21 Amazing Things To Do In Brisbane This December

Marco Ruiz Marco Ruiz - Staff Writer

21 Amazing Things To Do In Brisbane This December

December is a busy month. We’re all trying to get work finished before the end of the year while at the same time trying to get our Christmas shopping done, making our Christmas plans, prepping our Christmas meals and trying to enjoy the warm weather as well as all the brilliant things that are going on in town.

There’s actually more than 21 things to do in Brisbane on this list (Powerhouse has a few shows on so keep on scrolling down) and there’s plenty more happening around town with new events popping up every week. So, keep your eyes peeled but get out there and have some fun.

1. The Michelangelo Sistine Chapel Exhibition

Thanks to digital technology and the LA-based SEE Global Entertainment (SEE™), a family of companies that specialise in global touring exhibitions, this new stunning spectacle will showcase the awe and wonder of one of mankind’s greatest artistic feats by allowing visitors to experience it from never-before-seen perspectives.

The exhibition is on now and you can get your tickets to it here.

More info on The Michelangelo Sistine Chapel Exhibition

2. The Enchanted Garden

Fairy lights and lighting underneath a tree in a garden

Returning to the Roma Street Parkland for another year, The Enchanted Garden will be on display and open to visitors in the lead-up to Christmas, from 1-23 December. The spectacular sensory experience will envelop the plants, trees and gardens in a kaleidoscope of colours and light for an incredible trip.

Tickets are $7 per person (or free for children under 2, who do not require a ticket) with sessions taking place every 15 minutes beginning at 6:30pm. The final session is at 9pm.

The Enchanted Garden

3. Brisbane Christmas Markets

There are more than a couple on in the lead-up to the big day, with the first ones starting starting weeks ago. You’ll be able to grab plenty of presents, festive trinkets and more amongst a range of locally-made goods. You might even hear some carols, see Santa himself, or find the perfect pressie for yourself.

Find an upcoming Christmas Market here.

4. Christmas Light Displays

Every year there are some neighbourly neighbours that go above and beyond throwing up a cable of fairy lights, sticking up some festive words, and calling their Christmas light display complete. Instead, they meticulously plan their Christmas light displays days, weeks or even months in advance as the best designers do, and when the time strikes they get to work setting up and decorating.

to save you from driving around aimlessly searching for bright beacons of light in the distance, there’s a handy website that helps you find not only all the displays in your area or your city.

Find it and some must-see Christmas light displays here

5. Scenic Rim Farmgate Experience

Hit the road and meet the growers, farmers and producers of the ingredients you’ll need to make a tasty roast dinner. There’s even wine or cider to collect on your Farmgate Experience, which will see you drive around Queensland’s stunning Scenic Rim for a full-day adventure.

Scenic Rim Farmgate Experience

More information on the Farmgate Experience

6. A Midnight Visit

A kinglike figure in a moody room with young women playing in a ball pit, immerasive theatre experienceInspired by the life and works of Edgar Allan Poe, A Midnight Visit is a trip into the weird and sinister dreams of the legendary writer and poet via a 36-room immersive theatre experience in a disused warehouse.

The run of shows have been extended through December.

A Midnight Visit tickets.

A Midnight Visit

7. Maccas Summer Menu

Image: Supplied/ McDonald’s Australia

Maccas will be serving some new and seriously delicious menu items. The fast-food chain is bringing back the beloved chicken Big Mac after a three-year-long hiatus. Also on the Maccas summer menu are onion rings with BBQ sauce and the bacon Big Mac.

8. Love Actually and Live Orchestra

Image credit: Supplied/ Love Actually in Concert

The British rom-com has become quite the Christmas staple over the years. And 18 years on, it still works. This year, instead of watching this festive favourite on Netflix, do yourself one better by planning a day at the theatre because Love Actually in Concert is returning to town on December 18 at 7:30pm.

9. Van Gogh Alive

It has arrived and the two-month-long digital exhibition will welcome in thousands of visitors just as it has when visiting more than 50 cities around the world.

The vibrant colours and vivid details of Van Gogh’s technique and style will be made visible in never-before-seen detail. Accompanied by a classical soundtrack that helps interpret the thoughts, feelings and intentions of the master painter, visitors will be immersed in many of the sites of Van Gogh’s inspiration with fragrances specifically designed to evoke the setting of the paintings.

Van Gogh Alive

10. Pizza & Prosecco Specials

Over-the-water bar on the Brisbane River
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Normally open just on the weekends, Will & Flow is now open on Thursday evenings for after-work drinks and cool evenings in the summer. Its nights will be filled with good music, hot pizzas, cocktails and prosecco so you can get your weekend started one night early.

With the $20 Pizza and Prosecco offer and you’re going to be hard-pressed to find somewhere you’d rather be on a Thursday after work.

Will & Flow

11. Fish And Spritz

two fish dishes and a selection of four cocktail spritzes
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One Fish Two Fish’s Fish and Spritz is available for order on Friday, Saturday and Sunday lunches all the way through to Christmas Eve. The four-course menu begins with a kingfish ceviche before an Asian-style crab omelette arrives as your second. Then it’s onto the grilled snapper with Tuscan salad and for dessert, you get a chocolate gelato trio.

For $69, you’ll get all this plus a spritz on arrival. Or, you could opt for the two-hour bottomless spritz package for just $99 and knock back spritzes until lunch is well and truly eaten.

One Fish Two Fish

12. Magic Men

Topless, ripped menMagic Men are Australia’s best male dancers and their shows serve up a heart-racing and sweat-inducing spectacle. From the hunky stars in their eye-catching costumes to the gorgeous waiters, who will be serving you a glass of sparkling on arrival and carrying around complimentary finger food for you to bite down on in the case it all gets a bit much, this is one cheeky show that is not for the prudish.


Magic Men is on Saturday nights.

More info

Magic Men

13. Spirits of the Sand

Indigenous dance theatreThrough song, dance and powerful storytelling, the history, beauty and vibrancy of the Aboriginal people comes alive in this 2.5 hour dinner and show spectactular. Their story is told through a live ‘roving theatre’ experience where the public is immersed in the space and time of the events being recounted.

Performances on Saturdays.

More info

Spirits of the Red Sand

14. Mt Tamborine Wine Tours

Four people drinking wine in a vineyardThese chauffeured Mt Tamborine winery tours you will visit three family-run boutique wineries and be treated to guided tastings. Plus, you’ll get to stop off at scenic lookouts along the way so you can take in the wondrous beauty of the Scenic Rim.

You won’t have to worry about anything really since Pineapple Tours takes care of every detail. From its door-to-door service (if you live within 10kms of the city centre) to taking photos of your day out on the mountain, you’ll be well looked after. There’s lunch too, prepared and cooked by an award-winning chef, and optional cheese and fudge platters so you won’t go hungry on your winery adventure.

More info

Mt Tamborine Wine Tours

15. The Pink Flamingo Spiegelclub Shows

images of cabaret show

There are four shows on stage at the moment: La Teaze, Suavé, Flamboyance, and Ripped.

With a blend of cabaret, burlesque and cirque acts, they astound, provoke excitement and entertain from the moment the curtain rises until you walk back out and smell the sea breeze. You want to see them again and again.

The Pink Flamingo

16. Dracula by the Queensland Ballet

True love never dies with Bram Stoker’s dark love story, which after spending two sell-out seasons in WA is now taking to the stage at QPAC’s Lyric Theatre.

The seductive and dark love story will be on stage from 24 November to 4 December, and those who attend will be captivated by the  neo-classical production complete with a jaw-dropping set and costume design.

Dracula by the Queensland Ballet

17. Christmas Putt Putt

Victoria Park Mini Golf has taken down its Halloween decorations and replaced them with more festive and fitting ornaments. Launching on Friday 5 November, the Christmas Putt Putt will see Santa and his reindeer on full display as well as the gingerbread man, a candy cane garden and more snow-covered Christmas trees than you can count.

The Putt Putt course is fully licensed and tickets range from $16 for children to $22 for adults.

Christmas Putt Putt

18. Brisbane Powerhouse

Brisbane Powerhouse is powering us through December with a heap of performances that we simply can and don’t want to get enough of.

Cirque Bon Bon takes to the stage contortion, aerial artistry, incredible dancers, nerve-racking feats and an internationally acclaimed comedy host Mario Queen of the Circus to marry it all together. That’s this weekend.

Later in the month, it’s A Very Naughty Christmas with Brisbane’s sexiest carollers, a live band, eight great performers and Christmas classics like you’ve never heard.

But that’s not all. On at the Turbine Platform, John McClane is turning up in DIE HARD: THE MOVIE, THE PLAY

19. Moonlight Cinemas

The November/December program has been released and the season begins with The Suicide Squad. Then, The Greatest Showman and Free Guy round out the opening weekend of screenings. The lead-up to Christmas will feature a bunch of our favourite seasonal films including The Grinch That Stole Christmas, Die Hard, Elf and Home Alone. See the program.

20. Imaginaria

The specially designed spaces are meant to be part game, part gallery, and part journey where visitors not only walk through but also interact with what’s going on inside. Thought of as an audio-visual journey from the future, Imaginaria has an anti-gravity space, shimmering light sculptures, a cosmic garden and a white bubble you can enter among other experiences that will test your grasp on reality or present new perspectives.


21. Naughty or Nice

Whether you’ve been naughty or nice this year doesn’t matter because everybody who heads along to this incredible show with aerial acts, sexy burlesque, fire twirling, acrobatics and more is in for a treat.

Featuring the amazing talents of Tiffany O’Connor and Thor Sacre, Naughty or Nice is the adults-only Christmas show that will get you feeling hot hot hot.

Naughty or Nice

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