Looking for Christmas activities for your kids (and yourself) this year? We’ve got Christmas all wrapped up and tied together in a neat little bow just for you! In this article you’ll find a huge round-up of what’s on and what’s what this summer leading up to and including Christmas!
There are so many exciting things to do with your kids this Christmas that we cannot wait for school to finish! We will add to this list as we hear of new events, so perhaps bookmark this page and use it as your ‘go-to’ when looking for new ideas!
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- Christmas activities in Brisbane City
- Christmas activities at South Bank
- Outdoor cinema – Dendy Powerhouse
- Christmas activities at Roma St Parkland
- Christmas markets
- Christmas carols
- Local maps for Christmas lights
- White Christmas activities at MovieWorld
- Christmas Lights Bus Tours
- Christmas activities and events by date on our calendar
- Sensory Santas around Brisbane
- Christmas Charity
- Christmas Eve box ideas
- Looking for more Christmas activities?
Christmas activities in Brisbane City
Want to see a huge Christmas tree in King George Square? How about an incredible Christmas themed light show projected on the historic City Hall? We highly recommend checking out Christmas in the City this year!
Families tip: Go in early, do some shopping, eating, and then finish the night off with a trip to King George Square.
Christmas activities at South Bank
Easily one of the most popular places in Brisbane for Christmas activities is South Bank. With a Christmas Cinema, Santa Stopover where kids can meet Santa plus live festive performances, you will definitely go home with a smile on your face.
Outdoor cinema – Dendy Powerhouse
Nothing says you’re in Queensland more than gathering with your friends and family and enjoying the outdoor lifestyle year-round so what better way to mix our love of film and cinema going than with the ultimate outdoor movie experience. No longer do you have to stay inside for your cultural fix.
With such an iconic landmark as Brisbane Powerhouse and set alongside the picturesque New Farm Park and the Brisbane River, it is the perfect backdrop to set the stage for a stylish, comfortable and unique escape into the world of movies. The experience opens on 10 November, 2023 and the programme runs all year round but it’s a great addition to your plans if you’re looking for summer Christmas activities in Brisbane.
Christmas activities at Roma St Parkland
Roma Street Parkland will be holding The Enchanted Garden over November and December suitable for families with children. Find out what to expect and how to book your ticket in our review here. You can also read our full review of Roma Street Parkland and why it’s a great destination for families here.
- The event runs from Thursday 23 November – Wednesday 20 December, 2023
- Ticket sales are now open
- Entry is in 15 minute time-slots and it takes about an hour to see the walk-through display
One of the most popular articles on our website is our Christmas markets page. It’s updated daily with new markets that are being set up especially for Christmas. Some include rides for the kids and visits from Santa. Which of these Christmas Markets are the best ones and near where you live?
There is something special about this time of the year, that makes you want to don a candle and get out with the family and SING! Christmas Carols in Brisbane always guarantee a fun family night out due to the Queensland weather and unrivaled community spirit. So many community groups go above and beyond to spread Christmas cheer each year. The great news is we will see a lot of Christmas Carols in Brisbane events go ahead in 2023!
Local maps for Christmas lights
You told us you loved our maps and street lists so we’re doing it again this year! You’ll find we’re breaking it down by best lights by area and if you click on the link you will go to a special map! Once there, you’ll find a list of streets in best/most efficient driving order so you don’t have to work it out yourself.
White Christmas activities at MovieWorld
The Movie World White Christmas is an incredible event for the whole family. Every year Movie World puts on a dazzling display of lights, decorations, street performances, music, and a spectacular Christmas parade.
Christmas Lights Bus Tours
One of the most spectacular celebrations of Christmas in Brisbane would have to be the Xmas Lights displays! Houses all over the river city are decked out in flashing lights bringing festive cheer to all. Ideally, there’s no better way to see them than on a bus tour. The Brisbane City Council and other providers offer these Christmas activities for Brisbane families. Find out more here.
Christmas activities and events by date on our calendar
If you are looking for Christmas activities in Brisbane on a specific date for your family, then take a look at our calendar. Updated daily and chock full of things to do with kids for Christmas this year.
Sensory Santas around Brisbane
If your child has special sensory needs sensory overload can be very distressing. That’s why a visit to a Sensory Santa (also known as Sensitive Santa and Caring Santa) can be super helpful. Thankfully it can mean you can get that special family Santa photo after all.
Becoming involved in Christmas charity work isn’t just the moral thing to do – it’s a way to teach our own children the values of empathy, respect and kindness. For a Christmas family activity with a difference think about getting involved with some of these great Christmas charity initiatives.
Christmas Eve box ideas
There is a growing tradition of giving kids a Christmas Eve Box on the 24th of December to get them right into the spirit of Xmas. Some families I know use this additional gift as a way to get the kids to go to bed without a fuss on Christmas Eve. Whatever your reason for creating a Christmas Eve box, we’ve put together a few ideas for your kids (and one for the mummas too!)
Looking for more Christmas activities?
We’ve all learned recently that community is more important than ever! If you’ve made some new neighbourhood buddies throughout the chaos of the last few years why not hold a Christmas street party to celebrate your newfound friendships.
Another idea is to start a Christmas family tradition. Not sure where to start? We’ve got the ultimate Christmas family traditions list for you here.
Lastly, why not get crafty with the kids whilst ticking off the Christmas never-ending gift-buying list. Here are some great homemade gift ideas you can make together this Christmas.