Brisbane will burst into life with a huge program of free festive fun to celebrate the holiday season.

Kids and kids at heart will enjoy a month-long extravaganza of live entertainment, magical decorations, twinkling lights, festive feasts and fireworks displays!

This cracker of a Christmas program will include everyone’s favourite events, like the Gold Lotto City Hall Light Spectacular, Christmas Parade presented by David Jones, South Bank’s Christmas Markets presented by eatSouthBank, Christmas Beach Cinema at Streets Beach, South Bank’s Christmas Carols presented by Hillsong Brisbane, Christmas Fireworks, and the Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols.

Plus, there are plenty of new discoveries to be made at Roma Street Parkland, including a twinkling light display, outdoor movies and more!

Gold Lotto City Hall Light Spectacular

City Hall, King George Square, The City
9-24 December, 7:30pm-midnight (every 15 minutes)

This year’s brand new animated story follows a typical Brisbane family as they count down to the big day. ‘Twas the day before Christmas and the excited children are playing cricket in the backyard.

The whimsical adventure begins with a surprise visit from a mysterious native creature. What is it? Where is it going? And why is it covered in tinsel?

The family are delighted by what they see, gathered around the Christmas Tree…

The sights and sounds of Christmas will beam onto City Hall every 15 minutes between 7:30pm and midnight.

Christmas Parade presented by David Jones

Queen Street Mall to King George Square, The City
16-24 December, 7pm each night

Brisbane’s favourite family tradition, the Christmas Parade presented by David Jones, returns to the City this December.

Brimming with music and merriment, the Parade will bring to life the Christmas wishes made by so many children — life size toys, a gigantic doll’s house, light-up bicycles and more. The rolling show also features a traditional nativity scene, angels, Santa and dozens of local performers to entertain and delight all ages.

It’s on nightly at 7pm from 16-24 December, commencing at the Edward Street end of the Queen Street Mall and culminating at King George Square.

South Bank’s Christmas Markets presented by eatSouthBank

Stanley Street Plaza, South Bank Parklands
16-23 December, 11am-10pm daily

You haven’t quite experienced Christmas in Brisbane until you’ve marvelled at the lights artfully hung in the trees, overhead the custom-built pedal-powered Christmas Tree in Stanley Street Plaza.

The festive adornment marks the centrepiece for South Bank’s Christmas Markets, which line the cobbled streets over eight nights in December. Offering a range of traditional Christmas gifts, keepsakes, delicious fare and ornaments accompanied by the festive sounds of live music and carollers, South Bank’s Christmas Markets make gift shopping a merry experience.

Christmas Fireworks

Clem Jones Promenade, South Bank Parklands
20-23 December, 7:45pm nightly

Electric fireworks displays will light up the night sky over four nights this December. Bring the whole family along to the Clem Jones Promenade to enjoy a dazzling array of pyrotechnics that will take you on a magical Christmas journey.

South Bank’s Christmas Carols presented by Hillsong Brisbane

The Courier-Mail Piazza, South Bank Parklands
19-22 December, two shows nightly — 6:45pm (doors open at 6pm) & 8:15pm (doors open at 7:45pm)

Celebrate the wonder and joy of Christmas at South Bank’s Christmas Carols presented by Hillsong Brisbane. Over four special nights, the Piazza will come alive with Christmas carol concerts guaranteed to have the whole family singing along and tapping their feet.

There will be a visit from Santa, a nativity scene and twists on everyone’s favourite carols. It’s the perfect way to ring in the festive season!

The show is free and bookings are not required — but the Piazza has a fixed capacity, so arrive early to secure your seat.

Christmas Beach Cinema

Streets Beach, South Bank Parklands
16-23 December, 6pm & 8pm screenings

Forget snowmen and make a sandman instead at South Bank’s Christmas Beach Cinema. Snuggle up on a picnic rug under the stars or dive in to the cool waters and enjoy Christmas family favourites on the silver screen.

Bookings are not required.

Enchanted Garden

Spectacle Garden, Roma Street Parkland
9-18 December, 6:30pm-9pm nightly

Shine a little light on the festive season with a walk through Roma Street Parkland’s Enchanted Garden. For the first time, Roma Street Parkland’s Spectacle Garden will be illuminated by a twinkling light display, promising to take you on a magical journey.

During busy times, access into the gardens may be phased.

Christmas Movies in the Park

The Amphitheatre, Roma Street Parkland
10-16 December, from 5:30pm (movies commence at 7pm)

Roma Street Parkland is turning The Amphitheatre into the ultimate outdoor cinema for seven nights, playing all your favourite Christmas classics. Netflix and chill is so last year, FREE alfresco movies is what it’s all about.

Oh, and did we mention there will be food trucks peddling delicious treats from 5:30pm?

Roma Street Parkland’s Family Christmas Concert

The Amphitheatre, Roma Street Parkland
11 December, 3pm-5pm

If you consider yourself a Brisbanite, then you probably consider yourself a bit of a live music fan. And what goes better with music than sunshine?

Enjoy the late afternoon sun with music performed by Brisbane Symphonic Band and Brass, who’ll be playing all your favourite carols for the whole family to enjoy, plus a visit from Santa! Food trucks will be onsite from 2pm.

Bamboo Lanterns Workshop

Children’s Garden, Roma Street Parkland
12-16 December, 3:30pm-5:30pm

Aspiring towards artistic stardom? Start by creating a bamboo lantern. Visitors of all ages are invited to flex their creative muscles by designing and then making their own bamboo lantern to be placed artfully in the Enchanted Garden once complete. Suitable for all ages, although younger children may need assistance.

Christmas Craft Workshop

The Amphitheatre, Roma Street Parkland
13 December, 9:30am-11:30am

Little festive fans can get creative at the interactive craft class where kids can create their own Christmas tree decoration to take home and enjoy. Suitable for ages 3 to 12 years. $2 per child.

Christmas Wreath workshop

Children’s Garden, Roma Street Parkland
18 December, 11am-3pm

Using Australian Natives and flowers found in the parkland, children will be able to make their own mini Christmas Wreath. Suitable for ages 3 to 12 years. $5 per child.

NYE BNE Fireworks Spectacular

South Bank Parklands
31 December, 8:30pm & midnight shows

Enjoy an evening of free, family-friendly frivolity as Brisbane’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks Spectacular returns to South Bank. Featuring movie screenings, food trucks serving up sweet and savoury fare, and two glittering fireworks shows, there’s no better way to welcome in 2017. For more details head to visitsouthbank.com.au.

Please note that the New Year’s Eve Fireworks Spectacular is an alcohol-free event. Items such as glass, metal cutlery, bikes and scooters are also not permitted.

For more information about all of Brisbane’s festive programming, visit christmasinbrisbane.com.au, and don’t forget to share your experience using the #christmasinbrisbane hashtag!

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