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Top 3 Brisbane Community Festivals in December

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Published November 27th 2012
Fuel your festive fire
Top 3 Brisbane Community Festivals in December

Tis the season and hence our December festivals are largely Christmas orientated, offering an opportunity to help ignite our Christmas spirit and cheer.

Wellington Point Village Street Fair

Christmas is alive and well in this village which is decked out in full festive force and alive with true community spirit. I love a good street fair and Wellington Point Village will host one of the best in town on Sunday 2nd December, following their Twilight Christmas Carols and Market event on Friday 30th November (6.00pm - 9.00pm at the Village Green)

Courtesy of Wellington Point Village facebook

Head down to this gorgeous seaside village for a day of family fun and adventure. A non-stop entertainment program will include both a human and doggy fashion parade, live music and performances by local artists, and of course the one and only Santa.

Courtesy of Wellington Point Village facebook

A smorgasboard of culinary delights will be on hand to tempt the tastebuds including fresh seafood, international flavours and my favourite, churros. Burger fans can gorge themselves in the Mega Death Burger Challenge and compete for $350 prize money.

The whole family can enjoy market stalls, rides and activities including laser tag, rock wall, chairoplane, animal farm, go karts and the super slide. All day ride bracelets can be purchased for $15 for non-stop adventure.

Courtesy of Wellington Point Village facebook

Additionally, local retailers will be offering special Christmas bargains; the pharmacy will be giving free nail makeovers, free blood pressure tests and discounting giftware by 20%, and the local vet surgery will be a hive of activity with dog hydrobaths, special dog guests and Santa Paws, a Christmas portrait of your pooch.

Courtesy of Wellington Point Village facebook

When: Sunday 2nd December, 9.00am - 2.00pm
Where: Main Rd, Wellington Point
Cost: Free entry

Christmas in the City

Magic is in the air with Brisbane city's month long Christmas extravaganza - the streets are decked and alive with the sweet sound of carollers, the tree sparkles and a host of free festive entertainment awaits you.

Christmas in the City kicks off with Santa and the Lord Mayor at the annual lighting of the christmas tree on November 30th in King George Square.

The Queen Street Mall is abuzz with yuletide activity and entertainment including the Christmas Music Showcase on several times daily during the week, and the Myer Christmas Parade and Pantomime at 6.30pm each evening from 14th - 23rd December.

Now in its 57th year the much loved Myer Christmas Windows are set to delight the whole family. This year's animated displays are a tribute to popular children's book Russell's Christmas Magic and bring Christmas to life. After marvelling at the windows continue the celebrations with a trip to Santaland (upstairs at Myer) where kids can have their photo taken with Santa, pen a letter to the North Pole and ride a locomotive train through Santa's village. David Jones also has a fantastic Santa available for photos every day right up until Christmas Eve.

On Saturday 8th December grab a picnic rug and head to the City Botanic Gardens Riverstage for the cream of the Christmas crop IGA Lord Mayor's Christmas Carols in the City spectacular. This free, annual event is always enchanting and this year's special guests include Troy Cassar-Daley, Paulini and Debra Byrne. Gates open at 5.00pm with the main event officially begining at 7.15pm, and the first 6000 guests receiving a free showbag. Bringing your own food and esky is permitted but large eskies must be kept in the back seating area, and alcohol and smoking are prohibited.

Woodford Folk Festival

My favourite festival of all time, Woodford is the mother of all community festivals. Striving to celebrate all communites, Woodford erects a makeshift village where festival go-ers can reside for a whole week and immerse themselves in a celebration of life, community and the arts.

Courtesy of Woodfood Folk Festival facebook

Nothing I write in this article can do justice to the smorgasboard of life, colour, entertainment and activity that is Woodford. The atmosphere is electric and epitomises the festive spirit.

Live music, dance and performance art from every possible genre and culture, along with circus acts, comedy, street performers and spoken word, across twenty village venues form just a part of the non-stop program. Daily workshops and classes including yoga, dance, music, drumming, songwriting and arts and crafts invite participation and encourage learning as does an abundance of talks, lectures and demonstrations.

Courtesy of Woodfood Folk Festival facebook

Courtesy of Woodfood Folk Festival facebook

Kids have their own little village packed full of activities, workshops and performances. Markets spread throughout the village create a shopping nirvana and dozens of multicultural food vendors sell scrumptious meals and snacks, day and night.

Festival highlights include the Lantern Parade (make your own lantern during the week and take part in the parade), the explosive Fire Event, New Year's Eve celebrations at the amphitheatre and the sunrise ceremony.

Courtesy of Woodfood Folk Festival facebook

Courtesy of Woodfood Folk Festival facebook

If you've never experienced the Woodford Folk Festival you are missing out on something truly special. For details on the festival, camping and tickets check out the website and the program.

Courtesy of Woodfood Folk Festival facebook

Special Mention

Queensland Councils of Union and Stand for Qld present the Brisbane Community Day, a free family festival encouraging people to take a stand for community spirit.

The event includes a free BBQ, free rides, live music, special guest speakers and refreshments.

When: Sunday 2nd December, 11.00am - 1.00pm
Where: Annerley Junior Football Club, Victoria Tce, Annerley
Cost: Free
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