Free Christmas Events in Brisbane 2018

Where to find the best free Brisbane Christmas events in 2018

The biggest Brisbane Kids Christmas event list yet! There are just so many free Christmas events in Brisbane this year to get your whole family into the Christmas spirit.

We will continue to add to this list of events as more information is released, so please check back regularly. And also don’t forget you local library will have free Christmas activities too. A link to all the libraries in Brisbane, Moreton Bay, Redlands, Ipswich and Logan can be found by clicking here  

Events over Multiple Days

Myer Brisbane Santaland | Brisbane City, CITY (Daily from 9th November to 24th  December)

Come along to Mayer in the city to visit Santa, ride the Santaland Express and post a letter to Santa.

Myer Brisbane City Christmas Windows| Queen Street Mall,CITY 7am – 11pm (9th November to 24th December)

Alice and her Wonderland Grace is the theme of the Christmas animated windows this year at Myer in Queens Street Mall

Santa World |  Indooroopilly Shopping Centre,  NORTHSIDE  (10th November – 24th December)

As a first-to-Brisbane, this Santa world is a Queensland-inspired wonderland of lights, animatronics, baubles, florals and of course, a sprinkling of magic. With waving koalas and surprises around every corner, this FREE Santa World experience should not be missed!

FREE Santa Photos |  Indooroopilly Shopping Centre,  NORTHSIDE  (10th November – 24th December)

come down to Indooroopilly Shopping Centre’s magical Santa World and make Christmas even merrier with a free digital photo with Santa!

Big on Christmas Fun – A Little Family Time Christmas Fun | Strathpine Centre, 10am – 1pm NORTHSIDE (every Sunday from 18 November – 2 December)

Strathpine Centre is spreading cheer on Sundays with FREE family friendly fun days.  Meet your favourite characters and let the little ones unleash their creative in our Christmas craft workshops including Minions, Elmo and Cookie Monster, Paw Patrol and Dora!  Please note characters change each week.

The Gold Lotto City Hall Lights | King George Square, CITY (7th – 24 December) 

This year Brisbane Families can watch a playful Aussie Christmas tale come to life via animation onto City Hall.

The Enchanted Garden | Roma Street Parkland, CITY (7th – 19 December) 

wander through the gardens on a warm summer night and enjoy the twinkling lights, charming Christmas decorations and mellow music. New additions this year include food trucks, live music and glittering fairies to find amongst the shimmering trees and gardens.

Holly Jolly Kids | South Bank Parkland, CITY (14th – 23rd December)

Just for Brisbane Kids, there are is a special Elf Academy in South Bank this year and everyone is invited to attend! The awesome crew from Aerial Angels have some daring activities that once completed will turn any Brisbane Kid into a qualified elf. Plus there will be craft, dancing, roving entertainers and more!

Christmas Gift Market | South Bank Parkland, CITY (14th -23rd December)

For the ultimate Christmas shopping experience, bring the whole family along to South Bank to find the perfect Christmas presents for everyone. Enjoy amazing food while enjoying the festive ambiance of the Christmas Markets.

Christmas Parade presented by David Jones | Queen Street Mall, CITY (14th -23rd December)

From 7pm nightly, exciting new characters, elves, dancers, magical floats  and a parade of hundreds spreading Christmas cheer will lead Santa from the Edward Street end of the mall through to King George Square.

Christmas Cinema| South Bank Parkland, CITY (15th -23rd December)

The Christmas Cinema gives Brisbane families the chance to watch their favourite festive movie on the big screen whilst relaxing on the River Quays inviting lawn.

Carols by Twilight|  South Bank Parkland, CITY (15th -23rd December)

Pack a picnic rug and enjoy everyone’s favourite Christmas carols in the warm summer air as the sun goes down.

Free Christmas Childcare | Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, NORTHSIDE  (17th– 23rd December)

Let Indooroopilly Shopping Centre take care of the kids, while you take care of the shopping. Drop your kids off at Event cinemas and they’ll enjoy a free movie and refreshments while you can enjoy shopping, kid free!

Christmas Fireworks | South Bank Parkland, CITY (20th -23rd December)

Clem Jones Promenade will be the best vantage point to watch the nightly fireworks light up the city sky and instill a little Christmas spirit in us all.

SAnta I stock

Saturday 10th November

Santa Claus is Coming to Town | Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, 10am – 11am NORTHSIDE

Don’t miss the fun as Santa arrives for the silly season accompanied by a host of furry friends including puppies, dancing koalas, Peppa Pig and Paw Patrol in an unmissable event.

Santa World |  Indooroopilly Shopping Centre,  NORTHSIDE  (10th November – 24th December)

As a first-to-Brisbane, this Santa world is a Queensland-inspired wonderland of lights, animatronics, baubles, florals and of course, a sprinkling of magic. With waving koalas and surprises around every corner, this FREE Santa World experience should not be missed!

Santa’s Arrival Parade and Party  | Westfield Chermside, 10am-2pm NORTHSIDE

Catch Santa and his entourage arriving in style in a fire engine with all his friends for his first parade at 10am. Once Santa is safe and sound on-set, join the Christmas entourage for the Christmas parade from 11.30am followed by a Christmas Party under The Dome with face painting, dancing, bubble machines and more!

Santa’s Arrival Parade | Westfield Carindale, 10am – 11am SOUTHSIDE 

Flanked by carollers, dancers and Christmas characters, follow Santa as he parades through Westfield Carindale, before witnessing the grand finale at Centre Court.

Santa’s Arrival | Westfield North Lakes, 10am – 11am NORTHSIDE

Come along and join in the fun as Westfield North Lakes welcome Santa and his Christmas friends into centre at Santa’s Arrival Parade. Be sure to meet Santa at Centre Court for a grand finale surprise!

Santa’s Arrival Parade | Westfield Garden City, 11am – 1pm SOUTHSIDE

Christmas is coming early with the  first parade kicking off at 11am, Santa will be delivered by his reindeer to his home until Christmas Eve on Level 1, for photos throughout the silly season. With festive characters in tow, the parade will be lead by a larger than life marching band and will tour across Levels 1 and 2. An additional Christmas parade kicks off at 12:30pm and will tour Level 2 before returning to Town Square for more Christmas themed entertainment and fun! Both parades will have a Winter Wonderland theme with festive characters leading the way.

Christmas cheer girl and lollypop

Saturday 17th November

Santa’s Grand Arrival Parade | Capalaba Central, 10am – 2pm SOUTHSIDE 

Join Santa and his festive friends as they parade around the centre, making their way from The Vintage Apron to Santa’s Garden in Centre Court. The best bit is the fun doesn’t end with the parade- there will be free fairy floss, free face painting and Santa Stockings Craft Workshop until 2pm.

Santa’s Arrival and Magic Christmas Show | Riverlink, from 10.30am SOUTHSIDE

There will be a Santa’s Arrival Christmas Parade, a Christmas Magic Show, Gingerbread Man decorating, the kids can make their own Christmas basket & more… all for FREE.

Breakfast with Santa| Hyperdome, SOUTHSIDE 

Bring your Brisbane Kids along to the Hyperdome where Santa will be hosting a special healthy breakfast along with his firnds, including The Grinch, before he heads off  and joins the Christmas parade through the Centre.

Santa’s Arrival Parade | Hyperdome, 10.30am – 11am, SOUTHSIDE 

Join Santa and a group of his closest friends, including the Grinch, to celebrate his arrival at Hyperdome! The lively parade will begin at Shingle Inn and make it’s way through centre, finishing at Santa’s Wonderland in Centre Court,

Santa’s Arrival Parade | Victoria Point, 12pm – 2pm  SOUTHSIDE 

Santa will arrive with reindeer and his sleigh. There will also be a walk in snow-globe and  Christmas character meet and greets.

Santa is coming to Town | Morayfield, 11am – 2pm NORTHSIDE

See Santa arrive at Morayfield with his friends from paw Patrol, Elmo & Cookie Monster, Trolls, TMNT, Mrs Claus, Rudolph, Frosty, Elves plus Mrs Claus storytelling, Paw Patrol Shows, Gingerbread decorating and more.

Santa’s Arrival Parade | Redbank Plaza 12pm – 12.30pm  SOUTHSIDE 

welcome Santa to his new home in Santa’s Snowland. He’ll be joined by Mrs Claus, Minnie and Mickey Mouse, our cuddly Gingerbread Men, Mrs and Mrs Snow, Rudolf, the dance crew from Eighty8 Dance Co. PLUS snow much more!

Lighting of the Christmas Tree King George Square Brisbane Marketing

Sunday 18th November

Orion Christmas Street Party | Orion Springfield Central 10am – 4pm, IPSWICH

Attend a  Christmas Street Party where there will be markets a PJ Masks and Peppa Pig Stage Show, a meet and greet all your favourite characters, live music , free kids activities and more.

Big on Christmas Fun – A Little Family Time Christmas Fun | Strathpine Centre, 10am – 1pm NORTHSIDE (every Sunday from 18 November – 2 December)

Strathpine Centre is spreading cheer on Sundays with FREE family friendly fun days.  Meet your favourite characters and let the little ones unleash their creative in our Christmas craft workshops including Minions, Elmo and Cookie Monster, Paw Patrol and Dora!  Please note characters change each week.

Carols by Candlelight | John Paul College, 5.30pm – 8pm SOUTHSIDE

Come along to John Paul College for their annual Carols by Candlelight and Christmas Markets. The Christmas markets will run from 4.00 pm – 6.30 pm and Carols will commence at 6.30 pm.

Thursday 22nd November

Santa’s Arrival | Brookside Shopping Centre 6pm-6.30pm NORTHSIDE

Celebrate the magic of Christmas by welcoming Santa to Brookside. Santa will make his grand arrival and will be bringing along a few of his friend including elves, gingerbread men and more.  The parade will finish with a festive stage show and an opportunity to meet Santa.

Saturday 24th November 

Carols @ Multicap | Eight Mile Plains, 4.30pm-7pm SOUTHSIDE

Soak up the festive atmosphere at Carols @ Multicap with entertainment, food and a visit from the man in red!

Jimboomba Christmas Carols | Jimboomba State School, 5.30pm – 8.30pm SOUTHSIDE

On the night you’ll be entertained by Jimboomba’s local talent as you sing and dance along to performances plus  free give away prizes,food and drinks, a visit from Santa and the grand finale fireworks display. This will be a FREE event the whole family can enjoy together.

Get ready for the whole family to have fun at the annual The Hills Community Carols featuring food, rides, face painting, Christmas carols and a visit from Santa.

Rotary Mt Gravatt Carols by Candlelight | Mt Gravatt Showgrounds, 5pm – 8.30pm SOUTHSIDE

Join in the fun including face painting, entertainment and food from 4.30pm with Santa and Carols commencing at 7pm.

Sunday 25th  November 

Caboolture Christmas Carols | Caboolture, 3pm -8pm

Join Santa on a special festive night with free craft workshops for the kids, a Santa village, giant snow globe, twilight markets, performances by local community groups and firework lighting up the sky.

Friday 30th November 

Lighting of the Brisbane City Christmas Tree | King George Square, 6:30pm – 8pm BRISBANE CITY

Christmas celebrations in the city kicks off with the official lighting of the beautiful Brisbane City Christmas tree.

Saturday 1st December

Santa’s Arrival Disco| Warner Marketplace, 10am – 1pm NORTHSIDE

Boogie with Santa and The Grinch at Santa’s disco plus Christmas DJ, FREE face painting & balloon twisting, giveaways and so much more!

Burpengary Christmas Spectacular |  Burpengary Community Centre, 3pm – 8pm NORTHSIDE

Enjoy the annual festive family event that provides an evening of Christmas magic with Christmas carols, food and drink stalls, a visit from Santa and so much more.

The Hills Community Carols | George Willmore Park, 4pm – 8pm NORTHSIDE

Get ready for the whole family to have fun at the annual The Hills Community Carols featuring food, rides, face painting, Christmas carols and a visit from Santa.

Carols in the Parklands presented by Scouts Queensland| Roma Street Parkland, 6pm-9pm CITY

Bring your Brisbane Kids along to Roma Street Parkland for the annual festive family event, Scouts Qld Christmas Carols featuring everyone’s favourite  Christmas carols.

Christmas in the Park | Calamvale District Park, 4pm – 8pm SOUTHSIDE

Christmas in the Park will kick off at 4pm with babies first Xmas and a visit from the man himself- SANTA!! Then Christmas carols with  Blonde Chocolate  and a little disco under the stars till 6pm; followed by a movie in the park plus food stalls, fun and more.

Wakerley Christmas Carols | Wakerley Park, 4.30pm-9pm

Enjoy an afternoon of tasty treats, live music, arts & crafts and rides leading into an evening of Christmas carols and a fireworks finale.

Bribie Island Carols in the Park | Bribie Island, 4.30pm – 8.30pm NORTHSIDE

Enjoy  kids activities and carols which will include a guest singer and children’s entertainers and fireworks that will bring the event to a spectacular finish, lighting up the sky!

Sunday 2nd December

Community Christmas Show| Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, 10am – 2pm  NORTHSIDE

Hosted by insta-famous local mum Rosie Luik, join Indooroopilly Shopping Centre for a Christmas cracker of a concert with carols, dances and a whole heap of Christmas fun including feature performances from local schools.

Centenary Carols in the Park | Peter Lightfoot Oval, 4.30pm – 8pm SOUTHSIDE

Meet the camels and sheep that form part of the live nativity scene as well as browse the market stalls, buy your glow products for the carols, visit Santa on his sleigh and watch the fireworks.

North Lakes Christmas Carols | North Lakes, 3pm – 8pm NORTHSIDE 

Sing along to your favourite Christmas carols and enjoy the giant snow dome, firework’s, jumping castle and a visit to Santa at his very own Santa village where you can even send him a letter.

Christmas by the Brook | Kallangur State School, 5pm – 8.30pm NORTHSIDE

Start your Christmas season with this magical night of free entertainment! Sing carols with local talent, free jumping castle, face painting and rides.

Centrepoint Church Christmas Carnival and Carols | Chermside 4.30pm – 8pm NORTHSIDE

So much more than Carols with free rides and fun for the whole family.

Rotary Light Up Carols Under the Stars | New Farm Park, 5.30pm-7.30pm NORTHSIDE

Come along to New Farm Park for the Rotary Light Up Carols – Under The Stars where you will find Community Christmas Carols & Santa on stage, candles, wands, glow sticks and Lions Christmas cake.

Enchanted Garden at Roma Street Parkland

Thursday 6th December

Christmas in Nundah Village | Nundah, 6pm – 8pm NORTHSIDE

Enjoy carols, Christmas lights a visit from Santa in a Queensland Police Car.

Friday 7th December

Brookfield Bush Christmas | Brookfield, 4pm – 8pm | NOTHSIDE

Everyone is invited to a great evening of children’s entertainment, live music, and of course, a visit from Santa Clause

Christmas in the Village | Samford, 5pm – 10pm NORTHSIDE

Get ready for a jam-packed night in Samford Village with carol, kids activities, community food stalls and plenty of festive fun. Kids are encouraged to dress up for the fancy dress parade with gifts for the kids in Christmas costume.

Saturday 8th December

The Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols | Brisbane Riverstage, 4pm – 9pm CITY

Have a Merry Little Christmas at Brisbane’s signature carols event full of dancers, colour and fun as some of Australia’s most talented singers perform Christmas carols live on stage.

Bray Park Community Christmas Carols| Bray Park, 4pm – 8.15pm NORTHSIDE

Wander around and enjoy the free family entertainment including petting zoo and  jumping castle, market stalls and grab a bite to eat before the carols begin at 7pm.

Carols in the Parklands | Yarrabilba Shaw Street Oval, 5pm – 8pm  SOUTHSIDE

Sing along to your favourite Christmas carols and enjoy a festive treat from the food vans and markets stalls and don’t forget a photo with Santa at his photo booth before the fireworks finale.

Christmas Lights Family Concert | Carindale, 6pm – 9pm SOUTHSIDE

A Christmas spectacular with carols, singing, dancing and loads of fun for the whole family.

Sandstone Point Community Carols| Sandstone Point Oval, 4.30pm – 7.30pm | NORTHSIDE

The magic of Christmas will come to life in the Sandstone Point Community Oval with kids activities, carols, a Santa photo booth and fireworks.

Carols in the Park | Pine Rivers Park, 4pm – 8pm NORTHSIDE

A fun afternoon for all the family including; jumping Castles, face painting, kids activities, animal farm, food trucks, sing along carols, an exciting finale and much much more!

Sunday 9th December

Scarborough Christmas Carols |  Scarborough Beach Park, 3pm – 8pm NORTHSIDE

Visit Santa in his special village by the sea and enjoy an evening full of Christmas cheer with Christmas carols, activities, workshops, fireworks and more.

Carols on the Oval |Belmont State School, 4pm – 8.30pm SOUTHSIDE

Make the most of the pre- carol fun including live music, markets, face painting, baby animal farm, and  jumping castles before the carols start at 7pm and conclude with spectacular fireworks.

St John’s Christmas Carols & Craft Fair | St John’s Anglican Church, Bulimba, 2pm – 7pm NORTHSIDE

Browse a wide range of different stalls including a gingerbread stall followed by carols at dusk in the church gardens. The choir will delight you will traditional favourites and will certainly make you feel Christmassy.

2018 Technicolour Christmas Show and Markets | Newmarket,  9am – 3.30pm NORTHSIDE

Bring your Brisbane Kids along to A Christmas celebration hosted by the Multicultural Community Centre and International City Church where there will be food, games, crafts, Santa, carols, market stalls and more.

Christmas Lights Family Concert | Carindale, 10.15am and 6pm shows SOUTHSIDE

A Christmas spectacular with family fun from 9am, shows at 10.15am and 6pm with carols, singing, dancing and loads of fun for the whole family.

Carols in the Park | Nundah, 3.30pm – 8.30pm NORTHSIDE

A free community festival followed by community Christmas carols.  At the community festival, there will be free activities including a rock climbing wall and jumping castle before carols and a sausage sizzle at 6.30pm.

Christmas Celebration @ North Brisbane Salvos | Taigum, 4pm – 8.30pm NORTHSIDE

Bring your Brisbane Kids along to the biggest free Christmas party around at the Salvation Army Taigum. There will be free rides, pony rides, Santa photos, jumping castle, animal farm, face painting, fairy floss and more. At 7:15pm there will be carols on the lawn.

Carols under the Stars | Sunnybank, 5pm – 8pm SOUTHSIDE

There will be a free Christmas fair from 5pm including: – Rock climbing wall – Giant slide – Jumping castle (for the big kids too!) – Petting zoo – Face painting – Family photo booth – Youth chill out zone – Toddler play area, Food stalls from 5pm until 7pm and Christmas Carols from 7pm featuring fun sing-along arrangements of your childhood Christmas favourites!

Saturday 15th December

Christmas by Starlight |  Redland Showgrounds, 3pm – 9pm SOUTHSIDE

Enjoy a jam-packed afternoon of entertainment, activities, rides, rock climbing and carols with a line-up of local, national and international acts for Redland’s biggest Christmas event.

City of Logan Christmas Carols | Griffith University Logan Campus, 4.30pm-9.30pm SOUTHSIDE

Griffith University Logan Campus will host  your all-time favourite Christmas Carols, pop up food trucks serving delicious food, free photos with Santa, fireworks and other amazing performances at this year’s Christmas Carols featuring Australian Idol winner Stan Walker, the Grinch Children’s Show, Renata’s Kids Christmas Show, Leah Lever, Freedom Train, community choirs and MC Terry Hansen.

Mango Hill Christmas Carols |  Mango Hill Village, 4pm – 9pm NORTHSIDE

Spend the afternoon at Danzy Buchnan Park with free picnic games, rides, face painting and entertainment before Santa arrives, the carols begin and fireworks light up the sky.

Carols In The Park | Mitchelton Rugby League Club, 5.30pm – 8.30pm NORTHSIDE

The festive evening will include entertainment suitable for the whole family with free rides and activities for children, a special appearance by Santa, food stalls, carols and fireworks at 8pm.

Christmas in the Grove | Ferny Grove, 5pm – 8pm NORTHSIDE

Enjoy free rides, amusements, entertainment, and kid’s activities. The Christmas Show begins at 7pm with Christmas carols, a visit from Santa and a fireworks finale.

Beachmere Community Carols| Beachmere, 4pm – 7pm NORTHSIDE

The north of Brisbane Xmas carols event will commence at 4pm, bringing 3 hours of joy and festive fun to the bayside including a special concert performances by community groupsand a special guest appearance by the jolly man in red himself, market stalls, treasure hunt and more.

Sunday 16th December

Pine Rivers Park Christmas Carols | Strathpine, 3pm – 8pm NORTHSIDE

Pine Rivers Park Christmas Carols brings families all the joyful entertainment with an extra sprinkling of Christmas magic including Christmas Carols, Santa’s Village, markets, craft and workshops.

Bracken Ridge Christmas Carols | Norris Road State School, 4.30pm – 9pm NORTHSIDE 

Head to Norris Road State School for the annual Bracken Ridge Christmas Carols and sing along to the carols, browse the Christmas markets stalls and watch the fireworks finale.

Saturday 22nd December

Sandstone Point Christmas Carnival |  Sandstone Point, 12pm – 8pm NORTHSIDE

Soak up the festive spirit as the whole family is entertained with  live music, Christmas Carols, markets stalls, kids rides, fireworks and of course a visit from Santa.

Wynnum Christmas Carols By The Bay | George Clayton Park, 1pm – 9pm SOUTHSIDE

Enjoy lots of Christmas fun the whole family will love in a gorgeous setting by the beautiful Bay.

Joy to the World Christmas at the Shed | The Shed Burpengary, 4pm – 8pm NORTHSIDE

Attend a festive family event with Christmas Carols, a petting zoo, jumping castle,  face painting for the kids, twilight markets, FREE sausage Sizzle 6pm and a visit from Santa.

If you know of a free Christmas event we haven’t listed on the website then please email us [email protected] and we will add it to the website OR you could save us a lot of time and simply submit it via the register event button on the front page of the website (top right hand side).

Make sure that you don’t miss any of the other fun and family-friendly Christmas events in Brisbane take a look at our Brisbane Kids Guide to Christmas.

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