Join in on a number of Christmas celebrations across the City of Ipswich this festive season.
From outdoor cinemas, Christmas carnivals and a disco, there is something for everyone.

The Twilight Santa Train

Saturday 2 December
4.00 pm and 6.00 pm
The Queensland Pioneer Steam Railway

Take a trip back in time with our 100 year old carriage’s lights flickering on the varnished woodwork as the summer sun and stretching shadows play through the trees. Meet Santa at Swanbank Station on your arrival and have a listen to the wonderful sounds of the iconic Ipswich Orpheus Chorale. Hauled by either Bubba or Kilrie, these trips book out exceptionally fast so get in quickly. 

$25 Adults Ages 16+
$15 Children Ages 3-15
$15 Concession Must have valid concession card
Free Infants Ages 2 and under
$60 Families 2 Adults and 2 Children

Marburg Christmas carnival

Saturday 2 December
4.00 pm – 8.00 pm
Marburg Showgrounds
45-55 Queen Street, Marburg

Experience Christmas in the country with face painting, an animal farm, pony rides and fireworks at. A variety of food vendors and market stalls will be on offer, including barista coffee and a bar. Santa has a free gift for children in primary school and under at 7.30 pm.

Tivoli Drive-In: Home Alone

Saturday 2 December
7.00 pm
Tivoli Drive-In, 50 Coal Road, Chuwar

Spend the night beneath the stars and enjoy a festive movie from the comfort of your own car!




Friday 8 December
9.00 am – 10.30 am
Redbank Plains Library

Share some bush-Christmas classics with your favourite farm animals from Haigslea’s Ewe Nique Hobby Farm.

Ages 0-5 years with carers. Free drop in event




It’s A Wonderful Life: Live Radio Play

Friday 8 December – Sunday 17 December
2.00 pm and 7.00 pm
Studio 188

Swich Up Productions and Ipswich Civic Centre present one of the most inspirational and loved Christmas stories – ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’. Set in a 1940s recording studio, this live radio play is the warm hug we can’t wait to give our loved ones.



Best Story Ever – Part 2 “Everyone Loves a Christmas Sequel”

Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 December

Saturday 9: 5.30 pm – 7.00 pm
Sunday 10: 9.00 am – 10.30 am and 5.30 pm – 7.00 pm
Cityhope Church, 7 Rex Hills Drive, Ripley

An unforgettable Christmas event for the whole family with carols, singing, dancing, film, Santa and loads of fun. With food trucks, market stalls, jumping castles, kids activities, live music, candy bar and Santa photos there will something for everyone. Free entry and plenty of parking!

Ulysses CLub annual ipswich toy run

Sunday 10 December

10.30 am
Brassall Shopping Centre to Ipswich Showgrounds

Join or support the 27th Ipswich Toy Run to raise much needed funds for the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal and Ulysses Club Arthritis Fund.



A Princess Christmas

Monday 11 – Friday 15 December
11.30 am – 12.30 pm
Ipswich Library Branches

Sing along with your favourite princess characters they tour branches of Ipswich Libraries in the lead up to Christmas.

Free drop in event.


Festive Film Favourites

Monday 11 December – Thursday 14 December
10.30 am – 12.30 pm
Ipswich Library Branches

Relax and enjoy watching a Christmas movie at a Ipswich Library branch near you.

Free drop in event.



Monday 11 December – Thursday 21 December
Queens Park Environmental Education Centre

Join the QPEEC team for a variety of workshops on sustainable gift wrapping, card making and soap making workshops during December. Bookings required.



Wooden Tree Stack Workshop

Wednesday 13 December & Friday 15 December
Various times
Ipswich Library Branches

Use real tools and wooden offcuts to build your own wooden tree during this hands-on workshop led by experienced makers from Make+Meld. Display your tree any time of the year as a fun decoration for your room – then add your own festive ornaments at Christmas time!

Registrations essential. Ages 6-17 years with parents and/or carers.

christmas high tea in the grove

Friday 15 December
4.30 pm – 6.30 pm
Watercress Creek Olives and Limes, 53 Bryces Road, Pine Mountain

You will be welcomed with a sparkling wine followed by a tiered food presentation and over 20 varieties of single estate tea to choose from all under the olive trees. The event will span over 2 hours accompanied by soft music in the open garden, each ticket holder will receive a Christmas gift to take home.


Friday 15 December
7.00 pm
St Paul’s Anglican Church

Join Ipswich Junior String Ensemble for an evening of musical brilliance as talented young musicians serenade you with festive classics and delightful concertos.



rosewood Christmas festival

Friday 15 December
5.00 pm – 8.30 pm
Rosewood Showgrounds, 1 Railway Street, Rosewood

The much loved Christmas Carnival is back with market stalls, rides and carol performances.


Christmas with the Community

Saturday 16 December
1.00 pm – 5.00 pm
Gailes Community House
Langley Park, Bruce Lane, Camira

Enjoy activities like a jumping castle, petting zoo, face painting, arts and craft, sing along and performances, free food and drinks, lucky door prizes and raffles, plus a visit from Santa.

3D Design Workshop with Integrated STEM

Monday 18 – Tuesday 19 December
Various times
Ipswich Libraries Branches

Design, prototype and print your own custom Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit™ bonnet modification.

Registrations essential. Ages 10+ years with parents and/or carers.

Cinema Under the Stars

Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 December

Screening from 6.30 pm nightly

Tulmur Place, Nicholas Street Precinct, Ipswich

Celebrate Christmas week with a free festive movie and HOYT’s freshly popped popcorn all under the starry night sky. Bring your blankets, gather your family and let’s make it a movie picnic to remember!


Santa and sirens

Thursday 21 December
6.00 pm – 8.00 pm
Nicholas Street Precinct, Ipswich

Meet Santa amidst dazzling emergency service vehicles. Uniting holiday magic with real-life heroes.



The Nutcracker

Saturday 23 December
Shows at 4.00 pm and 6.30 pm
Main Street, Orion Springfield Central

Grab your picnic basket and settle in for carols and ballet under the stars! Be captivated by a 30 minute showcase of the traditional Nutcracker Christmas Eve story, starring the Sugar Plum fairy and other loveable characters.


Christmas Eve Family Service

Sunday 24 December
5.00 pm – 7.00 pm
St Thomas’ Anglican Church, North Ipswich

Join the festivities with Christmas carols by glowstick light, gingerbread decorating and a candy cane hunt in the evening. Free entry.




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