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South Bank Christmas Village – Start the School Holidays with Yuletide Glee

By Sandy Taylor

It’s that time of the view again, the kids are on their Christmas break, the sun is shining and you are looking for a fun way to spend the day together as a family.

Let your festive season be merry and bright at South Bank’s Christmas Village! Held in the South Bank Parklands from 15-23 December, the Village features free yuletide glee to suit all ages.

Gift Market

From 3pm – 10pm, procure beautiful and unique wares at the Gift Market, which offers toys, homewares, fashion, jewellery, stationery and foodstuffs. LifeFlight Foundation will be wrapping gifts for a gold coin donation from 15 – 23 December in the Gift Market from 3pm – 10pm daily.

Village Beats and Carols by Twilight

Listen to soulful live music at Village Beat at the Arbour View Café Lawns for half-hour sessions at 4.15pm, 5.45pm and 7.15pm. There is also the opportunity to sing-a-long at Carols by Twilight at River Quay with half-hour sessions taking place at 5pm, 6pm and 7pm. Performers will change each evening, the program includes The Salvation Army Brisbane City Temple, Hillsong, Voices of Birralee, Queensland Show Choir, In the Mood Four, Diva Productions Australia, Ensemble Diaspora with Brisbane City Sounds Choir, Australian Girls Choir and Starz Production Team.

Village Train

On the promenade near The Wheel of Brisbane; take the little ones for a trackless train ride on the Xpress Fun Train (note: fees apply for this activity) and enjoy vibrant street-performers.

Holly Jolly Kids

Kids will revel in free craft and dance activities, plus a visit from Santa in Stanley Street Plaza. The free kid’s activities will be open from 3-7pm daily, while Santa is onsite from 4-8pm daily. Head to the Little Days Out program page for the schedule of activities.

Beach Cinema

As the sun settles for the day, stake your place on Streets Beach and snuggle-up to your favourite Christmas films – the complete timetable is below and bookings are not required:

Friday 15 December6:00pm
Santa Buddies (G)
1hr 28mins8:00pm
A Christmas Carol (PG)
1hr 35mins
Saturday 16 December6:00pm
Arthur Christmas (G)
1hr 37mins8:00pm
Dr Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (PG)
1hr 44mins
Sunday 17 December6:00pm
The Flight Before Christmas
1hr 20mins8:00pm
I’ll Be Home for Christmas
1hr 26mins
Monday 18 December6:00pm
Saving Santa (G)
1hr 23mins8:00pm
Miracle on 34th Street (1994) (G)
1hr 54mins
Tuesday 19 December6:00pm
The Nightmare Before Christmas (G)
1hr 16mins8:00pm
The Muppet Christmas Carol (G) 1hr 25mins
Wednesday 20 December6:00pm
The Polar Express (G)
1hr 40mins8:00pm
Jingle All the Way (PG)
1hr 29mins
Thursday 21 December6:00pm
The Search for Santa Paws (G)
1hr 36mins8:00pm
Fred Claus (PG)
1hr 56mins
Friday 22 December6:00pm
The Santa Clause (G)
1hr 37mins8:00pm
The Santa Clause 2 (G)
1hr 44mins
Saturday 23 December6:00pm
Elf (G)
1hr 37mins8:00pm
Home Alone (PG)
1hr 43mins


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