Lord Mayor announces Christmas has come to town! - Choose Brisbane


Lord Mayor announces Christmas has come to town!


Queen Street Mall Christmas decorations

The magic of Christmas has arrived in Brisbane, with Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner launching another epic program of festivities and unveiling shiny new ornaments that will deck the halls of Queen Street Mall.

Cr Schrinner said this year’s program featured more than 250 events and is urging residents to watch out, not pout and get ready to revel in even more things to see and do.

“Christmas has come to town with festive favourites including the mesmerising Gold Lotto City Hall Lights, the dazzling Enchanted Garden and Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols,” he said.

“But there are some new surprises as well with Queen Street Mall to be decked out with brand-new Christmas decorations making it a must-see stop for shoppers and event-goers.

“There will be an oversized gingerbread throne, giant baubles, star seating and Christmas trees clad with decorative tessellating triangle patterns – which are all great for festive photo opportunities.

“There are also decorations that act as play spaces for children with huge Santa and reindeer characters they can walk through.”

Cr Schrinner said this year’s Christmas in Brisbane program builds on the success of last year, which attracted more than 750,000 visitors to events across the CBD, South Bank and Roma Street Parkland.

“While Christmas Day is still 41 sleeps away, there are only 15 sleeps before the program begins with the Lord Mayor’s Lighting of the Christmas Tree on 29 November,” he said.

“The city’s tree stands 22-metres-tall and will be trimmed with thousands of flashing lights, sparkling in sync with a dazzling 3.5-metre-high star adorning the top of the tree.

“This year’s Gold Lotto City Hall Lights will return with a fantastic new Australian animal story by children’s author Samantha Wheeler where Clarence the koala searches for the perfect gift.

“The much-loved Santa’s Stable will return to Reddacliff Place with a special chance for families to take selfies with Santa’s reindeer Rocky and Radar.

“One of the most popular events is the Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols at Riverstage, where people can sing along to carols performed by some of Australia’s best singers and entertainers while sitting under the stars.

“South Bank Parklands will erupt with festive spirit in the final countdown to Christmas, and will showcase twice nightly carols productions, live music, dazzling firework displays and Stop Over’s from Santa Claus.

“There’s also the incredible 750-metre Enchanted Garden light display at Roma Street Parkland, with more entry and exit points, food trucks and speciality bites from the recently launched Garden Room Café.

“I wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a safe and relaxing holiday period spent with family and friends.”

For more information about Christmas in Brisbane visit ChristmasinBrisbane.com.au. Share a Christmas in Brisbane experience using #MerryBrismas.

Headline events

  • Lord Mayor’s Lighting of the Christmas Tree, King George Square, 29 November, from 6:30pm
  • The Enchanted Garden, Roma Street Parkland, 29 November – 13 December, from 6:00pm – 9:30pm
  • Gold Lotto City Hall Lights, King George Square, 6-24 December, every 15 minutes from 7:30pm – midnight
  • Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols, Riverstage, City Botanic Gardens, 7 December, from 4:00pm
  • The Lights of Christmas at St Stephen’s Cathedral, 249 Elizabeth St, 11-24 December, from 7:00pm – 10:30pm
  • Brisbane City Christmas Parade, Queen Street Mall to King George Square, 13-22 December, from 7:00pm
  • Festive Beats, Streets Beach, River Quay, Rainforest Green and Little Stanley Street Lawns at South Bank Parklands, 20-23 December, from 4:00pm – 10:00pm
  • Santa’s Stop Over, Flowstate, South Bank Parklands, 20-23 December, three times nightly at 5:00pm, 6:30pm and 8:15pm
  • Carols Extravaganza, South Bank Piazza, South Bank Parklands, 20-23 December, twice nightly at 6:45pm and 8:30pm, $5 a ticket
  • Fireworks Spectacular, presented by eatSouthBank, Clem Jones Promenade, South Bank Parklands, 20-23 December, from 8:00pm – 8:15pm
  • Santa’s Stable, Reddacliff Place, 13 - 22 December, from 5:30pm – 6:30pm