As always, Brisbane city is gearing up for a really big Christmas with activities, carols, festivals, markets and more from now until Christmas. And the bonus is that most of them are slap bang in the middle of the city and they're all FREE.
If you're on the north side or don't mind travelling just a little further on from the city, you may want to check out The Christmas Festival at Brisbane Powerhouse - Brisbane's first festival devoted to all things Christmassy.
🎁 Myer Christmas Windows
The Myer Christmas Windows are a Brisbane Christmas tradition that you don't want to miss. The kids will be enchanted by this year's theme - 'Alice in Wonderland', written by Lewis Carrol and illustrated by Rebecca Dautremer. See them until 5 January 2019 in the Mall.It's FREE.
The countdown to Christmas begins in earnest on Friday 30 November with the Lighting of the Christmas Tree. Things kick off in King George Square with a concert from 6.30 and then the big switch will light up the fairy lights and star on the 22m tall tree. It's FREE.
The Enchanted Garden was a huge hit last year and this year's event will be bigger with more twinkling fairy lights and light projections, extended opening hours and food trucks and entertainment. The kids will love it. It's on from 6.30pm until 10 pm (with last entry at 9.30pm) from Friday 7 December to Wednesday 19 December and it's FREE.
This is a new event for 2018. A 12 minute light and sound show on continuous loop will light up the soaring sandstone facade of the cathedral from 7.30pm to midnight from Wednesday 12 December to Monday 24 December. It's FREE.
This perennial Brisbane favourite will be back at the Riverstage, City Botanic Gardens on 8 December from 4pm to 9.15pm (carols begin at 7pm). This year the hosts will be Charli Robinson and John Foreman (OAM) and performers include Harrison Craig, The Idea of North and Casey Donovan. It's FREE.
The parade will take place at 7pm every night from Friday 14 to Sunday 23 December. It winds its way from Queen Street Mall to Albert Street and King George Square. There will be floats and loads of singing, dancing performers and entertainment. It's FREE.