Christmas in Brisbane City 2022 | A Guide for Families this Year

Christmas in Brisbane City Hall Lights
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Your guide to the best free events to celebrate Christmas in Brisbane – the most magical time of year. This year, make plans to celebrate ALL of the fabulous FREE festivities our city has to offer!  This is the best list of things to do with kids in Brisbane this Christmas!

The great news is Brisbane’s inner-city will be a magical destination once again this Christmas, hosting free festive celebrations all across the CBD and South Bank. A visit to the city to see the giant Christmas Tree, City Hall lights and other fantastical festive delights are must-do’s on every family’s holiday wish list.

Each year for 4 weeks Brisbane celebrates Christmas in tinsel-filled style.  There are plenty of free Christmas events so pull out your calendar and pencil in some of these crackers!

All these events are yet to be confirmed for 2022

Lighting the Brisbane City Christmas Tree

Lord Mayor's Lighting of the Christmas 2020

Image credit: Visit Brisbane

TBC for 2022: It’s one of Brisbane’s most favourite traditions. Heading to King George Square to watch the lighting of the HUGE Christmas tree squeezed in with hundreds of other Brisbanites. This year, the Lighting of the Christmas Tree will be an held at King George Square and live-streamed via Brisbane City Facebook page, from 6.30pm – 7.30pm on Friday November 26.

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner will turn on the 22m-high Christmas tree’s twinkling lights accompanied by special Christmas musical performances to get you in the festive mood. The Brisbane Christmas Tree will be on display from 26 November to 6 January in King George Square. 

  • Where: King George Square or Online via the Brisbane City Council Facebook Page
  • When: Friday 26 November at 6:30pm
  • Find out more here.

Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols 

TBC for 2022: A special event not to be missed is the Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols at the City Botanic Garden’s Riverstage on Saturday 11 December. 

The Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols is presented by Subway and produced by The Little Red Company. Hosted by Queensland’s first lady of song Naomi Price, the new-look Carols features a superstar cast of local legends including Kate Miller-Heidke, Sheppard, Troy Cassar-Daley and Jem Cassar-Daley and Marcus Corowa, plus an extra-special appearance from true-blue Queensland icons Bluey and Bingo in a world-first performance backed by a live orchestra.

Tickets are limited, so be sure to reserve your free seats for this popular annual event.

  • Date: Saturday 11 December
  • Time: from 4pm – 9pm
  • Entry is $5 and bookings are essential to attend.
  • Tickets will be available from 1 December

Christmas in the Queen Street Mall 

TBC for 2022: Enjoy the magic of Christmas in the Queen Street Mall with daily pop-up performances and roaming entertainment that’s sure to delight all ages. The festive performances and entertainment will be throughout Queen Street Mall. Don’t miss the roving festive fun. 

When:  3-24 December from 11am-3pm and 4.30pm-8.30pm during late night shopping.

The Enchanted Garden at Roma Street Parkland 

christmas in brisbane enchanted garden

TBC for 2022: For the ultimate Christmas light experience, make your way to The Enchanted Garden at Roma Street Parkland.

The Enchanted Garden is a magnificent evening walk, set amid winding pathways bordered by towering trees and lush foliage, lit with the warm glow of mesmerising lights. The lighting trail combines over 8000 square metres of custom-made lighting, audio, special effects and sculptures to deliver a world-class digital art experience in the heart of Brisbane.

The installation is self-guided and the narrative will take guests around 30 minutes to complete, with entry available every 15 minutes from 6:30 pm to last entry at 9 pm.

Food trucks will also be pulling up nightly on Celebration Lawn and Lakeside Lawn, and The Garden Room cafe will offer two specially curated share-style menus for kids and adults.

The Enchanted Garden opening times

  • Dates: Wednesday 1 December  – Thursday 23 December 
  • Times: 6:30pm – 9pm nightly
  • Entry is $7 per person (free for under 2 years)

You can find out all the details about The Enchanted Garden at Roma Street Parkland here.

The Lott by Golden Casket City Hall Lights 

TBC for 2022: Another not to be missed event on Brisbane’s Christmas calendar is the The Lott by Golden Casket City Hall Lights Spectacular. A dazzling visual and sound display of fantasy and magic that will narrate the tale ‘The Night Before Christmas’. Each night the light show is projected onto the City Hall every 15 minutes.

Where: Brisbane City Hall

Dates: 11 December – 24 December

Times: Every 15 minutes from 7:30pm to midnight

Christmas at South Bank

The South Bank Christmas Show 

TBC for 2022: Prepare for a nostalgic celebration of Christmas magic with this diverse variety show perfect for the whole family!

Running nightly at 6:30pm and 8pm on 18-23 December, The South Bank Christmas Show will combine live music, singing, dancing, circus and Santa for an all-out mash-up of festive fun that will have everyone in the South Bank Piazza tapping their toes and singing along.

Keep an eye out for the tap-dancing teddy bear, rockin’ rocking horse and more joyful Christmas characters gifted to Brisbane by the creative minds of acclaimed local collective Oscar Production Company.

A range of ticketing options are available for each session of The South Bank Christmas Show:

  • $6 per ticket in seating banks (free for under-2s who don’t require their own seat)
  • $18 for a family of 4 (2 adults, 2 children)
  • $24 for a family of 5 (2 adults, 3 children)
  • $45 for a table of 4 on the floor (front of stage)
  • $70 for a table of 6 on the floor (front of stage)

Tickets can be purchased online via OzTix. 

  • Where: South Bank Parklands
  • Dates: 18 December – 23 December
  • Times: From 6:30pm

Kids Craft & Storytelling 

TBC for 2022: Entertain your littlies with festive arts and craft activities and storybook tales at Flowstate in South Bank Parklands. Santa’s elves will recount favourite festive tales and lead children in making their own wombat crowns for a very Aussie Christmas in The City.  Tickets are free, but registration is required at least one hour before each session commences.

  • When: Five sessions nightly from 4pm – 8:45pm from 18–23 December
  • Where: Flowstate, South Bank Parklands

Santa’s Stop Over 

TBC for 2022: We all know the kids love to be there when Mr and Mrs Claus come to town! This year, your family can visit the Clauses on their annual visit Down Under amid a festive towering fig tree and light installation. You can even capture your own pics with our friends from the North Pole, social distanced style of course!

  • When: Santa’s Stopover has four sessions nightly running between 4pm- 9:30pm from 18-23 December
  • Where: Flowstate, South Bank Parkland

Entry to Santa’s Stopover is free, but to manage crowd numbers, free tickets must also be obtained to take part in activities. Ticketing booths will open one hour prior to scheduled activities at Flowstate.

Christmas Cinema

TBC for 2022: Does your family love to cuddle up to watch your fave Christmas movies each year? If yes, we highly recommend heading to River Quay Green in South Bank Parklands for free festive outdoor screenings. Pack a Christmas picnic and rug to watch beloved Christmas cinema classics while the sun sets over the Brissie skyline and river. To ensure no obstruction of views, chairs will not be permitted on the lawn. Furry friends are welcome, permitted they are kept on a lead at all times.

  • When: Christmas Cinema sessions are on at 6pm and 8pm nightly from 18-23 December
  • Where: River Quay Green, South Bank Parklands

Saturday 18 December

6:15pm – Up
8pm – Crazy Rich Asians

Sunday 19 December

6:15pm – Elf
8pm – Pitch Perfect

Monday 20 December

6:15pm – Babe
8pm – Ghostbusters

Tuesday 21 December

6:15pm – Polar Express (subtitled)
8pm – Men in Black (subtitled)

Wednesday 22 December

6:15pm – The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
8pm – Last Christmas

Thursday 23 December

6:15pm – The Grinch
8pm – National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Christmas in Brisbane event guide

See the official Christmas in Brisbane Booklet here thanks to Visit Brisbane.

RELATED: If you are looking for ideas in other cities check out the Christmas in Australia website!

Christmas in Brisbane events NOT going ahead 

The Lights of Christmas at St Stephen’s Cathedral

TBC for 2022: This event will not be going ahead in 2021 

David Jones Christmas Parade

TBC for 2022: Unfortunately this event will not be going ahead in 2021 due to COVID-19. 

It’s Christmas time in the city!

Ring a ling! To plan your family outing to the CBD this Christmas, check out the FULL Christmas program in Brisbane when it is relesaed. 

What else is on this Christmas in Brisbane 2022?

We’ve got your comprehensive list of where to see the BEST Christmas lights in Brisbane here.

Wanting to head out to some festive Christmas Markets? We’ll tell you where you can buy the ultimate gifts for your loved ones this Christmas from your local community markets!

If you’re ready to belt out a few carols at one of Brisbane’s many Christmas Carol events read this article.

4 responses to “Christmas in Brisbane City 2022 | A Guide for Families this Year”

  1. Melissa says:

    I can’t find if or when the southbank Christmas fireworks is on? Our family loves going every year but this year i can’t find any information on it. 😥

  2. Caro says:

    Yes, you have to book for anything that draws a large crowd… I find that events tend to book out very fast.

  3. Bronwyn WaltersB says:

    Disappointed that we have to book for the Christmas Twilight markets at King George’s square. I’ve been looking for this markets for the last 6 weeks and finally about 2 weeks ago they showed that the markets were on but they initially did not have to book. Now I looked again today and I found out that they are all booked out. Are all events by booking only or just some. Can someone please explain the difference between, some were you need to book and other activities you don’t. We usually book ourselves a motel room to enjoy these activities as we are country people and live out of town. So we need to know if everything has to be booked before the activities or not so I can book a motel. No use booking a motel if all activities have all ready sold out or booked out.

  4. Lisa says:

    Aw, love you Brisbane! ❤️

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