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Christmas Light display
From Thursday 8th to Monday 12th December 2016, Government House and the Estate Gardens will be open to the public for a special evening viewing of the popular Christmas Light display.
In the lead up to Christmas, all are welcome to visit from 7 pm to 8 pm to view this year's festive light display, which will see the front of the House and parts of the Estate gardens illuminated with more than 1,600m of lights and over 10,000 bulbs.
Things to do!!
9 - 18 December 2016 – The Enchanted Garden in the Roma Street Parkland. Roma Street will be transformed for Christmas in an atmospheric display of lights, leading visitors on a magical garden voyage. Before the sun sets, join the bamboo lantern making workshop at 3.30pm, adding one more glow to the lightscape. The enchantment unfolds from 6.30pm – 9pm.
Sunday 4 December 2016 – City Sounds with Jimmy Davis at Reddacliff Place. Jimmy joins a stellar lineup of musicians performing throughout the day. He's a standout for his dynamic voice, a mix of Robert Plant and Jeff Buckley. His songs tell a story, told with a 12-string guitar and poetic vocals, connecting with his audience. Mentored by Chris Isaak, he's become a Youtube star and played at gigs and festivals along the east coast. His set begins at midday.
Friday 2 December 2016 – Christmas Twilight Parade on Brisbane Street, Ipswich. Sample treats at the pop-up food stalls as the Christmas lights shine and local singers compete in their renditions of "A Star is Born". Marvel at the elaborate floats, costumes and magic of the parade flowing through Brisbane St, to join the Mayor and Santa to turn on the city's Christmas lights at d'Arcy Doyle Place While the Lord Mayor's event is a Brissie institution, the locally-led carols are just as much fun, with international food stalls, live bands, joyous music and fireworks. The entertainment begins at 4.30pm.
10 - 16 December 2016 – Christmas Movies at the Roma St Parkland Amphitheatre. Grab dinner from the international food trucks from 5.30pm then relax in the open air to watch classic Christmas films on the giant outdoor screen with the twinkling, starry night sky as the backdrop. The films start at 7pm, and include Arthur Christmas, Dr Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Love Actually, Miracle on 34th Street, Elf, Santa Clause and Search for Santa Paws.
9 - 24 December 2016 – Gold Lotto City Hall Light Spectacular at City Hall on Adelaide St, Brisbane. Each evening, from 7.30pm, the Christmas story is beamed in a spectacular animated light show onto the historic walls of our City Hall. This year's 15-minute show, repeated throughout the night, is a playful, Aussie tale of the night before Christmas. Christmas characters, native animals and magical adventure feature in this show timed to start as the clock tower strikes.
16 - 23 December 2016 – South Bank Christmas Markets at the Stanley Street Plaza. Work up an appetite with the peddle-powered Christmas Tree before stocking up on all the delicious ingredients for a fabulous Christmas lunch and dinner. You'll also find keepsakes, ornaments and gifts as carollers serenade frantic shoppers.
20 - 23 December 2016 – Christmas Fireworks along Clem Jones Promenade at South Bank. The electric rainbow of shimmering fireworks flame across the night skies each evening at 7.45pm, celebrating Christmas with a magical pyrotechnic display