A free Christmas-themed open day will be held at Gallipoli Barracks at Enoggera, Brisbane, on Sunday November 28.

The event was last held in 2019.

Carols and Cannons will feature fireworks, a beat the retreat military parade, a live performance of the 1812 Overture and Christmas carols. 

Senior ADF officer for Gallipoli Barracks Brigadier Jason Blain said the event was being held to thank the hardworking ADF and Australian Public Service personnel for their efforts during another busy year, and to open the base to the local community. 

“The operational tempo on Gallipoli Barracks in 2021 has been high – 7th Combat Brigade alone has deployed more than 1300 people on domestic support operations,” Brigadier Blain said.

“This includes Operation COVID-19 Assist and Operation NSW Flood Assist, where members had their Easter break interrupted to assist members of the Australian community in their hour of need.” 

In addition to operations, 7th Combat Brigade has been busy out in the field. 

“7th Brigade has supported two major training activities, continued the introduction of the Boxer combat reconnaissance vehicle into service and conducted security cooperation activities with our partners,” Brigadier Blain said.

“Carols and Cannons is an opportunity to say thanks to the ADF and APS personnel for their hard work and to also thank the general public for their support for what we do.” 

The free event will be held from 3pm until 9pm and will feature food outlets and equipment displays, and Santa is also looking forward to making an appearance.

Those wishing to attend are encouraged to bring picnic rugs and camping chairs and to use public transport to Gaythorne railway station as parking on base will be limited. 

Tickets are available at www.eventbrite.com/e/carols-and-cannons-tickets-186408471757