How to cram all this Christmas goodness into one day
KIDS are spoilt for choice when it comes to Christmas fun in Brisbane.
We know this time of year can be expensive, so we've pulled together a few cheap ideas to get a decent dose of festive cheer, without breaking the bank.
Here is a one-day family-fun itinerary to keep on your calendar this season.
Arrive in Brisbane: It is easy to get cheap parking in the city if you know where to look. Booking online is the best bet, or King George Square is always a flat $5 after 4pm weekdays and all-day weekends.
Morning: Check out the Christmas markets at South Bank from 11am-10pm every day from December 16-23 in the Stanley St Plaza. Stock up on festive treats, Christmas decorations and heaps of hand-made goodies. The kids will love the markets' custom-built pedal-powered Christmas tree.
Lunchtime: Take the kids to one of the great cafes around the CBD, or enjoy a picnic at South Bank to refuel before your afternoon of fun.
Afternoon: Finish off your Christmas shopping in the Queen Street Mall - it has everything! Check out the Myer Christmas window displays while you're there. Every year they tell a different story with mechanical puppets and lights - a must-see.
Early dinner: Make an early dinner reservation so you can ensure you get to the Christmas parade at 6.30pm. A few family-friendly eateries include Miss Kay's for burgers, Corbett & Claude for pizza and Izakaya Kotobuki for sushi.
Evening: The Christmas Parade is on every night from December 16-24 and is a spectacle in itself. Grab a vantage point along the railing to watch the parade stretch from the Edward St end of the Queen Street Mall and hook down Albert St to King George Square. If you're in Brisbane from December 9-18 then don't miss the Enchanted Garden at Roma Street Parkland from 6.30-9pm, plus Christmas Movies in the Park from 7pm from December 10-18. But wait - there's more! The Gold Lotto City Hall Light Spectacular is on in King George Square from December 9-24, starting at 7.30pm. When planning your adventure, also keep in mind the Lord Mayor's Christmas Carols at the Riverstage on December 10 from 5-9pm and the Lighting of the Christmas Tree in King George Square at 6.30pm on November 25.
Now, if your kids aren't well and truly Christmased-out by then, you'll just have to stay the night and do it all again the next day! Check out HERE for a two-day itinerary.