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What’s on in Brisbane this Christmas

Today marks only one month until Christmas Day and once again, Brisbane has a huge lineup of events for the holiday season.

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For those who love local Christmas lights (and who doesn’t?), the Brisbane City Council is running a week of bus tours around Brisbane to see the lights from the comfort of a council bus.

Nightly services commence at 6:45pm on Monday 16 December from five locations: Ann Street in the city, Chermside, Indooroopilly, Carindale and Garden City. The same services will run at 6:45pm until Friday 20 December.

These tours run for three hours and include rest stops for refreshments. They often sell out, so it’s worth booking well in advance.

Tickets cost $22 for a standard adult and $11 for a concession (including pensioners) and are available to purchase here.

Ipswich and Moreton Bay are also running similar services, which you can read about here.

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If you’re looking for a cheaper Christmas experience, King George Square is the place to be. The council is hosting several free events in the lead-up to Christmas.

The annual lighting of the Christmas tree takes place this Friday at 6:30pm. It pays to arrive nice and early to get a good viewing spot, plus you can enjoy a free concert outside City Hall.

You can also enjoy the Christmas in the Square live music performance from 5pm to 8pm this Saturday. Sunnybank Brass will be performing all your favourite carols with members of Brisbane’s Tongan community.

From Friday 6 December until Christmas Eve, the walls of City Hall will be lit up with the annual light show. This enchanting animated fairytale is written by local author Samantha Wheeler. The show runs every 15 minutes from 7:30pm to midnight.

These events are all easily accessible on Brisbane buses, which are free in off-peak periods for those holding seniors Go Cards.

So get out there, spread cheer and be merry for this Christmas season.

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