CHRISTMAS is just around the corner and if you're looking to get into the holiday spirit, south-west Brisbane is the place to be.
During the next few weeks residents will have plenty of opportunity to celebrate Christmas through a host of events.
A highlight will be Christmas 4 Kids, the signature event of the Hands of Hope organisation.
About 1000 children will attend the nine-year-old festival at Inala PCYC on Saturday.
The theme this year is 'it's a jungle out there' and children are encouraged to dress in animal or safari attire.
There will be activities such as stage performances, face-painting, game stalls and a free lunch.
Santa will hand out gifts to children.
Event coordinator Lisa Toh said Christmas 4 Kids was an opportunity to bring the joy of Christmas to the community.
"It's great because it's free, safe and has a real community feel to it," Ms Toh said.
Christmas 4 Kids will run from 10am to 2pm at the Inala PCYC at 37 Swallow St, Inala.
Other Christmas events.
Choir Competition at Mt Ommaney:
Nine local schools will participate in a schools choir competition from Tuesday November 29 to December 7.
School choirs are required to perform three Christmas songs in the Mt Ommaney Shopping Centre for the chance to win $500.
The competition will take place in the Target mall.
For times visit the 'news and events' section at www.mtommaneycentre.com.au
Community carols in the car park
Will take place at the Elizabeth St shops in Acacia Ridge (rear car park) on November 30, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.
The event will feature carols, rides for the kids, jumping castle, sausage sizzle, and a visit from Santa.
Movies in the park:
Councillor for Jamboree Ward Matthew Bourke, Kiwanis Club of Brisbane and LMSIF are hosting a movies in the park event.
A free family moive will be shown on the big screen at Rocks Riverside Park at 5.30pm on December 2.
The event will also include a sausage sizzle by Kiwanis Club of Brisbane.
Jindalee State School Christmas carols:
Will take place on December 3, from 5.30pm and will feature carols and fireworks.
Jindalee State School is located at 114 Burrendah Rd, Jindalee.
A very Smurfy Christmas show
The Smurfs will perform live at Redbank Plaza, singing and dancing to their favourite Christmas songs.
Show starts at 11am at the Centre Stage on Saturday, December 3.
Carols and babies first Christmas:
The Combined churches Christmas carols and babies' first Christmas event will take place on December 4, at The Lakes Parklands, Forest Lake.
The event will run from 5pm to 8pm.
Santa's Sleigh Ride
Centenary Community Connections' Santa Sleigh is again ready to travel.
Celebrating 32 years of this tradition in the community, the sleigh will travel throughout the suburbs of Jamboree ward for two weeks from December 5, stopping to allow the young and young of heart the opportunity to meet Santa.
Durack movie in the park
Durack State School will be hosting a movie in the park event starting at 6.30pm on Thursday, December 8.
Goodna's Christmas Spectacular
The 14th annual Western Gateway Christmas Spectacular had become one of the biggest Christmas celebrations in the Ipswich region.
Situated behind Goodna's Shiloh Church, 72 Redbank Plains Road, Goodna, the free event will feature carol-singing, a musical pageant including live camels, prizes, fireworks and a special visit by Santa.
The event runs over three nights from December 9, beginning each night at 6pm.
Christmas Carols at Robelle Domain:
The Orion Springfield Town Centre Christmas Carols are being held at Robelle Domain on Saturday, December 10.
This is the first time Robelle Domain will be used for Christmas Carols.
Free parking at Orion Springfield Town Centre and Education City.
Salvos Christmas Party
A Salvos Christmas party will be held for the Ellen Grove community.
The event will feature Christmas activities and will begin at 4pm on December 11 at Community Park, Pike Lne, Ellen Grove.
Salvation Army Christmas carols:
Residents are invited to head to Peter Lightfoot Oval, Middle Park for a family night of carols and entertainment.
The event will take place on December 11, from 5.30pm.
Zumba Xmas Party
Camira Springfield Community Centre is celebrating its second year of Christmas fever with Zumba Latin dancing and upbeat tempo.
Theme for the night is Christmas dress with prizes awarded for best dressed.
Light refreshments will be provided for all participants after the class.
The event will begin at 6.30pm on Wednesday, December 14.
For more information contact Stacey on 3818 0921.
St David's Anglican Church Christmas pageant:
The 12-year event has become the focus of Christmas celebrations for the local community and will take place on December 17.
Food and drinks will be available for purchase from 5pm with the free entertainment starting at 6pm followed by a free supper on the church lawns.
For more information contact 3379 8894.
Acacia Ridge community carols:
The event will take place on December 18 at the Acacia Ridge Presbyterian Church, Cnr Mortimer and Beaudesert Rds.
Fun activities will begin at 5pm with carols from 7pm.
Oxley Uniting Church will be holding a carols night at Oxley State School from 5pm on December 18.
Oxley State School is located at Bannerman Street, Oxley.
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