How to celebrate Christmas in Ipswich

The best Christmas events, attractions and lights to see in Ipswich!
17 Nov 2023
Discover Ipswich, Staff Writer

It can be the most magical time of the year, with decorations up, twinkling lights, lavish feasts and people feeling merry, get involved with these fun ways to celebrate Christmas in Ipswich.

St Nicholas Precinct

St Nicholas Precinct

Ipswich City Council once again brings you the St Nicholas Precinct.

Expect amazing photo worthy moments again with this beautiful display in the redeveloped Ipswich mall.

St Nicholas Precinct will run from December 8 to 17 from 6.30pm-9.30pm and is free to enter.  Plus you don’t need to book a ticket!

Gather your family and friends to experience the lights, live entertainment and festive food.

Festive flavoured ice ceam

Ungermann Brothers Candy Cane Ice Cream

UB’s Milk Bar will transform their restaurant with Christmas decorations and will once again be offering festive flavours.

Get a candy cane or Christmas pudding flavoured ice cream during December and while you’re there try out the new burger menu!

Christmas themed escape room

Seraphim Escape Rooms | Ipswich

Seraphim Escape Rooms have a great holiday activity, a Christmas themed escape that the young and old can enjoy.

Perfect for small groups or families wanting something different to do in the lead up to or after Christmas!

Get your shopping done at a market or boutique

Orion Markets

Every year in the lead up to Christmas there’s a few special markets offering a great way to buy gifts!

There’s also a selection of beautiful boutique shops around the Ipswich CBD and some even in the country areas stocking beautiful artisan products.

Find out more about Christmas markets here and about Ipswich’s boutique shops here.

Christmas events


There’s a number of Christmas events coming up including carols, shows, carnivals and more.

Read more about what events are coming up here.

Enjoy a delicious Christmas lunch

Book for Christmas lunch at Homage

Some of Ipswich’s best restaurants are opening up for special Christmas Day lunches.

You can book the family in for a hassle free lunch – without any dishes to do!

Find out more here.

See the best Christmas lights

Christmas lights at 36 Mahogany St Raceview

Every year houses and businesses in Ipswich enter the annual Christmas lights competition and every year there’s some houses that look simply amazing.  Voting for people’s choice begins on December 1 and winners will be announced after voting ends on December 5.

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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