What's on this month at South Bank

Gather your friends and family for a month of fun and entertaining activities and events at South Bank! Here’s what’s on.

Santa South Bank Christmas

Christmas in South Bank

14 – 23 December | South Bank Parklands

Enjoy Carols by Twilight and the Christmas Cinema on the waterfront at River Quay, find presents with a difference and ornate handmade creations at the Christmas Gift Market, and bring the kids to Holly Jolly Kids for acrobatic-activities at South Bank’s very own Elf Academy, dance classes with Queensland Ballet and beautiful Parklands-themed ornament making. Christmas in South Bank is part of the Christmas in Brisbane program, events are suitable for all ages and entry is free.

Christmas Fireworks

20 – 23 December | South Bank Parklands

In the lead up to Christmas, South Bank Parklands becomes an energetic, celebratory hub, with shimmering fireworks whizzing, dancing and bursting above.

Streets Ice Cream’s Summer Celebration

1 December | Streets Beach, South Bank Parklands

Streets Ice Cream’s Summer Celebration offers an afternoon of sun, sand, swimming, giveaways and Streets ice cream.

The Sound Society, South Bank Parklands

1 December | South Bank Piazza, South Bank Parklands

Sit back and relax at The Sound Society with free live music by Tailor Birds and Andrea Kirwin. Bring a picnic or grab a bit to eat from onsite food vendor – The Plough Inn.

Young Designers Market

2 December | Little Stanley Street, South Bank 

The Young Designers Market features cutting edge designs across a range of exciting fashion, jewellery, home design, prints and much more from up to 80 of Brisbane’s most talented new designers and artists.

A Christmas Carol

7 – 16 December | Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC)

This December, Charles Dickens’ classic tale A Christmas Carol is brought to life on stage by award-winning theatre company, shake & stir.

Green Jam

7, 14, 21 and 28 December | Melbourne Street Green, Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC)

Enjoy free live music on the Melbourne Street Green performed by local artists from South East Queensland on Friday evenings.

Snow4Kids Christmas Edition

14 – 23 December | South Bank Piazza

In a special Christmas edition, Snow4Kids is creating a snow wonderland with fun snow activities for kids to enjoy with their parents or guardians. Activities include falling snow, tobogganing on real snow and snow ball throwing.

The Xpress Fun Train at South Bank

15 December 2018 – 27 January 2019 | South Bank Parklands

Get ready to ride the Xpress Fun Train during the school holidays at South Bank. The trackless train will wind its way from one end of the Parklands to the other, a perfect family adventure!

Christmas Fun at the Wheel of Brisbane

17 – 21 December | Wheel of Brisbane, South Bank Parklands

The Wheel of Brisbane is taking Christmas sky high with Christmas cheer, crazy elves and daily visits from Santa.

New Year’s Eve at South Bank

31 December 2018 – 1 January 2019 | South Bank Parklands

Welcome in 2019 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.

Monkeys: A Primate Story

Until 28 January 2019 | Queensland Museum

Go bananas for the world of primates at Queensland Museum’s latest exhibition, Monkeys! A Primate Story. Featuring 60 spectacular taxidermy specimens and articulated skeletons, Monkeys! is a unique chance to discover a collection that’s been over two centuries in the making.

The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT9) 

Until 28 April 2019 | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA)

A free contemporary art exhibition featuring significant art from across the Asia Pacific region. Explore a number of never-before-seen installations, sculptures, paintings, photographs and video from emerging and senior artists, together with leading works from Indigenous communities and artists.

North by Northwest

Until 9 December | Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC)

See Alfred Hitchcock’s supreme comedy of suspense live on stage in the box office smash hit being performed at QPAC for the very first time.

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