It’s time to deck the Queen Street Mall and light up Brisbane as the countdown to Christmas kicks off for Christmas in Brisbane 2022.


Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner has launched a jam-packed calendar of festive events that will delight families, city workers and CBD shoppers as part of the 2022 Christmas in Brisbane program.


Cr Schrinner encouraged residents and visitors to soak up the festive celebrations, following several years of pandemic lockdowns and disruptions.


“Christmas is a time to reflect and celebrate with friends and family,” he said.


“There is no better place to shop and soak up the festive atmosphere than Brisbane and we hope everyone will take full advantage of the free and affordable events taking place every day across the city in the lead up to Christmas.


“We know the rising cost of living is biting, so we’re proud to deliver Christmas events that can be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of their budget.  


“Our Christmas tree lights in King George Square will be turned on just in time for the Black Friday shopping bonanza on Friday 25 November, making it the perfect time to fill stockings and the perfect night out to support our local restaurants and bars.


Other family favourites include the Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols, which will return on Saturday 10 December, The Lott by Golden Casket City Hall Lights which will be narrated by Olympian Cate Campbell OAM, and colourful performances at South Bank.


Cr Schrinner said the Christmas retail rush was a boon for local businesses, with a surge in shopping and dining set to boost the economy.


“Pedestrian foot traffic in the city has been very encouraging this year and we’re expecting it to climb even closer to pre-COVID levels,” Cr Schrinner said.


“This year we hope shoppers will choose to support local businesses when creating their Christmas wish lists.”


Residents are also encouraged to show their support for those in need this festive season with the launch of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust Christmas Appeal.


“Christmas is a time for those fortunate enough to give back,” Cr Schrinner said.


“The Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust Christmas Appeal supports charities that help people in need We urge people to give where possible this year to make sure every family can enjoy some Christmas cheer.”


To donate to the Christmas Appeal, visit


To view the full Christmas in Brisbane 2022 program of events, visit


Friday, 25 November, 6:30pm – 7:30pm


King George Square


Lord Mayor’s Lighting of the Christmas Tree

A family favourite, a Brisbane tradition, and the official start of Christmas in Brisbane.

Enjoy festival performances before the 22m-tall Christmas Tree’s sparkles light up the sky night.

25 November – 21 December Roma Street Parkland The Enchanted Garden

Roma Street Parkland will morph into a breath-taking enchanted garden with the help of 22,000 square metres of custom-made lighting, audio, special effects, light sculptures, high-powered lasers and new-developed interactive projections and hologram technology to deliver a world-class digital art experience in the heart of Brisbane.

Ticket sales open Monday, 7 November at

9 – 24 December


Brisbane City Hall, King George Square The Lott by Golden Casket City Hall Lights

Shows nightly from 7:30pm to midnight, shows every fifteen minutes.

Animated Christmas projection on City Hall, narrated by Olympian Cate Campbell OAM.

9 – 24 December


Queen Street Mall Christmas on Queen

Performances daily, 11am – 3pm and 4.30 – 8.30pm during late night trade.

A crowd favourite, roving Christmas characters are back for another year.

Friday, 2 December, 10am – 7pm


Saturday, 3 December, 10am – 4pm


Queen Street Mall Brisbane Arcade Christmas Markets

The Brisbane Arcade Christmas Markets returns for its second year in Queen Street Mall.

Friday, 2 December, 4pm – 9pm 


King George Square


BrisStyle Twilight Markets

Selling local handmade goods, featuring over 60 local designers.

Saturday, 10 December

From 4pm

Riverstage Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols

The Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols are Brisbane’s premier annual Christmas event and celebrate the magic and joy of Christmas with the Brisbane community. 

Tickets on sale 9am, Monday 21 November via Ticketmaster

9 – 24 December Queen Street Mall stage


The Queen Street Christmas Jazz Lounge

Shows daily at 12pm, 1pm and 2pm with additional performances at 5pm, 6pm and 7pm during late night trade

Sit back and enjoy daily Christmas performances by Scat Jazz 

17 – 22 December


South Bank Piazza The South Bank Christmas Show

ELFIES! is an all-singing, all-dancing, all-ages spectacle that gives audiences a side-splitting glimpse into what really happens at the North Pole.

The colourful 45-minute Christmas pantomime plays two shows nightly at 5.30pm and 7pm.

17 – 22 December


Flowstate Pavilion, South Bank Santa’s Stopover

Take a selfie with the man of the moment at Santa’s Stopover, a free photo station at Flowstate Pavilion with sessions from 4pm to 9.30pm nightly.

17 – 22 December



Little Stanley Street Lawns, South Bank Tinsel Tavern

Whatever your tipple of choice, raise a toast to the silly season at Tinsel Tavern Bar presented by eatSouthBank, a shiny new pop-up bar on Little Stanley Street Lawn serving Christmas cheer from 4.30pm to 10pm.


17 – 22 December


Little Stanley Street, South Bank The Collective Markets Christmas Edition

The Collective Markets presented by eatSouthBank along Little Stanley Street get a holly, jolly makeover with stallholders offering a veritable Santa’s Workshop of gifting delights from 10am until 9pm daily.

17 – 22 December


River Quay, South Bank Christmas Cinema

Christmas Cinema presented by eatSouthBank returns to River Quay with free screenings of festive flicks at 6pm and 8pm in the spectacular open-air cinema.

17 – 22 December


Little Stanley Street Lawn, South Bank Holly Jolly Kids

Fun and free kids activities turn Little Stanley Street Lawn into a Yuletide playground from 4pm to 8pm every evening.