Christmas party location guide

If you're planning a Christmas event for work, friends or family check out these spaces where you can throw a party in Ipswich...
19 Nov 2023
Discover Ipswich, Staff Writer

From historic and heritage buildings, to newly renovated and built event spaces there are a lot of reasons to book your next party in the Heritage City.

The Workshops Rail Museum

After Dark at The Workshops Rail Museum

Imagine your next function set in the authentic surrounds of the birthplace of rail in Queensland.  The Workshops Rail Museum offers a variety of one-of-a-kind spaces.  Functions are developed to suit your requirements and come with the option to add a torch light tour of the museum after dark.  Choose from a magical space for dinner and cocktails, or the cafe which has a dance floor overlooking the beautiful fairy lit trees!

Catering is available from cocktail style with hot and cold options to alternative drop menus, see more information here.

Jets Leagues Club

Ipswich Jets' new bar

Jets Leagues Club recently underwent a stunning transformation making it a stylish space for your Christmas party!  There’s food and drinks packages available, all you have to do is phone 3202 1887 and speak to Karen.

Bakehouse Steakhouse

Bakehouse Steakhouse restaurant

Get a group together and book a few tables at Bakehouse Steakhouse this festive season.  Treat your guests to great food and drinks, book a semi-private space or choose inside or out in the courtyard.

Prince Alfred Hotel

Prince Alfred Hotel

With the southern hemisphere’s largest range of craft beer on tap, the Prince Alfred Hotel makes a great space for Christmas get togethers for those that love beer!  There’s also a semi-private function space you can book.

The Rusty Nail

Book a Christmas function at The Rusty Nail

Let The Rusty Nail take care of the catering, drinks, music and most importantly cleaning up for your Christmas Party!

They will also be open for lunch and dinner on December 22 and 23.

Call 0405 337 604 or email [email protected] to book in, order some tapas and festive cocktails and you’re set!

There is no venue hire charge and no minimum spend!

The Soul Nook Collective

Book in for a styled picnic

Grab your nearest and dearest, work colleagues or friends and book a spot at The Soul Nook Collective!  Your event includes gorgeous styling for up to 30 people, grazing platters and you can add on entertainment.

There’s only a few weeks left until Christmas so hurry and book your date now! 

The Sourdough Crust Co

The Sourdough Crust Co is taking bookings for Christmas parties!  Enjoy spending time with your crew, enjoying great pizza and pasta, wine, cocktails and beer.  For December they are running a special menu for groups of 12 or more, for $35 each you’ll get a grazing platter, signature sourdough folds and a chefs selection of pizzas.

There’s also a festive menu coming for Christmas, from November 21 enjoy a chicken, brie and cranberry pizza with a ricotta base; apricot glazed ham and grilled pineapple pizza; pavlova with vanilla mascarpone, cream and mixed berries for dessert; and enjoy a gingerbread martini or peach bellini!

4 Hearts Brewing

4 Hearts Brewing | Ipswich

There’s a few spaces to choose from if you book with 4 Hearts Brewing.  The Lord Lamington Suite, a beautifully restored space with high ceilings and exposed brick and beams; The Pumpyard Lab a unique, private space within the brewery and the perfect size for small parties.

Flexible catering and bar options are available to suit all group sizes, you can also book 4 Hearts Brewing Mobile Beer Catering, a full setup and service of fresh tap beer for events off site.  More information here.

Imbibis Craft Distillery

Imbibis Craft Distillery

Book your party in for tastings and cocktails at Imbibis Craft Distillery.  You can order platters and even book a distillery tour!

Ipswich Showgrounds

Ipswich Show Grounds new events centre

The newly upgraded and renovated Ipswich Events Centre at the Ipswich Showgrounds is ideal for large parties and can host up to 800 people for cocktail-style events!

The Ipswich Show Society welcomes people to come and look through the venue, phone the office on 3281 1577 for more information.

Ipswich Civic Centre

Ipswich Civic Centre

Whether you need to cater for a stand-up-and-mingle function or a fully catered three-course sit-down meal, the Ipswich Civic Centre can help make your occasion a success.   The centre has five well-appointed and versatile function rooms for large and small parties!

Brothers Leagues Club

Brothers Restaurant

The beautifully renovated Brothers Leagues Club features two function rooms or you can book tables in the restaurant with bands on most weekends to dance the night away!

The Tryline space is a great area for a cocktail style event with finger food and nibbles, and has a capacity of 120, while the function room can do both formal and informal events, catering for up to 190 people seated and 220 standing.

On-site catering ranges from platters with prawns, grilled chorizo and savoury tarts to canapes and sliders.  There is also the option for breakfast, lunch or dinner to be catered and either served as a buffet or individually plated items.

Ivory’s Rock


Ivory’s Rock has multiple spaces available for events and accommodation on-site for guests.

There is a function centre, pavilion, amphitheatre, dining room and camping grounds to choose from.

Bring in your own caterer, or Ivory’s Rock can recommend catering companies they have worked with in the past.

On site there is a lodge, apartments, 90 en-suited cabins, plus a number of well-equipped and serviced campgrounds surrounding event areas and facilities. Safari-style tent accommodation can be organised for up to 3000 people as well as facilities for situating motor homes and caravans.

Woodlands of Marburg

Woodlands of Marburg

Woodlands of Marburg is a historic property set in stunning surroundings and has plenty of indoor and outdoor areas to choose from.  There are five different event spaces within the venue which features a tennis court, swimming pool and games room, a restaurant and bar and accommodation on site!

See their website for more information.

Studio 188


Studio 188 is available for hire for parties and events and is fully equipped with the latest sound, visual and lighting technology. A qualified technician will be on hand to provide sound and/or lighting requirements.

North Ipswich Reserve

North Ipswich Reserve

North Ipswich Reserve Corporate Centre has a range of fully catered options and different spaces for events of all shapes and sizes.

Catering services are flexible whether your function is informal, inexpensive or a full-service formal affair.

Ipswich Turf Club

Ipswich Turf Club

There are three great spaces available for events and functions at the Ipswich Turf Club.

The Grange Lounge, a spectacular venue overlooking the parade enclosure with a large balcony that overlooks the track down the home straight; the Eye Liner Lounge accessed via a grand terrazzo staircase is a private and elegant space with a private bar; and the Ipswich Racing Museum, located on the ground floor close to the main entrance provides an indoor/outdoor venue. 

Club Services Ipswich

Club Services Ipswich function set up

There are three separate areas for functions at Club Services Ipswich.

The Legends Sports Bar is a great area for functions with a semi open set-up or a private area with lots of atmosphere.  Then there’s the Longhorn Bistro which can be booked for small casual affairs either seated or cocktail style.  And they have the Long Tan Room, a separate room located on the ground level of the club with a private bar!  

The club can also cater the event with platters including pizza and wings, seafood, sandwiches and fruit or sit down alternate drop menus and buffets.

Contact 3812 3366 to book or email [email protected].

Ipswich Country Motel

Country Motel Ipswich has an on-site restaurant space

The Ipswich Country Motel is in a quiet location with three function spaces.

The largest function room can host up to 200, while the beer garden located between the bar and the pool hosts a beautiful new outdoor kitchen.  

A menu can be custom designed and they also have on-site accommodation with 45 rooms, parking, restaurant and bar facilities, pool and an outdoor entertainment area.

Discover Ipswich Staff Writer
Rocky the Rock Wallaby is a Sagittarius who lives at the Ipswich Nature Centre and often contributes to Discover Ipswich in his spare time. When he's not busy showing tourists around, blogging or hanging out with his cute and fluffy mates at the Nature Centre, he likes to hit the gym for a leg session, graze on quinoa salad and ponder the possibilities of the universe.

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