The Schrinner Council has unveiled a holly, jolly Christmas program for Brisbane’s suburbs.

With more than 80 individual free and affordable events, residents will be able to enjoy Christmas carols, festive movies in the park, Christmas craft workshops and candlelit bushwalks.

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said the program had been organised with cost-of-living front-of-mind.

“Christmas in Brisbane is the most wonderful time of the year but it also can be an expensive, and that’s why we ensure our events are free and affordable,” Cr Schrinner said.

“Our suburban events program spreads festive cheer right across Brisbane so residents don’t have to travel far to enjoy the silly season.

Community events like these are so important to bring family, friends and neighbours together to celebrate Christmas.”

Cr Schrinner said there were plenty of low-cost options for families to help keep the kids entertained through the school holidays.

“Our environment centres will host nature-based arts and crafts at Boondall and Karawatha, while Downfall Creek has organised the highly-anticipated Bush Christmas event,” he said.

With live music, Christmas crafts, Australian wildlife displays and a sausage sizzle, Bush Christmas is a magical event that brings the festive spirit to McDowall.

Cr Schrinner said Council’s 33 libraries will host more than 60 Christmas-themed free events.

“Brisbane libraries have a spectacular Christmas program and I encourage residents to check it out,” he said.

“Kids can get stuck into crafts and learn how to make Christmas cards and decorations for friends and family.

The Summer Reading Program includes a range of family-friendly events, activities, live performances and quiz-style events.

Parents should also take the opportunity to browse our incredible range of more than 6.4 million books, magazines and physical loans.

There’s nothing better than relaxing with some summer reading over Christmas and it’s all free with a library membership.”

“For all our inner-city residents, our Christmas in Brisbane program continues with multiple events daily.

Limited tickets remain for The Enchanted Gardens which brings Roma Street Gardens to life with dazzling lights and projections.

There’s also the Lott by Golden Casket City Hall Lights running every night from 8 December, the iconic 22-metre City Hall Christmas Tree and live entertainment on Queen Street through Christmas on Queen.”

For more Christmas events around Brisbane, visit Council’s website what’s on pages and search ‘Christmas.’

To view the full program of events, visit Some local events include:


Event Name Start Date Location Age Bookings required Cost
A Bush Christmas 8/12/2023 Downfall Creek Bushland Centre All ages No Free
Bracken Ridge Carols Spectacular 10/12/2023 Norris Road State School All ages No Free
Christmas storytime with JD the humanoid robot 12/12/2023 Bracken Ridge Library All ages Yes Free
Christmas crafts and games 14/12/2023 Boondall Wetlands Environment Centre 4 years and over Yes $6
Make and create: Christmas 15/12/2023 Bracken Ridge Library All ages Yes Free
Christmas crafts and games 21/12/2023 Boondall Wetlands Environment Centre 4 years and over Yes $6
Christmas crafts and games 21/12/2023 Downfall Creek Bushland Centre 4 years and over Yes $6
Meet JD the humanoid robot 21/12/2023 Bracken Ridge Library All ages Yes Free