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

Discover every event in Brisbane's official Christmas program

Fireworks, giant lit-up trees, animated larger-than-life projections, Christmas movie screenings by the river, a massive parade, handmade Christmas markets, enchanted gardens and, of course, carols. Brisbane's Christmas program is looking 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.

Best of all – every event is free. Tag your snaps with #brisbaneanyday to join the social chatter. 

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

30 November  – King George Square, Brisbane City

Brisbane’s towering 20m-tall Christmas tree is returning to King George Square, and on Friday 30 November you can witness the magical moment when its twinkling lights are switched on.

Gold Lotto City Hall Lights

7-24 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 playful Aussie Christmas tale come to life via animation onto City Hall every 15 minutes from 7.30pm.

The Enchanted Garden

7-19 December – Roma Street Parkland

The Enchanted Garden

Come and explore the magic of the Enchanted Garden at Roma Street Parkland this Christmas where a wonderland of glittering lights will mesmerise and delight all members of the family over eight nights.

The Lights of Christmas at St Stephen's Cathedral presented by Charter Hall

12 - 24 December - St Stephen's Cathedral

Gather on the lawn at St Stephen's Cathedral to view the amazing light display with the whole family. This new show is designed by AGB the creators of Sydney’s Vivid Lightwalk. 

Lord Mayor's Christmas Carols

8 December – Riverstage, Brisbane City


Ring in some Christmas joy at the 2018 Lord Mayor's Christmas Carols. This is a much-loved free family event held each year at the Riverstage venue in support of Mater Little Miracles.

Christmas Parade presented by David Jones

14-23 December, nightly at 7pm – Queen Street Mall to King George Square via Albert St, Brisbane City

David Jones Christmas Parade in Brisbane City

Brimming with music and merriment, this year's Christmas Parade comes complete with a nativity scene, Santa and dozens of performers to entertain and delight all ages.

Christmas Cinema

14-23 December – River Quay, South Bank

Christmas Movies

We all love our Christmas movies and picnicking along the river with family and friends. What better way to combine the two with Christmas Movies at River Quay in South Bank! Think all of the Christmas classics, including Elf and Home Alone. Bring a rug to sit on and pillow to get comfy.

South Bank's Christmas Gift Market

14-23 December – Stanley Street Plaza, The Arbour and Little Stanley Street, South Bank

Christmas Market

Offering a range of traditional Christmas gifts, keepsakes, delicious fare and ornaments accompanied by the festive sounds of live music and carollers, South Bank's Christmas Village promises to make gift shopping a merry experience. Santa will also be onsite daily at Flowstate between 4:30pm and 8:30pm. 

Carols by Twilight

14-23 December, performances from 6-8pm – River Quay, South Bank

Christmas carols in the Piazza

River Quay will come alive with Christmas carol concerts guaranteed to have the whole family singing along and tapping their feet, complete with summer night breezes and city views. Make sure you bring a picnic along with you - River Quay is licensed from 10am-8pm daily.

Christmas Fireworks

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

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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