With the festival season upon us again and the end of most of Australia’s lockdowns, we are feeling a little more Christmas-y in Brisbane this year.
If you are planning your next visit to the city, or you are booking your first out-of-state holiday to Brisbane for the first time in months, we have put together this guide with some of the best things to do in Brisbane this festive season.
South Bank Christmas Show
With live music, singing, dancing and even a circus, there’s a reason why the South Bank Christmas Show is a family favourite among Brisbane residents.
An event that encapsulates everything we love about Christmas, this show has something for everyone and with family deals available, this is the perfect festive event if you are looking for something your family will enjoy.
Running from the 18th to the 23rd of December, bookings are highly recommended. To learn more and find tickets, head here.
Government House Christmas Lights
If you are looking to witness a spectacular and very Australian display of festive lights, look no further than the Government House Christmas Lights.
The official residence of the Governor of Queensland since 1910, you will find Fernberg and its grounds adorned with a huge array of lights & displays.
Only running for a limited time (until the 16th of December), there isn’t a lot of parking nearby so best to try out local public transport or your favourite ride-sharing app to make sure you don’t miss it.
Christmas in the Queen Street Mall
Running until its final performance on Christmas Eve, you and your loved ones can enjoy a variety of pop-up performances and entertainment. Running between 11:00am and 3:00pm, and 4:30pm – 8:30pm during late-night shopping, the Queen Street Mall is a great way to spend a few quality hours without needing to pay an entry fee.
To learn more about what’s on at the Queen Street Mall this Christmas, click here.
The Enchanted Garden
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without amazing lighting and music but turning those into a lightshow is something The Enchanted Garden does like nobody else.
Running throughout December until the 23rd, you will witness customised lighting, sculptures and special effects covering 8,000 square metres of Roma Street Parkland.
With entry available every 15 minutes from 6:30pm – 9:00pm every night, tickets are $7 per person without any time restrictions, so you can take your time while enjoying one of the most unique atmospheres Brisbane has to offer this time of year.
The Christmas Cinema
With family-favourites screening from 6:30pm and something for the older among us starting at 8:00pm, the Christmas cinema is a free attraction that can be found at the River Quay Green near South Bank.
Running from the 18th of December to the 23rd, films showing include Up, Elf, Ghostbusters and even some subtitled features including Polar Express and Men in Black.
To find out what films are showing & when, head here.
The Lott by Golden Casket City Hall Lights
Another unmissable event this festive season is The Lott by Golden Casket City Hall Lights.
Similar to The Enchanted Garden, you will experience a dazzling audio-visual experience that tells the Christmas story favourite of The Night Before Christmas.
Running every 15 minutes from 7:30pm to midnight between the 11th & 24th December, this is well worth a visit by everyone visiting the city this December.
This is just a small list of some of the magical attractions happening in Brisbane this year. If you are looking to make your time in Brisbane that little bit special this year, book your stay at Meriton Suites accommodation in Brisbane. To check out available dates, click here.