Discover every event in Brisbane's official Christmas program - Visit Brisbane


Discover every event in Brisbane's official Christmas program

Dazzling light displays and Christmas carols and parades....

With over 250 events spreading joy across Brisbane City this year, Christmas is going to be a cracker!

Make the most of Brisbane's mammoth Christmas program using our one-day and two-day family itineraries, plus a shop by day, get festive by night guide for adults.

Not to mention – most events are free! Tag your snaps with #merrybrismas to join the social chatter. 

The Lighting of the Christmas Tree Presented by St.George Bank

29 November  – 6:30pm at King George Square, Brisbane City

Brisbane’s towering 20m-tall Christmas tree is returning to King George Square, and on Friday 29 November you can witness the magical moment when its twinkling lights are switched on.

Gold Lotto City Hall Lights

6-24 December, 15-minute shows from 7.30pm-midnight – King George Square, Brisbane City

Gold Lotto City Hall Light Spectacular

With its enchanting narrative and creative flair, The Gold Lotto City Hall Lights has fast become a highlight of the festive season. Watch a spectacular Christmas story come to life via animation onto City Hall every 15 minutes from 7.30pm.

The Enchanted Garden

29th November - 13 December – 6:30pm - 9:30pm at Roma Street Parkland

The ever popular and magical Enchanted Garden experience at Roma Street Parkland is back again.  Weave through the towering trees and lush wonderland of glittering lights which will mesmerise and delight all members of the family over eight nights. Take a break from the twinkling track and enjoy the delicious food truck eats on the sprawling lakeside lawns. Visitors are encouraged to choose their own adventure and enter and exit via multiple access points throughout the parkland. 

The Lights of St Stephen's Cathedral

11 - 24 December - 12 minute shows from 7pm to 10:30pm at St Stephen's Cathedral 

Gather on the lawn at St Stephen's Cathedral and marvel at the amazing new animated light show with your family and friends. This show celebrating peace, joy & goodwill takes place every 12 minutes and is sure to get you in the Christmas spirit. 

Lord Mayor's Christmas Carols

7 December – from 4pm at Riverstage, Brisbane City


No Christmas is complete without the Lord Mayor's Christmas Carols. Ring in some Christmas joy with Channel Nine's Charli Robinson and a host of other special guests and performances. This is a much-loved free family event held each year at the Riverstage venue in support of Children's Hospital Foundation. Plan to get there early with a picnic from 4pm with the star studded concert commencing after sundown. 

Brisbane City Christmas Parade

13-22 December, nightly at 7pm – from Edward St to King George Square, Brisbane City

David Jones Christmas Parade in Brisbane City

Brimming with music and merriment, the iconic Christmas Parade full of festive cheer comes complete with a nativity scene, dozens of performers to entertain and delight all ages and of course, the man in red himself!

South Bank's Carols Extravaganza 

20-23 December – 6:45pm & 8:30pm at South Bank Piazza - $5 per person

Christmas is in the air at South bank as the Parklands transforms into a festive wonderland. The Southbank Piazza will be home to the Carol's Extravaganza, with eight spectacular performances in the production running for four nights. Purchase tickets from Monday 2nd December.

Fireworks Spectacular

20-23 December, 8pm – vantage point best from Clem Jones Promenade, South Bank - Presented by EatSouthbank

Sparkling fireworks at South Bank

See the summer night sky ignite in a flurry of colour over four nights this December. Bring the whole family along to the Clem Jones Promenade to enjoy a dazzling array of pyrotechnics that will take you on a magical Christmas journey.

There are plenty of other Christmas events happening across the city. Find all Christmas events on Visit Brisbane here.

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