What's on this month at South Bank

Gather your friends and family for a month of laughter, excitement and festive fun at South Bank! Here’s what’s on.

South Bank Christmas Fireworks Family

Queensland Ballet’s The Nutcracker

8-16 December | Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC)

Enter a magical world of festive wonder when Clara’s gift of a nutcracker comes to life! There’s mischievous mice, toy soldiers, a handsome prince, a blizzard of ballerinas and the beautiful Sugar Plum Fairy.

Xpress Fun Train at South Bank

9 December 2017 – 21 January 2018 | South Bank Parklands

Steam your way around South Bank on the Xpress Fun Train these school holidays (not operational on 25, 26 and 31 December and 1 January).

Emily Brown and the Thing

12 - 23 December | Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC)

Join Emily and her old grey rabbit Stanley on a mission in search of the Thing’s missing cuddly. Emily Brown and the Thing is told with original music, beautiful puppetry, physical storytelling and comedy.

South Bank’s Christmas Village

15 – 23 December | South Bank Parklands

Let your festive season be merry and bright at South Bank’s Christmas Village! The Village features free yuletide glee to suit all ages including a gift market, beach cinema, music performances, kids activities and more.

A Very Kransky Christmas

19 - 23 December | Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC)

Returning with their sell-out show, the multi award-winning Kransky Sisters and QPAC bring you A Very Kransky Christmas.

Christmas Fireworks

20 – 23 December | South Bank Parklands

Head to the Clem Jones Promenade and make your Christmas wish as the 7:45pm fireworks light up the summer night sky.

MAMMA MIA! The Musical

26 December 2017 – 5 February 2018

Set on a Greek island paradise, smash-hit musical MAMMA MIA! features 22 of Swedish supergroup ABBA’S greatest hits.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks

31 December | South Bank Parklands

Welcome in 2018 with a stunning fireworks display at South Bank! There’ll be two fireworks shows – one at 8:30pm for families and one at midnight for late-night revelers.

Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of a Rainbow

Until 11 February | Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA)

Take a wild and wonderful journey through significant moments in Yayoi Kusama's career in Life is the Heart of a Rainbow at GOMA.

Gerhard Richter: The Life of Images

Until 4 February | Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA)

See the first substantial Australian exhibition of the works of contemporary art by German artist Gerhard Richter, widely recognised as one of the world’s most influential painters.

Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum

Until 28 Jan 2018 | Queensland Museum

An exclusive exhibition featuring artefacts, interactive games and displays revealing how gladiators lived and how they trained.

Australian Collection

Ongoing |Queensland Art Gallery (QAG)

An exciting exhibit bringing together indigenous and contemporary Australian collections capturing major historical moments from first contact colonisation and exploration to immigration.

City Sounds – South Bank

Every Saturday from 3-8pm | South Bank Parklands

Pack a picnic and head to South Bank every Saturday for City Sounds – Australia’s largest free live music program. Kick back under the shade of a leafy tree and enjoy the dulcet tones of local Brisbane artists. Artists change every week, so there’s always someone new to see. 

The Collective Markets

Every Friday from 5-9pm, Saturday from 10am-9pm and Sunday from 9am-4pm | Stanley Street Plaza

Enjoy a relaxing stroll through The Collective Markets, marvelling at the beautiful wares on offer. There’s ornate jewellery, hand-made clothes, stunning artwork and more. If you’re hungry, you can also pick up a cool drink or a yummy treat to nibble on while you shop.

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