Celebrate the season: 11 Things to Do December 22 to 29

1. Christmas Lunch

Enjoy an early three-course Christmas lunch with workmates, family or friends. Bookings and pre-payment are essential on 3812 3366.

WHEN: Saturday 23 December, 12.30pm
WHERE: Club Services Ipswich, 5A Lowry Street, North Ipswich
COST: $29.90 per person

2. The Big O Christmas Party

Have you been nice this year? Sit on Santa’s lap and let him decide at this naughty Christmas party.

WHEN: Friday 22 December, 4.30pm
WHERE: Orion Hotel, 1 Main Street, Springfield Central
COST: Free entry

3. Santa's Huge Giveaway

The big man in red will hand out more than 100 prizes including toys, electricals, sporting goods, vouchers and club points.

WHEN: Saturday 23 December, draws from 12pm
WHERE: Ipswich Jets Leagues Club, 15 Downs Street, North Ipswich
COST: Full terms and conditions at the venue

4. Christmas Lights Competition

See the lights this festive season and take a tour of Ipswich. Find the full list of participating properties here.

WHEN: Until it’s no longer socially acceptable to have houses decorated
WHERE: Homes across Ipswich
COST: Free

5. Santa's $15,000 Cash Giveaway

You could be one of 14 lucky winners to share in $15,000 Christmas cash, including a top prize of $3,000.

WHEN: Sunday 24 December, draws from 2.30pm
WHERE: Brothers Leagues Club, Wildey Street, Raceview
COST: Full terms and conditions at the venue

6. Built for Speed

Design, build and race your Lego hot rod, dragster or supercar down ramps and tracks. Modify your ride for extra speed and re-race for ultimate victory.

WHEN: Until Sunday 18 February, closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day
WHERE: Ipswich Art Gallery, d’Arcy Doyle Place, Ipswich
COST: $5 per person, $15 for a family of up to five people

7. Christmas Eve raffles

Five draws of $500 headline a day and night of Christmas promotions, live entertainment and great food and drink deals.

WHEN: Sunday 24 December, draws from 4pm
WHERE: Goodna Services Club, 32 Woogaroo Street, Goodna
COST: Full terms and conditions at the venue

8. Summer Holiday Reading Challenges

Ipswich Libraries is hosting two reading competitions this summer. Read six books to enter the adults’ Holiday Reading Challenge or join the Summer Reading Club for school students. Both competitions have great prizes up for grabs.

WHEN: Until 31 January for students and 2 February for adults
WHERE: Anywhere and everywhere
COST: Free

9. Ipswich Race Day

Get the jump on Christmas celebrations with a full book of rides at the home of horse racing in Ipswich.

WHEN: Friday 22 December, gates at 11am
WHERE: Ipswich Turf Club, 219 Brisbane Road, Bundamba
COST: Free entry

10. Summer Days at the Museum

Make tracks to The Workshops Rail Museum and discover mammals large and tall, insects big and small, steam trains, diesel locomotives and more.

WHEN: Until 21 January, closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day
WHERE: The Workshops Rail Museum, North Street, North Ipswich
COST: Free with museum entry

11. Charity Christmas Raffles

Racehorse Hotel Leisure Club hosts its annual Christmas raffle with hams, beer and venue vouchers up for grabs.

WHEN: Saturday 23 December, draws from 3pm
WHERE: Racehorse Hotel, 215 Brisbane Road, Booval
COST: Full terms and conditions at the venue

Have a very Merry Christmas. We're back on 29 December.

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