With Christmas drawing near we welcome the hustle, the bustle, and the busy-ness that comes with the silly season and school holidays. Each year the council hosts a range of events from beachside movies to carols in the Piazza, to keep the kids occupied and bring some merriment and cheer.
Celebrations began on 25 November in King George Square where St George Bank presented the traditional lighting of the Brisbane City Christmas Tree to officially ring in the Christmas season, with help from carolers, the Mayor, and local entertainers. From 9 December the lights of the tree are accompanied by Gold Lotto City Hall Light Spectacular through until Christmas Eve, where a bright and magical story is projected onto Brisbane’s historic City Hall.
A fantastic and festive night of entertainment and fun comes together at the City Botanic Gardens on 10 December, for The Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols at the Riverstage. Previous years have hosted a sixty-voice carols choir, dance performances, live music from a symphony orchestra, and of course a very special appearance by Santa himself.
There is the traditional Christmas parade and pantomime through Queen Street Mall from 16-18 December, where Santa and several performers captivate and delight onlookers. The week leading up to Christmas also brings out Southbank’s Christmas Markets packed to the brim with gift stalls, live music, and great food, with the Christmas Fireworks lighting up the sky as carolers sing.
The Courier-Mail Piazza at the Southbank Parklands will host carolers from 16-22 December. This will have everyone on their feet and singing along. Streets Beach will have the Christmas Beach Cinema where you can float your troubles away with a festive film, or snuggle up on a rug on the shore.
New to the Brisbane Christmas line up of events is the Roma Street Parklands Christmas Movie screenings, where you can come and watch a different movie each night from 10-16 December. Before the movie begins, why not take a walk through the Enchanted Garden, where the parklands have been transformed into a magical lighting display?
These fabulous and free events are sure to not only keep the kids occupied, but help bring in the season with a smile and some much needed silliness.