Things to do in Brisbane this Festive Season
Tbrisbaneravelling is an awesome adventure – meeting new people, going to new places, experiencing new cultures, customs and food. Being away from home can be hard at times though, especially during the festive period when you can really miss your family, friends and your personal Christmas traditions. The best way to overcome homesickness is to throw yourself into the Christmas events and activities that are going on where you are. Get involved and enjoy your Brissie Chrissie!
What can be more festive than the sound of carols being sung by a choir (and badly by you and your mates)? There are plenty of points around the city to listen to carol singers and blast out some Silent Night yourself. At the popular Carols on the Cliffs, held at the 155 year-old St. Mary’s Anglican Church in Kangaroo Point, you can sit back and listen to the Canticum Chamber Choir sing hauntingly beautiful carols. Take a walk along the rhyolite cliffs and end the evening with a drink at one of the many cafes in the area. There are several other carol singing events happening around the city but if you can’t make an event, just pop into the CBD during December between 8am and 9am and you’ll catch a carol group perform as part of the Merry Melodies programme.
Brisbane’s city centre lights up during the festive season but the most spectacular Christmas lights can often be found adorning private houses in the suburbs. To ensure no-one misses out on seeing these wonderfully festive, extravagantly lit homes, council buses will run tours of the suburbs with the biggest and best light displays from 18 December – 23 December.
The South Bank Night Markets add a little bit of festive cheer to your Christmas shopping and are lovely just to wander around even if you’re not buying anything. Carols are sung, unique gifts are sold and you can gorge on festive nibbles. There are numerous other Christmas markets taking place across the Brisbane area, including the Bardon Christmas Markets, held every Saturday in December leading up to Christmas day.
Christmas Day Lunch
Let’s be honest – Christmas day is all about eating and drinking and there are many options in Brisbane. You could get together with some of your travelling companions and have a barbie on the beach, blag yourself an invite to someone’s home, or go to one of many fabulous hotels in Brisbane for a slap-up meal.
New Year’s Eve
Aussies know how to party and there will be something going on in every bar, restaurant and hotel in the city. For something really special that won’t break the bank, consider booking a night at a discount hotel in Brisbane and get ready with a few drinks before heading out. Don’t miss the free shows – Brisbane puts on two fantastic fireworks and laser lights displays over the river which are choreographed to music, one at 8.30pm and one to ring in the new year at midnight.