A from-the-hip snapshot of what we love this month and why. The year is ending and Christmas is coming but there’s still a lot to see, do and eat before we close out 2016.

Summer loving

The Gabba
  • Word on the street is Gelato Messina’s Brisbane opening has been pushed back until the new year. If you want that ice-cream fix, pencil in the Milton Christmas Markets on December 15–16. The gelato wizards are popping up with summer and Christmas flavours. Fruit-mince-pie ice-cream? Sure! Milton Christmas Marketsfacebook.com

  • It’s already time to fish out your brightest zinc* for a day at The Gabba. Brisbane’s first-ever day-night Test is on from December 15–19. Australia vs Pakistan. (*You’ll want the fluro sunscreen so your friends can still spot you after dark.) The Gabbathegabba.com.au

  • If you can’t wait, head for the Gold Coast. Weekend road trips to the beach beckon, and Coolangatta can provide that scoop or two of Messina. It’s also the only beach with a cinema overlooking the sand – great for when the midday heat strikes. Gelato Messinagelatomessina.com

  • Apparently this is the summer of frosé, and there is no city more perfect for it than Brisbane. Embrace the pink slushy wholeheartedly at Alfred & Constance and Darling & Co. As Kristian Klein of Melbourne’s Mr. Miyagi told us, “If the old, hoity-toity wine guys want to be upset about it, then let them be.” Cheers to that. Frosebroadsheet.com.au

Can we never grow up?

Sugar Spin, GOMA
  • There’s a cure for December humidity: GOMA. The gallery celebrates 10 years this month and is throwing a fine party to celebrate. You’ll find us hiding in the perfect 19-degree space admiring Sugar Spin with childlike wonder. Furry walls, live birds and steel slides from the third floor? Where else would you want to be? GOMAqagoma.qld.gov.au

  • Walk out of the gallery then prepare to have your mind blown next door at the Queensland Museum. Direct from London’s Science Museum, the award-winning Hadron Collider exhibition is a look inside the world’s largest experiment. It’s the work of 10,000 people working worldwide to uncover the fundamental building blocks of our universe. And you thought group work at uni was complex. Queensland Museumqm.qld.gov.au

  • Opposable thumbs might have been a useful feature of evolution, but right now we’re getting our flipper fingers ready. Brisbane is getting a new diner, bar and old-school games arcade. Netherworld will open on Brunswick Street in late December and promises gaming relics from eras past. Expect 15 pinball and 25 arcade machines, classic consoles and board games from the summer of ’69 to present day. Netherworldbroadsheet.com.au

  • Matilda the Musical has set up at QPAC for what will surely be a sell-out season. The original Roald Dahl children’s novel has been adapted for the stage with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, and with more than 70 major international awards to its name, this show is a hot ticket whether you have kids in tow or not. Get in if you can. Matildaqpac.com.au

Stella Artois suggests

12 Days Of Christmas
  • Giving presents is great; choosing presents is hard. Allow us to help. For 12 days in December, we’re giving away a whole swag of excellent gifts including furniture, kitchen accessories, limited-edition sunglasses, sustainably made leather shoes, jewellery, books, knives, headwear, a beach pack and even a bike. Yes, a real, human-sized bike. The winner of each day’s gift will also receive a six-pack of Stella Artois and six Stella Artois chalices. Get involved. 12 Days Of Christmasbroadsheet.com.au

'Tis the season

Moonlight Cinema
  • Brisbane mightn’t have a ski season (or a real winter, if we’re honest) but we certainly do enjoy outdoor-cinema season. Next is Moonlight Cinema. It’s here for the whole summer, starting December 8 at New Farm Park next to the Brisbane Powerhouse. Moonlight Cinemamoonlight.com.au

  • We’re also suckers for the annual Christmas Parade that winds down Queen Street Mall. From the tiny ballerinas and over-enthusiastic senior choir singers to the three wise men on camels and Santa rolling in – it softens even our otherwise cynical hearts. Christmas Paradevisitbrisbane.com.au

  • Humanity’s best friend has long been excluded from the social activity many base their weekend around: going to the pub. Make a stand and take your furry mate to Fitz & Potts and Hope & Anchor. Hope and Anchorbroadsheet.com.au

Guide to hidden treasures

Greenglass
  • Jammed between a topless bar and discount chemist, (stay with us), Greenglass is the CBD’s newest oasis. Brought to us by the guys behind Happy Boy, the bright and airy New York-style loft space is open for breakfast until 2pm, with plans to expand into a full-blown wine bar in the near future. Greenglassbroadsheet.com.au

  • Look up in the CBD and you’ll be treated to old facades, blue skies and glass towers. Somewhere up there is a hive of activity. Literally. Urban beekeeper Jack Wilson Stone of Bee One Third keeps hives atop Hotel Jen, Urbane, Statler & Waldolf and spots around the inner-city ‘burbs. Look.broadsheet.com.au

  • Honestly, we shouldn’t tell you about Rocky Hole – so keep this on the quiet. There’s an epic little waterhole north of Brisbane tucked in D’Aguilar National Park. You need to travel about eight kilometres each way off road (4WDs aren’t strictly necessary – we’ve seen sedans make it in to the spot). Access is via The Gantry day-use area. D’Aguilarnprsr.qld.gov.au

  • Do you ever stop in Palm Beach on those weekend trips to the Gold Coast? Unlikely. So know this: the suburb is bursting with new eateries in time for summer. Add Bstow, Balboa Italian, 8th Ave Terrace and Wildernis Cafe (yes, that’s how they spell it) to the list with old favourites such as Pablo Pablo, Barefoot Barista and Lester & Earl. True. Palm Beachvisitgoldcoast.com

RITUALS:
WHAT WE’LL LOVE DOING REPEATEDLY THIS MONTH

  • Choosing between Twisties, shiitake mushroom and roast-chicken salt at Fritzenberger.

  • Sliding from level 3 to the ground floor of GOMA.

  • Getting lost in the House of Mirrors, at Wonderland at The Powerhouse.

  • Perfecting our Christmas hosting skills over a Stella Artois, bread and bon bons.

  • Ordering salted-caramel gelato at La Macelleria.

  • Fighting the temptation to cool off in Streets Beach.