5 fun (and free) festive things to do with kids in Brisbane this Christmas

If your house is anything like mine, you’ll be deep in the throes of Christmas fever.

Miss Six is onto her fortieth letter to Santa, while Miss Four has been begging me since late October to put up the Christmas tree.

And who am I kidding? I’m freaking excited too. I can’t wait to hang up the Christmas stockings, put on my reindeer earrings, and rock out to Mariah Carey’s All I want for Christmas. Egg nog, anyone?

Christmas is coming, people, whether you like it or not. It’s time to get into the spirit and start planning fun, festive activities the whole family will love.

If you’re in the Brisbane area, rest assured you’re on Santa’s nice list. Set to kick off on Friday 25 November, Brisbane City’s Oh What Fun It Is program guarantees four weeks of free, festive fun for the whole family.

The girls and I have been studying the Christmas program, with memories of last year’s spectacular Christmas events fresh in our minds.

Here’s what we have our eyes on this year.

Lighting of the Christmas Tree in King George Square
As the sun sets on the city next Friday night 25 November, the 20 metre Christmas tree will come alive with thousands of twinkling lights. A Christmas tradition for many Brisbane families, the lighting of the Christmas tree is the perfect way to kick off the festive season.
When and where: 25 November, 6.30pm. King George Square.

The Gold Lotto City Hall Light Spectacular
The City Hall Light Spectacular was a highlight for our girls last year and we can’t wait to see it again. This year, a fun Aussie Christmas story will be projected onto City Hall.
When and where: Every 15 minutes from 7.30pm until midnight, 9 December until Christmas Eve. Brisbane City Hall, King George Square.

Christmas Parade Presented by David Jones
Another favourite for us, the Christmas parade is a spectacular sight full of cute Christmas characters, fun and music. Make sure you keep an eye out for Santa! Hot tip: Secure your spot early!
When and where: Nightly at 7pm from 16 December until Christmas Eve. Commences at the Edward Street end of the Queen Street Mall and finishes in King George Square.

Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols
As always, the Christmas Carols are set to be a sensational event with big name entertainers, including Rhonda Burchmore, Luke Kennedy, Reece Mastin, Lah-Lah and many more.
When and Where: 10 December, 5pm – 9.15pm. Brisbane Riverstage.

The Enchanted Garden
We can’t wait to check out the magical Enchanted Garden display in Roma Street Parklands. New this year, the Enchanted Garden will involve lantern making before a tour through beautiful garden settings.
When and Where: Check the Christmas in Brisbane website for Enchanted Garden and lantern making dates and times.

These events are just the tip of the Christmas tree. There are so many more fun and free events on offer as part of the Oh What Fun It Is program. Check out the full program now.

What Christmas activities do you have planned with your family? What family traditions do you get involved in?

This is not a sponsored post. We attended many of these events as a family last year and we highly recommend them.

5 comments on 5 fun (and free) festive things to do with kids in Brisbane this Christmas

  1. Karin @ Calm to Conniption
    November 17, 2016 at 8:04 pm (2 years ago)

    Yay for Christmas!! Thank you for this. I can’t wait to get into town to watch the city hall lights but I still think Len is too young. Our tree is up and there would be no judging if you had cracked out those earings already.

    • mummywifeme
      November 17, 2016 at 8:40 pm (2 years ago)

      Lol! I have been eyeing them off 🙂 Yes, it might be a little young for him – something to look forward to next year maybe 🙂

  2. Julie Cavaney
    November 19, 2016 at 9:35 am (2 years ago)

    I love Christmas too. But I am waiting for 1st of December to put the tree up as my toddler will destroy it.

  3. Bec Senyard
    November 29, 2016 at 12:49 pm (2 years ago)

    The Enchanted Garden Sounds AMAZING! I love this time of year and can’t wait to take our girls into the city to see the parade and light show on City Hall.

    • mummywifeme
      November 29, 2016 at 9:18 pm (2 years ago)

      It really does, I can’t wait to see it!!


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