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All is merry and bright for this year’s reimagined fa-la-la-la-la festive season in Brisbane.

Christmas in Brisbane is the most wonderful time of the year with plenty of free festive celebrations and holly jolly activities on offer within Brisbane City and South Bank Parklands.

With events for all ages, it’s a magical opportunity to spark joy and enjoy time with family and friends as you herald the 2020 festive season in Brisbane together.

Attendees are encouraged to observe social distancing and COVID-19-safe practices at all Christmas in Brisbane events.

The Lord Mayor’s Lighting of the Christmas Tree

This year, Brisbane households can join in the Lighting of the Brisbane Christmas Tree live-streamed via the Brisbane City Facebook page at 6:30pm on Tuesday 1 December. Hosted by Brisbane’s singing sweetheart Naomi Price, Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner will turn on the 22m-high Christmas tree’s twinkling lights accompanied by two special Christmas musical performances to get you in the festive mood.

Brisbanites can also join the festivities by flicking the lights on their own trees at home at the same time. Share your Christmas tree moment via social media using the hashtag #merrybrismas to go into the draw to win a $1,000 Christmas shopping spree in The City.

The Brisbane Christmas Tree will be on display from 1–30 December in King George Square, from 6.30pm for festive selfies.

Gold Lotto City Hall Lights

Also in King George Square is the 2020 Gold Lotto City Hall Lights, a dazzling visual and sound display of fantasy and magic that will transport you to a winter wonderland in Brisbane. Wonder at glistening ice castles and Santa’s buzzing workshop animated against the Brisbane City Hall façade accompanied by a festive soundtrack. The free shows occur every 15 minutes from 7:30pm to midnight daily from 4–24 December.

Christmas On Queen

Enjoy the magic of Christmas in 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 from 4-24 December from 11am-2pm, plus 5pm-8pm during late-night trade.

Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols

Hear cherished Christmas carols and festive faves performed live by Brisbane’s best entertainers when they take to the Riverstage on Saturday 5 December from 4pm. From Joy to the World to Silent Night, sing along at this all-ages joyous outdoors event in Brisbane Botanic Gardens. Charli Robinson will host a jam-packed line-up of dynamite artists including Dami Im, Mirusia, Graeme Issako, Murphy’s Pigs and Queensland Chamber Orchestra.

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

Kids Craft & Storytelling

Entertain the 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. There are five session nightly from 4pm to 8:45pm from 8–23 December. Tickets are free, but registration is required at least one hour before each session commences.

Christmas Cinema

If your Christmas ritual includes watching your fave seasonal movies, head to River Quay Green in South Bank Parklands for free yuletide outdoor screenings. Pack some festive nibbles and a picnic rug and settle in to watch beloved Christmas cinema classics while the sun sets over the Brissie skyline and river.

Presented by eat South Bank, Christmas Cinema sessions are on at 6pm and 8pm nightly from 19-23 December.

Christmas Tree Spectacular

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.

Presented by ABC Radio Brisbane, the show is on at 5:30pm and 7:30pm nightly from 18-23 December.

Santa’s Stopover

The main event is when Mr and Mrs Claus come to town! Visit the Clauses on their annual visit Down Under amid a festive towering fig tree and light installation at Flowstate in South Bank Parklands. Snap your own (socially distanced) pics with Christmas royalty for a memento of the yuletide season.

Santa’s Stopover has four sessions nightly from 4pm to 9pm from 18-23 December. Entry to Santa’s Stopover is free, but registration is required at least one hour before each session commences.