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 opera to ballet and cabaret, here’s what’s on in Brisbane this Christmas.
Carols in the Reservoir
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.
1–23 December at Spring Hill Reservoir
Vocal powerhouse Naomi Price is set to bring all your favourite songs from the 2003 hit film Love Actually to the La Boite Theatre stage in new comedy cabaret, Christmas Actually (pictured). The much-loved soundtrack features songs from Joni Mitchell, The Beatles, Norah Jones and many more, making it the perfect set list for a live band and stellar singing cast.
5–8 December at La Boite
A Very Naughty Christmas: The Second Coming
Christmas fun isn’t only for the kids. At adults-only cabaret A Very Naughty Christmas: The Second Coming, every Christmas cliché is given a salacious spin. After a successful season last year, this wild cabaret is back to bring a little bit of naughty to all the season’s nice.
6–15 December at Brisbane Powerhouse
The Enchanted Garden
Take a magical evening stroll through a shimmering wonderland at Roma Street Parkland’s The Enchanted Garden. Navigate winding pathways and admire fairy gardens and weeping figs adorned in tiny lights, before arriving at a scenic lake to soak up live music and food truck nosh.
7–19 December at Roma Street Parkland
A Christmas Carol
One of the country’s leading contemporary theatre companies has taken on a Charles Dickens classic and made it their own. Don’t miss the world premiere of shake & stir theatre co’s brilliant adaptation of A Christmas Carol. Starring Brisbane’s own Eugene Gilfedder as Scrooge, the production is sure to tickle your senses with live music, yule-tide carolling, lavish costumes and a sprinkling of snow.
7–20 December at QPAC
Share the festive spirit with fellow film buffs at South Bank’s Christmas Cinema on the River Quay Green. Family-friendly classics will fill the big screen in the open-air cinema while the audience kicks back with nibbles, plus tipples for the over-18s.
14–23 December at South Bank Parklands
Queensland Ballet’s delightful annual tradition of The Nutcracker will once again return to the Lyric Theatre. The celebrated ballet captures the magical, childlike essence of Christmas through the music of Tchaikovsky and lavish sets and costumes.
14–22 December at QPAC
A Very Kransky Christmas
The multi-award-winning Kransky Sisters are set to return for another wacky festive season in their sell-out comedy show, A Very Kransky Christmas. Taking place in a rickety old home in Queensland’s Esk, the sisters invite you into their world of unconventional traditions, creative musical instruments (think a cheese grater and a toilet brush) and a set list that ventures from Daft Punk to The Twelve Days of Christmas.
18–22 December at QPAC
Watch as bright splashes of colour crack over the Brisbane City skyline thanks to South Bank’s Christmas Fireworks display in the days leading up to Christmas. From 8–8.15pm over four nights, the free display will be best viewed from within South Bank Parklands, with the top spot being the Clem Jones Promenade.
20–23 December at South Bank Parklands
Spirit of Christmas
There’s nothing quite like a sea of voices singing in unison to get you into the Christmas spirit. QPAC’s magnificent Concert Hall will fill with the sounds of traditional carols as Spirit of Christmas returns once again this year. In 2018, the 200-strong Spirit of Christmas Choir and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra will be joined by musical theatre stars Lucy Durack and Josh Piterman, among other special guests.
21–22 December at QPAC
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