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Division 3 guide to Christmas in Ipswich events and activities

Spectacular suburban wonderlands, Christmas carol sing-alongs, fleets of merry performers and so much more are planned for Division 3 as part of council’s annual Christmas in Ipswich program.

Division 3 Councillor Marnie Doyle said the centrepiece of celebrations will be in Ipswich’s revitalised urban heart, the Nicholas Street Precinct.

“One of last year’s most popular attractions returns as the precinct transforms again into the ‘St Nicholas Precinct’ and fills with Christmas magic and joy from 9 to 18 December,” Cr Doyle said

“The Precinct will evoke the spirit of the season with spectacular lights, colour and magical moments for all ages to explore and enjoy.”

Division 3 Councillor Andrew Fechner said the city’s celebrations will include free events and activities across the Division.

“Departing from the St Nicholas Precinct across two weekends, Santa on Tour will see a merry fleet cruise through suburbs, stopping at local parks and community locations on 9 and 17 December to spread festive cheer with help from local rural fire service personnel,” Cr Fechner said.

“After the shimmering St Nicholas Precinct wonderland and Christmas merriment, attention will turn to the skies above Ipswich Central on New Year’s Eve at 9pm for a spectacular fireworks display to welcome the city into the new year.”

Christmas in Ipswich 2022

Spectacular light installations, suburban wonderlands, fleets of merry performers and so much more are popping up across the city as part of our annual Christmas in Ipswich program.

The city’s celebrations include free events and activities from Rosewood to Redbank Plains and every community in between.

For the full program and to learn more about what festive events and activities are planned near you, visit


Letters to Santa – all Ipswich Libraries branches
22 November to 14 December

Visit any Ipswich Libraries branch to write and post your letter to Santa. Get in quick to give Santa enough time to respond between wrapping presents.

City Christmas Tree – d’Arcy Doyle Place
From 25 November

In the lead-up to Christmas, a visit into the heart of Ipswich Central is not complete without stopping by the city’s Christmas Tree in d’Arcy Doyle Place. Watch the lights and tree come to life when the lights are switched on 6:30pm Friday 25 November.

Off The Wall Christmas Edition – Ipswich Art Gallery
25 November to 4 December
Purchase one-of-a-kind gifts and support local artisans at the ArtsConnect ‘Off the Wall’ art and craft exhibition. Visit the community gallery to purchase paintings, textiles, ceramics and more.

Christmas Lights Competition
Online voting open 1 to 5 December

Entries have closed for the City of Ipswich Christmas Lights Competition, presented by Nine News Queensland. Entrants could win a share in over $8,000 worth of cash and prizes. A full list of addresses for voting will be available from 1 December on Categories include Best Residential, Best Business/Organisation, Best Street, People’s Choice, Best New Entry.

Santa’s Wellness Workshop, DIY Essential Oils – 1/63 Blackstone Road, Eastern Heights
3 December
Make natural gifts with health benefits for your friends and loved ones like body scrubs, bath salts, room sprays and more with Briella Beautiful.

St Nicholas Precinct – Nicholas Street Precinct
6.30pm to 9.30pm, 9 to 18 December

The Nicholas Street Precinct will transform into an experiential atmosphere of lights, colour and magical moments. Gather your family and friends to experience live entertainment, festive food and roving entertainment. Entry is free.

Top of Town Late Night Shopping – Top of Town, Ipswich Central
9 December and 16 December
On two extra special evenings, Top of Town’s favourite retail shops and restaurants will open for late night trading to help you have a jolly good time this Christmas season. Just a hop, skip and a jump from St Nicholas Precinct, at the Top of Town you will find music in the streets, giveaways, festive displays and plenty of shopping options to fill everyone’s stockings.

Santa on Tour
9 to 10 and 16 to 17 December

He has made his list and checked in twice. Now Santa and his band of merry performers will be cruising past Christmas lights and stopping at local parks and suburbs near you to spread joy and festive cheer.

Ulysses Club Annual Toy Run – Brassall Shopping Centre to Ipswich Showgrounds
11 December
Join or support the 26th Ipswich Toy Run to raise much needed funds for the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal and the Ulysses Club Arthritis Fund.

The Christmas in Ipswich program is delivered with the support of the following partners: Nine News Queensland, River 94.9, Stockland Providence, Energex, STRUD Property, Event Cinemas Springfield, Choices Flooring by Mallets Ipswich, Harvey Norman Booval, Premier Queensland and Pocket Retreats.

Read also:

>>> Letters to Santa now mailing from Ipswich Libraries

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