The wrapping is off this year’s Christmas in Ipswich program, promising plenty of good tidings across the city and in Division 4.
Deputy Mayor and Division 4 Councillor Russell Milligan said there were fun and festive activities for everyone in the division.
“The Christmas spirit starts this Friday on 24 November with one of Ipswich’s longest running and most loved community Christmas carols events, Brassall Christmas in the Park at Sutton Park,” Deputy Mayor Milligan said.
“The event features local Ipswich performers backed by an outstanding 30-piece orchestra, along with Santa, food trucks and a fantastic fireworks finale.
“With fun for the whole family, this event is sure to brighten up your festive season.”
Division 4 Councillor Kate Kunzelmann said there were plenty of other great activities in Division 4.
“The Soul Nook Collective Christmas Markets in Marburg on 25 November is a great day out with something for everyone,” Cr Kunzelmann said.
“Then on 2 December there’s the Marburg Christmas Carnival and on 15 December there’s the Rosewood Christmas Festival, two fantastic events packed full of fun and entertainment.
“Last, but certainly not least, is the Marburg Community Carols Evening on 17 December. It’s the last chance for carolling with the community in Division 4.”
This year’s Christmas in Ipswich program includes some new offerings such as open-air movie screenings in Tulmur Place in the Nicholas Street Precinct in Ipswich Central.
Plenty of festive favourites are also returning, including the popular St Nicholas Precinct light display in the Nicholas Street Precinct and Letters to Santa at Ipswich Libraries branches across the city.
The citywide Christmas lights competition is on again, as well as Christmas lights tours and there will be New Year’s Eve celebrations to welcome in 2024 at Tivoli Drive-in at Chuwar.
For the full program, visit Christmasinipswich.com.au
This year’s Christmas in Ipswich program is delivered with the support of the following partners: Nine News Queensland, Stockland Providence, Energex, River 94.9, STRUD, Pet Mince Direct, Event Cinemas Springfield, Premier Queensland, Harvey Norman Booval and Choices Flooring by Mallets Ipswich.
Division 4 has rural and urban suburbs and contains areas with significant projected growth, such as Marburg and Rosewood. The division is oriented in a west-east direction and includes the suburbs of Amberley, Ashwell, Barellan Point, Blacksoil, Brassall, Churchill, Chuwar, Haigslea, Ironbark, Karalee, Karrabin, Lanefield, Marburg, Moores Pocket, Mount Marrow, Muirlea, North Ipswich, North Tivoli, Pine Mountain, Rosewood, Tallegalla, Thagoona, The Bluff, Tivoli, Walloon, Woolshed, Wulkuraka (north of the railway line) and Yamanto.
CHRISTMAS IN IPSWICH PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
Brassall Christmas in the Park – Sutton Park
6pm to 9pm, Friday 24 November
One of Ipswich’s longest running and most loved community Christmas carols events, Brassall Christmas in the Park has all local Ipswich performers backed by a 30-piece orchestra. Entry is free.
The Soul Nook Collective Christmas Markets – 89-93 Queen St, Marburg
9am to 2pm, Saturday 25 November
This market showcases all local and artisan talents, boutique stalls, food trucks and live music. It is a great opportunity to get that unique Christmas present while supporting local businesses.
Marburg Christmas Carnival – Marburg Showgrounds
3pm to 8pm, Saturday 2 December
Featuring free kids rides and activities, market stalls, raffles and ham wheel tickets, there is something for everyone at this Christmas event. Santa arrives at 7.05pm. Entry and parking via gate three is free.
Rosewood Christmas Festival – Rosewood Showgrounds
5pm to 8.30pm, Friday 15 December
This much loved Christmas festival is back with market stalls, rides, carol performances, a visit from Santa, jumping castles, rock climbing, bungee wall and much more.
St Nicholas Precinct – Nicholas Street Precinct
6.30pm to 9.30pm, Friday 8 December to Sunday 17 December
Celebrate the wonder of Christmas as the city’s emerging city heart dazzles with a spectacular lighting installation. The Nicholas Precinct will transform into an experiential atmosphere of lights, colour and magical moments. Experience live entertainment, festive food and market stalls. Entry is free.
If the perfect Christmas gift continues to elude you, there are several market events in the lead-up to Christmas to visit. For more information about these events, visit Christmasinipswich.com.au
Letters to Santa – all Ipswich Libraries branches
Tuesday 21 November to Wednesday 13 December
Visit local Ipswich Libraries branches to write and post a letter to Santa. Get in quick to give Santa enough time to respond between wrapping presents.
Cinema Under the Stars – Tulmur Place, Nicholas Street Precinct
Screening from 6.30pm, Tuesday 19 December and Wednesday 20 December
Celebrate Christmas week with a festive movie and freshly popped popcorn all under the starry night sky. Bring your blankets, gather your family and make it a movie picnic to remember.
Christmas Lights Competition
Entries close 9am Monday 27 November
Dig out your Christmas lights and decorations. There are more than $8,000 prizes to be won. Entry is free, with all entrants also going into the draw to win one of four Pet Mince Direct vouchers. Voting for People’s Choice will be open from 1 to 4 December. A full list of displays will be available online from 30 November at Christmasinipswich.com.au
Christmas lights tours
6pm to 9pm, Friday 15 December and Saturday 16 December
View a selection of the best displays from this year’s Christmas Lights Competition in air-conditioned comfort. Enjoy a light supper with entertainment and surprise visitors during this magical Christmas adventure. Spaces are limited, bookings essential via Christmasinipswich.com.au
New Year’s Eve celebrations – Tivoli Drive-In, Chuwar
3pm to 9pm, Sunday 31 December
Farewell 2023 in style at the Tivoli Drive-In’s New Year’s Eve festival. There will be a bustling marketplace, exciting on-stage performances and plenty of family-friendly fun. Book your tickets at Christmasinipswich.com.au
Fireworks – across the city
Turn your gaze towards the sky this New Year’s Eve. Fireworks will launch across the region in Springfield Central, South Ripley, Ipswich Central and Chuwar. For more information on the best viewing locations, visit Christmasinipswich.com.au