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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
By Sarah Ward
November 23, 2022

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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