Free Christmas in Ipswich events for the whole family

A spectacular immersive light display and larger-than-life installations have transformed the urban heart of Ipswich into the ‘St Nicholas Precinct’ as the centrepiece of the city’s Christmas celebrations, running nightly now until 19 December.

Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding said the spirit of the holiday season is front and centre in the reimagined Nicholas Street Precinct with vivid lights and fun festive activities for the whole family. “The highlight of festivities in Ipswich shifts to our city’s revitalised urban heart, the Nicholas Street Precinct, which has been merrily transformed into the St Nicholas Precinct,” Mayor Harding said.

“The precinct is home to a dazzling array of lights and magical moments, part of a citywide program of events, carnivals and carols that will transport the best of the north pole to suburbs across Ipswich.”

IF 2 St Nicholas Precinct Christmas in Ipswich 2021


St Nicholas Precinct – Nicholas Street Precinct
Now until 19 December – free
Time to get your festive Insta-pics happening? The Nicholas street precinct is the centrepiece of Christmas in Ipswich, featuring a spectacular immersive display and larger-than-life installations. The free event will include so much light and colour, live entertainment, movies on the Tulmur Place big screen and yummy festive food.

Letters to Santa – all Ipswich Libraries Branches
Now to 16 December – free
Does Santa know what you want this year? Visit any Ipswich libraries branch to write and post your letter to Santa. Then join Mr and Mrs Claus and other North Pole Pals via Zoom as they share Christmas stories, carols and a selection of handwritten letters from the children of Ipswich from 11am on Friday 17 December.

Santa on Tour
17 to 19 December – free
He’s made his list and checked in twice. Now Santa and his band of merry performers will be cruising past Christmas lights and stopping at local parks and suburbs near you to spread joy and Christmas cheer. Check out where Santa is stopping at

Christmas Lights Tours
6pm to 9pm, 16 and 17 December –
View a selection of the best displays in this year’s Christmas Lights Competition in air-conditioned comfort. The bus tour includes commentary from friendly guides, light supper and live entertainment. Spaces are limited and bookings essential – call 3281 0555 or email [email protected]

Countdown with Colour – Tivoli Drive In, Chuwar
31 December
Join in the celebrations with colourful activities for the whole family while enjoying live music from Savvy, Fabulous Lemon Drops and other homegrown performers. There will be endless choices of food and drink to indulge in, then bring in the new year with fireworks and a special family film.

IF Mt Forbes Rural Fire Service Santa on Tour L to R Captain David Clarke Stacey Haskell David Bailey Kerri Clarke Frank Stephen Stewart and Alysha Witt
Santa on Tour

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Visit to see the full program and explore Ipswich during the most wonderful time of the year!

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