• Christmas in Brisbane

    The city will burst into life with a huge program of free festive fun to kick off the holiday season this November and December. Celebrations include the official Lighting of the Christmas Tree on Friday 25 November; the Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols on Saturday 10 December; four nights of Christmas Fireworks on the Brisbane River and much more.

    Brisbane's Christmas program is sure to be a cracker, so come together and celebrate!

    When: November 26 to December 24, 2016

    Where: Various location in Brisbane City

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Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast 2016

What's on and Where in SE Queensland

Dec 3rd - The Christmas of Logan Mayor’s Christmas Appeal

The annual Toy Run for The Christmas of Logan Mayor’s Christmas Appeal brings the community and families together to enjoy the festive season with Carnival Rides, Monster Truck Rides, Face Painting, Mrs Clause, Market Stalls, Live Band, Movie Night on the oval, Show & Shine for cars and bikes, movie at 7pm and more to come. All gifts and toys that will be collected on the day of the Toy Run event will be handed over to “The Christmas of Logan Mayor’s Christmas Appeal”. Please come along and enjoy a wonderful day out while supporting a great cause! 12-10pm Middle Green Sports Club - 720 Middle Rd, Greenbank. For further details, please visit our website.

Dec 10th - Broadbeach Christmas Carols

Join us under the stars for the annual Broadbeach Christmas Carols,  Saturday December 10, 2016 from 3pm in Kurrawa Park. Enjoy an afternoon jam-packed with kid’s activities and incredible entertainment filled with Christmas spirit and joy. The Broadbeach Christmas Carols begin from 6pm with an amazing line up of performers to celebrate the spirit of Christmas under the stars in a FREE evening. The night will conclude with a spectacular fireworks display! For further details, please visit our website.

Dec 10th - Christmas at the Bay

Enjoy an afternoon of free entertainment, stalls, free craft activities for all ages, animal farm, free sausage sizzle, treasure hunt, paper plane competition, laser force, face painting and more! 5.00pm to 8.00pm -

Dec 10th - Mayor Paul Pisasale`s Carols by Candlelight

Come along and enjoy the Ipswich festive favourite, Mayor Paul Pisasale's Carols By Candlelight, presented by Sekisui House. This year's event offers free family entertainment, spectacular fireworks courtesy of IGA and the music of Troy Cassar-Daley, supported by Peter Combe and the 'Wash Your Face in Orange Juice' band. Bring the kids to meet Santa, enjoy free rides - food and drink will be available for purchase. Festivities runs from 5.00pm to 9.00pm - North Ipswich Reserve, 43 The Terrace, North Ipswich. For further details, please contact the Ipswich City Council.

Dec 10th - Christmas in The Grove

Christmas in The Grove is a favourite free community event held at Ferny Grove Primary School oval, McGinn Road, Ferny Grove. Everyone’s invites so put it in your diary and come along for a wonderful afternoon and night for the whole family. Highlights include live music, free rides and kids entertainment, Carols by Candlelight,  Carol singing, santa and fireworks. Food, drink, coffee and glow products will also be for sale.

For further details, please visit our website.

Dec 10th - Sun Soakers Fest

The first ever Sun Soakers Fest will be held at The Broadwater Parklands in Southport on the 10th of December 2016! Sun Soakers Fest is a festival celebrating multicultural diversity in the community. It aims to establish cohesiveness and harmony in an age where we are seeing the ethnic diversity of our suburbs growing at an ever increasing rate. Sun Soakers Fest 2016 will be a family focused day full of live music, cultural dancers, rides and other attractions. 10am to 6pm - Broadwater Parklands in Southport. FREE ENTRY.

For further details, please visit our website.

Dec 10th - Brisbane Lord Mayor's Christmas Carols

time to ring in some Christmas joy! Join some of Australia’s renowned singers and entertainers for a joyous and magical evening celebration at the Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols. The Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols is a much-loved free family event in support of Mater Little Miracles. 5.00pm to 9.00pm - Riverstage - 59 Gardens Point Road, Brisbane. For further details, please visit the Brisbane City Council website.

Dec 10th - The Twin Rivers Centre Family Fun Day & Christmas Carols

Fun Day and Christmas Carols for the whole family! Rides, activities, food, fun play and music entertainment. Get to know what The Twin Rivers Centre is all about too! 3pm to 8pm - 104 River Hills Road, Eagleby. For further details, please contact the Twin Rivers Centre.

Dec 11th - Scarborough Christmas Carols

Join us as we celebrate the festive season at Scarborough Beach Park, Landsborough Avenue, on Sunday 11th December 2016 and sing-along to your favourite Christmas songs at the Scarborough Christmas Carols. Scarborough Christmas Carols is an afternoon and evening of community Christmas cheer, sprinkled with a stunning ocean view. Sing along to carolling from local community groups and schools and a special guest performer. Enjoy dance groups, roving Christmas performers, twilight markets, and free Christmas activities and workshops. The kids will fall in love with Santa’s Village and our life-sized snow globe, and they will even get to meet Santa himself! Then finish the evening with a ‘bang’, watching the sky light up with a spectacular fireworks display! For further details, please contact the Morton Bay Reginal Council.

Dec 17th - Glasshouse Country Community Carols

A whole Community Event! It's an Aussie Christmas!  This is our annual free Community Carols Family Friendly event! Everyone is welcome. Come and sing the Carols with us and get in the Community Christmas Spirit! Great local acts, food, drinks and kids activities! Organised by the combined Churches of Glasshouse Country, and proudly sponsored by the Sunshine Coast Council and many businesses within our local community. We are very excited to announce that this year Colin Buchanan will be our feature guest artist! We Also have our own local awesome talent Cassi Hilbers and Liam Kennedy Clark, as well as the GCBC Music Team with our favourite sing along Carols. We will finish with the best Fireworks display on the Coast starting at 8:15PM! See you there! For further details, please visit our Facebook page.

Dec 18th - Caboolture Christmas Carols

Join us as we celebrate the festive season at Caboolture Town Square, King Street, on Sunday 18th December 2016 and sing-along to your favourite Christmas songs at the Caboolture Christmas Carols. There will be lots of family-friendly entertainment on offer, so everyone can get into the spirit of the season while enjoying performances by local community groups and schools. A special guest will also be making an appearance! So, bring your best vocals and a blanket to spread out, relax and enjoy a magical evening. You can even do some last-minute Christmas gift shopping at the twilight markets or participate in the many free activities and workshops – there’s so much on! The kids will love Santa’s Village with plenty of free Christmas activities and workshops, a life-sized snow globe and a very special meeting with Santa himself. Then finish the evening with a ‘bang’, watching the sky light up with a spectacular fireworks display! Caboolture Town Square, King Street Caboolture. 5.00pm - 9.30pm - Caboolture Town Square, King St, Caboolture. For further details, please contact the Moreton Bay Regional Council.

Dec 18th - Carols on the Beach Surfers Paradise

Bring a picnic blanket and enjoy an evening of song with the whole family at the Surfers Paradise Carols on the Beach. It's the Gold Coast's biggest Christmas Carols event, held under the stars on the beautiful Surfers Paradise Beach. Get set for a night of fantastic family entertainment, with host Charli Robinson from Sea FM and an all Aussie lineup of carols talent. It's set to be a great show, and if you're lucky you might even get a peek of Santa himself! Then, join us for a magical end to the night as Surfers Paradise lights up with fireworks, spreading the Christmas cheer to all. 6.30pm to 8.00pm - Surfers Paradise Beach. For further details, please visit our website.

Dec 18th - Moggill Mt Crosby Lions Club Community Christmas Party

The Moggill Mt Crosby Lions Club are hosting their annual Community Christmas Party to raise funds to support local community projects. There will be super heroes, giveaways, stalls, raffles, live entertainment, a rock wall and more. Fantastic entertainment from start to finish and of course Santa will be there with treats for all. So come along to the Bellbowrie Pool on Sunday 18th December and don’t forget to bring your togs! 2.00pm to 7.00pm - 47 Birkin Road, Bellbowrie. For further details, please visit opur facebook page.

Dec 18th - Christmas by Starlight

With views stretching across Moreton Bay to North Stradbroke Island, Christmas by Starlight will deliver a festive season high to South East Queensland. It will help cement Redland City as a family destination in the lead up to Christmas. The all-age family-friendly event will begin at 3.00pm with an afternoon of free children’s activities including jumping castles and face painting. There will be a variety of food, drink and merchandise stalls hosted by local not-for-profit community groups and licensed commercial operators. At 5.30pm a special children’s Christmas show will dazzle audiences, followed by a spectacular professionally-produced carols concert. The audience will be inspired with non-stop, high energy performances from local Redlands talent working alongside a star-studded line-up of professional artists. The event will conclude at around 8pm with a fireworks display. For further details, please contact the Redland City Council.

Dec 21st - 23: Stroll through Bethlehem at the Indooroopilly Uniting Church

Stroll through Bethlehem is a free interactive experience of ancient Bethlehem for young and old. Join the hustle and bustle of ancient village streets, while watching carpenters, potters and bakers at work. See baby Jesus in the manger with Mary and Joseph. Pat the lambs, chat to the shepherds and Roman soldiers.  Afterwards, enjoy tea, coffee and festive fare. 6.30pm to 8.30pm - Indooroopilly Uniting Church, Cnr of Station Rd and Musgrave St Indooroopilly (Enter from Musgrave Street). For further details, please contact the Indooroopilly Uniting Church.

Dec 27th - January 1st: Woodford Folk Festival

The Woodford Folk Festival features concerts, dances, street theatre, writers’ panels, film festival, comedy sessions, acoustic jams, social dialogue and debate, folk medicine, an entire children’s festival, an environmental programme featuring talks, debates and films, art and craft workshops, circus performances and workshops, late night cabarets, parades and special events including a spectacular fire event. Within the festival village you can find 35 performance venues, of which 18 are all weather. The festival streets are lined with restaurants, cafes, stalls, bars, street theatre and parades. Tree-filled campgrounds, butterfly walks, ponds and wildlife complete the picturesque site in Woodford.

For further details, please visit our website woodfordfolkfestival.com

Dec 31st - Woody Point Foreshore Fireworks

Bring the family along and enjoy the celebrations on New Years Eve at the foreshore of Woody Point. Highlights of this fantastic night include a Fireworks display from 8.15pm; viewing points stretching from the Woody Point Jetty to Apex Park; shuttle buses for your convenience with pick ups from Redcliffe Showgrounds, Margate Shopping Centre, Sandgate Train Station, Maine Road, Deception Bay Shopping Centre, Kipparing Train Station, and Peninsula Fair Shopping Centre; food trucks; market stalls; rides & games; and family entertainment. 4pm to 9pm - Woody Point Waterfront. For further details, please visit our Facebook page.

Dec 31st - Brisbane’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks Spectacular

Enjoy an evening of free, family-friendly frivolity as Brisbane’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks Spectacular returns to South Bank.  Featuring movie screenings, food trucks serving up sweet and savoury fare, and two glittering fireworks shows (one at 8:30pm the other at midnight) there’s no better way to welcome in 2017. Clem Jones Promenade, South Bank Parklands, South Bank.

Dec 31st - Mooloolaba New Year's Eve Celebration

This annual family friendly Mooloolaba New Year's Eve celebration features lots nto see and do for the whole family. There's a feast of entertainment to suit all ages and tastes including live music on the main stage, energetic DJ sets on the beach stage, carnival rides and buskers, roving and street entertainment, children's face painting and activities, two spectacular fireworks displays (8.30 pm and midnight). Gates open at 4.00pm - 17-19 Mooloolaba Esplanade, Mooloolaba. For further details, please visit www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

Dec 31st - Ipswich New Year’s Eve

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Ipswich and enjoy free family entertainment, including kids rides, food stalls, face painting, ball artistry, live entertainment, a spectacular firework display and more. 5.30 pm to 9.30 pm - North Ipswich Reserve, 43 The Terrace, North Ipswich. For further details, please contact the Ipswich City Council.

Dec 31st - Surfers Paradise New Years Eve

New Year's Eve is all about friends, family, and finding the best party in town. This year, bring a crowd and count down the New Year beneath one of the largest fireworks displays in Queensland - in Surfers Paradise! Firework shows will be held at 8pm and midnight on Surfers Paradise Beach. Additional fireworks can be seen at 10pm from the Surfers Paradise Riverside. Bring your party hats and picnic blankets and celebrate with family and loved ones as the clock ticks over. This will be an unforgettable evening of show stopping proportions, with fireworks set to explode at 8pm and again as the clock hits midnight. For further details, please visit our website.

Jan 20th - 22nd: Ginger Flower and Food Festival

The Ginger Factory’s iconic Ginger Flower and Food Festival is back for its 21st year and promises to delight the senses with three spectacular days of food, flowers and entertainment for all. From Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd January 2017 the park will burst alive with colour, showcasing the largest and most exquisite range of ornamental gingers and heliconias that thrive in our sub-tropical climate. A must-do for foodies and garden lovers alike, the festival will be brimming with local talent keen to share their best kept cooking and gardening secrets; Informative garden talks; lifestyle and foodie workshops; cooking demonstrations from renowned chefs across the three days; live entertainment and fun activities for all ages; a stunning array of over 3000 plants that will be for sale. Come and share in the celebration of all that is local to the Sunshine Coast. The Ginger Factory - 50 Pioneer Road, Yandina.

For further details, please visit our website.

Jan 26th - Gold Coast Australia Day Celebrations

Join us as the Gold Coast comes out to celebrate Australia's birthday with the only fireworks display in the City! Bring your appetite and indulge in the huge food truck feast or grab a snag from the barbecue. There'll be Aussie sporting activities for the kids and some sweet tunes from local artists along the pier. The highlight of this celebration of our great nation will be a massive fireworks display not to be missed! Bring your picnic rug, get a great spot on the lawn to watch this feast for the eyes. 4:00pm to 8pm - The Great Lawn, Broadwater Parklands, Southportl.

For further details, please visit our website.

Jan 26th - Australia Day Bribie Island

Bring the whole family down to Brennan and Apex Parks in Bribie Island for the perfect Australia Day celebration. Enjoy some fun in the sun with Aussie Day games and activities. There will also be live stage entertainment, market stalls and food stalls. Or you can kick back with a traditional Aussie Day BBQ – whatever floats your boat. Make sure you hang around for the fireworks at the end of the night. It’s going to be a corker! - Brennan Park - Bribie Island.

Please visit our website for further details.

Jan 26th - Australia Day Redcliffe

Join in the celebrations at the gorgeous Suttons Beach in Redcliffe for an easy-going Aussie time. This community event includes some great entertainment such as thong throwing competitions, beach cricket, and a good ol’ fashioned Aussie BBQ. You’re bound to find something to your liking at the great market and food stalls. There will also be plenty of live stage entertainment and the event will finish with a huge fireworks display. This event is free to attend and one the whole family can enjoy.  Suttons Beach, Marine Parade - Redcliffe.

Please visit our website for further details.

Feb 26th - Logan Car Show

Calling all car enthusiasts and clubs! The date is set again for another huge Logan Car Show for 2017! This will be our 10th Anniversary so is set to be bigger and better than ever before! With rides, entertainment, bands, trade stands, exhibitors, food, drinks plus of course, cars, bikes and utes! 9am to 2pm - Lot 7 Jacaranda Avenue, Woodridge (Behind Logan City Council Chambers) - Woodridge. For further details, please visit our website.

May 4th - 14: Ipswich Festival

From May 4 to 14, the Ipswich Festival is the region’s premier event, showcasing nationally acclaimed artists, emerging local talents from specialised community interest groups to diverse arts cultures. The Ipswich Festival incorporates a range of free community based and special interest events, a street parade of lights, public celebration, fireworks, exhibitions, artistic presentations and public art, theatre and ticketed programs.

For further details, visit our website www.ipswichfestival.com.au

May 18th - 21st : Blues on Broadbeach

There will be plenty of national and internationally renowned artists heading to the 2017 Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival Driven by Gold Coast Volkswagen on May 18-21, 2017. The FREE event staged in the streets and in venues over four huge days throughout the popular Gold Coast hub has something for not only blues music lovers but fans of great entertainment, with live music, roving entertainment, markets and much more it’s the perfect place to bring your friends and family. Apart from being free, what is so unique about Blues on Broadbeach is that you can stay in the heart of the festival, and everything is within walking distance.

For further details, please visit our website.

May 20th - 21: Paniyiri Greek Festival

Experience all things Greek at the iconic Paniyiri Greek Festival! Dine al-fresco en masse, inhale the smell of the Greek BBQs, dance the Zorba, smash plates, soothe your inner Greek with the live sounds of the bouzouki and the lira, eat 25 honey puffs in one minute, see a film, experience traditional Greek cooking demonstrations, stomp grapes, see inside the stunning Greek Orthodox Church. You can do it all at the PANIYIRI Greek Festival! Musgrave Park - South Bank.

For further details, visit our website paniyiri.com

May 28th - St Pius X Primary School Country Fair

Join us and St Pius X Primary School Country Fair on Sunday, May 28. We have all the fun you love about school fetes including * Rides in sideshow alley * Raffles incl wines & spirits * Tombola * Crazy hair stall * Displays * Performances * Home made cakes & sweets * Lob-a-Choc * Great food and drinks * Entertainment and much more. 10am to 3pm - 73 Golda Avenue, Salisbury. For further details, please visit our Facebook page.

Aug 11th - 20th : Brisbane EKKA

The Ekka is where country and city join to celebrate the great lifestyle, industries and rich heritage Queenslanders enjoy. Ekka features a diverse range of industries including arts and crafts, lifestock, fashion, cuisine and more. There is an abundance of sights to see at the Ekka. Talented performing artists roam the area, ready to entertain! You will come across shearing demonstrations and food showdowns, cattle judging and fireworks displays, scavenger hunts and belly dancing displays - Ekka has it all! Accomplished circus performers, dancers, bands and celebrities will woo crowds while adrenalin seekers can send their pulses soaring on the many extreme rides. The hundreds of pavilions on offer include animal nurseries, automotive vehicles, Australian-made products, agricultural displays, fashion parades, international food and much more! One of the most sought after Ekka attractions is the Showbags. There really is something for everyone at Ekka!

For further details, please visit our website

Sep 9th - Capalaba State College Fete

The Capalaba State College Fete will be the culmination of dedicated parents, teaching staff, and community members working together to bring the Redlands an event which will celebrate our College and showcase the students and their talents in Visual Arts, Dance and Music. Come along and enjoy this Great Family event with Rides, Entertainment, Prizes, Show Bags, Face painting, Food, Market Stalls and much more. 11:30am to 6:00pm - School Road, Capalaba.

For further details, please visit our website.

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