Running out of dollars after all that shopping and partying? Do Christmas for Less with our Top 5 free fun things to do in Brisbane during December.

Brisbane Christmas Parade

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Brisbane City’s nightly Christmas Parade is back for 2017, a sea of dazzling colours and happy faces. There’s a parade every night at 7pm between 15-24 December. The parade starts outside Queens Plaza and heads down Queen Street Mall, turning into Albert St and finishing in King George Square.

Christmas Beach Cinema

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Free movies by the river under summer skies – now that sounds like a Brisbane Christmas! Southbank is showing free Christmas movies like Home Alone and A Muppet Christmas Carol from December 15-23, with sessions every evening at 6pm and 8pm. Check out the full movie timetable here.

Brisbane City Hall Light Spectacular

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An absolute must-see for anyone who finds themselves in the city on a December evening. The facade of Brisbane City Hall becomes a movie screen for an amazing short animation that screens every 15 minutes from 7.30pm between 8-24 December.

Southbank Christmas Fireworks

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Get over to Southbank for not one but FOUR nights of festive fireworks from 20-23 December. Check the Visit Brisbane website for start times, which are usually conveniently between the 1st and 2nd screenings of free movies at Southbank beach, making it a great night out.

The Brisbane Kids Guide to Christmas

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From the CBD to the outer suburbs, the industrious elves over at Brisbane Kids have compiled this fabulous guide to all things Christmas in Brisbane. You’ll find local carols, carnivals, Santa events and more, much of it free.