Christmas in Brisbane: key events to look out for
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and while we may not get a white Christmas like many folk in the Northern hemisphere, that doesn’t mean our Christmas is any less magical.
Whether or not you actively observe the festive season, you can still have fun with the festive events occurring between now and the end of December. As our based of operation is in Brisbane, we’ll be listing some of the events happening around the city. But if you’d like to share any of the events in your neck of the woods, be sure to let us know about them in the comments below.
Lighting of the Christmas tree – Friday, 27 November 2015, 6.30pm
If you’re looking to kick the season off with a bang, why not attend the lighting of the Christmas tree, which is happening this Friday (at the time of writing)? This is how many people gather to welcome in Christmas, and it’s sure to be memorable experience, especially for little kids. Simply head to King George Square to take part.
IGA Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols – Saturday, 12 December 2015, 5pm
Running from 5pm to 9.15pm, the Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols are a staple here in Brisbane. Held at the Riverstage (near QUT), a host of classic Christmas carols will be sung by some of the following headline artists:
- Star soprano, Mirusia
- Australian country music artist, Troy Cassar-Daley
- renowned Scottish classical accordionist, James Crabb
- Polo from New York rhythm and blues beat boxing a cappella group, Naturally 7
- ?Music theatre star, Rachael Beck
- Aria Award winning songstress, Christine Anu
- ABC Kids premiere band for children, Lah Lah
- Les Miserables performer, Patrice Tipoki
- The Voice Kids 2014 winner, Alexa Curtis
- Torres Strait Islander guitarist, Chris Tamwoy
Myer Christmas Parade & Pantomime – 11 December to 20 December
We’re not hesitant to say that the Myer Christmas parade and pantomime is probably one of the best public Christmas events that happen during the festive season. Running for 10 days, you have plenty of opportunities to head into the city and watch as parade courses its way through Queen Street Mall and King George Square. It starts at 6.30pm every day.
Gold Lotto City Hall Light Spectacular – 11 December to 24 December
Of course, another fantastic event is the City Hall light spectacular. Many cities have their own Christmas light shows, and Brisbane’s is certainly a memorable experience. Starting at 7.30pm and stopping at midnight throughout its 14-day run, the light show occurs every 15 minutes. So even if you do miss one, you don’t have to wait that long before it starts again. If you want to see it, simply head to King George Square.