The countdown to Christmas in Brisbane is officially on, with Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner launching the 2021 festive program packed with family favourites and set to bring joy to residents and city retailers.


With just eight weekends left until Santa arrives, Cr Schrinner encouraged residents to take advantage of all the events on offer throughout the 2021 Christmas in Brisbane program.


“After another tough year for many people, we all need a healthy dose of Christmas cheer and we’re kicking off the festivities with the traditional Lighting of the 22m-tall Christmas tree in King George Square on Friday 26th November,” he said.


“From Friday 10 December, The Lott by Golden Casket City Hall Lights will project a dazzling, illuminated narration of the classic tale ‘The Night Before Christmas’ every 15 minutes until Christmas eve.


“The Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols will take over Riverstage on Saturday 11 December and will be hosted by Queensland singer Naomi Price, featuring homegrown heroes Sheppard, Kate Miller-Heidke, Troy Cassar-Daley and Jem Cassar-Daley.”


“The magic of Christmas continues over at South Bank Parklands with the pop-up music stages, Festive Beats, Santa and Mrs Claus, and families can sit back and watch a Christmas classic movie under the stars at the outdoor cinema on the banks of the Brisbane River.”


Cr Schrinner said CBD businesses would get a kick out of the Christmas retail rush, with the Black Friday Sales Weekend coinciding with the Lighting of the Christmas Tree.


“Our city retailers have had another challenging year following snap lockdowns and fewer people around and many will be banking on a bumper Christmas trading period to end the year on a high,” he said.


“People should also make time to visit to the city centre before the tree’s twinkling lights are turned on for the Black Friday shopping bonanza, with hundreds of Christmas bargains on offer throughout the day and night.


“There will also be pop up performances and roving entertainment in Queen Street Mall in the lead up to Christmas eve, so this is a perfect excuse to come into the city, catch up with Santa, fill up your Christmas stockings and support our local retailers.”


Cr Schrinner said one the most important parts of Christmas in Brisbane was seeing the generous spirit of residents shine and encouraged people to dig deep and donate to the annual Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust Christmas Appeal.


“The domino effect of the pandemic has caused residents to fall into tough times, and as a result, one in seven charities that support them are now on the brink closure,” he said.


“The Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust Christmas Appeal provides these charities with the funds they need to keep their doors open. Brisbane residents living with food scarcity, disadvantage, mental and physical health concerns and domestic violence often find that Christmas exasperates their situation and this is where the Trust comes in to help.


“You never know who is going through hardship – it could be family, a friend, neighbour or colleague, so by donating to our Christmas Appeal you can help our local charities keep on giving and supporting people through tough times.”


To donate to the appeal visit To view the full program of events, visit


Friday 26 November

6:30pm – 7:30pm

King George Square


Lord Mayor’s Lighting of the Christmas Tree presented by The Lott by Golden Casket

Witness the magical moment when Brisbane’s towering 22m-tall Christmas tree’s twinkling lights are turned on. This event will also be live streamed via Brisbane City’s Facebook.


Before the tree lighting, pop into the City for some retail therapy at the Black Friday shopping bonanza.

Friday 3 – Friday 24 December


Queen Street Mall


Christmas on Queen

Don’t miss daily pop-up performances and roving entertainment throughout the Queen Street Mall from 11am-3pm daily, plus 4:30pm-8:30pm during late-night trade.

Friday 10 – Friday 24 December


Every 15 mins from 7:30pm – midnight

Brisbane City Hall


The Lott by Golden Casket City Hall Lights

Delight in the dazzling visual animations projected onto City Hall to the classic narrated tale ‘The Night Before Christmas’.


Saturday 11 December

Gates open at 4pm


City Botanic Gardens

Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols presented by Subway

Enjoy cherished Christmas carols and festive favourites performed live by Brisbane’s best entertainers. Tickets are available via Brisbane City Council for $5.

Wednesday 1 – Thursday 23 December


Ticketed entry every 15 minutes from 6:30pm – 9pm

Roma Street Parkland

Brisbane City

The Enhanced Garden

Brisbane’s largest interactive lighting display and a new sensory experience with 8000sqm of breathtaking lighting mediums, ambient soundscapes, special effects and sculptures in the sprawling parkland.


Tickets are available via Ticketek for $7 (free for children under 2 years)

Saturday 18 – Thursday 23 December

Movies play 6:15pm and 8pm nightly.

River Quay


Christmas Cinema presented by eatSouthBank

Snuggle up at riverside cinema at River Quay for a host of Christmas classic movies as the sun sets over South Bank, with two family-friendly movies each night. Entry is free.

Saturday 18 – Thursday 23 December


4pm – 9:30pm daily

Flowstate Pavilion and Lawns


Santa’s Stopover & Kids Craft and Storytelling

Head to the Flowstate Pavillion and Lawns for cute kids craft, festive stories, and a free photo with Santa and Mrs Claus. Entry is free but ticketed, spaces are limited. Tickets available one hour before each session from the booth at Flowstate.

Saturday 18 – Thursday 23 December


Shows at 6:30pm and 8pm nightly, paid tickets apply.

South Bank Piazza


The South Bank Christmas Show

Enjoy a magical toybox tale featuring live music, singing, dancing, Santa, tap-dancing teddies and more at the Piazza.

Event is ticketed, purchase in advance.

Saturday 18 – Thursday 23 December


4pm – 10pm daily

Little Stanley Street and River Quay Festive Beats presented by eatSouthBank

Escape the hustle and bustle of the silly season by relaxing on the Little Stanley Street and River Quay lawns with live music from local artists.