Christmas in Brisbane 2021 - Visit Brisbane


Christmas in Brisbane 2021

It’s the most wonderful time of the year as Christmas in Brisbane comes to life. To help you get into the festive spirit, The City and South Bank will be holding a range of free and festive events for you to bring the family together to enjoy.



The Lord Mayor's Lighting of the Christmas Tree presented by The Lott by Golden Casket

The moment that marks the beginning of the festive season in The City - the Lighting of the Christmas Tree will be held at King George Square and live-streamed via Brisbane City Facebook page. Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner will turn on the 22m-high Christmas tree’s twinkling lights accompanied by special Christmas musical performances to get you in the festive spirit. The Brisbane Christmas Tree will be on display from 26 November to 6 January.

Where: King George Square

When: 26 November 6.30pm - 7.30pm

The Lott by Golden Casket City Hall Lights

Located in King George Square is The Lott by Golden Casket City Hall Lights, a dazzling visual and sound display of ‘The Night Before Christmas’, narrated by Robin Bailey. Take the kids to enjoy this classic Christmas tale in larger than life form sure to light up their eyes.

Where: King George Square

When: The free shows occur every 15 minutes from 7:30pm to midnight daily from 10 - 24 December

Christmas On Queen


Enjoy the magic of Christmas in Queen Street Mall with Christmas on Queen, daily pop-up performances and roaming entertainment throughout the mall. Roving entertainment will be happening from 11am - 3pm and 4.30pm - 8.30pm during late night shopping.

Where: Queen Street Mall

When: 3-24 December

Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols

Enjoy the cherished Christmas carols in Brisbane and festive favourites performed live by our best entertainers when they take to the Riverstage for an ultimate night of Christmas entertainment. Enjoy it live or the broadcast on Channel 9 on December 19. 

Where: Brisbane Riverstage

When: 3-24 December

Tickets: Available via Brisbane City Council for $5.00


The South Bank Christmas Show

Prepare for a nostalgic celebration of Christmas magic with this diverse variety show perfect for the whole family running nightly throughout December.

The South Bank Christmas Show will combine live music, singing, dancing, circus and Santa for an all-out mash-up of festive fun that will have everyone in the South Bank Piazza tapping their toes and singing along. Tickets start at $6 per person, with family deals available. 

Where: South Bank Piazza

When: 18th - 23rd December, 6:30pm and 8pm 

Tickets: Purchase here. 

Christmas Cinema presented by eatSouthBank, River Quay Green

Enjoy free Christmas films and family favourites as the sun sets over South Bank. Two films will screen nightly at our riverside cinema, with a family-friendly movie playing at 6:15 pm and a flick for the older folks at 8 pm. 

Where: River Quay

When: 18th - 23rd December, 6:15pm and 8pm showings.

Festive Beats

Pop-up music stages & beautiful styled dwell spaces will come alive at night throughout December to bring a festive atmosphere to your night out. Enjoy the musical delights of an array of local artists while you picnic, eat and shop in the precinct. 

Where: River Quay, Little Stanley Street North & South

When: 18th - 23rd December, 4pm - 10pm 

Santa’s Stopover

Snap a festive family photo with Santa and Mrs Claus during your afternoon stroll through South Bank at the Flowstate Pavilion. Please note that visitors will be required to take their own socially distanced photos. Learn more about visiting Santa here.

Where: Flowstate Pavilion 

When: 18th - 23rd December 4pm - 9.30pm

Tickets: Free tickets are available at the booth at Flowstate an hour prior to each session.

Kid’s Craft and Storytelling 

Across from Santa's Stopover on the Flowstate Lawns, our Christmas craft and storytelling station is guaranteed to get the kids involved and their creative juices flowing. Kids can make their own take-home Christmas koala instrument before enjoying a Christmas storybook and carols session with Santa's elves. Learn more here.

Where: Flowstate Lwans

When: 18th - 23rd December 4pm - 9.30pm