1 Santa celebration
- The Workshops Rail Museum, North St, North Ipswich
- Today and tomorrow, 9.30am-5pm
JOIN Santa and the Bush Galah in celebrating Christmas at The Workshops' annual celebration.
Santa's friend the Bush Galah will perform some fun Aussie Christmas songs simple enough for children to join in. Kids will also be able to make festive decorations at The Workshops craft station.
Decorations can then be hung on The Workshops Christmas Tree.
Children will also be able to take a ride on the land train.
Entry costs $20 for adults, $17 concession, $11.50 for children aged from three to 15.
Entry is free for children under three.
Phone 3432 5100 or visit theworkshops.qm.qld.gov.au to find out more.
2 Springfield Carols
- Robelle Domain, Southern Cross Cct, Springfield Central
- Tonight, 5.30pm-9pm
Carols at Robelle Domain will feature live music, Christmas entertainment and fireworks. The program includes carol singing, a drama presentation, Santa, prizes to be won, free ice cream and more.
The Voice 2012 finalist Taga Paa and The X Factor 2011's Mali Talefenua will also perform at the event.
Entry is free and glow products will be available for purchase, with proceeds going to local chaplaincy programs.
The event is host by the Springfield Region Community Church and Orion Town Centre.
3 Candlelit carols
- North Ipswich Reserve, 43 The Terrace
- Tonight, 5pm-9pm,
EMBRACE the spirit of Christmas at Mayor Paul Pisasale's Carols by Candlelight, a free community event.
There will be free children's rides from 5pm, followed by a full program of entertainment from 6pm, including Dr Seuss' The Lorax Performance, and traditional carols sung by choirs and local singers.
4 Ulysses toy run
- Through Ipswich, starting at Brassall Shopping Centre, finishing at the Ipswich Showgrounds
- Tomorrow, 9am-12pm
WATCH the motorbike club as they ride through Ipswich suburbs, or sign up on the day to participate and ride your own motorbike in the parade.
Ulysses members and participants will ride through town on bikes stuffed with toys and other Christmas gifts for children in need.
Registration costs $20 and includes a Salvo cooked breakfast, water, a patch or pin, and a ticket in our perpetual draw.
5 Puppy social
- Ipswich Showgrounds, Warwick Rd, Ipswich
- Tomorrow, 8.45am-9.15am
SOCIALISATION is an important aspect of puppy training and dog owners can take advantage of a free puppy social tomorrow morning. The free class will be held before Doggy Dogma's regular obedience class.
Puppies need to have had their first vaccination to attend. Free entry to the social class, bookings to 0466 965 364.
Visit doggydogma.com.au to find out more.
- Incinerator Theatre, Burley
- Griffin Dve, Ipswich
Tonight and tomorrow night, from 8pm
SEARCHING for Doctor Branovic is a dark comedy about a mysterious death.
Presented by the Ipswich Little Theatre, the production follows Detective Munroe as he investigates the disappearance of an apparently dead man from a morgue.
Written by David Tristram, the funny and inventive script will delight audiences.
Tickets range in price from $14 to $24.
Visit the Ipswich Little Theatre website to purchase tickets.
7 Rescue show
- Ipswich Art Gallery, d'Arcy Doyle Pl, Nicholas St, Ipswich
- Today and tomorrow, 10am-5pm
THE interactive Rescue exhibition will put children in charge of simulated land, sea and air rescues.
Rescue features a full-size helicopter simulator, Jet Ski simulators and more realistic rescue situations.
Children will be able to learn about rescue-related medicine, search techniques, radio communication, supplies and equipment such as the Jaws of Life.
It's one of the Ipswich Art Gallery's largest exhibitions yet, and Ipswich will be the travelling show's only east coast stop before it heads overseas.
Queensland Police Service representatives will be on site between 10am and 1pm today with a police dog exhibit and Rhino patrol vehicle.
Watch the video at qt.com.au.
8 Springfield market
- Robelle Domain Parklands, Education City Dve, Springfield Central
- Today, 7am-12pm
STOCK up on freshly-picked and home-made produce, fresh flowers, plants and more.
Food stalls will sell breakfast and take-home items.
Children can enjoy face-painting, and a masseuse will be on site to help relieve aches and pains.
9 Fire dancing
- Queens Park, Ipswich
- Tomorrow, 6pm-8.30pm
IPSWICH-BASED fire dancing troupe Anem Aed will perform solo and group routines.
Watch as the dancers twirl fiery poi, staffs and hula hoops.
The event is free and attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic blanket or chairs to make spectating more comfortable.
10 Country market
- Fernvale State Primary School grounds, Brisbane Valley Hwy
- Tomorrow, 6am-noon
RISE and shine early to find a bargain at the Fernvale Country Markets tomorrow.
Stalls at the country market will sell farm-fresh produce, antiques and second-hand items, plants and handmade soaps and gifts. The school grounds are located about half and hour from Ipswich.
Free entry, with on-street parking.