Free Christmas events put the sparkle into Brisbane’s festive season

A sparkling program of free events to bring festive cheer to Brisbane this Christmas was announced by Lord Mayor Graham Quirk today.

The city’s annual Christmas program, Christmas in Brisbane, provides free activities and entertainment for residents, as well as stimulating the retail economy by attracting visitors from Greater Brisbane to the CBD.

This year’s program will build on the success of Christmas 2016, which attracted almost 700,000 visitors to events staged across the CBD, South Bank and Roma Street Parkland.

Cr Quirk said the Christmas season traditionally started with the Lighting of the Christmas Tree, which will be presented by St. George Bank in King George Square on Saturday 25 November.

“The Christmas Tree has undergone an innovative makeover this year following a Brisbane Innovate challenge in May to design a new clean, green and sustainable energy source,” he said.

“The new solar technology will power 8000 LED lights with a new LED star and even a new in-built soundtrack, all designed and built by Queensland-based business LitePix.

“Another annual tradition, the Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols at the Riverstage, will this year star Rhonda Burchmore and Australia’s Eurovision entrant Isaiah, alongside locals Katie Noonan and ABC KIDS band Lah-Lah.”

There will also be a pre-show dance spectacular featuring hundreds of young dancers and singers from performing arts schools all over Brisbane, who will entertain the crowds before the main event.

“Additionally, we are thrilled to have a new local story to light up City Hall in the Gold Lotto City Hall Lights,” Cr Quirk said.

“This new animation will be a narrated story about a young boy who must save Christmas by finding the lost star for the top of the tree, penned by local writer Yvonne Mes.”

Visitors can also enjoy cinema under the stars with a special program of Christmas Movies in the Park in Roma Street Parkland; as well as experience the return of the magical Enchanted Garden light installation in the Spectacle Garden.

“The popular Christmas Parade presented by David Jones will return and march along the Queen Street Mall with brand new floats and characters that will delight children and adults alike,” Cr Quirk said.

“South Bank will once again be a festive hub every evening in the final week before Christmas, staging a fun-filled Christmas Village complete with gift markets in the Arbour, a chance to visit Santa, dive-in Christmas movies on Streets Beach and nightly carol singalongs at River Quay.

“There will also be a Christmas Fireworks Spectacular presented by eatSouthBank from December 20 to 23, set to a soundtrack of your favourite Christmas carols.

“The entire program is free and bookings are not required, so we encourage you to venture in as many times as you like and experience all of the Christmas entertainment on offer.”

For more information and to plan your Christmas in Brisbane visit, go to visitbrisbane.com.au.

Headline events

  • Lighting of the Christmas Tree presented by St. George Bank, King George Square (6.30pm, 25 November)
  • The Gold Lotto City Hall Lights, King George Square (7.30pm-midnight, 8-24 December)
  • The Enchanted Garden, Roma Street Parkland (6.30-9.30pm, 8-17 December)
    Christmas Movies in the Park, The Amphitheatre, Roma Street Parkland (7pm, 8-17 December)
  • BrisStyle Twilight Markets, King George Square (9am-3pm, 9 December)
  • The Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols, Riverstage, City Botanic Gardens (7-9pm (pre-show entertainment from 4.30pm, 9 December)
  • Christmas Parade presented by David Jones, Queen Street Mall to King George Square (7pm, 15-24 December)
  • South Bank’s Christmas Village, South Bank Parklands (3-10pm, 15-23 December)
  • Christmas Beach Cinema, Streets Beach, South Bank Parklands (6pm and 8pm, 15-23 December)
  • Christmas Carols, River Quay Green, South Bank Parklands (5pm, 6pm and 7pm, 15-23 December)
  • Christmas Fireworks Spectacular presented by eatSouthBank, Clem Jones Promenade, South Bank Parklands (7.45pm, 20-23 December)