Christmas Time In Brisbane City

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.

Christmas time in Brisbane

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.

Queen Street Mall Myer Christmas Parade

Giant things everywhere!

Myer Christmas Parade Brisbane

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.

King George Square Christmas Tree and City Hall

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.

Visit Southbank

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?

Making New Friends

After being one half of a couple for 25 years, we have wonderful friends, that we shared lot’s of fun times with, but things change when you are no longer that couple. I still see my friends regularly for coffee and the like, but as they are all still married, our usual social get-togethers no longer occur……..so I have decided that it is time to make some new friends and expand my social circle…..but where to start???????????

There is no way in the world you will see me sitting on my lonesome in some bar at the pub, or flitting into a nightclub high heeled and short skirted on my own either, so where oh where do I start?

Well as luck should have it, the magical world of Meetup.com was delivered to me and a whole new world has opened up. No matter what you are in to there is a Meetup group for you! What started as a “I need to find more friends” idea has seen me sign up for all these amazing groups and my inbox is now flooded with invitations to all sorts of outings.

On Saturday I went to my very first “Coffee Lovers” group for a wonderful hour and a half of coffee sipping, coffee tasting and learning all sorts of interesting information about one of my very favourite beverages. 5 ticks from me, had a wonderful time and met some lovely people.

I am so looking forward to some more outings, just so hard to decide what to go to next when time permits……decisions, decisions???????????

www.meetup.com can open a whole new world of fun and entertainment for you too…..just make sure you have an hour or ten to spare as you will find one group after another that could be fun!