Where is it: Queen Street Mall and parading through to King George Square
What's it all about: A wonderful Christmas-themed parade of dancing, music and even reindeers!
How can I join in: Get in to the mall and save your spot along the route early as this parade is very popular - then wait and enjoy the show!
Tell me more: A fun family tradition here in Brisbane, this parade will get you right into the Christmas spirit with lots of performers dancing and singing their way through the Queen Street Mall! It runs nightly from 7pm in the lead up to Christmas. Spectators line the path of the parade - if you plan ahead you may be able to book a prime seat at one of the many restaurants along the route and take in this amazing show! The highlight (of course) is Santa! Join on to the end of the march as it passes and weave on through the mall and through to King George Square, just in time for the amazing City Hall Light Spectacular! :
Where is it: King George Square, Brisbane City What's it all about: It's a short movie projected onto the outside City Hall!
How can I join in: Every 15 minutes they show the same little story - so just roll on up to King George Square any time after 7:30pm in the lead-up to Christmas to join in the fun of Christmas in the City!
Tell me more: The City Hall Lights Spectacular is a real spectacle! It’s such a nice way to end your night after watching the wonderful Christmas Parade through Queen Street Mall - you can join in behind the parade for a fun march down to King George Square, or just roll on up at your own leisure to see this fun little animated movie! The movie is told specifically for Brisbane - composed to be projected directly onto our own City Hall and is always really engaging and great for all ages! It's only a short film - only 7 or 8 minutes long and starts every 15 minutes so there's no need to worry if you turn up half way through! Definitely one of the must see Christmas events in the city!
Where is it: 168 Fernberg Road, Paddington
What's it all about: Queensland’s historic Government House and gardens opens its gates to the public to share in their Christmas lights display!
How can I join in: Roll on up between 7 and 8pm every night between 8 - 12 December to see the beautiful gardens and light display!
Tell me more: The heritage-listed Government House (or sometimes known as Fernberg) - the official residence of the Governor of Queensland - is a beautiful building with magnificent gardens with only opens its doors to the public on a few occasions each year. One of those occasions happens to be in the lead up to Christmas so that it can show off its very impressive Christmas lights display, covering the house itself and lots more lights throughout the gardens! There's plenty of room to wander (or for the kids to run) about in the gardens and take in this beautiful piece of Queensland heritage and wonderful light display!
Where is it: All South East city train lines!
What's it all about: A special train with some very special passengers!
How can I join in: Check Queensland Rail's website to find the details of which line the Santa Express will be running on!
Tell me more: Every year in the lead up to Christmas, Queensland Rail has some very special passengers riding on-board their network! Generally a specially decorated train (a standard commuter train so plenty of seats available) – last year’s was complete with a Rudolph nose and antlers – running on a different line every day so no matter where you are in Brisbane, you shouldn't be too far away from joining in! No need to pre-order tickets (you can also use your Go-card) - just keep an eye out for the right train and hop on board! Santa and his helpers wander through the train, singing and dancing, stopping for photos and you might even get a candy cane or two!
Where is it: Surfers Paradise Beach, opposite Soul Boardwalk
How can I join in: You can meet Santa and his reindeer on the beach for a photo in the lead up to Christmas - check out the link for more details!
Tell me more: Having Christmas in summer means that we have to do things a little differently here in Queensland! We have a distinct lack of snow here which means that Santa can't really get around on a sleigh. But he's more than happy to skydive onto the beach, which is just as exciting as a reindeer powered sleigh! Such a fun sight for the kids, and the Surfers Paradise Beach is the perfect place to welcome Santa and a couple of his reindeer friends!
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