Free Christmas events in Australia

Check out the free Christmas events in your capital city and dive into the festive spirit.

Free Christmas events in Australia

Check out the free Christmas events in your capital city and dive into the festive spirit.  

Spanning a month, Federation Square will play host to a number of exhibitions and events in the lead-up to Christmas. Get ready for Whiteout, where Melbourne-based designers, SIBLING, will transform Federation Square for the Spirit of the Square, into an engaging and interactive landscape, with an installation of large, snowy white, spheres. 

When: 1–25 December

Where: Federation Square

Time: All day and night


Sydney-siders, you truly are spoiled for magic this Christmas. This year thousands of LED lights will blaze over Pitt Street Mall in a state-of-the-art installation. The lights, suspended above the length of the mall, will be integrated with a free smartphone app, giving you the chance to play and control the colour change sequencing as you walk along. The surrounding buildings will be transformed into a striking dream landscape using digital projections. This is one Christmas experience which you won’t want to miss. 

When: 27 November–25 December

Where: Pitt Street Mall

Time: 12pm–11:59pm

This year the iconic West End Brewery’s Riverbank Christmas Light Display is celebrating its 55th birthday. Each year the gardens along the banks of the River Torrens in Thebarton are transformed into a Christmas wonderland. You’ll see a marvellous nativity scene, Vulcan the blacksmith in the volcano and Moby Dick the whale displays, as well as a ferris wheel. Not to mention a visit from Father Christmas and his reindeer. This is one which the grandkids are going to love. 

When: 1–31 December

Where: Thebarton

Time: On display all day and night, with Santa onsite 7.30 pm–9.30 pm.

The highly anticipated Myer Christmas Parade & Pantomime returns this year to Brisbane, with a parade chock-full of festive delights. This high-energy, all-singing, all-dancing event will be fun for whole family. It features beautiful, giant inflatable decorations suspended five metres above 200 talented performers. Joining the parade, The City and Queensland Ballet will partner to captivate crowds with a special performance of The Nutcracker. 

When: 12–21 December

Where: Queen Street Mall & King George Square

Time: 6:30pm daily

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