CHRISTMAS: The BEST local Christmas events!

14 November 2017

That most wonderful time of the year is HERE!

There's plenty of festive events happening across the region this year to get that Christmas spirit sparkling. 


18 November

Santa's Morning Tea

Where: Hyperdome

Can you believe it? Christmas is almost here! The elves and I are busy packing the sleigh for my big visit to Hyperdome. We’re having a special morning tea on Saturday, 18 November for all my Kids Club friends and would love if you could join us.

There’ll be delicious goodies, magicians, balloon artists and more. And I’ll be there to say hello before I join the Christmas parade through the Centre.

Seats are limited so be sure to visit my friends at Customer Service (opposite St George) to buy your ticket.


25 November

Lighting the Brisbane City Christmas Tree

Where: King George Square

Join Brisbane’s Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, Santa and special guests in King George Square and welcome the festive season with the much-loved tradition of the lighting the Brisbane City Christmas Tree, Queensland’s largest solar-powered Christmas tree. Soak up the festive cheer with a host of Christmas carols on the night and a special Christmas performance. The tree will light up The City sky every night until Christmas Eve, so make sure you visit King George Square to enjoy the beautiful sight!



1 December

Greenbank Christmas Extravaganza

Where: Greenbank Fire Station

Bring your Kids along to Greenbank Fire Station for their annual Greenbank Christmas Extravaganza.

As with previous years, the Christmas extravaganzas is always a massive night full of festive fun for the whole family, but this year will be bigger and better than ever with a family friendly movie to our night after the massive fireworks.

Best bit is everyone gets to spend a wonderful night with your local firefighters, as well as police, SES, ambulance and local emergency services.



2 December

Santa Arrival Parade and Christmas Fun Day

Where: MarketPlace Warner Shopping Centre 

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Celebrate Santa’s Arrival at MarketPlace Warner Shopping Centre on Saturday, 2 December, 10am to 2pm.

The Christmas Parade starts at 10am. See Santa, Mrs Claus and all your favourite Christmas Characters including Nickelodeon’s Sponge Bob Square Pants and Patrick, Papa Smurf and Smurfette. Plus see Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, Gingerbread Man, Frosty the Snowman, Santa’s Elves, Christmas Carollers, Snowflakes and Angels throughout the Centre.


8 – 17 December

The Enchanted Garden

Where: Roma Street Parkland

Come and explore the magic of the Enchanted Garden at Roma Street Parkland this Christmas.

As the sun goes down and the evening settles in, Roma Street Parkland’s Enchanted Garden springs to life. Locaed in the Spectacle Garden, the enchanted Garden will be adorned with twinkling lights, beguiling decorations and mellow music. Wander through, enjoying a festive feast for the senses. Bookings are not required.

The Enchanted Garden is part of Brisbane's free Christmas program.



8 – 24 December

Gold Lotto City Hall Lights

Where: Brisbane City Hall

This year, Brisbane’s City Hall will light up with an all-new magical light projection show. A must-do for everyone’s Christmas calendar, the Gold Lotto City Hall Lights will run every 15 minutes until midnight.

This will be The City’s most colourful and spectacular Christmas projection yet, and one for all ages to enjoy. A must-do for everyone’s Christmas calendar, the Gold Lotto City Hall Lights will run every 15 minutes from until midnight, starting on Friday 8 December and running through until Christmas Eve.

The Christmas Parade is part of Brisbane's free Christmas program. To see the full program and plan your visit, head to the official Christmas homepage. Make sure you share your event experience using #christmasinbrisbane



9 December

Christmas Express

Where: Workshops Rail Museum

Catch the Christmas spirit with a festive return steam train journey from the Workshops Rail Museum to historic Grandchester station. Trip duration is approximately 2.5 hours. Add museum entry and make a whole day of it!



16-24 December

Brisbane City Christmas Parade

Where: Edward Street - Queen Street Mall

Brisbane’s favourite family tradition returns, brimming with music and merriment. The Christmas Parade comes complete with a nativity scene, Santa and dozens of performers to entertain and delight all ages.

It is on nightly at 7pm, from 16 to 24 December, commencing at the Edward Street end of the Queen Street Mall. It will then weave its way through the city finishing at King George Square.




11 November

Santa’s Grand Arrival at Westfield Helensvale

Where: Westfield Helensvale


Share in the magic of Christmas with Santa's Grand Arrival Parade, kicking off at 9am on Main Street near Zarraffa’s with live entertainment, a magic show, a special confetti moment, all of your favourite Christmas Characters and more!

Santa Photography will commence on Sunday, November 12 from 10:30am located near Target and will continue daily until December 24. Please check the Westfield Helensvale website for the opening hours PLUS beat the queue and book your Santa Photography space online.

Don't worry, we haven't forgotten about our furry friends! Pet Photography will commence Friday, November 17 and will be hosted every Friday and Saturday morning until December 9. Please check the Westfield Helensvale website for times and book your space online. Please note there are limited spots available, so get in quick!

PLUS enjoy Christmas entertainment and FREE weekly workshops for the kids.


18 November 

Flourish Christmas Festival

Where: Southport Uniting Church

SHOP for beautiful handmade Christmas gifts from around the world as Flourish Christmas Festival presents the Gold Coast’s largest fair trade marketplace, featuring a celebratory atmosphere of live entertainment, delicious food and fun for all the family.

Proudly presented by Southport Uniting Church, Flourish Christmas Festival takes place on Saturday, November 18 from 10am to 6pm, with a treasure trove of fair trade goods and unique gifts created by local artisans, plus a full program of entertainment culminating in Carols on Dusk.



1 - 24 December

Christmas at Robina Town Centre

Where: Robina Town Centre

The countdown to 25 December is well and truly on and the Coast’s favourite festive destination Robina Town Centre is pulling out all stops to ensure this Christmas season is one of the most memorable – and thoughtful – yet.

The coastal-style Christmas trees have been adorned; the decorations have been hung; and the big man in red has arrived at his Robina HQ, ready to celebrate with local shoppers as Robina Town Centre launches its 2017 Christmas campaign.

Headlining the festive celebrations is the return of Santa, who has assumed his position in his Enchanted Forest for Santa Snaps with his biggest fans daily until 24th December.

 Located in its brand new home inside The Kitchens near the cooking stage, the wondrous Enchanted Forest features a myriad of furry forest friends, twinkling lights, interactive activities and surprise gifts for Santa’s youngest admirers – this year in the form of DIY Christmas ornaments that little ones can decorate and hang on their trees at home.



2 December

Free Christmas Variety Concert

Where: Tweed Heads Civic Centre

Get some Carols in your Christmas. Come enjoy your favourite Christmas Carols and songs as performed by award winning Voice Weavers a Cappella Choir. Food and drinks available for purchase as well as the chance to win fantastic raffle prizes. Suitable for all ages so bring the kids and get the Christmas Season off to a jolly start.



8 December

Family Fun Christmas Event

Where: The Club at Parkwood Village

Santa arrives early this year for our Family Fun Christmas Event. With giant snow globe, snow, face painter, livemusic, Christmas Food and Drinks and a professional photographer, it’s the best way to get in the Christmas spirit with your family.


13 – 24 December

Christmas in Surfers Paradise

Where: Surfers Paradise Precinct

Roving carollers and colourful performers spread the magic of the season through the streets of Surfers, while merry decorations including summer-themed Santa statues and oversized gifts enhance the festive spirit throughout the precinct. 




16 November

Santa's Arrival at Sunshine Plaza

Where: Riverwalk Stage, Sunshine Plaza


Santa’s coming to Sunshine Plaza. Celebrate the big man in red’s arrival with Nickleby The Magician, face painting, live music, carols, giveaways, a special visit from Santa and his elves, Mrs Claus, Rudolf and tunes from the Nutcracker Band.

Plus a chance to WIN* a $1,000 Sunshine Plaza gift card, and get snapped in the giant snow globe! The first 100 customers will receive a FREE* movie ticket to BCC Cinemas to see FERDINAND in cinemas from 14 December.



18 November

Santa's Arrival Christmas Parade

Where: Kawana Shoppingworld

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Greet Santa along with Nickelodeon's coolest genies Shimmer & Shine.

Also on throughout December: 
1–24 December: Gift wrapping in support of Kawana Surf Lifesaving Club
18 Nov–24 December: Santa's photography, plus special pet photo and sessions available for children with special needs.



18 November

Santa Arrival Parade

Where: Noosa Civic


18 Nov: Santa Arrival Parade, with Ben and Holly live stage show and face painting
11–28 Dec: Stay N Play Kids child-minding facility filled with activities
18 Nov–24 Dec: Santa photos
1–24 Dec: Fundraising gift wrapping service


30 November

Festival of Lights, Caloundra

Where: Bulcock Street, Caloundra

The Festival of Lights kicks off on Thursday, November 30 with exciting street entertainment that includes illuminated stilt walkers, a harpist and a ballerina covered in lights, late night shopping, the unveiling of Christmas window displays by local businesses and the switching on of the festive lights in the trees in Bulcock Street.

Santa will be welcomed to his Caloundra workshop by a convoy of classic cars and bikes on December 2 from 10am, with his workshop opening at The Strand (Big Screen Cinemas Centre) at 11 Bulcock Street for free photos with Santa from 11am.

Other Christmas activities will include a pet photo with Santa on Sunday, December 10 and a Christmas tree lane and kids activities, including face painting and colouring-in competitions, until Sunday, December 17.


3 December

An Oriana Christmas: Joy to the World

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Where: Lake Kawana Community Centre, Bokarina

Oriana Arts Inc presents Joy to the World.

Featuring Sunshine Coast Oriana Choir, Oriana Youth Choir and special guests, Brisbane Excelsior Band.

Tickets $25, school-aged children $15



3 December

Sunny Coast Baby and Kids Christmas Market

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A mix of pre-loved items including clothes, toys, books, cots and prams, a stall at Sunny Coast Baby and Kids Market is a great way to clean out your little one’s cupboards and earn some extra cash. You’ll also find beautiful handmade items, made locally.

Every market has a free jumping castle, free face painting, free bounty bags, and yummy hot food and coffee.



6 December

Christmas at The Ginger Factory

Where: The Ginger Factory

Come and See Santa!
Santa will be making a special appearance at the Ginger Factory from the 6th of December until Sunday 24th, every Wednesday to Sunday from 9.30am until 1.30pm.


9 December

Nambour Community Carols 
& Twilight Markets

Where: Nambour Showgrounds

Friends, family, neighbours, everybody is invited to come along to the Nambour Community Carols and experience the wonderful Twilight Markets, decked out with strings of fairy lights.

Come along and buy some Christmas presents for your loved ones or treat yourself. There will be so many different local Sunshine Coast stalls and products to choose from, as well as some amazing food stalls.
This market is all undercover so no matter the weather, we will be going ahead.

Experience the wonderful Twilight Markets, buy a Christmas present, then enjoy a fun-filled concert featuring local artists, a special visit from Santa, and a fabulous fireworks finale!



10 December

Lights on the Lake

Where: Currimundi Lake

Celebrate the festive season and the Coast’s wonderful assets. There will be supervised arts and crafts for kids, music, a water parade of decorated and lit kayaks, food and Santa will arrive across the lake.



10 December

Tewantin Christmas Carnival

Where: Memorial Park, Tewantin

A free event with live entertainment, food and drink, rides, carols by candlelight, and fun for everyone. The evening culminates in a fantastic firework display. All are welcome!



13 December

Christmas on the Coast

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Where: Suncoast Stadium

This December we are bringing back that epic big screen, those tasty street food trucks, some local market stalls and soulful live music from the super talented duo Mr. Paul B. Clement & Barry Charles.

Be serenaded with Christmas Blues from 5pm onwards and after a visit from a very special friend (ho,ho,ho) we will be kicking off with the feature film ‘Elf’.

Once the sun goes down, you can kick back, chillax and celebrate the festive season in style.


15 – 23 December

Sunshine Coast Christmas Lights

Where: Lifepointe Baptist Church, Buderim

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Free event with spectacular lights display, animal farm, musical night production at 6.30, 7.15 & 8pm, Christmas story walk through, carols sing-along show, popcorn, fairy floss, balloons, face painting, jumping castles, food court, café and markets for you to enjoy.

Open 5.30 – 9pm each night, 186 Wises Road Buderim.



16 December

Annual Boat Parade

Where: Mooloolaba Wharf

Join us for a wonderful visual display of light and festivities to celebrate the 2017 annual Christmas Boat Parade.

Be ready for a fun filled day with family and friends celebrating the Christmas season and help create a brighter future for people with a disability.

Official proceedings at Mooloolaba Wharf Tavern, Public viewing points at Penny Lane, La Balsa Park and Charles Clark Park (on street parking and public transport available).



23 December

Christmas Spectacular at Aussie World 

Where: Aussie World

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Join us on this special night for the most popular event of the year!  The fun starts at 6:00pm as you wonder through Santa's Village, enjoy rides, attractions
and festive fun!

Open 6:00pm, Aussie World, 73 Frizzo Road, Palmview




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