Lord Mayor unwraps a cracker of a Christmas

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk will bring festive cheer to the city with the launch of the City’s free annual Christmas program, The Wonder of Christmas.

Cr Quirk said The Wonder of Christmas would feature the return of popular events in the City and South Bank, with fresh new twists to delight both young and old.

“This year’s extensive program includes more than 400 free events, bringing the City and South Bank precincts alive with festive spirit,” Cr Quirk said.

“For the second time, South Bank will come alive with Christmas cheer with events including the popular Christmas Markets, a pedal-powered Christmas tree and the dive-in Christmas Cinema.

“The Wonder of Christmas program is all about making sure The City and South Bank are fun-filled destinations for everyone to celebrate the festive season with a range of activities and events to appeal to everyone.”

Cr Quirk said the 2014 Christmas festivities strengthened the end-of-year trade.

“Over the Christmas period, we will see thousands of families and visitors head into the CBD to shop and to enjoy the school holidays,” Cr Quirk said.

“Last year our Christmas program brought more than 280,000 visitors into The City and 190,000 people to South Bank and we’re anticipating this year’s attendance to be even bigger and better.

“These extra visitors generated an estimated $3.4 million dollars a day for the CBD economy.

“Christmas shoppers will be delighted with a series of new retailers that will open their doors in time for Christmas trading including Zara and H&M.”

The festive season will start with the annual lighting of the Christmas Tree in King George Square next Friday, 27 November

“Over the Christmas period we’re expecting hundreds of thousands to flock to The City to see the spectacular 20m tree which is dressed in 4km of colourful decorations and 16,000 twinkling lights,” Cr Quirk said.

“Residents will also be delighted with performance from Paulini and the Australia Girls Choir, who will perform popular Christmas Carols for the whole family to sing along to.

“The popular Gold Lotto City Hall Light Spectacular will return for a third year, with a brand new projection, themed around The Nutcracker’s The Land of Sweets.

Brisbane’s favourite annual Christmas parade and pantomime will also return, with daily shows from 11 December and feature camels, giant inflatable decorations, Santa and a new segment celebrating the Twelve Days of Christmas.