5 fun (and free) Christmassy things to do with the kids in Brisbane

From the moment the girls caught a glimpse of the tired Christmas decorations adorning our local shopping centre weeks ago, they’ve been begging me to decorate our tree and hang lights.

With just under a month to go, Christmas fever is at peak levels in our household with mornings devoted to refining letters to Santa and evenings spent dancing to Christmas carols. Now that the girls are old enough to really enjoy Christmas, I’m planning a fun schedule of Christmas activities for them.

Thankfully, I haven’t had to put too much effort into sourcing Christmas activities as Brisbane City’s The Wonder of Christmas program has taken care of it for me.

Set to kick off this weekend, The Wonder of Christmas program is jam-packed with more than 400 free family events over four weeks. With so much to choose from, it’s hard to narrow it down, but here’s what we have our eyes on.

Lighting of the Christmas Tree in King George Square

This 20m beauty of a tree dressed in 4km (yes, you read that right) of colourful decorations and 16,000 twinkling lights, will officially be lit tomorrow, 27 November. Don’t worry if you miss the official lighting of the tree, it will be illuminating the city’s night skies right up until Christmas Eve.
When and where: 27 November, 6.30pm, King George Square, Brisbane City.

IGA Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols

Carols by candlelight has become a much-loved family tradition of ours over the past years with us setting up a picnic rug under the stars at our local park event. This year we’re going to crank things up a notch and make our way to the Brisbane Riverstage for their Christmas Carols spectacular. The stage is expected to be a visual feast of colours, lighting and dancers, with acts such as Christine Anu, Lah Lah and the winner of The Voice Kids leading carols.
When and where: 12 December, 5pm – 9pm, Riverstage, City Botanic Gardens

Myer Christmas Parade & Pantomime

Who doesn’t love a panto, especially a Christmas panto? This colourful and interactive panto begins with a Christmas parade meandering through the Queen Street Mall to King George Square where the pantomime will be held. Santa and his reindeer will be there along with elves and nativity animals.
When and where: 11 – 20 December, 6.30pm, Queen Street Mall and King George Square, Brisbane City.

The Gold Lotto City Hall Light Spectacular

If you have any ballet fans in your house, they will love this. As part of the light spectacular, the final act of The Nutcracker will be projected onto City Hall for all to enjoy.
When and where: Every 15 minutes from 7.30pm until midnight, 11 December until Christmas Eve.

South Bank’s Christmas Markets presented by eatSouthBank

Okay, so this is more for me than the kids, but I seriously can’t wait to check these markets out. Reminiscent of traditional European Christmas markets, Stanley Plaza’s cobbled streets will be lined with fairy lights and festive decorations, along with the scent of real Christmas trees. There will be Christmas wares, puddings, gingerbread houses and homemade toys.
When and where: 11am – 8pm, 11 – 23 December. Open until 9pm, 17 – 21 December.

Learn more about The Wonder of Christmas program.

Not a bad selection, right?! What Christmas activities will you be doing with your family in the lead up to Christmas?

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3 comments on 5 fun (and free) Christmassy things to do with the kids in Brisbane

  1. Lucy @ Bake Play Smile
    November 27, 2015 at 6:38 am (3 years ago)

    This is great!!! Ok so I now need you to do a things to do in Brisbane after Christmas list! We’re heading up on Christmas night for a week. Cant wait!

  2. megan
    November 27, 2015 at 8:48 am (3 years ago)

    I was just looking at this program yesterday! Doesn’t it look great?! We love heading into the city for the lights!!! Also off to see a ballet with the girls in a few Saturdays time…Qld Youth Ballet I think. Can’t wait! We also take the five cousins to a ballet or play in the lead up to Christmas.

  3. [email protected] The Builders Wife
    November 27, 2015 at 11:45 am (3 years ago)

    Thinking that I really need to head into Southbank and check out those markets, it’s been a few years since I’ve been to them. Might even stop for some dinner and a glass of wine 🙂


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