How to celebrate Christmas in Ipswich

The best Christmas events, attractions and lights to see in Ipswich!
02 Dec 2021
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

Christmas lights at St Nicholas Precinct are set to wow in 2021

Following on from the success of the Christmas lights displays at Nerima Gardens in previous years, this year Ipswich City Council brings you St Nicholas Precinct.

With the same lights designers in a new location, you can expect amazing photo worthy moments again with this new display in the new Ipswich mall.

St Nicholas Precinct will run from December 10 to 19 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 live entertainment, movies and festive food.

Festive flavoured ice ceam

Ungermann Brothers Candy Cane Ice Cream

Ungermann Brothers will be once again offering a limited run of festive ice cream flavours.

Tuck into candy cane or Xmas pudding as well as some of Ungermann Brothers’ other delicious specialty flavours in the Nicholas St Precinct from December 10-19.

*While their new Ipswich shop is currently under construction you’ll have to find them in the Nicholas St Precinct or at their Gold Coast location at Marina Mirage Friday, Saturdays and Sundays.

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 including a huge on December 23 at Orion Springfield Central that run until midnight!

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, auctions and more.

Read more about what events are coming up here.

Santa on tour

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Santa and his fleet of festive trucks are stopping at key locations around Ipswich again this year bringing cheer.

Santa on Tour will stop at parks around the city over December 10-12 and 17-19.

QPSR Christmas train

QPSR Diesel train

Tickets are now on sale for the Swanbank Collier – Christmas Twilight Special.  These trains depart at 3pm, 5pm and 7pm from Swanbank Station on Saturday December 11, Sunday December 12, Saturday December 18 and Sunday December 19.

Hauled by one of the Queensland Pioneer Steam Railways veteran diesels (5802 “BUBBA” or 1616), this tranquil evening run features heritage timber carriages and the sounds of the bushland springing to life as the sunsets.

The total round trip time is about one hour as the train winds its way back towards suburbia through old coal mining sites, lush bushland and along the base of Castle Hill.

There is a quick turn around of the locomotive at the Racecourse and the train then trundles back to Swanbank, through paddocks of horses and past quaint miners’ cottages.

Back at the station the Heritage Bus Association will be operating 10 minute bus rides around the Swanbank Lake.

Tickets are  very limited due to latest restrictions so it is recommended to book early.

Book here.

Enjoy a delicious Christmas lunch

Christmas Lunch at the Racehorse Hotel

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.  

Find all the Christmas Lights Competition locations here, and see images of the displays.

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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