Discover the magic of Christmas in The City 2011
Brisbane’s Christmas stocking is packed full to the brim with a spectacular line-up of free festive events – from Christmas carols and world music, to Indie Twilight Markets. The City will celebrate the magic of the season with traditional Christmas events and exciting additions.
New this year is the The Myer Christmas Parade and Pantomime
A cast of 200 singers, dancers and actors will sprinkle their magic through the Queen Street Mall, starting from Edward Street and ending at the stage. It features an enchanting Christmas Angel, barnyard animals in the nativity scene and fireworks. The Myer Christmas Parade and Pantomime runs daily at 7pm from 16 - 23 December.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said The City is the perfect place for the greater community to come together and celebrate the festive season.
“This time of year always sees The City come to life and I encourage everyone to come in and enjoy some of the time-honoured and new Christmas traditions planned around town,” Cr Quirk said.
“There's plenty of free events for families to enjoy – from the Lighting of the Brisbane City Christmas Tree and the IGA Lord Mayor’s Carols, to Santa visits, Twilight Markets, Christmas movies and street corner carolling,” he said.
Another new addition is the Barnyard Babies
animal farm in King George Square. Running daily 10am-3pm from 7 - 14 December the farm will include calves, lambs, kid goats, chicks and ducklings.
Brisbane Marketing Acting Director of CBD Retail Annabel Sullivan said The City would be buzzing seven days a week with events to excite and experiences to remember.
“During the Christmas period we will see our vibrant city bursting with activity. I encourage everyone to come in and enjoy the excitement of The City," Ms Sullivan said.
“With an incredible mix of over 1,000 local, national and international retailers, The City is the most convenient place for CBD workers to complete their Christmas shopping, especially when there are so many stores that can’t be found anywhere else in Brisbane!” she said.
The new offerings include Chanel (just opened), Bally, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co and Mecca Cosmetica at QueensPlaza. Edward Street’s Hugo Boss, Hermes and Polo Ralph Lauren. And the newly reopened Wintergarden with Coach (coming soon), Georg Jensen and Swarovski.
“It’s also a great time of year to socialise in The City. There’s plenty on offer, from riverfront bars and eateries at Eagle Street, to alfresco dining on Albert Street, to fine dining on Edward Street, to unique bistros on Adelaide Street.”
This Christmas The City will be offering free parking at The Myer Centre Car Park, Secure Parking Wintergarden Car Park and King George Square Car Park on Sundays with any $50 purchase*. For an environmentally friendly trip in catch public transport, enjoy a green cab or jump on a CityCycle bike. For timetable information phone Translink on 13 12 30 or visit translink.com.au.
For more information on what to see and do in The City this Christmas, visit www.bnecity.com.au