Brisbane is a lively and cultured city. It has one of the best nightlife scenes in all of Australia, and is situated in beautiful, sunny Queensland. Brisbane has a lot to see and do, and many tourists visit it annually. The stunning climate, beautiful city views and it’s location makes it an ideal holiday location for those wanting to experience a vacation like no other.
If you’re going to be in Brisbane this December, there’s going to be quite a few events running in and around the city. Among all of these events, three spring to mind as our top three events that you must participate in.
Elton John and his Band
8th December, 2015
One of the world’s most popular singers is making his way back to Australia for his “All The Hits Tour”. Elton John and his band are going to be performing in a few locations across Australia, and will be in Brisbane on the 8th of December. This will be a special treat as, for the first time ever outside of Northern America, the spectacular 12m chandelier which plays a part of Elton’s set will be on display in Australia. Designed by the acclaimed Set Designer, Mark Fisher, the chandelier that is the centrepiece for Elton John’s stage will be sure to amaze.
The tour will feature many of Elton’s greatest hits which will be sure to please all ages, young and old. Even if you’re not a huge fan of Elton John, nor know all of his songs, you’ll still have a great time listening to familiar tracks and the amazing performance Elton John provides to his audiences. His 40th anniversary of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road album also coincides with the tour, so you’ll be sure to hear some classics from this particular album. Whether it’s your first time seeing him live or perhaps you have seen him perform in his heyday and his younger years, you’ll be in for a night of spectacular music, performances and sights.
This great show will be held at Brisbane Entertainment Centre and tickets sold at regular ticket sales sites.
Brisbane Vegan Festival 2015
Even if you’re not vegan, you might want to make at an appearance at the Brisbane Vegan Festival that will be held at The Brightside in Fortitude Valley. The event is intended to be a day filled with celebrations for all things to do with veganism. There will be local and international speakers, live cooking demonstrations, market stalls and heaps of local foods to try.
Local and international presenters will be there to speak about veganism. One such speaker is Mary Mattern, also known as Nom Yourself. Based in New York, she is a plant based chef who has even toured with Ellie Goulding, providing her with delicious vegan meals whilst she travels. She has a large following on Instagram about her ventures through veganism and is sure to provide many interesting and exciting talks at the festival. Another presenter who will be in attendance is James Aspey who famously took a 365 day vow of silence to raise awareness for animals and peace of violence.
There will be plenty of things to see and taste here as well as some great cooking demonstrations to help you think about the ways you can introduce vegan cooking into your life (if you’re not already vegan) or even inspire you to make new meals if you’re currently already vegan. With so many food stalls going to be there, you definitely won’t be leaving uninspired nor hungry.
Myer Christmas Parade and Pantomime
11th December – 20th December
One of Brisbane’s favourite events during the lead up to Christmas is the famous Myer Christmas Parade and Pantomime. This year promises to be one of the biggest and best parade’s the city has seen, so it is definitely worth making sure that you check it out with the whole family.
Starting at Queen Street Mall, the parade will start at approximately 6:30PM each day and work its way towards King George Square, where the pantomime will be held for all to watch and enjoy. This year’s pantomime will include two villains battling to stop Christmas by adding a sleeping potion to Santa’s dinner, leaving it up to Mrs Claus to save the day. The whole family will enjoy seeing the interactive show and will please all ages, young and old.
But, before you settle into the show, don’t miss out on the spectacular parade that will take place beforehand. Hundreds of performers will line the streets to sing, dance and drum some favourite Christmas carols. Santa and his reindeer will also make an appearance through the parade, which will surely please the kids. The parade will also feature 3m, 4m and 5m high 3D floating Christmas ornaments with many elves, drummers, nativity animals and giant inflatable decorations will be a sight not to be missed.