Best of Christmas In Brisbane 2013
1. Christmas by the Sea – Saturday 7 December
Christmas fever has taken over the Scarborough Beach Parklands, with festivities kicking off on Saturday December 7. The annual street parade is back, along with the markets and petting zoo. Even Santa’s Village making a return for the holidays!
2. The Nutcracker – Thursday 5 December to Saturday 21 December
A beautiful retelling of a classical favourite, The Nutcracker has made its way to the Queensland Performing Arts Centre for the Christmas season! Adults and children alike will be enchanted by the story of Clara and her magical Nutcracker prince. Featuring a full cast of toy soldiers, giant mice and other wonderful characters, this is certainly a magical evening out for the whole family to enjoy!
3. The Brisbane Lord Mayor’s Carols in the City – Saturday 14 December
When it comes to Christmas cheer, Brisbane goes all out with this Carolling celebration held at the Brisbane Riverstage. More than a dozen special guests will be helping you and your family bring in the festive season, including Paulini Curuenavuli, Silvie Paladino, Debra Byrne, Ian Stenlake, Colin Buchanan and Lauren Porter.
Gates open on Saturday December 14 at 5PM, with pre-show entertainment starting at 5:30. The main carol event will begin at 7.15 and end at 9.30.
4. Myer Christmas Parade & Pantomime – Friday 13 December to Sunday 22 December
One of Brisbane’s favourite Christmas events, the Myer Parade & Pantomime is enjoyed by both locals and visitors of all ages. The Parade features more than 200 performers, and begins at Edward Street. Clara from The Nutcracker leads the parade through the Queen St Mall to George Square, where the 2013 energetic Pantomime is held.
The procession also displays a range of Christmas ornaments! Sure to dazzle the little ones and bring a smile to everyone’s faces, the Myer Christmas Parade & Pantomime should not be missed!
5. The City Sounds – Christmas Up Late – Friday 13 December to Tuesday 24 December
'Featuring a huge list of artists and performers, The City Sounds – Christmas Up Late concert series sets the stage for touring and local acts to bring in the holiday season. All the performances are free to enjoy while doing some late-night Christmas shopping or just wandering around the city on one of the coming warm nights. Every evening between Friday the 13th and Tuesday the 24th of December, a number of artists will be performing within the area at 7PM, 8PM and 9PM timeslots. Artists include but are not limited to Astrid & The Asteroids, The Bon Scotts, Alex Bell, Mustered Courage and Daniel Champagne.
6. Lighting of the Brisbane City Christmas Tree – Friday 29 December
Come and join Brisbane’s Lord Mayor Graham Quirk on Friday 29 November for the annual lighting of the Brisbane Christmas Tree in King George Square. A family friendly event, you can spend the evening admiring the brand new Christmas decorations, enjoying live entertainment with the big event at 7PM.
7. Gold Lotto City Hall Light Spectacular – Friday 13 December to Tuesday 24 December
For the first time ever, you can watch in amazement and pure entertainment as the Brisbane City Hall is adorned in a lightshow spectacular. Starting on Friday 13 December at 7:30 PM, come along to see the building cast in gorgeous Christmas images including trees, presents, holly and Nutcrackers. Watch as it comes alive with colours, characters and movement, sure to capture your imagination and get you in the right mood for Christmas!
8. Christmas Dinner Cruises – Sundays 15, 22 and 29 December
If you need to celebrate Christmas a little early this year because of a group function or family needs, you should consider a Christmas dinner cruise departing 7PM from Eagle Street Pier on Friday 15, 22 and 29 December. Enjoy the sights of Brisbane from the river as you cruise by and indulge in a delicious seafood and carvery buffet.
9. An Australian Christmas – Saturday 7 to Sunday 8 December
If you want a Christmas celebration with a decidedly Australian feel to it, then Australian Christmas event held at Workshops Rail Museum should definitely make it onto your calendar. This is sure to be an event to draw the kids in with the opportunity to meet Santa, the Bush Galah who will sing to you very Australian Christmas songs, rides on the bouncy train and even a miniature steam train adventure! There will be other activities as well, including backyard cricket, badminton and volleyball and the opportunity to craft your own Christmas decorations.
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