Brisbane’s majestic river, lush parklands, bustling museums and award-winning dining make it a place of endless discovery all year round, but the city is especially captivating at Christmas.

And there are plenty of great ways to celebrate Christmas in Brisbane! Seeing the Brisbane City Christmas Tree in King George Square is always a hit with families. Towering a massive 20 metres high and featuring a sophisticated solar powered lighting system (with 16,000 bulbs!), the tree offers a selfie moment not to be missed.

Great ways to celebrate Christmas in Brisbane
Brisbane City Christmas Tree. Image: Visit Brisbane

Head across to the other side of the river and experience the wonder of South Bank’s Christmas Markets, which take place along the Stanley Street Plaza. This annual favourite sees stallholders offering Christmas themed products, gifts and delicious treats. In the evening, Streets Beach’s Christmas Cinema Series will see you reliving the magic of your fav family flicks as you relax on the sand.

The Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols concert at Riverstage is a much-loved annual event, as is the Myer Christmas Parade and Pantomime. Featuring more than 200 talented performers and giant inflatable decorations, kids and big-kids-at-heart will love this experience.

Great ways to celebrate Christmas in Brisbane
Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols. Image: Visit Brisbane

Cruising the Brisbane River is always a fun activity, but it’s even more so at Christmas. Climb on board the Kookaburra River Queen paddle steamers for their themed lunch and dinner cruises. Enjoy live music and a fabulous buffet meal as you take in the sights along the river foreshore. The famous Brisbane Koala Cruise to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is another time honoured holiday tradition.

Put a visit to Brisbane on your Christmas wish list!

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