Oh, Holy Night! Come Spread Christmas Cheer In The City

Oh, Holy Night! Come Spread Christmas Cheer In The City

It’s the most wonderful time of the year


By Fiona Williams | 8th December 2021

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and what better way to immerse yourself in the festivities than to get amongst the joy of Christmas on Queen Street.

Positioned in the heart of Brisbane’s bustling City Centre, the iconic Queen Street Mall is Queensland’s largest open-air shopping district, boasting a stellar suite of more than 700 stores. From major flagships and multi-level department stores to luxury boutiques and heritage-listed arcades, everyone is truly spoilt for choice.

As Brisbane heats up this holiday season, the city centre will become aglow with dazzling displays, twinkling fairy lights, festive decorations, and the iconic King George Square Christmas tree. This year, Queen Street’s alfresco shopping, dining, and entertainment precinct will come alive with endless enchanting events, festive services, and bundles of prizes to be won, all in the spirit of Christmas.

Enchanting events

In the spirit of the festive season, Queen Street Mall will be hosting an array of magical month-long Christmas experiences and events, all of which are best enjoyed in the company of loved ones. From spellbinding encounters and photos with Santa Claus at David Jones QueensPlaza and Santaland at The Myer Centre, to the Lord Mayor’s Carols at Riverstage, there are sure to be a bountiful bundle of magic moments to delight the whole family.

This year don’t miss the dazzling The Lott by Golden Casket City Hall Lights in King George Square, narrated by 97.3FM radio host Robin Bailey. This enchanting sound and video display will be bringing the story of ‘The Night Before Christmas’ to life with free shows each night at 7.30pm from December 10 to 24, running every 15 minutes. As always, mallgoers will be mesmerised by the vibrant pop-ups and festive performances in the annual Christmas on Queen. The roving festive fun will be roaming the streets each day and evening, alongside late-night shopping, brimming with magic, music, and merriment galore.

Christmas gifting

Stressed out and stuck for gift ideas? Luckily, Queen Street Mall has joined forces with the ultimate style guru, Oracle Fox (aka Amanda Shadforth) to put together an exclusive gift guide featuring Amanda’s top picks and tips for festive season gifting. Trust us, this is one guide you need to get your hands on this year. Plus, spice up your summer wardrobe and swan into your end-of-year soirées in style with the help of the ultra-fashionable Annabel Falco and her expert personalised styling sessions.

The spirit of shopping

Whether you’re on a mission to find the perfect Christmas party ‘fit or simply window shopping for some wish list inspo, Queen Street Mall is the perfect place for a spot of retail therapy. Cruise through the glamour and glitz of QueensPlaza and discover its five-storey David Jones flagship store, the outstanding array of designer retailers, and the stunning sea of high-end boutiques. From new additions such as Christian Louboutin, Gucci, and Balenciaga to classic favourites including Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton, and Dior, this little slice of luxury is a label lover’s haven.

A jump across the mall and you’ll find yourself at The Myer Centre and Wintergarden, who have all your fashion and beauty needs covered in one place. Meanwhile, a skip down the mall will draw you to the treasure trove of local brands and jewellers that can be found in the charming Brisbane Arcade, such as Brisbane Hatters and Robert White Jewellers. To stock up on Christmas essentials and festive treats,be sure to visit the Brisbane Arcade’s Christmas On The Mall – a two-day shopping extravaganza over December 3-4 or stop by The Myer Centre giftorium with the kids for an unforgettable Santaland experience from November 19. This year, the Santaland Express will be taking everyone aboard to the North Pole – bookings essential!

Get your graze on

After getting in some serious cardio from shopping up a storm, sit back, unwind, and enjoy a bite to eat or cheeky tipple at one of Queen Street Mall’s many restaurants.

You can also get your caffeine fix at a cosy laneway cafe. The beloved Jimmy’s on the Mall is a crowd favourite, serving up mouth-watering meals with the perfect perch to people watch. Lennon’s Restaurant, the ever-elegant Stanton, and the highly-anticipated Longtime Dining (set to open mid-December) are our picks for delicious nibbles, guaranteed. The beauty of the area means that you’re spoilt for choice no matter what you’re hankering.

Spend to win!

Feeling lucky this Christmas? Queen Street Mall will be playing Santa and granting wishes left, right, and centre, with bundles of incredible prizes to be won across the holiday season with their Spend to Win campaign.

At Wintergarden’s charming Christmas Gingerbread House, spend over $10 at any Wintergarden retailer for the chance to win over $40,000 worth of prizes and cash to splash. Plus, big spenders who drop $400 or more in the mall precinct will go into the running to win one of three fabulous prizes as part of Queen Street Mall’s ‘Spend to Win’ competition. These specially curated prize packs worth a whopping $10,000 each will showcase the best dining, accommodation, retail, and experiences available in the heart of the city. For more details on how you can get your hands on these Christmas prizes, head here.

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Article by Fiona Williams

Fiona is a Journalist and Food Writer who grew up in Adelaide. From Sydney to Brisbane to Canberra and now back to Brisbane, she now calls our wonderful city home. She’s a beauty fanatic obsessed with rose hip oil and she’s definitely made up of at least 80% dry shampoo. A lifelong campaigner against the word ‘good’, Fi (as she likes to be called) loves nothing more than using juicy adjectives and putting honey in her tea.