This Weekend Dec 13-15

From Christmas lights at Government House, The Nutcracker and museum Xmas markets to new Italian Riviera rooftop bars, hot new laneway breakfast spot and cool new cafes, the best things to do this weekend in and around Brisbane:

Water is this summer's must-see major themed exhibition showing at Gallery of Modern Art until April 26
Christmas Lights are back on at Government House this year in a spectacular display that is open to the public
Queensland Ballet's The Nutcracker returns to Brisbane this festive season set to open at QPAC on December 13
Don’t miss your chance to save up to 50% off a massive range of handmade rugs when Designer Rugs throws its biggest ever summer sale
Get into the festive spirit this Saturday, Dec 14 with a Wreath-Making Workshop at Arndale Shopping Centre
Why wait for Christmas Day when you can enjoy festive dining at Sofitel Brisbane Central from now until Dec 31
Bush Mechanics: The Exhibition, based on the ABC TV series, showcases the ingenuity of outback mechanics
Enjoy a night of food trucks, stalls of quality handmade wares, drinks, live music and craft workshops to the historic
Shining a light on the work of an acclaimed Australian artist & teacher and his immense impact on Brisbane’s cultural landscape
The thrill of the circus meets the mayhem of Mozart in the highly entertaining family show, Wolfgang’s Magical Musical Circus
Brisbane Quarter is turning festive in December with a nightly LED show, live music and free gelato
Celebrate the New Year in style at Regatta Hotel’s fabulous Midnight on Bourbon St party with exclusive fireworks
Stick By Me is a delightful, must-see show for young children coming to QPAC this summer school holiday
Celebrate this New Year’s Eve in glamorous island style when Darling & Co transforms into a Mediterranean wonderland
Spark your child’s curiosity and creativity at one of the hands-on art and design workshops on offer at Museum of Brisbane
Welcome in the New Year with a dazzling display of fireworks over the Brisbane River at Portside Wharf
See the world from the other side of the mirror at this captivating circus show that turns cabaret on its head
Tetto is a cool Italian Riviera inspired rooftop bar perched atop the revamped Everton Plaza
Brisbane’s newest and most advanced putt putt course is Garden Golf Putt Putt at St Lucia Golf Links
A breezy, open cafe with a nourishing and creative menu, this laneway gem is the perfect place for breakfast, lunch, or coffee
An outdoor, dog friendly café with a homey environment and border collie cuddles
One Eighty Six Espresso Bar is a beautiful, character-filled coffee nook in Red Hill serving locally-roasted coffee
Cafe Vinyet is a charming cafe residing in a classic Alderley corner store that is super dog-friendly
A cute breakfast and lunch spot on Petrie Terrace, perfect for coffee and home-style food
This colourful playground and heritage parkland features a 1930s bandstand rotunda with adjacent BBQ facilities
This light-filled, health conscious cafe serves 100% gluten free, paleo-inspired meals
Afghani Cuisine Restaurant brings a taste of Kabul to Slacks Creek with a mouth-watering menu of Afghan fare
Serving up fresh, artisan gelato with a variety of creative flavours, Allora is a gelato lover's heaven
@Beans Cafe is a welcome respite from shopping situated in the centre of Arndale Shopping Centre in Springwood
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Room on the Broom, adapted from the much-loved picture book by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler, will enchant young audiences
David Walliams' bestselling book The Midnight Gang comes to life on stage at QUT Gardens Theatre
Haigslea Ewe Nique Hobby Farm is a unique day out experience for families

Ralph & Co

A buzzy neighbourhood cafe, green grocer and gourmet providore with all day breakfast, lunch and freshly baked treats
Gold Coast Theme Parks reopen