CHRISTMAS CHEER: The annual Mayor’s Carols by Candlelight will be held tonight.
CHRISTMAS CHEER: The annual Mayor’s Carols by Candlelight will be held tonight. Claudia Baxter

10 things to do in Ipswich on the weekend

1 Carols by Candlelight

  • North Ipswich Reserve
  • Tonight, 5pm-9.30pm

MUSTER the Aussie spirit with an outback Christmas in Ipswich as Steggles presents Mayor Paul Pisasale's Carols by Candlelight.

wonderful event is suitable for all ages and provides a fantastic program of entertainment and activity for the whole family.

Entertainment includes free kids' rides, the Curley Cousins Show, Santa's arrival and musical performances from Troy Cassar-Daley and Kate Cook and the Ipswich Orpheus Chorale Choir. The event will conclude with a fireworks display.

For more information phone 3810 6666.


2 BoxWorld Exhibition

  • Ipswich Art Gallery, d'Arcy Doyle Pl
  • All weekend, 9am-5pm

BOXWORLD is a marvellous, miniature model city made almost entirely out of recycled materials.

The exhibition, which opens today is the work of Warren Thomas. Mr Thomas began the project more than a decade ago, inspired by a family visit to Legoland.

You'll never look at cereal boxes and milk cartons the same way.

For more information, phone 3810 7222.


3 Christmas Dance

  • Swifts Sports Club Booval
  • Tonight, 7.30pm - 11.30pm

JUST Rock Ipswich Dance Club will be hosting a Christmas Dance event with live music by Rockhounds.

Admission is $12 for members and $14 for non members.

For more information phone 3201 8861 or visit

4 Springfield Organic Market

  • Robelle Domain Parklands, Springfield
  • Today, 7am - 1pm

THIS great community event held each Saturday is a great destination for foodies, as there are a range of stalls selling fresh organic and conventional produce.

The markets also play host to various local artists and designers selling a wide range of unique handmade products.

Entry is free and parking is available on site. For more information visit

5 Toy Run

  • Ride begins at the Brassall Shopping Centre
  • Tomorrow, meet at 8.30am for a 10.30am start

THE Lockyer Ulysses Motorcycle Club is holding their 17th annual toy run.

The community is invited to be part of the festivities by participating in the ride or by coming out to see Santa and the motorbikes as we pass by.

The ride will begin at Brassall and finish at the Ipswich Showgrounds at about 2pm.

For more information phone Ian on 0409 277 087 or visit

6 Carols in the Domain

  • Robelle Domain Parklands, Springfield
  • Tonight, 5.30pm - 9pm

AUSTRALIA'S Got Talent finalist and singer Paris Morgan will be among those performing at the Carols in Robelle Domain event tonight.

Co-ordinated by the Combined Churches of Springfield, the event will begin with pre entertainment, followed by a program of Christmas Carols and conclude with a fireworks display.

Free ice cream will be available for kids at the end of the event, and food and drinks will be available for sale.

Guests are encouraged to bring a rug or chair.

Parking is available at the Orion Shopping Centre.

7 An Australian Christmas

  • The Workshops Rail Museum, Nth Ipswich
  • All weekend 9am-5pm

IPSWICH families can get in the festive spirit and celebrate with Santa at the museum's anticipated Christmas event.

Musical performances by entertainer Bush Galah will also be held throughout the day, offering a variety of sing-a-long Aussie Christmas tunes.

In addition visitors can enjoy other activities and attractions at the museum.

For more information phone 3432 5100 or visit

8 Christmas in the Carpark

  • 219 Whitehill Rd, Raceview
  • Tomorrow, 5pm - 9.30pm

HEAD to the Whitehill Church of Christ for an evening filled with music, entertainment, giveaways, rides, fireworks and much more.

Entry is free and drinks and food are available on site for a small cost.

For more information phone 3288 0186.

9 Christmas Cent Auction

  • Raceview State School Hall, Raceview
  • Tonight, 6.30pm

A CHRISTMAS themed cent auction held today promises to be a one-stop-shop for your Christmas shopping.

The event will offer a huge array of Christmas paper, ribbons, cards, gift tags and decorations as well as a range of donated items from local businesses.

Snacks ad drinks will be for sale at a small cost and admission is $2.

Money raise will go to help fund medical equipment for the Ipswich Hospital and community health programs.

For more information phone 1300 736 428

10 Pop Standen performs

  • Ipswich Golf Club, Samford St
  • Tomorrow, 2pm - 6pm

HIGHLY-respected blues performer Pop Standen will be appearing at the club in Leichhardt.

Ipswich Golf Club manager John Cattanach said it was quite a coup to have the acclaimed musician playing at the club's free gig. He said Pop Standen had toured both nationally and overseas.

For more information phone 3812 0488. 

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