I would not normally head in to the city on a Thursday night, especially as I have to get up for work at stupid-o-clock in the morning.
In need of some Christmas cheer, I had to say ‘yes’ to a Meetup Group event that was organised for just that purpose.
There is so much happening in the CBD at this time of the year, and when the girls were young, we would take them in to experience all the fun and frivolity, but since they are now teens, that just has not happened.
As the light fades Brisbane city starts to twinkle and sparkle.
Giant ornaments and fairy lights transform the mall.
There were so many people out and about and almost all the shops were trading till 9pm.
We joined the crowds that lined the path for the Myer Christmas Parade. If we had gotten ourselves truly organized (as others had), we would have booked a table at Jo Jo’s and sat upstairs in comfort with a cocktail in hand and enjoyed a birds eye view.
Giant things everywhere!
Santa had REAL REINDEER! Just so cute. Poor things were a little spooked, but the handlers did a great job keeping them on track.
After the parade we headed to King George Square.
City Hall is a beautiful back drop for the giant Christmas tree.
We didn’t hang around for the City Hall light show as the Christmas markets and fireworks at South Bank beckoned.
Even with rain threatening to fall, there were plenty of people enjoying South Bank looking absolutely gorgeous with lights and super cute market stall awnings that looked like gingerbread houses.
We had just enough time to do a circuit of the markets before we headed to the river bank to grab a spot for the fireworks.
We were lucky to choose a spot right in front of one of the barges.
Sushi and Sav Blanc followed.
Coffee and a Caramel Choc Log followed that.
I am so glad I made the effort to join a lovely group and enjoy the all the Christmas cheer available free of charge in the heart of our wonderful city.
I thoroughly recommend joining Meetup and adding your name to a few of your local groups if you need some motivation to get out of the house. This single mumma does need encouraging to leave the comfort of home, but I am always glad I did make the effort.
Have you joined in any fun Christmas activities this year?