Discover what's on this December & January 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 summer below.

December

The Society Summer Series | 1 - 22 December

Celebrate the beauty of Summer with free-flowing Chandon sparkling wine, house beers and wine and delectable charcuterie stations at Brisbane’s most gorgeous rooftop bar – The Society Rooftop on Saturday evenings during December.

Carols in the Reservoir | 1 - 23 December

Are you ready for a new season of Carols in the reservoir. The people of Brisbane love carols, and what could be more mystical about celebrating Christmas than celebrating in the Spring Hill Reservoir, being serenaded by world-class performers singing traditional Christmas favourites with Carols in the Reservoir.

Gold Lotto City Hall Lights | 7 - 24 December

The Gold Lotto City Hall Lights return with an enchanting, brand new story of an Aussie Christmas with an international twist. Showing nightly from December 7 to 24, the custom designed animation wows crowds every fifteen minutes between 7.30pm and midnight.

Brisbane Roar v Melbourne Victory | 14 December 

Come see your Brisbane Roar take on the 2017/18 Hyundai A-League Champions, Melbourne Victory. This is the first time we will see Japanese football legend Kesuki Honda grace the field of Suncorp Stadium in Victory colours.

Museum Twilight Market @ The Workshops Rail Museum | 14 December 

Combining quality handmade market stalls, food vendors, a licensed bar, a free craft workshop, childrens entertainment, live music and AUD10 torchlight tours of The Workshops Rail Museum, the Museum Twilight Markets are a great event for the whole family!

Queensland Ballet’s The Nutcracker | 14 - 22 December 

the nutcracker

Christmas isn’t officially here until you see Queensland Ballet’s annual production of The Nutcracker. With the magnificent music of Tchaikovsky and lavish sets and costumes, Ben Stevenson’s production of The Nutcracker is a must-see Christmas treat.

Carols by Twilight | 14 - 23 December

We wish you a merry Christmas – and one filled with joyous song! South Bank Parklands’ Carols by Twilight makes River Quay its home from 6-8pm. There’ll be Cigany Weaver, SCAT and the Queensland Show Choir to name just a few. All sessions are free to watch.

Christmas Parade presented by David Jones | 14 - 23 December

The annual Christmas Parade presented by David Jones will march its merry way through the Queen Street Mall and Albert Street right into King George Square. The parade will take place at 7pm until 7.30pm every night, so there’s plenty of opportunities to see the amazing glowing floats light up little faces.

Christmas Cinema | 14 - 23 December

The Christmas Cinema springs to life at 8.15pm nightly, offering a smorgasbord of free, family-favourites that will add a twinkle to your eye and make you feel warm and fuzzy inside. Unfurl on River Quay’s inviting lawn, surround yourself with tasty snacks, sip on a cool drink and welcome in Christmas the relaxing way.

Christmas Gift Market | 14 - 23 December

A ribbon of cheerful stalls weaves their way through South Bank this December, each offering a trove of unique trinkets and treasures. While wandering, you can also snack on tastebud-tempting market-fare. All stalls are open from 3pm to 10pm daily.

QAGOMA Christmas Design Market | 15 December

Nearly 50 independent craft and design artists will feature at the market, to be held outside the Gallery of Modern Art at South Brisbane from 9am to 4pm. The QAGOMA Design Market is the place to find a wide variety of high-quality handmade objects and gifts—ceramics, jewellery, homewares, paper products and more!

Brisbane Heat Season 2018 to 2019 | 19 December - 8 February

The Brisbane Heat are ready to deliver massive hits, classic catches and plenty of wickets this summer with another explosive season of the KFC Big Bash League! This season will be bigger and better than ever with seven home games including five at The Gabba and two on the Gold Coast.

Christmas Fireworks | 20 - 23 December 

In the lead up to Christmas, South Bank Parklands becomes an energetic, celebratory hub, with shimmering fireworks whizzing, dancing and bursting above from 8-8:15pm.

Brisbane Heat v Hobart Hurricanes | 22 December

The Brisbane Heat is Summer's hottest ticket and they know you won't want to miss a minute of the action at The Gabba. Be a part of the electric atmosphere, fireworks, family entertainment and non-stop action.

Christmas in the City | Until 24 December 

Australia’s most extensive free Christmas program takes over Brisbane’s centre each December. Join the city for free festive fun at the annual parade, light projection shows, markets, fireworks and cinema series.

Christmas Day events | 25 December

Not wanting all the hassle of cooking up a storm this year? Leave it to the experts and attend one of the restaurants offering Christmas lunch. Join a cruise on the Kooaburra Queen, buffet lunch at Six Acres Restaurant, be wined and dined in Restaurant Lurleen's at Sirromet Winery or have the best view of Brisbane at The Terrace in Emporium Hotel, just to name a few.

Woodford Folk Festival | 27 December – 1 January

In its 33rd year, Woodford Folk Festival will bring more than 2000 local, national and international performers to the stage over six days and nights. With over 35 performance venues within the village, festival-goers will be inundated with concerts, dances, street theatre, circus performances and cabarets.

Brisbane International | 30 December - 6 January

Queensland tennis fans have the unique chance to experience the action close-up as the biggest names in world tennis play at the Queensland Tennis Centre, turning on eight days of heart-stopping action and entertainment.

New Year's Eve Fireworks Spectacular | 31 December 

Enjoy an evening of free, family-friendly fun as Brisbane’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks Spectacular returns to South Bank. We've also rounded up all the best venues hosting a New Year's Eve event. Is there any better way to bring in the New Year?

Tanquerary Terrace @ Customs House | Until late December

The pop-up bar will showcase four Tanqueray Gins, mixed with a range of premium Fever Tree Tonics and a citrus pairing for a match made in gin heaven. Not to mention the menu has been designed to compliment the Tanqueray gins with key stand out dishes including the fried pumpkin flowers with goats cheese, sun-dried tomato and thyme with a preserved lemon dressing, smoked trout and sweetcorn fritters and the Moreton Bay bug milk bun with gem lettuce and cocktail sauce.

January 

Jersey Boys | 2-20 January

Jersey Boys tells the true-life story and the rise to stardom of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons who were one of the most successful bands in pop music history. Don’t miss this musical hit.

The Gruffalo's Child | 3-13 January

If you loved The Gruffalo, don't miss this sequel that returns after sell-out Australian tours. Join the Gruffalo’s Child on her adventurous mission in this magical musical adaptation of the much-loved picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

The Illusionists | 9 - 15 January

This mind-blowing spectacular showcases the jaw dropping talents of seven of the most incredible Illusionists on earth. The non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions. Audiences will witness stunning acts of grand illusion, levitation, mindreading, and disappearance.

For Shore Festival | 12 January

The first edition of Sandstone Point Hotel’s For Shore Festival is set to create waves on Saturday 12th January. Escape to the foreshore of Sandstone Point Hotel for a day of sun kissed skin and feel-good music from PNAU, The Presets, SAFIA, Motez, Wafia, Dom Dolla, CXLOE & Future Jr.

The 5k Foam Fest | 12 January

The 5K Foam Fest is a one of kind obstacle course based fun run. Join in for 22+ obstacles including the world's largest inflatable waterslide, mud pits and 2.5 million cubic feet of foam at Sirromet Winery. 

Hydralyte Pro Junior at North Stradbroke Island | 12 - 13 January

The WSL sanctioned Hydralyte Pro Junior event, which includes 18 and under boys and girls divisions, form part of the 2019 WSL Australasian Junior Qualifying Series (JQS), providing the winning athletes with an opportunity to win a coveted world title at the World Surf League Junior Championships in 2020.

Australian Youth Water Polo Championships | 12-24 January

Have a ball in Brisbane. This new national event will bring together more than 190 teams from around the country compete in the National Age Championships for 12&U, 14&U, 16&U and 18&U divisions. 

The Sleeping Beauty | 16-19 January

Enter the magical world of Ballet Theatre of Queensland’s production of The Sleeping Beauty. This beautiful ballet is based on the Charles Perrault fairytale, and set to the famous music of Tchaikovsky. 

Phil Collins | 19 January

Global music legend Phil Collins is set to make his long-anticipated return to Australia with his ‘Not Dead Yet: Live!’ tour. A generational icon, Phil Collins has sold over 280 million records in a career spanning almost 50 years as a solo artist and a member of Genesis.

Florence + The Machine | 22 January

For the first time since the epic sold-out November 2015 tour, Florence Welch and her band are back to unleash a captivating live show on Australian audiences.

The 91-Storey Treehouse at QPAC | 23 - 27 January

Andy and Terry’s Treehouse has reached an amazing 91 Storeys! It’s now more fantastically dangerous than ever, with a deserted desert island, a whirlpool and a giant spider. The team behind the 13-, 26-, 52- and 78-Storey Treehouses live on stage return with a fantastical trip through this wild, weird and wonderful world for children six years and over.

Brisbane Domain Day-Night Test: Australia Vs Sri Lanka | 24-28 January

Don't miss being at the only Domain Day-Night Test this summer at The Gabba. Australia is playing Sri Lanka, so make the most of the Australia Day long weekend and head along to support the Aussies.

Brisbane Roar FC Double Header | 25 January

Coming to the football isn’t just about the game-changing tackles, unbelievable goals and remarkable saves, it’s about you and the friends and families that come together to watch and Roar As One. Women's kick off at 4:20pm and men kick off t 6:50pm.

2019 Australian Sprintcar Championship | 26-27 January

The only national championship for Sprintcar Racing in the country is here, and it comes to Queensland just once every six years. A Sprintcar has a greater power to weight ratio than that of a Formula 1 car.

Keith Urban: Graffiti U World Tour | 31 January - 2 February  

Grammy and ARIA award-winner Keith Urban returns with his first tour in more than two years. This brand-new concert production – a two-hour plus show – features special guest and Julia Michaels.

Recurring events and exhibitions

Cricket: Brisbane Heat Season 2018/19 | Until February

Prepare for massive hits, classic catches and lots of wickets this summer when another season of the KFC Big Bash League returns with seven home games. Cheer on the Brisbane Heat with non-stop entertainment beyond the pitch – yep, there will be fireworks.

Basketball: Brisbane Bullets NBL Season | Until February 

Looks like the Brisbane bullets are back and here to stay with the locals throwing their support behind the team. Head along for a high-energy game before the season ends mid February. 

Baseball: Brisbane Bandits ABL Season | Until February

Look good in yellow? Of course you do. Grab a yellow shirt, baseball cap and head to Holloway Field to cheer on the Brisbane Bandits as they take on their southern rivals.

Moonlight Cinema | Until 31 March

Moonlight Cinema is Australia’s favourite and largest outdoor cinema. Watch advance screenings, summer blockbusters and cult classics under the stars in one of Brisbane's most iconic inner-city green spaces, Roma Street Parkland, all summer long.

Easton Pearson Exhibition | Until 21 April

Stunning patterns, luxe fabric, unique designs with exquisite detail are all indicative of Australian fashion label Easton Pearson. Brisbane fashion icons Pamela Easton and Lydia Pearson have personally selected 200 garments as part of a retrospective for the Museum of Brisbane. Fashionistas don’t miss out on this one. 

2018/19 Hyundai A-League Season | Until 25 April

Cheer on the Brisbane Roar as they go head to head in season 14 of the Hyundai A-League season. Captain Matt McKay and his teammates want you to be the 12th man at Suncorp Stadium and join them to #RoarAsOne!

9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art | Until 28 April


Zico Albaiquni / When it Shook – The Earth stood Still (After Pirous) 2018 / Image courtesy: The artist and Yavuz Gallery

Having been deprived of GOMA’s contemporary art series for too long, we happily announce that the 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT) will be available for viewing during spring and summer. Since 1993, the APT series has drawn more than three million visitors and boasts one of the world’s most significant collections of contemporary Asian and pacific art – so don’t miss it. 

Knockoff | Every Friday

Fridays just got funny at Brisbane Powerhouse. If you’ve been a fan of our comedy on Sundays, we encourage you to knock off early for a chance to start your weekend with a good laugh and a cold beer. A variety of local and Australian comedians will be bringing you the best one-liners, hilarious stories and side-splitting observations on these Friday evenings.

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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