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Christmas at HQ

Celebrate the season with beer, markets, carols, lawn games, a pottery workshop, a margarita bar and an oyster bar at Brisbane's newest riverfront precinct.
By Sarah Ward
November 23, 2022
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By Sarah Ward
November 23, 2022
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There are plenty of places to get merry around Brisbane, including at a month-long CBD festival that's all about Christmas. But this festive season, you can also spend a day feeling jolly in one of the city's newest waterside spots — including at a margarita bar and an oyster bar.

Gone are the days when South Bank was Brisbane's only food-, drink- and entertainment-filled riverside precinct, with Portside, Northshore Hamilton and Howard Smith Wharves all popping up over the past decade or so. Here's another: Rivermakers Heritage Quarter, which has turned a patch of Colmslie Road in Morningside into a new must-visit destination, and is now marking December in the appropriate way.

If you haven't had the chance to stop by the heritage-listed spot yet, here's your excuse: Christmas at HQ from 2pm on Saturday, December 3. That's when the eastside precinct wants you to head along to check out its sights — and everything you can eat, drink and do, from sipping brews at Revel's second site through to taking a Mas & Miek pottery workshop and playing lawn games on the grass.

Also on the agenda at the riverfront spot in Morningside across the day: drinking gin at Bavay Distillery, tucking into barbecued meats thanks to Low n Slow Meat Co, Christmas markets ('tis the season), carols, food trucks and music.

There'll also be live mural drawing, and just festive cheer all-round at this pet-friendly event.

Entry is free, except for the pottery workshop, which costs $110 per person — and if you're keen on the latter from 10am–12pm, you'll need to book.

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