Shoppers are out in full force, the mood is filled with the festive spirit, and the city council has lined up a series of events in the run-up to the holidays.
Let’s not kid ourselves—winter can be dreadful, cold and wet, and sometimes it can put a damper on the holiday spirit. This makes it the perfect playground for the Grinch. Now imagine this: a sunny day under Brisbane’s clear blue skies. I can guarantee that this will put a smile on a person’s face and the only one frowning would be the Grinch.
The Enchanted Garden
The gateway to Narnia is not hidden in some musty old closet but located right in the heart of Brisbane. I should know because I was there! The Enchanted Garden is located within Roma Street Parkland. Without hesitation I stepped in and was instantly transported to an enchanted land where the fairies come out to play! This is a wonderful way to spend time with your family as you walk through the park on a beautiful summer evening.
Grinch sighting: Negative (probably some fairies, but no Grinch in sight)
South Bank Centre Christmas Market
South Bank is the cultural and recreational precinct of the city, hence that’s why many of the Christmas activities can be found here. I wouldn’t be surprised if Santa made South Bank his base of operations while in Oz.
For me, the Christmas Market is the highlight with its selection of food and trinkets on sale. I took a stroll through the market with ice-cream in hand as I went from stall to stall trying to decide what to get for family and friends, taking in whiffs of the bratwurst being grilled and enjoying the weather. I think every country that celebrates Christmas as a major holiday should have its own version of the market.
I hear it’s even more beautiful at night as they turn on the Christmas lights. To make it eco-friendly, the public is encouraged to produce electricity with pedal power to light up the Christmas tree. The cool factor is definitely there.
Grinch Sighting: Negative
Gold Lotto City Hall Light Spectacular
The Light Spectacular is fast becoming a tradition amongst Brisbanites and for good reason. This beautiful display of light and sound draws in the crowd near and far, like me, all the way from Malaysia!
This year’s Light Spectacular is an Aussie take on “Twas the Night Before Christmas” by a local writer. The light projection is set in a suburban backyard on a hot Brisbane summer and features cuddly creatures. I have no doubt that you will be taken on an adventure and don’t worry about staying for a second or third viewing, I certainly did!
Near the Christmas tree is where you and your children can post your mail to Santa, so encourage your child to write to him. You might just get a reply from Santa himself!
Grinch Sighting: Something green caught my eye but it was just the reflection from the light projection
If you’ve already experienced a Winter Christmas I would recommend that you try out a Summer Christmas in the southern hemisphere. I can confirm the Grinch was not present in Brisbane, so why not spend your holidays here in sunny Australia?
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