Why You Should Take Your Kids to South Bank this Christmas!

Christmas at South Bank
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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.

These events are yet to be confirmed for 2022

Christmas for families at South Bank

Celebrations in South Bank kick off on 18 December and provide festive cheer for all visitors all the way to 23 December. 

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 as you sing-along to Christmas carols or watch a Christmas movie. There is something for everyone and best of all – it’s totally free!

Kids Craft & Storytelling 

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 

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 

Image Credit: South Bank, Brisbane

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 19-23 December
  • Where: River Quay Green, South Bank Parklands

Full Line up:

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

The South Bank Christmas Show

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

Festive Beats 

Delight in the smooth vocals of different local artists across River Quay and Little Stanley Street Lawns, as they serenade guests with original tunes and cheerful Christmas covers, with no one artist performing twice across the program.

  • When: 4pm-9:45pm 18-23 Dec
  • Where: Various locations across South Bank Parklands

South Bank’s Christmas Village Markets

 The Collective Markets will return to their home on Little Stanley Street and Stanley Street Plaza from 10am- 10pm to showcase a wealth of Christmas gifts and bites by independent retailers, unique to South Bank. 

South Bank Christmas Fireworks

Due to COVID-19, South Bank will not be hosting Christmas fireworks this year.

Children watching christmas-fireworks-south-bank

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Spectacular 

The NYE fireworks are going ahead this year. There is many vantage points to view the fireworks and South Bank is one of them!

Find out more about NYE in Brisbane here.

Not going ahead 

Christmas Tree Spectacular supported by ABC Brisbane

Christmas Tree Spectacular

Image Credit: South Bank, Brisbane

Head to South Bank Piazza for Christmas entertainment that’ll light up the stage. The Christmas Tree Spectacular show is a riot of circus acts, singing, and dancing to ignite joy and wonder for the whole family. Entry into the Christmas Tree Spectacular is on a first come first serve basis and crowd management will be imposed throughout. From what we know so far you can’t pre-book for this event.

  • When: There will be 2 sessions each night at 5:30pm-6:15pm and 7:30pm-8:15pm from 18-23 December
  • Where: South Bank Piazza, South Bank Parklands

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 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.

What else is on this Christmas in Brisbane 2022?

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

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