In the spirit of giving for the festive season, a smorgasbord of family favourite films for free sounds like a pretty sweet deal. Hosted by South Bank, Brisbane, you'll find Christmas Cinema running from Fri 14 to Sun 23 December 2018 every night from 8.15-10pm at South Bank Parklands, Brisbane. Surround yourself with movie munchies, grab a drink and kick back on River Quay's inviting lawn, prepared to chill. River Quay is licensed, so anyone over 18 years of age are welcome to bring their favourite drop along with their meal.
Check here for the movie schedule that includes films like Arthur Christmas, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street (1994), The Santa Clause, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Gremlins, Elf, Rise of the Guardians, The Polar Express, and Home Alone. Stay updated via the event page and Facebook page.
Southbank Brisbane have a lot of other Christmas eventsrunning simultaneously, all at the South Bank Parklands as well, like the Christmas Gift Market, also from Fri 14 to Sun 23 December 2018 from 3-10pm each day. Filled with a treasure trove of unique trinkets amongst a ribbon of cheerful stalls, you'll find jewellery, homewares, stationery and more. There'll also be tastebud-tempting market fare to snack on, so if you're heading there before the movies, you could grab a bite to eat or take it with you. Santa will be onsite every single day next to Flowstate between 4.30 and 8.30pm and visiting with Santa and entry to the Market won't cost you a thing!
Carols by Twilight also runs on the same dates from 14-23 Dec, 6-8pm each night, to really put you in the Christmas spirit. You'll have time before the movies to enjoy the Market and the Carols as you settle in by the gently-lapping Brisbane River to listen to Christmas carol classics as the sun goes down. All sessions are free to watch and listen to, with great musicians like the Brisbane City Gospel, Brisbane Concert Orchestra, Voices of Biralee, Queensland Show Choir, Cigany Weaver, SCAT Jazz, Viva La Musica, Frankly Smart, The Salvation Army and PocketLove, entertaining you.
If you're at Southbank Parklands on the nights from 20-23 December, 8-8.15pm, you'll catch some spectacular Christmas Fireworks. Free to enjoy in the lead up to Christmas, enjoy an energetic, celebratory hub with shimmering fireworks whizzing, dancing and bursting above. The Clem Jones Promenade will give you the crème de la crème of views, though there are other popular viewing locations like Streets Beach, River Quay and the Cultural Forecourt. To ensure safe crowd flow, please note that chairs and other types of portable seating are not permitted on the Clem Jones Promenade.
Kiddies don't miss out on a thing! Aside from all of the above, they can also enjoy Holly Jolly Kids at Southbank Parklands for free, from 14-23 Dec as well, 3-7pm each afternoon. Especially designed for kids, Aerial Angels will be running an Elf Academy on the Little Stanley Street Lawn. There'll be daring activities that'll make your child a qualified elf, fit for a stint in Santa's workshop. An acrobatic odyssey of flipping, twirling and tumbling through the air, Aerial Angels will give the kids skills to hula hoop, juggle, tightrope walk and aerial trapeze, all handy skills if they want to be like Santa.
If you prefer to be earthbound, there will be street performances from the experts themselves, running acrobatic performances throughout the afternoon and evening. If the kids are not quite acrobat age, they can join the craft and dance classes and make ornaments with a special Parkland twist from 3-7pm, plus learn delightful choreography from Queensland Ballet's production of The Nutcracker. from 3-6.30pm.
If you absolutely cannot wait till late December for some entertainment, Saturday 1 December from 2-7pm is calling your name. The Sound Society will have first dibs on South Bank Parklands at this free event, before the festive season program as above, takes over. Ease into the weekend with tasty eats and free live music at the South Bank Piazza with Innocent Eve from 2-4.15pm and Neighbour from 4.45-7pm. Bring your own picnic or grab a bite to eat from one of the onsite food vendor The Plough Inn.Please note alcohol is not permitted at this event. To find out more about The Sound Society and their upcoming dates and performers for 2019, click here. And there you have it. A great lineup of entertainment to end the year on a good note, all for FREE!