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A Magical Time to Visit Brisbane

Brisbane’s Christmas stocking is packed full to the brim with a spectacular line-up of free events this festive season.

The whole family can come and celebrate the magic of Christmas with time-honoured traditions as well as having the opportunity to create some new ones. There will be Christmas carols, fashion showcases, food and craft markets, children’s workshops and of course, photos with the main man himself – Santa.

From Friday 3 to Friday 24 December seasonal harmonies will fill the Queen Street Mall with a Christmas Songbook showcase and spread into the city streets with the Merry Melodies pop-up music program. The ever popular IGA Lord Mayor’s Carols in the City on Saturday 4 December will see some of Australia’s biggest stars light up the Riverstage.

On Friday 3 December the Burnett Lane Fashion Showcase will add a touch of style to the festive season. Members of the public will be able to see a stunning selection of Brisbane’s emerging and established fashion designers bring one of Brisbane City Council’s newest revitalised spaces to life.

Also on Friday 3 December the Lighting of the Christmas Tree in King George Square will feature excerpts from Queensland Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker.

On Friday 10 December some of Brisbane’s best international musicians will take visitors on a World by Night tour. King George Square and Burnett Lane will be abuzz with music, food and gifts from across the globe. Visitors can expect to enjoy a special performance by the winner of 2010’s Q Song World Music Category.

From Saturday 11 to Friday 24 December, the ‘Little Christmas Stars’ kids’ workshops will provide a host of free interactive children’s activities at the Queen Street Mall stage from 10am to 2pm daily. For a Christmas celebration with a twist, join the ‘Little Christmas Stars’ in their pop-up storybook land as kid’s rappers perform throughout the day and bring the Christmas storybook to life. Littlies can make wrapping paper, books and masks as well as a decoration to add to the display that will be hung high above the stage and lit up at night.

On Friday 17 December the Indie Twilight Markets, connecting King George Square and Burnett Lane, will be the perfect place to pick up a unique gift, lovingly created by local designers.

From Monday 20 to Thursday 23 December, forget Christmas stockings and check out four nights of tights with Brisbane’s leading circus and street performers showing off their skills for free in Christmas Tights. The performers include the young troupe from Flipside Circus and the internationally acclaimed Lady Torpedo, Big Swing Brothers & Miguel.

Christmas is a fantastic time of year in Brisbane according to Graham Marks, Property Manager of the Metro Hotel Towermill Brisbane. “There is so much life and excitement in the city with everyone gets into the festive spirit after another long and busy year”.

It may come as a surprise to many that this is also a very busy time of the year for Brisbane hotels. “Many people choose to make an event of their Christmas shopping experience,” explains Mr Marks. “They book a room at our hotel and then spend a day or two shopping and enjoying all the exciting Christmas events that Brisbane puts on during December.”

Queen Street Mall is the most convenient place for visitors to Brisbane and locals alike looking to complete their Christmas shopping. With an incredible mix of over 700 local, national and international retailers, the Queen Street Malll is only a 10 minute walk from the Metro Hotel Towermill Brisbane.

For more information on accommodation contact Metro Hotel Tower Mill Brisbane on towermill@metrohg.com or (07) 3832 1421 or 1800 806 553

For more information on things to see and do in Brisbane this Christmas, visit www.queenstreetmall.com.

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