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Christmas Carols in Brisbane: The BEST List for Families 2023

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!

Christmas Carols signal that the festive season’s in full swing in shopping centres, on the radio and even when you’re on hold during a phone call… but nothing beats going to a live event to sing along and share the Christmas spirit.

Christmas Carols in Brisbane this year will be held in venues throughout the city. So you’ll know where and when they’re on, we’ve compiled the following list of recommended events.

If you would like to update your entry or add to our article, please email Janine – Editor@FamiliesMagazine.com.au

The BEST Christmas Carols in Brisbane

Brisbane carols are listed here in date order….

Saturday 25 November 2023

Rotary Club of Mt Gravatt Christmas Markets & Carols | Mt Gravatt

Free community event with food trucks, Christmas market stalls, children’s activities, carols program and movie in the park (Elf!), and of course Santa!

  • When: Sat 25 Nov
  • Where: Mr Gravatt Showgrounds
  • Time: 4pm – 9pm

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Jimboomba Christmas Brigade | Jimboomba

Dress up the kids in Christmas theme and head down from 6pm for Christmas carols and a fun night of festive activities.

  • When: Sat 25 Nov
  • Where: Jimboomba State School
  • Time: 6pm-8pm

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Bardon/Toowong Christmas Carols | Toowong

The Rotary Club of Toowong presents the Bardon/Toowong Christmas Carols on Saturday 25th November 2023 from 2pm to 4.30pm featuring:

• Amanda Hutton Mezzo Soprano
• Benjamin O’Regan
• Willy Wagtails and Canaries Childrens Choir
• Viva La Musica Community Choir
• Compere Rhonda Davidson-Irwin
• Special appearance from the Claus family!

Free glitter face painting for children and free water and cordial from the Drug ARM Street Outreach van. Sausage sizzle, cold drinks, coffee and ice cream for sale.

  • When: Sat 25 Nov
  • Where: Brisbane Botanic Gardens
  • Time: 2pm – 4.30pm

Friday 1 December 2023

Lord Mayor’s Lighting of the Christmas Tree | Brisbane

This year, the Lighting of the Christmas Tree presented by The Lott by Golden Casket will be held at King George Square from 6:20pm on Friday 1 December 2023.

The festivities will include live musical performances of cherished Christmas tunes, including a special performance by Dami Im, as Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner illuminates the impressive 22-metre tree- marking the beginning of the Christmas festivities in Brisbane!

Following the official lighting event, the Christmas Tree will remain in King George Square for all to enjoy this festive season.

  • When: Fri 1 Dec
  • Where: King George Square, 100 Adelaide Street, Brisbane
  • Time: 6.20pm – 7.30pm

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Saturday 2 December 2023

Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols | Brisbane

christmas in brisbane carols

The Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols is Brisbane’s premier annual Christmas event and returns on Saturday 2 December in 2023 to spread joy to the world with a dazzling evening of high kicks, high notes and hijinks.

Hosted by Queensland’s first lady of song, Naomi Price, this world-class evening of entertainment features a cavalcade of stars from stage and screen including Dami Im, Johnny Manuel, Caroline O’Connor, Swing on This, Loren Hunter, Rebecca Cassidy, Jack Chambers, Irena Lysiuk, Alisha Todd and Brooke Schubert. Audience favourites The Jingle Belles return in 2023 under the direction of superstar chorographer Kate Wormald and of course – it wouldn’t be Christmas without a VIP visit from Santa himself!

Please note tickets are limited. Tickets are $5 each for patrons aged 18 years and over (under 18 years of age are free but they still need to book a free ticket). 

  • When: Sat 2 Dec
  • Where: Brisbane Riverstage
  • Time: Gates open from 4pm, entertainment 6pm – 9pm

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Murrumba Christmas Spectacular | Murrumba Downs

The sweet sounds of Christmas carols will bring the joy of Christmas to John Oxley Reserve on Saturday 2nd December for the Murrumba Christmas Spectacular.

Bring your little elves along for this very merry, north of Brisbane Xmas carols community event. Featuring food trucks, stage entertainment, kids activities and of course Christmas carols you’re sure to get into the Christmas spirit. Plus don’t miss a visit from SANTA and the fireworks show at 8pm!

  • When: Sat 2 Dec
  • Where: John Oxley Reserve
  • Time: 4pm – 8pm

Jingle all the Bay | Sandgate

Jingle all the Bay
Jingle all the Bay

There’s so much to do at Jingle All the Bay, an event that transforms Sandgate Town Centre into a heap of FREE festive fun each year. Families will love the iconic Christmas street parade, hundreds of markets, Santa Claus photo opportunity, delicious food stalls, stages of entertainment, kids workshops plus amusements including a train ride and animal farm.

  • When: Sat 2 Dec
  • Where: Sandgate Town Centre
  • Time: 3pm-9pm

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Hills Community Carols | Ferny Hills

Organisers are excited that The Hills Community Carols presented by GVK Lions Club Inc, Ferny Districts Amateur Fishing Club and Moreton Bay Regional Council are back in 2023 at George Willmore Park!! Treat yo’elf to an amazing afternoon of entertainment, rides, food stalls, face painting, fireworks and a visit from Santa. Bring the family, meet up with friends, pack a rug or a chair, and enjoy some festive cheer. 

  • When: Sat 2 Dec 
  • Where: George Willmore Park
  • Time: 4pm

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Multicap Christmas Carols | Eight Mile Plains

Multicap’s Christmas Carols brings together Multicap friends, families, and the local community to celebrate the festive season!

There will be markets, live music, food vendors, art, free activities and games for everyone to enjoy. Multicap’s creative arts team will also play an active role, showcasing their unique artwork, with an on-site cafe serving food and drinks at the event.

  • When: Sat 2 Dec
  • Where: Multicap HQ, 269 Padstow Road Eight Mile Plains
  • Time: 3pm – 7pm

Find out more about these carols here.

Wakerley Carols | Wakerley

Wakerley Carols has something for the whole family. You’re invited to join in for an afternoon of tasty treats, live music, arts & crafts, and rides leading into an evening of Christmas carols and a fireworks finale. This free community event is an initiative of the Port of Brisbane Rotary club supported by Brisbane City Council, local businesses, and service organisations.

  • When: Sat 2 Dec
  • Where: Wakerley Park
  • Time: 3pm, carols from 6pm

Check out these carols on Facebook here.

Flagstone Twilight Markets & Community Carols | Flagstone

Flagstone Twilight Markets will return in collaboration with a carol event on Saturday 2 December 2023. Browse the boutique and handmade market stallholders to find great gift ideas just in time for Christmas. Delicious food trucks will be at the event to fill hungry tummies and Santa will be making a visit too! Enjoy the magical Christmas spirit as you listen and sing-a-long to your favourite Christmas carols.

  • When: Sat 2 Dec
  • Where: Flagstone State School
  • Time: 4pm-8pm

See the details of their event here.

Sunday 3 December 2023

Redcliffe Christmas Carols | Kippa-Ring

Take a drive out from the river city to see some of the best Christmas Carols in Brisbane. The signature giant snow globes will be back, providing the perfect white Christmas photo opportunity. Santa’s Village will feature Christmas-themed roving entertainment, kids’ workshops, free face-painting and more! Don’t forget to bring your best vocals with lots of family-friendly entertainment on offer! 

  • When:  Sun 3 Dec
  • Where: Nathan Road Sports Ground
  • Time: 4pm-8pm

Redcliffe Christmas Carols details here

Centenary Community Carols | Middle Park

The Centenary Salvation Army hosts the annual Carols in the Park, held at The Peter Lightfoot Oval for the Centenary Suburbs. This popular event is sponsored by local businesses and organizations and is attended by thousands every year.

This year’s Carols in the Park will be held on Sunday 3rd December 2023. Afternoon activities and the Twilight Markets from 4-6pm and then the 1 hour concert commencing at 7pm including: Fireworks, live nativity animals, concert featuring many popular carols, guest artists and Santa, food and craft available for purchase and so much more.

Don’t forget the Twilight Markets with over 30 local vendors, open from 4pm to 6pm.

  • When: Sun 3 Dec
  • Where: Peter Lightfoot Park
  • Time: 4-6pm

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Kelvin Grove Community Carols and Fete | Kelvin Grove

Pop along to the community carols at Kelvin Grove for live music, Christmas stalls, activities for the kids and FREE food! Then sing your heart out at the twilight carols. Find out more

  • When: Sun 3 Dec
  • Where: A Block at QUT Kelvin Grove
  • Time: From 6.30pm

Friday 8 December 2023

A Whimsical, Wonderful Christmas Show | Brisbane

Sleigh into Queen Street Mall for a magical journey as they unwrap the joy of the holiday season with an enchanting Christmas feature show, ‘A Whimsical, Wonderful Christmas.’

Mark your calendars for Friday, December 8, 15 and 22 2023 when the Main Stage (outside Uptown) will come alive with festive delight. This is a FREE family event and the show will run between 5pm-7:30pm.

  • When: Fri 8 Dec
  • Where: Queens St Mall
  • Time: 5pm-7.30pm

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Saturday 9 December 2023

Caboolture Christmas Carols | Caboolture

‘Tis the season to be jolly this Christmas in the Moreton Bay Region, so be sure to head along to the Caboolture Christmas Carols. Pack a picnic blanket or chairs and jingle your way down to Centenary Lakes Park in Caboolture for a truly MAGICAL evening. FREE ENTRY. 

  • When: Sat 9 Dec
  • Where: Centenary Lakes Park
  • Time: 4pm-8pm

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Christmas Carols Aspley Hornets | Aspley

Tis the time to sing and dance and bring in the Christmas spirit that we all love. The Aspley Hornets would like to invite the whole family to go and enjoy free Christmas Carols on the Field.

The AFL field will transform into a Christmas Wonderland, with markets, rides, food trucks, a live band, carols, plus a visit from Santa!

When: Sat 9 Dec
Where: Aspley Hornets
Time: 4.30pm

Find more details about the carols here.

City of Logan Christmas Carols | Meadowbrook

The City of Logan Christmas Carols is the city’s biggest annual Christmas event, celebrating the magic and joy of the festive season.

Bring your own picnic or enjoy a fantastic variety of delicious food available. Get in the Christmas spirit with a free Santa photo, enjoy free face painting, and get excited for the Christmas colouring-in competition.

Kids will love the Christmas PAW Patrol stage show as their favourite pups save the day with their teamwork and unique skills. PAW Patrol – let’s roll!

This free, family-friendly event will have you singing along to all your favourite Christmas carols with the amazing stage show. The night will end with a magnificent fireworks spectacle!

  • When: Sat 9 Dec 
  • Where: Kingston Butter Factory Cultural Precinct
  • Time: 2pm

Find out more

Sunday 10 December 2023

North Lakes Christmas Carols | North Lakes

Get into the Christmas spirit this festive season in Moreton Bay. Pack a picnic blanket and jingle your way down to Kinsellas Sports Complex in North Lakes on Sunday 10th of December from 4pm – 8pm for a truly SPECTACULAR evening.

Back by popular demand are the Christmas Llamas! Families can give them a pat and even have their photos taken with them.

Meet Santa and snap up a photo with your family. Santa’s Village will feature Christmas-themed roving entertainment, kids workshops, free face-painting and more!

Treat the family to a delicious meal from one of their food trucks available at the event. You will be spoiled for choice!

Don’t forget to bring your best vocals with lots of family-friendly entertainment on offer! Everyone can get into the spirit of the season while enjoying a stellar line-up of local artists and community groups performing all your favourite Christmas carols!

  • When: Sun 10 Dec
  • Where: Kinsellas Sports Complex
  • Time: 4pm – 8pm

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Friday 15 December 2023

A Whimsical, Wonderful Christmas Show | Brisbane

Sleigh into Queen Street Mall for a magical journey as they unwrap the joy of the holiday season with an enchanting Christmas feature show, ‘A Whimsical, Wonderful Christmas.’

Mark your calendars for Friday, December 8, 15 and 22 2023 when the Main Stage (outside Uptown) will come alive with festive delight. This is a FREE family event and the show will run between 5pm-7:30pm.

  • When: Fri 15 Dec
  • Where: Queens St Mall
  • Time: 5pm-7.30pm

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Saturday 16 December 2023

Christmas By Starlight

Christmas by Starlight, Redlands Coast’s largest free community event, will be held on Saturday 16 December 2023 at Norm Price Park­ – Redland Showgrounds, Cleveland.

Hosted by Redland City Council and attracting more than 10,000 people, the event will feature some of the finest local talent performing alongside renowned entertainers as the Redland Showgrounds are transformed into a magical and musical Christmas spectacular.

The all-age family event will begin at 3pm with an afternoon of free activities for children, roving entertainment, rides, and face painting. Families will be treated to a range of food truck delights and merchandise stalls set up by local not-for-profit community groups and licensed commercial operators. Afternoon entertainment will also be held on the main stage as a prelude to the spectacular Christmas by Starlight concert.

At approximately 8.30pm, the event will close for a five-minute firework display to be delivered by Mr Fireworks, subject to weather and other conditions.

  • When: Sat 16 Dec
  • Where: Norm Price Park, Cleveland
  • Time: 3pm til late

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Ascot Green Christmas Carols and Market | Ascot

Enjoy the most magical time of the year with your family and friends at Brisbane Racing Club’s Ascot Green Christmas Carols and Market held in Eagle Farm Racecourse’s St Leger Lawn Marquee.

Enjoy a festive celebration like no other, where you’ll be treated to Christmas carol performances from the renowned Brisbane Excelsior Brass Band and Opera Queensland as you browse market stalls, grab a delicious bite from the food trucks, or take part in the array of kid-friendly activities on offer.

  • When: Sat 16 Dec
  • Where: Eagle Farm Racecourse St Leger Lawn, 230 Lancaster Rd, Ascot
  • Time: 5pm to 8pm

Find out more and book your tickets here.

Sunday 17 December 2023

Christmas Carnival | Sandstone Point

Christmas Carnival
Christmas Carnival

Brace your elves! It’s the event you’ve all been pining for… The annual Christmas Carnival is back at Sandstone Point Hotel on Sunday 17th December and it’s going to be merrier than ever.

If you love the holiday season deerly, it would be rude-olph to miss this! Enjoy plenty of festivities for the whole family! From 2pm, find that perfect gift at the Christmas markets or have a tree-mendous time enjoying the food stalls, fireworks, live music, kids rides, entertainment and of course a visit from Santa!

Get ready for your favourite Christmas carols and rockin’ around the Christmas tree. You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout we’re tellin’ you why! The Christmas Carnival is coming to town and it’s snow joke that tickets will go quick.

  • When: Sun 17 Dec
  • Where: Sandstone Point Hotel
  • Time: 2pm – 8pm

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Pine Rivers Christmas Carols | Strathpine

Pack a picnic blanket or chairs and jingle your way down to Pine Rivers Park in Strathpine for a truly magical evening. Take a stroll under festoon lighting and enjoy local crafts, jewellery, handmade goods, toys and more. Santa’s village will be making a return and the evening will conclude with an awe-inspiring fireworks display. 

  • When:  Sun 17 Dec
  • Where: Pine Rivers Park
  • Time: 4pm-8pm

Find out more here

Bray Park Christmas Festival | Bray Park

Love Christmas? You’ll love the Bray Park Christmas Festival! At this free Christmas event there will be 3 carol sessions.

There will be fun for everyone, including free jumping castles, a baby animal farm, kids’ activities, food and live music.

You’ll also be able to purchase specialty coffee or something to feast upon from one of the food trucks! There will be market stalls for your last-minute Christmas shopping as well.
The outdoor Festival runs from 4PM to 7PM.

Sit in air-conditioning and enjoy some festive carols at one of our three shows throughout the festival!

What a perfect way to celebrate!

  • When: Sun 17 Dec
  • Where: Oasis Church
  • Time: Show times 3pm, 5pm, 7pm

Find out more about this huge festival here.

Friday 22 December 2023

A Whimsical, Wonderful Christmas Show | Brisbane

Sleigh into Queen Street Mall for a magical journey as they unwrap the joy of the holiday season with an enchanting Christmas feature show, ‘A Whimsical, Wonderful Christmas.’

Mark your calendars for Friday, December 8, 15 and 22 2023 when the Main Stage (outside Uptown) will come alive with festive delight. This is a FREE family event and the show will run between 5pm-7:30pm.

  • When: Fri 22 Dec
  • Where: Queens St Mall
  • Time: 5pm-7.30pm

Find out more

Looking for more Christmas Brisbane fun?

Check out our list of Christmas Markets Brisbane here.

What have you got planned for Christmas lunch? If the idea of outsourcing is appealing be sure to read our guide to the BEST places for Christmas Lunch.

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

17 thoughts on “Christmas Carols in Brisbane: The BEST List for Families 2023”

  1. These are last year’s dates … what’s happening this year (2021)? I am interested in the New Farm Park event on Sunday, 5th December please

  2. Rotary Light up Carols Under the Stars
    When: Sunday, December 3, 2017, 5:30 – 7:30pm EAST
    Location: New Farm Park Rotunda
    Rotary Club New Farm & Cr Vicki Howard
    Event type: Christmas
    Description:Community Christmas Carols & Santa on stage with QLd Show Choir Francesca De Valence and our compere Victoria Carthew from Channel 7. Please join us for Food and Fun Christmas Candles Glow sticks and cards.


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