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Free Christmas activities at South Bank and Roma Street Parkland #MerryBrismas

Last minute gifts, fireworks, and festive fun

Free Christmas activities at South Bank and Roma Street Parkland #MerryBrismas

Every year we try and make a promise ourselves that we won't leave Christmas shopping to the last minute. But alas! promises are meant to be broken, with our Christmas commitments snowballing we've left present shopping to final week! If you're like us, and hate going to the shop during this festive season, then why not head down to South Bank and Roma Street for some last minute shopping and FREE festive activities?

Christmas in Roma Street Parkland

The Enchanted Garden

WHAT: The Enchanted Garden takes patrons through a series of shimmering gardens, delicately-lit weeping figs, the treetops of a twinkling rainforest, and down to a tranquil lake where they will find food trucks and live music. Plus, if you look closely, you can spot glittering fairies nestled among the trees, dotted throughout your walk.

WHEN: 7-19 Dec | 6:30-10pm

HOW MUCH: FREE

Christmas in South Bank

Carols by Twilight

WHAT: We wish you a merry Christmas – and one filled with joyous song! Settle in by the gently-lapping Brisbane River while cherub-lipped musicians warble sweet melodies from Christmas carol classics, as the sun goes down.

WHEN: 14-23 Dec | 6-8pm

HOW MUCH: FREE

MORE: The line-up includes gypsy jazz band Cigany Weaver, SCAT and the Queensland Show Choir.

Christmas Cinema

WHAT: Pack a picnic, grab a blanket and head to South Bank for a fun, family night out at Brisbane’s favourite festive cinema under the stars.

WHEN: 14-23 Dec | 8:15pm

HOW MUCH: FREE

MORE: Check out the movie schedules here.

Christmas Gift Market

WHAT: Get one of a kind or sentimental gifts this Christmas at South Bank's Christmas Gift Market. They'll be fashion, food, stationary, jewellery, homeware, and so much more! It's probably the best place to go for last minute shopping!

WHEN: 14- 23 Dec | 3-10pm daily

HOW MUCH: FREE

MORE: Make sure you catch Santa onsite each day next to Flowstate between 4:30pm and 8:30pm.

Holly Jolly Kids

WHAT: Give your child the opportunity to work as one of Santas elves this Christmas as Aerial Angels will be running an Elf Academy on the Little Stanley Street Lawn. Classes include hula-hooping, juggling, tight-rope walking and aerial trapeze! If your bubs aren't quite at acrobat age, then bring them alone to Holly Jolly Kid’s craft and dance classes, ornament making or even Queensland Ballet dance classes.

WHEN: 14-23 Dec | 3-7pm

HOW MUCH: FREE

MORE: Bookings are not required for any Holly Jolly Kids activities.

Christmas Fireworks

WHAT: As Christmas comes closer, South Bank Parklands puts on a shimmering firework display. Take loved ones to Clem Jones Promenade for the best seats in the city to watch as the firework show.

WHEN: 20-23 Dec | 8-8:15pm

HOW MUCH: FREE

MORE: Other popular viewing locations include Streets Beach, River Quay and the Cultural Forecourt.

Other Brisbane Christmas highlights

Gold Lotto City Hall Lights

WHAT: Don't miss this highlight of the festive season, head down to King George Square and be entertained by a playful Aussie Christmas tale come to life via animation onto City Hall.

WHEN: 7- 24 Dec | 7:30pm - 12am

HOW MUCH: FREE

MORE: Shows every fifteen minutes.

The Lights of Christmas at St Stephen’s Cathedral

WHAT: For the first time this year, a second light and sound show will illuminate Brisbane. To celebrate the season of peace, joy and goodwill, St Stephen's Cathedral have put together a vivid light and sound show!

WHEN: 12- 24 Dec | 7:30pm- 12am

HOW MUCH: FREE

Still having trouble with Christmas shopping? need a little present inspo? Check out our Christmas guides! from activities, The Christmas Activity Gift Guide, to beauty, The Chic Christmas Glam Guide, to pressies, The Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide, we've got you covered.

Don't get your guests hangry this Christmas, have a look at our Festive Feast Guide and Christmas Catering Guide to fill up everyones bellies.

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Ysabelle Alesna

Out in the beaches of Australia, you can find this charismatic girl laying in the sand with a sangria in one hand and her book in the other. If she's not at the beach, you can catch her on the hunt for the best tacos in Brisbane. She's a sucker for romance or fiction books, but also enjoys her true crime and murder podcasts.