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CHRISTMAS time is tough on the hip pocket, there is no doubt about that.
So when the opportunity comes up to enjoy some festive cheer free of charge, grab it by the antlers.
If you're heading to Brisbane for Christmas this year, you're in luck.
There is so much on the festive calendar with no price tags in sight. This is a quick rundown on the best FREE Christmas events for the whole family to enjoy.
1. Lord Mayor's Christmas Carols, December 9
Do not miss the biggest and best Christmas Carol performance in the city. The Lord Mayor's Christmas Carols is held annually at the Riverstage and is a must for families. Bring a picnic rug and settle in for a relaxing festive evening.
2. Lighting of the Christmas Tree, November 25
Kick off the festive season with the official lighting of the giant solar-powered Christmas tree in King George Square. Watching it come to life will make you say 'now it feels like Christmas'.
3. Christmas flicks, December 8-23
Catch some family favourite films at Streets Beach every night between December 15-23 and at the Roma Street Parklands from December 8-17.
4. Fireworks, December 20-23
Here's a hot tip, Streets Beach is a prime fireworks-viewing position, so catch a movie, then watch the fireworks over the river from the same spot. The sky will erupt in a flurry of colour over these nights, so if you're not at Streets Beach, head to another great vantage point like the Clem Jones Promenade and River Quay.
5. Enchanted Garden, December 8-17
Roma Street Parkland is the place to be with the Enchanted Garden, a fairylight-wonderland with twinkles of colour, festive feasts and mellow music, open nightly with Christmas movies in the park each night.
6. Christmas Parade, December 15-24
The Christmas Parade returns to the city this December with a nativity scene, Santa, plus dozens of performers. It begins at the Edward St end of Queen Street Mall and weaves through the city finishing in King George Square.
7. Christmas Village Gift Markets, December 15-23
For a fun afternoon in the city, head to the Stanley Street Plaza for the annual Christmas Village Markets. Buy festive treats, handmade goods and stacks of decorations ahead of the big day - and the kids will love the pedal-powered Christmas tree.
8. Gold Lotto City Hall Lights, December 8-24
See the City Hall lit up in all its glory with 3D animation projected onto the building. The story runs every 15 minutes until midnight, so you won't miss it!
Make sure you get amongst the festive fun this Christmas! For a two-day itinerary for how you could spend your Christmas time in the River City and specific event details and times, head here ; http://www.visitbrisbane.com.au/christmas/2-day-family-christmas-itinerary?utm_source=News&utm_medium=website_land&utm_campaign=Sum17