The festive season is upon us and before we head off and share it with our families, we want to make sure you have everything you need over the break. Christmas is a time to get together with family or loved ones, and no matter how you like to celebrate, there’s many options of things to do when you are spending Christmas in Brisbane.
Position One Property Christmas & New Year Trading Hours
Monday 19 to Friday 23rd December – OPEN 8:30am to 5pm
Monday 26 & Tuesday 27 December – CLOSED
Wednesday 28 to Friday 30 December – OPEN 8:30am to 5pm
Monday 2 January 2017 – CLOSED
Tuesday 3 January back to business as usual! – OPEN 8:30am to 5pm
Christmas Lights and Bus Tours
Take the stress out of looking for the best Christmas lights in your neighbourhood with one of the guided bus tours. Of course, if you’re wanting to drive yourself around the neighbourhood you can find a list of the impressive Christmas light displays on 4KQ’s website (http://www.4kq.com.au/xmas-lights/).
Brisbane City Council run a number of inexpensive Christmas light tours leading up to Christmas Day. These are quite popular, so it’s best to reserve some tickets sooner rather than later. Here’s the details you’ll need:
Dates: 19 – 23 December, departing at 6:45pm each night
Cost: Adults cost $22 and students, pensioners and children cost $11
Length of tours: Approximately three hours
Departure points: Each of the tours depart from different points depending on what side of town you’d like to see the lights of.
Tour departure locations:
Inner city suburbs tours depart from Ann Street (ANZAC Square)
Eastern suburbs tours depart from Carindale Shopping Centre
Southern suburbs tours depart from Garden City Shopping Centre
Northern suburbs tours depart from Chermside Shopping Centre
The Ipswich Christmas lights tours run earlier than the Brisbane tours, however there is a handy map available (https://ozchristmaslights.com.au/display/qld/ipswich-3238) that will make your own tour a little easier to plan. Each location has a description that makes it easier to decide which lighting setups are worth stopping at.
The Gold Coast Christmas lights are best enjoyed from an air conditioned coach. The Gold Coast Christmas light tours are also an inexpensive way to efficiently visit all of the best Christmas lights displays on the Gold Coast. The details for the Christmas tours are below:
Dates: 20 – 24 December
Cost: Adults cost $15, pensioners and seniors cost $12, children cost $10
Bookings: (The link for booking has been taken down now the tours have ended! We’ll find the new link for you for 2017!)
Length of tours: Approximately three hours
Departure points: The Arts Centre, 135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise
The Sunshine Coast do things a little differently and host a centralised event for their Christmas lights celebration. This event is free, and very popular! Over 25,000 people visited the Sunshine Coast Christmas lights event in 2015, and this year promises to be no different.
Dates: 16 – 24 December
Where: Lifepointe Baptist Church, 186 Wises Road, North Buderim
Great Restaurants Open for Christmas in Brisbane
If you’re after a quieter plan to catch up with family and loved ones over the Christmas break, there’s a number of great restaurants that are open for business. Here are a few of the great restaurants open over the holiday period (of course it’s worth calling to check availability):
Ecco Bistro, 100 Boundary Street, Brisbane
What it’s great for: Inexpensive yet classy meals
More information: http://eccobistro.com.au
The Hamilton Hotel, 442 Kingsford Smith Dr, Hamilton
What it’s great for: One of the best value Christmas lunches in Brisbane
More information: https://www.hamiltonhotel.com.au
Brasserie On The River, Stamford Plaza, Brisbane
What it’s great for: Romantic or small groups wanting a view of the city while they dine
More information: http://www.stamford.com.au/spb/restaurant–bar/the-brasserie-on-the-river
Bavarian Bier Cafe, 1/45 Eagle Street, Brisbane City
What it’s great for: Catching up over a few drinks and classy pub food
Gambaro, 33 Caxton Street, Petrie Terrace
What it’s great for: Perfect for seafood lovers, as it’s world-known for its lobster and crab offerings
More information: http://www.gambarohotel.com.au/christmas-day-lunch-booking
Do You Know About These Shops?
This Christmas shop and showroom offers an astounding selection of Christmas decorations, crackers and lights. Their selection of Christmas trees comes in all colours and sizes, and can be supplied fully decorated by their creative team. They’re on the corner of Vulture and Leopard Streets in Woolloongabba. There’s plenty of parking available.
Open all year round but with extended opening hours from now until Christmas.
Read More Here : Christmas Showroom at The Prop House and VM+
This really is a one-stop Christmas shop! Packed with everything you and your family could possibly need for a festive four walls, from trees and lights to decorations and Christmas costumes. Open 7 days a week, you’ll find this store next to the Harbour Town Shopping Centre on the Gold Coast with all the parking that provides.
Read More Here : Christmas Galore, Baggera Waters
If you like a little festive sparkle, then Christmas Alight has something for you. With Brisbane’s biggest selection of Christmas lighting, including LEDs, fibre optic, and novelty illuminated figures. There’s something here for every taste.
Open from 10-3 Wednesday-Sunday, Christmas Alight offer membership discounts and are situated on Bowers Rd South, Everton Hills.
Read More Here : Christmas Alight
So if you’re keen on some different ideas for your Christmas in Brisbane this year, we hope you’ve found them here!