LOCAL: How to spend Christmas in South East Queensland

13 December 2017

 A Queensland Christmas has something the whole family can enjoy. The enviable weather paired with excellent restaurants, fantastic lifestyle, beautiful beaches, theme parks, cultural attractions and pristine nature and wildlife experiences, it’s no wonder Queensland is one of the most popular Christmas holiday destination.
Whether you’re planning on staying in Brisbane, the Gold Coast or the Sunshine Coast, the Christmas calendar is full of art, sport, outdoor experiences and festive activities that will ensure you have a happy holiday.
Here is Brisbane Airtrain’s pick of what’s on and why you need to visit Queensland:
1. The Obliteration Room at “QAGOMA”: Children will be able to have a colourful ball when they enter the world of leading contemporary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama and ‘obliterate’ a gallery space by adding colourful dot stickers to white furniture, objects and surfaces in the large scale interaction installation The Obliteration Room. Available until February 4, 2018, the installation also coincides with the Yayoi Kusama: Life is the Heart of the Rainbow’ exhibition opening on November 4, 2017. www.qagoma.qld.gov.au

2. Enchanted Garden and Christmas Movies in the Park: Roma Street Parklands will light up the Brisbane nights in December with the return of the popular Enchanted Garden, adorned with twinkling lights, delightful decorations and mellow music. While in the Parklands, why not pack a rug and a picnic and catch one of your favourite Christmas movies under the stars in the Amphitheatre? The Enchanted Garden and Christmas Movies in the Park are on from December 8-17. www.visitbrisbane.com.au

3. Rip Curl Grom Search: Watch some of the world’s best surfers in action as the GromSearch Series makes it’s way to Coolum Beach this summer competing for a place in the National final from December 11 – 15. From Australian to the United States, GromSearch gives young surfers the opportunity take centre stage and show the world what they’ve got. www.surfingaustralia.com/states/qld/events

4. Live life with Riverlife: Whether you want to cruise along on a Segway tour, hire your own bike and explore the city, scale up then abseil down the Kangaroo Point Cliffs for some spectacular city views or hire a kayak or stand-up paddleboard and meander down the Brisbane river; Riverlife has all your activities and adventures in Brisbane covered. www.riverlife.com.au

5. Jetty Markets: Happening every Sunday from 8am, Redcliffe’s Jetty Markets combines the beautiful seaside with a day of delicious foods, live entertainment, fresh farm goods and produce and artwork right in the heart of Redcliffe at Anzac Place Parklands. Make a day out of it by having a browse of the Markets before making your way for a walk along the foreshore. http://www.redcliffejettymarkets.com/

6. Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk: Any local will attest to the beauty that is the Tamborine Rainforest, with the Skywalk is a must for any visitor. Only 60 minutes from the Brisbane Airport, you can embrace the pristine lush rainforest with a 1.5 kilometre walk along the Skywalk Bridge and enjoy the tranquility in a safe and exciting experience.http://www.rainforestskywalk.com.au/

7. Ho-ho-ho Holidays: Brisbane is transforming itself into the Christmas city this year with a myriad of events the whole family will enjoy. From December 15-23, South Bank’s Christmas Village will feature a gift market, live music, trackless train rides, free craft and dance activities, Santa and an outdoor cinema at Streets Beach. Brisbane’s favourite family tradition will return this year with the annual Christmas Parade in Queen Street Mall complete with Santa and his reindeer from December 15-25. From December 20-23, the summer sky will ignite in a flurry of colour and sparkle at South Bank’s Christmas Firework Spectacular, be sure to grab a spot at the best vantage points including Clem Jones Promenade, Streets Beach or River Quay.  www.visitbrisbane.com.au

8. Big hits at the Big Bash: Watch some of Australia’s and the world’s best cricketers in action at as Brisbane Heat take on the competition head to head in an entertaining night of cricket at one of their many KFC Big Bash League home games at the Gabba starting on December 20. www.thegabba.com.au

9. Carols on the Beach: Surfers Paradise beach will once again play home to the return of Carols on the Beach on Saturday 23rd December. Featuring an impressive line up of local musicians, performers and dancers, children and families are sure to be enthralled by the festive magic on stage. Why not head down early to the Surfers Paradise precinct for a meal before making your way to the foreshore for a night of song and entertainment and of course the firework show!  www.surfersparadise.com
Top tips thanks to Airtrain – the fastest, easiest and most cost-effective way to reach Brisbane, the Gold Coast and suburbs from Brisbane Airport. It also takes you right to the city centre and South Bank close to the Convention Centre, hotels, shops and more so you can enjoy all the action right away.

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