As Christmas inches closer and the weather gods give Brisbane a timely roasting (as they do about the same time every year), you’re no doubt scrambling for the nearest climate-controlled shopping centre.

But instead of getting intimate with your pedestal fans and air-conditioning units this year, South Bank has an even better solution to keeping cool all the while sharing in some festive cheer.

Christmas Cinema

Chillax with family and friends at the Christmas Cinema Series at Streets Beach – a dive in movie experience for the whole family!

Cool off in the lagoon and enjoy classic Christmas from 17 to 23 December. Sessions will commence at 6.30pm every evening, with additional 8.30pm screenings from 17 to 21 December.

Pack a picnic blanket and your bathers, grab some snacks and settle in for mirth and merry-making.

Bring the kids especially for Arthur Christmas, The Polar Express, The Muppet Christmas Carol, The Santa Clause, and Dr Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

There’s also plenty of live action laughs with Elf, Jingle All the Way, Home Alone, Deck the Halls and snickers with Vince Vaughan in Fred Claus, as well as the timeless classics, Miracle on 34th Street and It’s a Wonderful Life.

For the complete program click here

Christmas Carols

It’s a commonly known fact that the fastest way to spread Christmas cheer, is to sing loudly for all to hear. So get out your song books and practice your carolling for the South Bank Christmas Carols presented by Hillsong Brisbane.

Taking over The Courier-Mail Piazza from 17-20 December, this event will feature a special visit from Santa, a live nativity scene and everyone’s favourite carols.

To top it all off, after the show there will be plenty of time for people to head to the river’s edge to enjoy the Christmas Fireworks Spectacular presented by go via network.

Bookings are not required – doors open at 5:45pm so arrive early to secure your seat.

Christmas Parade and Pantomime

If carols aren’t your thing, head for the Queen Street Mall and King George Square to catch the Myer Christmas Parade and Pantomime.

The parade will take place every night at 6.30pm from 11 to 20 December and features more than 200 performers with glittering and colourful costumes, giant inflatable toys, and the big man himself, Santa Claus.

The parade starts at the lower end of the Mall and makes its way to King George Square, where families can assemble to watch a magical pantomime featuring not one but TWO dastardly villains, who want to ruin Christmas.

Who will save the day and ensure those Christmas presents get delivered on time?

The pantomime is staged immediately after the parade concludes in King George Square, every evening from 11 to 20 December.

Check out for the full schedule of films and events, to make the most of your Christmas celebrations. And, make sure you share your Wonder of Christmas experience with #christmasinbrisbane

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