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Brisbane's Best Christmas Carols and Events 2013

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Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Brisbane is about to start humming with Christmas carols events, concerts, movies, Christmas lights, parades and numerous appearances by Santa. Here's the Weekend Notes guide to the best of the Christmas action, conveniently listed in date order. This is by no means a definitive list but you should find something here to tickle your festive fancy, so don those Santa hats and get into the Christmas spirit. Reindeer and elves are optional.

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David Jones Christmas Family Weekend

For one weekend David Jones' Queens Plaza city store will be alive with Christmas activities. There will be a meet & greet with Peppa Pig, Christmas entertainers, and the usual staples of face-painting, storytelling and art & craft activities. Activities are free but you must book online here. Hurry because some sessions are already fully allocated.

When: Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th November
Where: Level 2, David Jones QueensPlaza.


Carols @ Multicap

A southside event, Carols @ Multicap this year features RAWR, Southside Singers Choir, James Scott, St Catherine's Choir, Tongan Virginia Wesleyan Church Brass Band, Asha Jefferies and more. Entry is FREE.

When: Saturday 24 November from 6pm to 8pm
Where: 303 Padstow Road, Eight Mile Plains.


Lighting of the Brisbane City Christmas Tree

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This year Brisbane's King George Square will be home to the the southern hemisphere's largest solar-powered Christmas Tree, and brand new Christmas decorations will bedeck the city. It all comes to life with carols and entertainment under the guidance of Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, Santa and other special guests on 29th November. Arrive early for a good viewing spot. Entry is FREE

When: Friday 29th November at 6.30pm
Where: King George Square, 100 Adelaide Street, Brisbane.


Christmas in the Park

If you live on the north side of Brisbane this is the Christmas carols event to really get you in the Christmas spirit. It has Santa, the popular Jay Laga'aia, the Grinch Christmas Show, and Casey Donovan, and fireworks will top off the evening. Entry is FREE.

When: 30th November from 4.30pm to 9pm
Where: Pine Rivers Park, Gympie Road, Strathpine.


Variety Santa Fun Run

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This year's Brisbane Variety Santa Fun Run begins and ends at Brisbane Riverstage, with Santas travelling by foot rather than sleigh (where's Rudolph when you need him?) through the Botanic Gardens, across the Goodwill Bridge, along South Bank and back over Victoria Bridge. If you want to look fetching in a Santa suit and raise money for kids register here. Otherwise just come on the day for all the hilarity.

When: Sunday 1st December. Race begins at 7am
Where: Brisbane Riverstage, Gardens Point Road, Brisbane
Cost to Register: Adults $40, Kids $25


Celebrating a Musical Christmas at St John's Cathedral

The vaulted beauty of St John's Cathedral is the perfect backdrop for two evenings of old and new Christmas music, speeches, readings and poems presented by students and staff of Queensland Conservatorium's Musical Theatre department.

When: Wednesday 4th December and Thursday 5th December at 7.30pm
Where: St John's Cathedral, 373 Ann St, Brisbane
Tickets: Available through qtix here. Adults $30, Concession $20.


4KQ Christmas Lights Competition

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This twinkling and sparkling event is the biggest Christmas lights competition and display in Australia and this year marks its 27th anniversary. Competitors from all over Brisbane compete for a range of prizes and bragging rights and then their colourful Christmassy creations are open for public viewing. Winners will be announced on Thursday 5th December through 4KQ and the Courier Mail, with Quest Community newspapers also carrying the full list of entrants.

When: Displays from Thursday 5th to Tuesday 24th December
Where: All over Brisbane.


Christmas by the Sea

Moreton Bay Regional Council will once again be presenting this popular event that really has it all - a Christmas street parade, an animal farm, roving entertainment, twilight carols, Santa's Village and fireworks to finish off with a bang. Entry is FREE.

When: Saturday 7th December from 2pm to 8pm
Where: Scarborough Beach Waterfront Park, Landsborough Avenue, Scarborough


Ipswich City Council Mayor's Carols by Candleight

This one is an outback themed event headlined by Troy Cassar-Daley and Kate Cook. There will also be free rides for the kids, Ipswich City Orchestra, The Curley Cousins Show, the Ipswich Orpheus Chorale Choir and, of course, Santa himself. The night will end with a fireworks show. Entry is FREE

When: Saturday 7th December from 5pm to 9.30pm
Where: North Ipswich Reserve, 43 The Terrace, North Ipswich.


Kiddies Cushion Crazy Christmas

This one is specially for the littlies. The Queensland Symphony Orchestra will introduce them to popular classics with a Christmas theme. BYO cushions and kids. Book your tickets online here.

When: From Wednesday 11th to Saturday 14th December, with shows at 10am and 11.30 am
Where: The Courier-Mail Piazza, South Bank
Price: $13.55 for those over 18months old.

Bright Star, Christmas at South Bank

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You've heard about the Twelve Days of Christmas but this year South Bank is presenting twelve nights of Christmas lights, movies, carols & food at the River Quay precinct. The carols highlight this year will be concerts by Harrison Craig and Luke Kennedy, the 2013 The Voice winner and runner up. See the website for details and times. Entry is FREE.

When: From Friday 13th December until Tuesday 24th December 2013
Where: South Bank River Quay Precinct


Lord Mayors Carols in the City

This one is Brisbane's supersized carols experience, loved by families for many years. Santa will make an appearance, along with talents such as Paulini, Debra Byrne, Ian Stenlake and Mirusia, who'll be supported by a band, a choir and dance troupe. Entry is FREE.

When: Saturday 14th December. Gates open at 5pm with entertainment from 5.30pm and the main event beginning at 7.15pm.
Where: Brisbane Riverstage, Gardens Point Road, Brisbane


Logan City Mayor's Christmas Carols

Logan's Christmas extravaganza is scheduled for Saturday 14th December at Logan Metro Sports Fields. Headlined by Timomatic, the festive event will also feature rides, food, carols and a fireworks finale. Entry is FREE.

When: Saturday 14th December from 4.30pm to 8.30pm
Where: Logan Metro Sports Fields, 357 Browns Plains Road, Crestmead


Christmas at Camelot

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Image from Spangled Aura Productions website.

If modern renditions of classic Christmas Carols or contemporary Christmas songs don't inspire you then maybe you'd prefer something from Medieval times. Christmas at Camelot is presented by Spangled Aura Productions and will feature early Christmas music and readings from the Renaissance and Medieval times.

When: Sunday 15th December from 2.30pm to 3.30pm
Where: Trinity Wilston Uniting Church Hall, 1 Hawdon St, Wilston
Tickets: $8 or $5 concession. Available by calling 0450572445 or at the door.
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Why? Because it's just not Christmas without carols and lights.
When: Various dates throughout November and December.
Cost: Most are free. See article for full details.
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