Christmas in Ipswich set to make Springfield merry and bright

25 November 2021

Suburban light wonderlands, Letters to Santa, fleets of merry performers, spectacular community carols, festive markets and so much more will pop-up across Springfield as part of this year’s Christmas in Ipswich celebrations.

Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding said the citywide celebrations included events and activities from Springfield to Marburg and every community in between.

“Springfield Central will be home to a huge variety of children’s and adults’ activities for Summer at Orion, from Santa Paws parties to Dive In Movies on the lagoon and plenty of festive craft workshops,” Mayor Harding said.

“Our program will transport the best of the north pole to Springfield, including the Santa On Tour fleet that will cruise through local streets, a sensational outdoor community carols event and finish with a bang with New Year’s Eve fireworks lighting up the skies in several locations.”

Community, Culture, Arts and Sport Committee chairperson Councillor Andrew Fechner said there will be more than two-dozen free and low-cost events for the Ipswich community to come together in goodwill and joy.

“Make sure you also dig out your festive lights and decorations and enter your very own suburban wonderland in the Ipswich Christmas Lights Competition. Entry is free and you could win up to $1,000 for your merry display,” Cr Fechner said.

“There really is something for everyone, so check out the whole program and start planning your festive outings at

“And don’t forget to visit your local library to write and post your letter to Santa and Mrs Claus!”

For the full program and to learn more about what festive events and activities are planned near you, visit

Christmas in Ipswich – Springfield events

Summer at Orion - 1 Main Street, Springfield Central
Summer at Orion is guaranteed to please with something for everyone in the family including your furry friends! Experience markets, workshops and events planned from November to January including:

  • Sensory Santa Experience
  • Party with Santa
  • Santa Paws Party
  • Dive in Movies
  • Twilight Markets
  • Adult workshops on how to make Christmas wreaths, watercolour festive cards and cocktail glasses
  • Kids workshops on how to make snow globes, gingerbread decorating, Christmas stockings and baubles, flower crowns and much more

For more information and secure your place visit

Christmas Lights Competition
Entries close 9am 29 November | online voting open 2 to 6 December

Dig out your Christmas lights and decorations as entries are now open for the city of Ipswich Christmas Lights Competition. Entry is free, quick and easy, and entrants can win a share in over $8,000 worth of cash and prizes. A full list of addresses for voting will be available from 2 December.

Categories include Best Residential, Best Business/Organisation, Best Street, People’s Choice, Best New Entry and Best Sustainable Display. For design and safety tricks for making your own suburban light wonderland as well as more information about the competition, visit

Letters to Santa – all Ipswich Libraries Branches
30 November to 16 December

Visit any Ipswich libraries branch to write and post your letter to Santa. Get in quick to give Santa enough time to respond between wrapping presents. 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.

Springfield Markets - Robelle Domain Parklands, Springfield Central
5 December

Over 70 stalls with a variety of handmade, homewares, plants and collectables. Food stalls, jumping castles, a Christmas themed market to celebrate the festive season.

Santa on Tour - Springfield Central and Springfield Lakes
17 December

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. For information on where Santa is stopping near you, visit

Springfield Carols at Robelle Domain – The Circle, Robelle Domain
11 December

The Domain will host a program full of talented performers – with many from the local community, a visit from Santa, a mesmerising nativity presentation and a fireworks finale. Bring your family, friends, best picnic rug and singing voice!

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

Christmas In Ipswich is delivered through the support of the following partners: Ripley Town Centre, Slater and Gordon Lawyers, Energex, Stockland Providence, River 94.9, Nine News Queensland, NGU Real Estate Ipswich, Event Cinemas Springfield, Choices Flooring by Mallets, Harvey Norman Booval, Premier Queensland and Pocket Retreats.