Christmas in Brisbane is the most wonderful time of year. It’s a magical time of celebration and goodwill and a wonderful opportunity to spend time with family and friends. In a year that none of us will ever forget, the Christmas in Brisbane program will be a time for us to celebrate the true spirit of our great city, create unforgettable memories and reflect on the blessings we do have, in a COVID-Safe way.
There is something for everyone in this year’s reimagined Christmas in Brisbane program. See the stunning Brisbane City Christmas Tree illuminated in King George Square, enjoy live pop-up performances in the Queen Street Mall and watch the Christmas Tree Spectacular at South Bank Parklands. While enjoying the festivities, if you are looking for that perfect gift or wanting to celebrate over a great meal, support one of our many local businesses that make Brisbane better.
From my family to yours, I wish you and your loved ones a safe, relaxing and enjoyable festive season.
Adrian Schrinner, Lord Mayor
Decorated with thousands of glittering fairy lights, and a huge star, the 22m iconic Christmas Tree in King George Square is a magical sight to be seen. The Brisbane Christmas Tree will be on display from 1–30 December in King George Square, from 6.30pm for festive selfies.
Watch a playful Christmas tale come to life every 15 minutes via an exciting light and animation show, projected onto Brisbane City Hall.
Hear your favourite Christmas Carols performed by Brisbane's best at a joyous event at the iconic Riverstage.
Pay a visit to Santa’s Stopover at Flowstate from 18- 23 December and Mr and Mrs Claus spread Christmas cheer from their festive sleigh.
Enjoy the outdoor South Bank Christmas Cinema, 18-23 December at River Quay Green.
The South Bank Piazza will be home to the Christmas Tree Spectacular – an enthralling Christmas production featuring song, dance and circus acts!
On Flowstate Lawns from 4.00pm to 8.45pm, kids craft and storytelling will entertain children this festive season.
Plan your visit to The City and South Bank with the help of our event guide and map. All the Christmas in Brisbane events are easily accessible via public transport. Each precinct is directly located next to either a train station, ferry terminal or bus stop. Planning to drive? There are many locations to park, from weekday, evenings and weekends. Click here for parking deal information in The City and South Bank.
To plan your journey ahead of time, please head to Translink Journey Planner. For further information, please visit one of our Visitor Information Centres.
To ensure public safety, a number of enhanced public health measures will be in place during all Christmas in Brisbane events. All events will operate as per the Queensland Government’s COVID-safe event requirements and may require pre-registration and data collection on entry. When attending Christmas in Brisbane, please follow COVID-safe practices. Ensure physical distance is maintained, stay home if unwell and wash hands regularly.
Christmas in Brisbane is the most wonderful time of the year with plenty of free festive celebrations and holly jolly activities on offer within Brisbane City and South Bank Parklands.
Celebrate the festive season during Christmas at South Bank from 18 - 23 December 2020.
Whether you're a Brisbane resident or visitor, The City has parking deals that are easy on your wallet and take the fuss out of your trip to the shops, movies or restaurant.
Treat yourself, a loved one or the family to a Christmas staycay at one of Brisbane City’s top hotels for all your festive wishes to come true.
From 18- 23 December, step inside South Bank Piazza and experience a festive variety show unlike any other, complete with circus acts, singing, dancing and of course, your best-loved Christmas carols.
To celebrate all our own backyard has to offer this holiday season, we’ve teamed up with Style Magazine to bring you the chance to win one of twelve ultimate city staycation experiences – just in time for Christmas!
Whether you're a tourist or looking for somewhere to host the family for lunch – we've rounded up the best things to do and places to eat in Brisbane City on Christmas Day.
Starlight's vision is that everyone experiences a happy childhood, because happiness matters. For over 30 years we have used play, social connection and creativity to support children and young people in some of their toughest times and to positively change their healthcare experience.
We've got gift-giving all wrapped up in 2020 with The City's Pocket Gift Guide - a selection of 100 festive presents for everyone on your list. Plus, to get into the Christmas spirit, we're giving YOU the chance to WIN all 100.
QSM Ambassadors Annabel Falco and Mayowa Adeniyi cast their expert shopping eyes over our Pocket Gift Guide. The stylish duo selected their ultimate top 5 Christmas gifts (and what they’d secretly like to see under the tree!).
Find ideas on where to feast with friends, get merry with workmates and shop gourmet ingredients for a festive dinner party this Christmas in Brisbane City.
For stunning sun-kissed vistas or to watch the twinkling city lights against the water, here’s our favourite riverside restaurants to lap up the views.