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Why you should take your kids to South Bank this Christmas!

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Oh What Fun it is! – South Bank Christmas this year is set to be huge!

Whether Christmas time to you means backing up the 30-something-degree days with family barbeques and beach cricket, or the more traditional activities like carols by candlelight appeal to you, there is one thing for sure – yuletide events in the open summer air are essential to any Christmas in Brisbane.

Brisbane’s inner city reaches are magical destinations once again this Christmas, hosting festive celebrations all across the CBD and South Bank.

Christmas for families at South Bank

Celebrations in South Bank, Roma Street Parklands and the City kick off on 29th November and provide festive cheer for all visitors all the way to to 24 December. The Parklands will twinkle with cheer from 3pm each day, decked with fairy lights and festive decorations including a beautifully illuminated Christmas Tree in Stanley Street Plaza. DJs will spin summer tunes at Streets Beach to set the holiday atmosphere and live musicians will entertain crowds on Rainforest Green.

Have yourself a uniquely Brisbane Christmas at South Bank this year, where festive fantasies are plentiful and the sun is always shining. The Parklands will transform into a magical summer playground over the festive season offering free outdoor activities for the whole family.

Experience Oh What Fun It Is at one of the many fireworks displays over the Brisbane River, sing-along to Christmas carol concerts or meander the traditional Christmas markets. There is something for everyone and best of all – it’s totally free!

South Bank’s Christmas Village Markets

South Bank's Christmas Village

  • Cultural Forecourt
  • 14-23 December
  • 3pm-10pm Daily

The tradition of shopping for gifts in the South Bank Christmas Gift Market continues, with HEAPS of stalls brimming with jewellery, toys, cards and wrapping paper, gourmet pantry items and other wonderful wares. The Markets will stretch the length of Little Stanley Street every afternoon between 3pm and 10pm. Take a break to enjoy a festive feast from one of the local cafes, restaurants or food outlets on Little Stanley Street while you’re browsing.

Let your festive season be merry and bright at South Bank’s Christmas Village! Held in the South Bank Parklands this year, the Village features free yuletide glee to suit all ages. There will be a Gift Market from 3pm-10pm so you can procure beautiful and unique wares offering toys, homewares, fashion, jewellery, stationary and foodstuffs. Find out more about South Bank’s Christmas Village Markets.

Are your kids bursting with excitement for Santa’s arrival? Santa will make a whistle stop to the Parklands (next to Flowstate) each evening between 5.00pm  and 9.00pm to accept last-minute wish list changes and remind children how to stay on the ‘nice’ list. Don’t forget the camera for a free Santa snap! Keep your eyes peeled for some cheeky elves cavorting in the Parkland as well, spreading Christmas cheer.

If you’re all shopped-out; take advantage of some of the other free, family friendly activities happening across the Parklands.

South Bank Christmas Fireworks

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  • Clem Jones Promenade, Streets Beach & River Quay
  • 20-23 December
  • 7:45pm nightly (8pm start) 15 minute long displays

Electric fireworks displays will light up the night sky over four nights this December. Bring the whole family along to the Clem Jones Promenade to enjoy a dazzling array of pyrotechnics that will take you on a magical Christmas journey. Find out more about South Bank Christmas Fireworks.

Carols Extravaganza 

south bank christmas carols

This Christmas season, South Bank Piazza will be home to the Carols Extravaganza! This is an exciting Christmas production featuring film, song, dance and a visit from Santa himself! From acrobatic aerialists to serene ballet compositions and show stopping vocals, this show is guaranteed to ignite excitement and nostalgia for the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year”.

The Carols Extravaganza will feature 8 jubilant shows across 4 evenings, running twice nightly at 6.45pm and 8.30pm. Tickets for the Carols Extravaganza will be sold at $5, with free entry for children 2 years and under if seated on a caregiver’s lap. Tickets are limited and will go on sale from Monday 2 December via christmasinbrisbane.com.au.

Check out this Christmas video

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Spectacular

New Year's Eve at South Bank

  • 31 December
  • 8.30pm & midnight shows

Enjoy an evening of free, family-friendly frivolity as Brisbane’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks Spectacular returns to South Bank. Featuring movie screenings, food trucks serving up sweet and savoury fare, and two glittering fireworks shows (one at 8:30pm the other at midnight) there’s no better way to welcome in 2020.

Please note that the New Year’s Eve Fireworks Spectacular is an alcohol-free event. Items such as glass, metal cutlery, bikes and scooters are also not permitted. Find more information about the South Bank New Year’s Eve Fireworks Spectacular.

Have a very South Bank Christmas!

Make a trip to South Bank for Christmas festivities a proper adventure, and take a bus, train or ferry to the Parklands. Children under five travel free, and on weekends kids aged 5 to 14 are also free if using their orange gocards. Check the Translink website for more detailed fare information and timetables. If you do need to drive to South Bank, check parking availability and deals for the many parking stations around South Bank.

For the complete Christmas in Brisbane program, head here for more information! 

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