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Top Things To Do in Brisbane This Festive Season

Top Things To Do in Brisbane This Festive Season

2 January 2024

Welcome to the festive season in Brisbane, where the city transforms into a holiday wonderland filled with captivating Christmas events and activities.

Whether you’re a local or a visitor, Brisbane’s festive season offers a range of experiences that cater to all ages and interests, from enchanting garden displays and bustling markets to cultural performances and outdoor adventures.

Top Brisbane Christmas Markets

Brisbane comes alive during the festive season with a variety of Christmas markets, each offering unique experiences and festive goods. Here’s a glimpse into some of the must-visit markets.

Brisbane Arcade Christmas Markets

Discover the festive charm of Christmas on Queen Street Mall, where you’ll find unique gifts and delicious treats from the many stalls. The markets offer a delightful shopping experience with a diverse range of holiday goodies, as well as live entertainment. Strolling through Queen Street Mall you’ll be surrounded by the season’s spirit, offering a pleasant atmosphere for finding unique gifts with festive entertainment in Brisbane’s CBD.

BrisStyle Twilight Markets

This market transforms King George Square into an enchanting festive hub, showcasing local artists and culinary artisans. It’s a family-friendly event with live music, various food vendors, and beautiful Christmas decorations, all centred around the iconic Lord Mayor’s Christmas Tree​​.

Milton Christmas Twilight Markets

The Milton Markets is a festive destination where you can take pictures with Santa Claus, savour gourmet eats and drinks, and enjoy incredible live entertainment. It offers an extensive range of artisan handmade gifts, perfect for Christmas shopping​​.

Portside Wharf Christmas Markets

This waterfront market showcases local businesses against a backdrop of Christmas tunes. Visitors can shop for flowers, plants, ceramics, jewellery, homewares, and Christmas decor. The market is also surrounded by dining options for a complete shopping experience​​.

Festive Fun for Families

If you’re spending the festive season with your family, Brisbane offers an array of family-friendly activities that are sure to delight both children and adults alike. From interactive light displays and Christmas markets to special performances and outdoor adventures—these activities not only provide fun and entertainment but also create lasting holiday memories.

South Bank Christmas Wonderland

South Bank is the place to be if you’re looking for light displays, Christmas decorations and family-friendly events in South Brisbane. Here’s what families can look forward to:

  • Mesmerising Light Displays: The iconic Story Bridge is adorned with thousands of sparkling lights, providing a stunning backdrop for your festivities.
  • Festive Beats: Held at the South Bank’s green lawns, this all-singing, music spectacle, running from the 18th to the 23rd of December, is perfect for families. It features Brisbane’s best local musicians performing live original covers and popular Christmas carols.
  • Holly Jolly Kids: At South Bank’s kid-centric zone, families can engage in Christmas and First Nations-themed activities, including an Elf Dance Party and a beautiful wishing tree installation, making it an ideal spot for creating magical memories.
  • Santa’s Stopover: Capture festive family photos with Santa at the Flowstate precinct. This free event, requiring pre-registration, offers a unique photo opportunity with Santa and his elves.

For the latest updates and events at South Bank this Christmas, check out Visit Brisbane

Cultural Delights

During the festive season, Brisbane transforms into a cultural haven, offering artistic and performance-based experiences. The Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) is renowned for showcasing an array of special Christmas performances that highlight both local and international talent, creating a magical experience for all ages.

Outdoor Cinema and Carol Events

Experience the magic of Brisbane’s festive season with outdoor cinema and carolling events. Here are a few events that combine the joy of film and song under the starlit skies:

  • South Bank Christmas Cinema: Enjoy Christmas movies under the stars at River Quay Green, with free screenings taking place from the 18th to the 23rd of December. It’s a perfect way for families to unwind and get into the holiday spirit.
  • Carols by the River: From the 18th to the 23rd of December, families can enjoy heart-warming carols, the event held annually at Riverstage in the City Botanic Gardens. Bring a picnic or enjoy a takeaway from nearby South Bank restaurants for a joyous evening.

Interactive and Educational Experiences

For families seeking both fun and learning, Brisbane offers a range of interactive and educational experiences. Here are a few top attractions to visit:

  • Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium: For families interested in astronomy and the night sky, the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium offers educational and entertaining shows that are both fun and informative.
  • Queensland Art Gallery: Engage with art and culture at the Queensland Art Gallery, where families can explore diverse exhibits and participate in interactive activities.

Outdoor Celebrations and Activities

Brisbane’s festive season, set against the backdrop of warm summer weather, perfectly combines urban celebrations with its natural beauty. This unique setting encourages outdoor activities, where locals and visitors can fully embrace the holiday spirit amidst the city’s picturesque landscapes, making the most of the sunny and pleasant climate.

Fireworks Display at South Bank

The days leading up to Christmas at South Bank are illuminated by spectacular fireworks. The display along the Brisbane River provides a stunning visual treat, best enjoyed from the waterfront for an unforgettable festive experience.

BBQs and Picnics in Brisbane’s Parks

Popular spots like New Farm Park and South Bank Parklands are perfect for a festive picnic or BBQ, offering delightful views and a chance to enjoy Brisbane’s outdoor beauty.

Festive Experience at Brisbane’s Enchanted Gardens

In the heart of Brisbane, Roma Street Parkland transforms into The Enchanted Garden for the festive season, running from late November to late December every year. This event captivates visitors with its stunning light display, encompassing over 22,000 square metres with beautifully crafted lighting, music, and charming sculptures. The adjacent Celebration Lawn, which generally opens after 5 pm, offers diverse food options and refreshments, adding to the festive ambience. For convenience, the event also provides free public transport for ticket holders on their visit night, making it an accessible and enjoyable holiday outing in this beautiful river city.

From the iconic Christmas markets to the twinkling lights of the Queen Street Mall, Brisbane offers a festive feast for both adults and kids. Whether it’s enjoying live performances at South Bank or relaxing by the Brisbane River, Brisbane City during the Christmas season is a wonderland of festive fun and cheer. Read more about the top things to do in Brisbane, or visit the Brisbane City Council website for the most recent updates.

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