The Christmas holidays are just around the corner and, frankly, we’re ready to clock off for the break (just don’t tell our boss). If the silly season has you wanting to let your hair down and enjoy some festive fare, we’ve rounded up everything that’s on this weekend in Brisbane to get you in the mood for a well-earned holiday. Cheers!

Night Christmas Markets | Thurs, Dec 14

While not as picturesque or snowy as traditional European Christmas markets, the Riverside Night Markets are still an incredible festive experience to enjoy. Watch as the city’s Botanical Gardens transform into a magical wonderland of glistening lights and festive cheer. A perfect spot to pick up a unique Christmas gift while you enjoy some scrumptious food, the evening will also feature live music, artisan and handmade gifts, fire twirlers and Christmas carols. It’s the perfect setting to take a stroll through the gardens with the whole family!

Milton Food Truck Mini Market | Thurs, Dec 14

Making a triumphant return, the Milton Mini Markets are back! Set up on the corner of Cribb and Little Cribb Street from 11.30am to 1.30pm every Thursday, the markets boast an incredible gathering of some of Brisbane’s best food trucks for locals to savour. Take lunch outside this week and enjoy the likes of King Of The Wings, That BBQ Joint and Pizzatanica. *drool*

The Thursday Club at the Port Office Hotel | Thurs, Dec 14

A bit thirsty? Well then, it’s time to join The Thursday Club! Head to the Port Office Hotel to quench your thirst and sip on some sensational cocktail specials and devour tasty tapas. Relax after work in the newly refurbished Colonial Bar, enjoy some live electro swing music and kick off your weekend. The Thursday Club is ready for you!

Christmas Parade Presented by David Jones | Fri, Dec 15 – Sun, Dec 24

Brisbane’s favourite family tradition, the Christmas Parade, is back! Combining music and merriment, the parade features a nativity scene, Santa and dozens of performers entertaining and delighting crowds. Kicking off on Friday, December 15 at 7pm, the parade commences at Edward Street and weaves through the city. If this doesn’t get you into the spirit of the holiday season, we don’t know what will!

For the Love of Film | Sat, Dec 16 – Sun, Dec 17

This one is for you cinema lovers! The wait is over as the new 8-screen cinema and Newmarket Village dining precinct finally opens! To celebrate, they are hosting a two-day movie spectacular! This fab event will feature free workshops and activities, live entertainment, a special Pulp Fiction pop-up bar, “Slim Jims”, cult-classic cocktail masterclasses, Darth Vader Donut giveaways and all your fave bevs. Head there with friends or family to celebrate this two-day movie-themed party.

Wardrobe Warriors Secondhand Fashion Market | Sat, Dec 16

Whether you are in desperate need of a clear out before Christmas, or want to pick up some new threads for the festive season this secondhand fashionistas bazaar is for you. Become a stall holder for just $45, or pay $2 entry and peruse the 50+ stalls selling mens, ladies and kids wares.

Exoticathletica Outlet opening | Sat, Dec 16

Still got a few Christmas presents to pick up? Hit up this fab new activewear factory outlet opening on the Sunny Coast. Starting from 4pm on Saturday, December 16, there will be prizes up for grabs, and a sneak peek of their brand spanking new collection.

First Inaugural Saint Nick Day | Sat, Dec 16

Head to the Bavarian in Chermside this Saturday for the first inaugural Saint Nick Day! Don your Santa suit and head down there at midday for a huge Christmas lunch feast, then get merry and enjoy the live Oompha band and ‘best dressed’ competitions.

Christmas Markets at Clovely Estate, Red Hill | Sun, Dec 17

A European Christmas market in Brisbane? Yes, please! The World Food Markets are bringing their Christmas Markets concept back to Red Hill this year. From 4pm-8pm the venue will transform into a magical Christmas village filled with live entertainment and delectable food and drink. Peruse the 20 market and food stalls comprising of Christmas puddings/cakes, decorations, trees/wreaths, and artisanal handmade goods and gifts, and get ready to immerse yourself in the spirit of Christmas. Bring your family, friends and little furry pals to this neighbourhood twilight picnic and enjoy this community gathering.