As your calendar gets busier in the lead up to Christmas it’s worth blocking out an evening or two to spend in Brisbane city. Catch up with friends, add in dinner or drinks at one of the many fabulous city restaurants and bars or just reward yourself for finally finishing your holiday shopping. Here’s a couple of events you won’t want to miss.
1. Gold Lotto City Hall Light Spectacular
Brisbane’s gorgeous refurbished City Hall will be transformed with colour and light from the 12-24 December. The show runs every 15 minutes from 7pm till midnight painting the iconic facade to music. At 7pm sharp the city hall clock will chime and the evenings shows will begin.
Last year was stunning and if this year is even half as good you won’t want to miss out.
Here’s a video made at a previous event to give you an idea of what it’s all about.
2. Myers Christmas Parade and Pantomine
The parade is on every evening from the 12th-21st December. Starting at 6.30pm the 200+ performers of the Christmas parade and pantomime will make their way through the Queen Street mall from the Queen Street end to King George Square.
Each year’s theme is a carefully guarded secret and they’ve all been excellent but each year seems to be able to improve and build on the one before. You know you’re in Australia though when the Three Wise Men ride through the city centre on camels while Mary follows along on a donkey and farmers watched their errant sheep!. Santa even borrowed local deer to allow the reindeer time to rest up for the big day.
Ballerinas, musicians, tin men, acrobatic mice, dancing Christmas gifts, candy canes and a giant gingerbread man are also likely to join in to make it a fun event for the whole family.
3. The Myers Christmas Window Display
Checking out the animated festive display in Myers Queen Street mall windows is a tradition that turns 59 years old this year. I never miss doing this at least once during the holiday season. I’d even confess to making up an excuse to be in the mall the day it opens so I’m one of the first to check it out. The display is open 15th November to 5th January.
4. Lighting of the City Christmas Tree
[column]In King Georges Square you’ll find one of the southern hemispheres largest solar powered Christmas trees. The lighting ceremony takes place at 6.30pm 28th November and the tree will be lit every evening through till Boxing Day.[/column]
5. Christmas Carols in the Park
Technically now called the Lord Mayors Christmas carols but sorry that’s just too egocentric, Council claim credit for Christmas. The carols however, held in the city botanic gardens are definitely worth getting along to.
In 2017, these are on the 13th December from 5-9pm. They’ll be some big name acts, fun for the whole family and a small donation would be very much appreciated by the Mater Little Angels.
Will you be checking out any of Brisbane Citys Christmas event calendar in 2017?