Spending the Holidays in Brisbane

November 28, 2012 by

Festivals & Events, Things To Do, Travel Tips

New King George Square in Brisbane during Christmas

New King George Square in Brisbane during Christmas. Photo by Paul-in-Longon via Flickr.

The holiday season is fast approaching, so the time of less work and more celebration is soon to take over Brisbane. Travelers wishing to while away their time in the coming weeks in the capital of Queensland should take note of the festivities and warnings that might be of use.

Holiday Festivities in Brisbane

While the weather here is hotter and stickier than Sydney at Christmas, the festivities for the season that sings of The North Pole and snow are numerous in the city. If you’ll be in Brisbane for the upcoming holidays, there are several events to schedule into your calendar.

  • IGA Lord Mayer’s Carols in the City: This event takes place on December 8th at the Riverstage and features entertainment from top Australian musicians.
  • Lighting of the Christmas Tree: This event takes place on November 30th at King George Square. It features entertainment, carols and the lighting of the world’s largest solar powered Christmas tree at the finale.
  • ‘Tis the Season: Carols in the park featuring bands at the Roma Street Parkland Amphitheatre. Takes place on December 2nd and will even include singing and dancing by the Youth Performing Arts Company.
  • Christmas Magnifique: The Christmas Magnifique is an evening dining event in the South Bank taking place on December 18th. Interested parties must buy tickets to be a part of the 3 course dinner spectacular.

Tips for Holiday Travel in Brisbane

Since it’s the holiday season, most Australians will be enjoying their summer break as well. With the majority of big business closed, you can expect the restaurants and shops to be packed out – and let’s not forget about hotels and hostels!

  • Book accommodation in advance: To compensate for families traveling and extra foreigners spending their holiday breaks down under, you will need to get a room before they fill up.
  • Don’t expect tours to operate on Christmas Day: If your schedule is tight, do book and confirm tours in advance.
  • Don’t forget to have a great time! The sun is shining during the holidays in Brisbane.

Brooke Schoenman

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