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From naughty to nice: What’s on in Brisbane this Christmas

Christmas lending itself to art – that’s the true magic of this jolly ol' time of year. Whether you embrace the season wholeheartedly or like to poke a bit of fun at it, there’s a show for you this December. From cabaret to opera and ballet, here’s what’s on in Brisbane this Christmas.

Carols in the Reservoir
Opera

The festive cheer flows aplenty at Underground Opera’s annual Christmas gala. Carols in the Reservoir is a chance to hear timeless Christmas carols brought to life in the heritage surrounds of the Spring Hill Reservoir – a setting that conjures the magic of the season.

1–17 December at Spring Hill Reservoir 

The Nutcracker
Ballet

This delightful annual tradition is highly anticipated this year, as it will see Li Cunxin return to the stage for one of the performances. This production tells the fantastical story of The Nutcracker (pictured), capturing the magical, childlike essence of Christmas through the music of Tchaikovsky and lavish sets and costumes.

8–16 December at QPAC

A Very Naughty Christmas
Cabaret

Christmas fun isn’t only for the kids. At this adults-only cabaret, A Very Naughty Christmas, every Christmas cliché is given a salacious spin, from Christmas carols to more obvious targets like the North Pole. The show features a live band and a cast of ten performers ready to get you into the festive mood.

7–16 December at Brisbane Powerhouse

Christmas Movies in the Park
Film

When Christmas carols just aren’t enough to get you into a festive mood, a Christmas movie should do the trick. This December there are ten quintessential festive films screening at Roma Street Parkland for free. From Elf to Love Actually and Miracle on 34th Street, the program for Christmas Movies in the Park covers all bases.

8–17 December at Roma Street Parkland

A Very Kransky Christmas
Comedy

Forget the traditional white Christmas – this story takes places from a rickety home in Queensland’s Esk. Returning again this year, A Very Kransky Christmas might not warm the cockles of your heart in the way of a traditional Christmas show, but the eccentricity of the Kransky Sisters is bound to make you laugh. Expect Christmas traditions such as painted chokos, musical instruments including a cheese grater and a toilet brush, and a set list that ventures from Daft Punk to The Twelve Days of Christmas.

19–23 December at QPAC

Image: Photography by Harold David

 


 

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