No sooner has the city and its suburbs unfolded its natural festive colours than the season officially kicked off last night at St George's Square in front of Brisbane City Hall. What to me is remarkable is that the place was packed with young families for as far as the eye could see and Brisbane doesn't disappoint its citizens. There was opera to start with, followed by a traditional welcome to country by an Aboriginal group and then a children's Christmas choir. The Mayor Graham Quirk came on stage accompanied by a giant turkey and a fat pudding who delighted the children and had with him two little girls from the charity Starlight which does a wonderful job looking after the wishes of very sick children. Appropriate, touching, traditional and inclusive -with that final aaah moment of the christmas tree lights coming on and even they had their beautiful Ozzie angle, 1600 lights all solar powered.
Hats off to you Brisbane.
The beautiful City Hall with its magnificent Parthenon- like- pediment but no Greek gods here, only depictions of a cloaked woman representing progress and enlightenment and settlers on the one hand and Aborigines on the other hand sculpted by Daphne Munro in the 1930s.
Packed in every direction as far as the eye could see.
Christmas colours for City hall
The solar powered Christmas tree, the biggest of its kind.