Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Christmas Comes Early to Brisbane

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Christmas Comes Early to Brisbane

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BRISBANE has extended an open invitation to everyone who wants to experience the joys of Christmas.

The city has just launched a six-week Christmas extravaganza with spectacular new decorations and attractions including a 3D animated "toy factory" projected on to City Hall.

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the Queen Street Mall program was Australia's largest free Christmas program and he predicted it would be a major summer attraction for visitors from surrounding regions.

"Last year, our Christmas program brought almost 150,000 extra people into the city and helped generate an estimated $2.9million a day for the CBD economy," Cr Quirk said.

"This year, there'll be even more free events and performances including a partnership with the Queensland Ballet to bring to life the theme of a[approximately]the magic of Christmas' with The Nutcracker-themed performances.

"The new Christmas decorations will include six Christmas toys up to 4m high, which will be lit up at night. There'll also be LED-lighting and garland in the trees and garden beds, and oversized Christmas baubles hanging in the Queen and Albert Sts mall intersection."

Cr Quirk said the program had 181 free events, 533 performances including the Lighting of the Christmas Tree on November 29, The Lord Mayor's Christmas Carols and The Myer Christmas Parade and Pantomime (December 13-22). …

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