Christmas in the city

Lighting of the Christmas Tree presented by St George Bank

Date: Saturday 25 November

Time: 6:30pm

Location: King George Square

Cost: FREE

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Gather in King George Square for the much-loved tradition of the lighting the Brisbane City Christmas Tree on Saturday 25 November. Join Brisbane’s Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, Santa and special guests to welcome the festive season by illuminating Queensland’s largest solar-powered Christmas tree. Soak up the festive cheer with a host of Christmas carols on the night and a special Christmas performance. The tree will light up The City sky every night until Christmas Eve, so make sure you visit King George Square to enjoy the beautiful sight!

The Christmas Parade is part of Brisbane's free Christmas program. To see the full program and plan your visit, head to the official Christmas homepage. Make sure you share your event experience using #christmasinbrisbane

The Gold Lotto City Hall Light Spectacular

Dates: 8 December – 24 December

Time: Every 15min between 7:30pm and midnight

Location: City Hall

Cost: FREE 

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Head to City Hall so see the spectacular Christmas lights with 3D animation projected onto the City Hall building. The show runs every 15 minutes throughout the festive period and the clock will sound its bells at the start of the show.


Christmas Parade presented by David Jones

Date: 15 December – 24 December

Time: Nightly at 7pm

Location: Commences at Edward St end of Queen St Mall and finished at King George Square

Cost: FREE 

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Brisbane’s favourite family tradition, the Christmas Parade, returns to The City this December. Brimming with music and merriment, the Parade comes complete with a nativity scene, Santa and dozens of performers to entertain and delight all ages.


Lord Mayor's Christmas Carols

Date: 9 December

Time: 7pm - 9pm

Location: Riverstage, Brisbane City Botanic Gardens

Cost: FREE 

This much-loved free family event will host a variety of some of Australia's most renowned singers and entertainers as they ignite the big stage in this joyous and magical celebration of Christmas.