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Discover what's on this December in Brisbane

Brisbane and surrounds are serving up a blockbuster month of entertaining events involving fantastic festivals, spectacular sport, extraordinary exhibitions, sensational stage productions and a whole lot of fabulous food. Check out what events are happening in winter below.

Clancestry | Until 2 December

Together, we gather and celebrate the richness and diversity of First Nations Peoples and honour the significant role these voices play in shaping the cultural landscape of Queensland. Be inspired, be challenged and immerse yourself in a deadly program of First Nations works that celebrate love, loss, laughter and life.

A Christmas Carol | 29 November - 8 December

Following its sell-out world premiere in December 2018, shake and stir's award-winning production of Charles Dickens’ classic tale of compassion and forgiveness returns this Christmas, and is set to become an annual tradition cherished by families for years to come.

BNE Design Market | 29 November

BNE DESIGN celebrates Brisbane's leading artists and designers at a bespoke open-air market. Curated by Museum of Brisbane, you will find an impressive array of bespoke homewares, fashion, ceramics, jewellery, stationery and more. Make a night of it in the heart of the CBD, enjoy a bite to eat and listen to live music while you shop for unique Christmas gifts or something special for yourself.

Dylan Moran | 2-5 December

Legendary Irish comedian Dylan Moran is returning to Australia with a brand-new show Dr. Cosmos. Moran will once again offer his unique take on love, politics, misery and the everyday absurdities of life, all served with poetical panache from one of the finest comedians of his generation.

Aida | Until 4 December

Opera Australia is bringing its radiant production of Aida, featuring cutting-edge digital sets, to Brisbane. From the famous Triumphal March to the intimate ending, every scene is spectacular. Opulent costumes and props reflect the splendour of Egypt at the height of its powers.

Arj Barker: We Need To Talk | 3-15 December

Arj Barker is Australia’s adopted son of comedy. He is a regular on Australian television screens with appearances on every major television comedy show. From playing Dave on the hit show Flight of the Concords, to The Project, Have You Been Paying Attention, Just For Laughs and everything in between.

The Enchanted Garden | Until 13 December

Set amid winding pathways bordered by towering trees and lush foliage, The Enchanted Garden treats visitors to a magnificent evening walk, lit with the warm glow of mesmerising lights.

Gold Lotto City Hall Lights | 6-24 December

The Gold Lotto City Hall Lights return with an enchanting, brand new story by celebrated Brisbane Children’s Author Samantha Wheeler. Taking place nightly, the playful Aussie Christmas tale comes to life via animation onto City Hall every 15 minutes. With its enchanting narrative and creative flair, this intricate lighting display has fast become a highlight of the festive season.

Boho Luxe Market | 6-8 December

Boho Luxe Market is no ordinary market - it is a weekend of wanderlust. These brands are the creatives, the makers, the shakers, the artists, the designers, the foodies, the gypsies, the adventurers, the musicians and the wanderers and they are all part of the beautiful Boho Luxe Tribe.

WATER | 7 December - 26 April 2020

When "Water" opens this summer at GOMA, visitors are invited to explore this vital element which sustains all forms of life on Earth. From major immersive experiences to smaller-scale treasures by Australian and international artists, the exhibition will highlight this precious resource and spark conversations about the environmental and social challenges we face today.

Queensland Symphony Orchestra – Messiah | 7 December

A Performance of Handel's enduring masterpiece, with its famous "Hallelujah" chorus, is a much-loved Christmas tradition. As well as exploring biblical elements, the libretto surveys hope, suffering, death, resurrection and redemption, the hallmarks of the human condition and has universal appeal.

Lord Mayor's Christmas Carols | 7 December

Come along to the annual Lord Mayor's Christmas Carols at Riverstage, City Botanic Gardens this Saturday. The free Carols event will host a variety of Australia's most renowned singers and entertainers as they ignite the big stage in this joyous and magical celebration of Christmas.

Lloyd Rees | 11 December - 1 March 2020

This exhibition at Museum of Brisbane showcases a selection of Lloyd Rees’ earliest recorded sketches, celebrating his skilful draughtsmanship and interest in capturing Brisbane’s diverse architecture.

The Lights of Christmas at St Stephen's Cathedral | 11-24 December

Back for its second year, watch the historic St Stephen’s Cathedral glow in a magnificent light show on Elizabeth Street. This novel show will celebrate the season of peace, joy and goodwill through animation and projection on the cathedral. A chorus of carols will complement the light display from 6.30pm until 7.00pm nightly. 

Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup | 13-15 December

Brisbane’s Anna Meares Velodrome will host the 2019-2020 TISSOT UCI Track Cycling World Cup will host the world’s best track cyclists as they battle for gold and valuable qualifying points for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Queensland Ballet’s The Nutcracker | 13-21 December

At the stroke of midnight on Christmas Eve, little Clara finds herself embarking on the magical adventure of a lifetime when her gift, a Nutcracker, comes to life! Be whisked away with Clara, to the enchanting Land of Sweets where the Sugar Plum Fairy watches over whimsical snowflakes and pirouetting lollies. For the seventh straight season, Ben Stevenson’s dreamlike choreography and Tchaikovsky’s enduring score will charm all ages. The Nutcracker is the perfect festive ballet for the whole family to enjoy.

Brisbane City Christmas Parade | 13-22 December

Brimming with music and merriment, this year's Christmas Parade will feature new exciting characters, hundreds of singing and dancing performers and of course the star - Santa Claus to entertain and delight all ages! Taking place nightly, there’s plenty of opportunities to see the glowing floats light up little faces.

Lloyd Cole | 15 December

With a remarkable career spanning almost 30 years and following his sold-out tour of Australia in 2017, Lloyd Cole returns with his new album Guesswork. The experience of listening to Guesswork is akin to sitting in a sleek, state-of-the-art departure lounge: unsure of quite where you’re waiting to go, at the same time mirroring the uncertainty of the world as you enter your third act of life.

BBL Brisbane Heat versus Sydney Thunder | 17 December 

A Brisbane Heat game at the Gabba is non-stop entertainment from start to finish, with something to keep everyone in the family entertained. Fast-paced action, great music, and phenomenal fireworks make the BBL a great night out. 

Spirit of Christmas 2019 | 20-21 December

Spirit of Christmas will once again feature a stunning line up with a full orchestra, choirs, and two of Australia’s leading musical theatre performers. These concerts are an occasion to enjoy uplifting songs, be inspired by Christmas’ enduring message of love and peace, and sing-a-long to much-loved Christmas carols.

Fireworks Spectacular | 20-23 December

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

Santa's Stop Over | 20-23 December

Pay a visit to Santa’s Stop Over at Flowstate from 5.00pm until 9.00pm and watch Santa Claus as he spreads his Christmas cheer over South Bank Parklands from his brightly lit abode. Little ones will have the opportunity to get a photograph with Santa, set among a magnificent towering fig tree and light installation.

Carols Extravaganza | 20-23 December

This festive season, The South Bank Piazza will be home to the Carols Extravaganza - an exciting Christmas production featuring film, song, dance and a visit from Santa himself! From acrobatic aerialists to serene ballet compositions and show stopping vocals, this show is guaranteed to ignite excitement and nostalgia for the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year”.

The Village Markets Stones Corner | 23 December

The Village Markets will be lining Stones Corner Village with a boutique lineup of market stalls, live music, creative workshops, family fun, pre-loved designer and vintage Rack Sales and good vibes. Alongside this is a beautiful street filled with boutiques, eateries, eclectic establishments and more.

New Year's Eve at South Bank | 31 December

Welcome in 2020 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.

Woodford Folk Festival | 27 December - 1 January 2020

The Woodford Folk Festival, an event of international standing, is held annually over six days and six nights from December 27 through to January 1. More than 2000 performers and 438 events are programmed featuring local, national and international guests.

Ongoing + reoccurring events and exhibitions

New Woman | Until 15 March 2020

Fiercely independent, adventurous and often overlooked, Brisbane’s female artists have employed passion and determination to ensure art in Brisbane finds its voice. New Woman traces vast changes in ideas of gender, artistic styles, subject matter and ways of seeing the world through sculpture, painting and photography.

High Rotation at Museum of Brisbane | Until 19 April 2020

High Rotation dives into the songs, stories and images of the Brisbane music scene, exploring a world of musicians, labels and producers, venues and fans. Featuring highlights over the past 30 years, High Rotation will reveal a snapshot of how popular music in Brisbane exploded from the local scene onto national and international stages.

Livewire Comedy | Every Sunday

Make your Sunday the starting point for an amazing week full of belly laughs, catching up with mates and getting to know the best in the local comedy scene.

City Sounds | Various gigs weekly

City Sounds is Australia's largest free live music program, presenting local and touring bands and artists throughout Brisbane.

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