Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols – Saturday December 7 at Riverstage
When it comes to Christmas, there tends to be two kinds of people – the kind that shamelessly bust out Mariah and Michael before it’s socially acceptable to do so (hey, friends) and then there’s the kind that refuse to acknowledge its existence until the very last minute. Regardless of where you fit into the festive spectrum, the Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols is a must-see event. The free family concert is a much-loved annual tradition and features old classics as well as some of your favourites reimagined. This year the concert will be hosted by Charli Robinson and John Foreman (OAM) and is guaranteed to have even the biggest Grinches feeling festive. If you miss it, fret not because you can still catch Carols Extravaganza from December 20 through to Christmas Eve Eve (December 23) at South Bank.
Water – Saturday December 7 to April 26 at QAGOMA
Whilst some exhibitions are to be viewed from behind a rope, Water at GOMA invites you to cross the threshold and get amongst it, literally. Make your way across a vast, rocky riverbed constructed with 100-tonnes of rocks and water, navigate a cloud of suspended gymnastic rings hovering above the gallery floor or get a glimpse of a real-life snowman, which in the heat of a Brisbane summer, is a rare sight indeed. Water brings together 40 inventive and thought-provoking works from leading international and Australian artists and is intended to spark conversations about the environmental and social challenges we face today.
Love Actually Live in Concert – Thursday December 12 at Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
We’re just going to come right out and say it, Love Actually is pretty much the best Christmas movie of all time. Of. All. Time. And now, for the first time ever, Australian audiences are being given a real gift with an opportunity to catch the flick with a full orchestra performing the soundtrack live. The show follows sold-out tours of the UK in 2017 and 2018 and we suspect the Australian shows will follow suit so if you’re keen for this truly memorable event, jump over here, stat.
The Nutcracker – Friday December 13 to December 21 at QPAC
If you see one ballet this year (or in your life), make it this one. Guaranteed to give you all of the festive feels, the much-loved holiday classic follows the story of little Clara who is swept up in a magical adventure as one of her toys, a Nutcracker, comes to life. Complete with whimsical snowflakes and pirouetting lollies – it’s the perfect show for the whole family.
Paul Kelly – Making Gravy – Saturday December 21
Who’s gonna make the gravy with Paul Kelly this year? Well, some of Australia and New Zealand’s finest musical exports including Courtney Barnett, Kate Miller-Heidke and Marlon Williams, that’s who. Back for its third year, the Making Gravy tour kicks off your holiday season with music from Paul Kelly’s decade-long career reserving a special place for the Christmas classic ‘How To Make Gravy’. Tickets are $99, jump over here to nab yours and in the meantime, have a listen to Paul Kelly in action on Double J, it’s a real treat.
Falls Music & Arts Festival – Tuesday December 31
As the clock explodes on #NYE2019 wrapping up this tumultuous, nameless decade and slingshotting us into a brand new roaring twenties, there could be no better place to be than arm-in-arm with your pals at Falls Music & Arts Festival. Just some of the acts that will be gracing the stages will be Halsey (only Aus shows), Vampire Weekend, Disclosure, Peking Duk, Of Monsters and Men, Pnau, Lewis Capaldi, Milky Chance, John Farnham, Banks (only Aus shows), Dope Lemon, Vera Blue, Yungblud and G Flip, to name a few. Keen as a bean? Nab your tickets here.
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