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Published November 5th 2013
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Counting down to Christmas
Family fun with feature in the Christmas countdown. Image courtesy The City.
Forget about how many shopping days there are left until Christmas. There are so many other ways to slip into the festive spirit - by singing carols, cooking time-honoured Christmas recipes, decorating the tree, watching a seasonal show and (for those so inclined) even sitting on Santa's knee. Want some inspiration in the countdown to Christmas this year? Read on.
Christmas in the City
Tutu sessions and The Nutcracker storytelling. Image courtesy The City.
Brisbane residents and visitors will be spoiled for choice with this year's blockbuster Christmas in the City program. Specially decorated shopfront windows plus a Christmas-themed playground for children (incorporating a locomotive train ride and a postbox which will deliver their wish list straight to the North Pole) kick off the celebrations. Then, in King George Square on Friday 29 November from 6.30pm, the annual lighting of the southern hemisphere's largest solar-powered Christmas Tree will take place. Other Christmas in the City highlights include street corner carollers, lunchtime live music, parades and pantomimes and special appearances by Santa himself.
Given that the Queensland Ballet's performances of The Nutcracker have already sold out, it's also good to know that small folk don't need to miss out on this classic Christmas tale, as the Christmas in the City program features two doll-making workshops at City Hall (on December 10 and 17). Children will use costume fabrics to make a doll in a tutu and listen to the classic Christmas story of The Nutcracker.
Have Yourself a Crafty Little Christmas
Craft stalls will usher in Christmas. Image courtesy Wolston House.
Brisbane is full of craft markets in the lead-up to Christmas but here is one with a difference. The Wolston House Christmas Craft Day offers a great way to indulge your Christmas shopping urges without raising a sweat or breaking the bank. Run by the volunteers who work at Wacol's Wolston House, you know the money you're spending will go towards helping this not-for-profit National Trust property keep its doors open.
Is there a sweet tooth in the family? Check out the home-baked stall. Want to wrap some one-off gifts? Search the stall tables for collectibles and trash and treasure. When you're ready for a break, relax under the property's giant fig tree with a Devonshire tea or sausage sizzle. Perhaps you'll even get lucky by winning a fine patchwork quilt that's being raffled on the day.
Enjoy 'a very Maggie Christmas'. Image courtesy Penguin Australia.
If you're getting a bit tired of mum's recipe for rum balls or egg nog, and are seeking some fresh inspiration for this year's Christmas dinner, it might be worth moseying along to A Very Maggie Christmas, presented by the Brisbane Writers Festival and the State Library of Queensland.
Launching her new book Maggie's Christmas, culinary star Maggie Beer will lead a conversation about her family's Christmas traditions, Christmas menu favourites and the stories and inspiration behind the recipes. But it's not all talk. Product and recipe tastings along with a glass of champagne make this a great idea for a pre-Christmas get-together with your book club or friends.
When: Tuesday 26 November 2013, 6-8pm
Where: Auditorium 1, State Library of Queensland
Cost: $65 ($55 concession, BWF members or groups of 10 )
Bookings: Call BWF on 07 3255 0254