Quirky’s Quirks – Christmas in Brisbane:

• Christmas has grown bigger and brighter in Brisbane over the last 124 years.

• The very first Christmas event in Brisbane was held in 1891, when Lady Mayoress Clark organised a Christmas Tree Entertainment.

• More than 500 under privileged children were entertained around a large Christmas tree in the middle of City Hall and received small gifts donated by local businesses.

• Christmas celebrations continued to grow, with the first Carols by Candlelight being held in the City Botanic Gardens in 1944, with more than 6,000 people attending.

• In 1954, the first Christmas tree was installed on the steps of City Hall.

• The 40 foot Hoop Pine tree was sourced from a small plantation upstream of Mount Crosby. It was decorated with over 300 coloured balls and was the state’s biggest Christmas tree.


• In 1955 the tree installation and lighting became an annual event and included a concert.

• The last real pine tree was erected in King George Square in 1977.

• Since that time, an artificial Christmas tree has been installed every year and was the first Christmas tree to be solar powered in Australia.

• Christmas decorations have also been a significant part of Brisbane’s Christmas celebrations.

• Since 1886, prominent retailers in the City including Edwards and Chapman and McWhirters have had lively Christmas displays, including a Santa illuminated by gas and visits by Santa.

• One of the most well-known Christmas displays, is the Myer Christmas windows and this year marks the 60th anniversary of the Christmas window displays.


• You can enjoy the magic of Christmas in Brisbane this year with a large variety of free events and entertainment on offer for the whole family to enjoy.

• Events include the IGA Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols on Saturday 12 December and the Myer Parade and Pantomime every night from Friday 11 to Saturday 20 December.

• For more information or to find an event visit www.visitbrisbane.com.au/christmas