Have yourself a uniquely Brisbane Christmas at South Bank, where festive fantasies are plentiful and the sun is always shining!

Whether Christmas time to you means backing up the 30-something-degree days with family barbeques and beach cricket, or the more traditional activities like carols by candlelight appeal to you, there is one thing for sure – yuletide events in the open summer air are essential to any Christmas in Brisbane.

The Parklands will transform into a magical summer playground over the festive season offering free outdoor activities for the whole family.

Experience Oh, What Fun It Is at one of the many fireworks displays over the Brisbane River, sing along to Christmas carol concerts, meander the traditional Christmas market, or kick back on a rug to enjoy movie screenings at Streets Beach.

There is something for everyone, and best of all it’s totally free!

South Bank’s Christmas Markets presented by eatSouthBank

Stanley Street Plaza
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
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
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
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.

NYE BNE Fireworks Spectacular

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

Enjoy an evening of free, family-friendly frivolity as the NYE BNE 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 NYE BNE 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!

Just so you know, this is a sponsored post. Regardless, we only recommend services, products and events we believe our readers will appreciate.