festive season in 2014
Friday 28 November
Where: King George Square, Brisbane When: 6.30pm
Why Go? : Because it’s a truly magical experience! Seeing the enormous Christmas tree come to life is something everyone should do at least once. There will also be carols and a visit from Santa himself, making it a great event for families.
Thursday 4 December
Why Go?: To marvel at the sheer brilliance and dedication that has goes into these displays! The folks that enter the 4KQ Christmas Lights competition take it very , VERY seriously which means that the displays get bigger and better every year. Displays will be available for viewing right through until the 24 December.
Tip: Save driving between suburbs by taking the 4KQ bus tour. Tours leave from the city or from suburbs on the north, south, east and west sides of town. For more details and to book tickets here… 4KQ Bus Tours
Friday 5 December
Where: King George Square, Brisbane When: 4.00 – 9.00 pm
Why Go?: For truly unique Christmas gifts! The BrisStyle Twilight Markets are one of our city’s best sources of handmade wares created by some of Brisbane’s most talented artisans and designers. The Brisbane City Temple Salvations Army Band will also be playing Christmas Carols from 6.30 pm.
Friday 12 December
NOTE: The following three events run nightly from this date until Christmas Eve.
Where: King George Square, Brisbane When: Starting at 7.00 pm and running every 15 minutes.
Why Go? : If you’ve been missing the colourful light installations we saw during the G20 then you don’t have long to wait to get another fix! The Gold Lotto Light Spectacular will light up Brisbane City Hall each night from 7.00 pm by projecting 3D images onto the building exterior. Another one that kids and families will love!
Where: Stanley Street Plaza, Southbank
Why Go? : For a fully Christmas themed market experience! Southbank is set to turn their markets into a Christmas wonderland with stallholders being encouraged to provide festive fair, gift options to suit a range of budgets. This year will be the first of what will become an annual event and is a fantastic addition to the Brisbane Christmas calendar.
Where: Queen Street Mall, Brisbane When: Nightly from 6.30 pm
Why Go?: It’s Brisbane tradition! The Myer Parade is always dazzling and this year it will feature over 200 performers, including members of the Queensland Ballet. Afterwards you can check out the window displays before heading off for some Christmas shopping at the Myer Giftorium!
Saturday 13 December
Where: Brisbane River Stage, Gardens Point Road, Brisbane
Why Go? : A fantastic night of festive entertainment! See some of Brisbane’s most talented performers including Katie Noonan, James Morrison and Steve Danielsen star of the hit musical Wicked. And how often do you get to sing along to your favourite carols accompanied by a symphony orchestra conducted by John Foreman?
Sunday 14 December
Where: The Workshops Rail Museum, North Street, North Ipswich
Why Go?: The kids can get hands-on and do some Christmas craft activities, and since entry also includes entry to the museum you can explore the rich history of the railway. If you have time you could make a full day of it by catching the Christmas Express! This return trip to Grandchester Station is a unique chance to experience what a real old fashioned steam train journey is like. For more details and ticket bookings click here.
Wednesday 17 December
Where: Streets Beach, Southbank When: 17 – 19 December from 6.30 pm
Why Go?: Cool down while enjoying Christmas classics on the big screen. The program includes traditional features such as A Miracle on 34th Street, all the way through to my kids favourite Dr Suess’s How Grinch That Stole Christmas. To see the full program click here.
Where: Southbank and other vantage points along the Brisbane River When: 17, 19, 20 December at 8.30pm
Why Go?: Well… its fireworks so you kind of don’t need a reason to go! But if you want one get this – the Eye of Brisbane is doing a special deal on these nights between 6.00 – 9.30 pm where any child who rides with a full paying adult is FREE! Imagine how cool it would be to see the fireworks from up there.
Phew! That was QUITE a list!
But you now have plenty of options for getting out there and enjoying the Christmas in Brisbane this festive season.
Do you know about a Christmas event in Brisbane?
If I’ve missed a cracking Christmas event here in Brisbane then for Gods sake TELL ME ABOUT IT!! Just post me a link or some details on the Our Town Brisbane Facebook page and I’ll be in touch 🙂