Festive Fun For Your Christmas Calendar in 2022

Festive Fun For Your Christmas Calendar in 2022

02 Dec 2022

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…and with all the fun and festivity that comes with the season, there’s even more sparkle being added to the Gold Coast. So if you want to know about all things festive happening around town, from Christmas themed mini-golf to merry Christmas markets, read on! 

Play A Round at Santa's Mini Golf

For a fun activity in the lead-up to Christmas, have a hit at the Club at Parkwood Village. The first nine holes are festively adorned with fairy lights and festive decor, while you have the option to stay and play a further 9 to hit the full 18. Putt from now until New Year's Eve. Find out more here.

Drop a Note to Santa

The North Pole Mailbox will be ready to take Christmas wish lists and letters at Sanctuary Cove from December 1. Kids can craft their own messages at the stationery station, seal them with a kiss, and pop in the mailbox for a direct mail service to the North Pole. Find out more here.

Dreaming of a White Christmas?

So are your kids, so invite them to a magical evening at Warner Bros. Movie World, where a transformation has taken place and a wondrous winter wonderland awaits from December 3rd - 23rd. Main Street is covered in snow, lights create magical illuminations and the all-new ‘Joy to the World’ parade kicks off with floats from around the world. In addition, a selection of rides will operate in night mode, so bring the whole family for a fun and festive night out. Find out more here.

Have Yourself an Adults Only Christmas

With a glass of cheeky eggnog to help the creativity along, join the master bakers at Madison’s Café and Patisserie at the Oasis Centre for a naughty, but still very nice gingerbread house decorating session. Tickets are $90.00 pp, which includes wine and nibbles. Book here.

Let Them Eat Gingerbread

Not to leave the kids out, Madison’s Café and Patisserie invites all mini-master chefs to decorate their own mini Gingerbread houses to take home and share with their families also. Tickets are $25.00 pp and include a frosty milkshake. Find out more here. 

Christmas Markets GC - Broadwater Parklands

For a different take on shopping this Christmas, why not make a conscious choice to support small businesses, creatives and artisans in the community by buying some of your gifts at local Christmas Markets?The largest on the Gold Coast takes over the Broadwater Parklands from December 16 - 18. Find over 100 stalls brimming with festive tidings from 4 - 10 pm, plus there’s rides for the kids, gourmet goodies to try and buy, roving Christmas characters, Christmas lights and more. Find out more here.

Surfers Paradise Christmas Twilights Market - Surfers Paradise

Pack your biggest Christmas shopping bag for this one, with over 100 stalls sharing all things Christmas along the Surfers Paradise Esplanade on Saturday December 10 from 4 pm to 9 pm. Find unique gifts to appease hard-to-buy-for family and friends, load up on handmade Christmas decorations, feast at the food stalls and have some helpers on hand who’ll enjoy the free entertainment, activities and Christmas vibe as much as you. Find out more here.


HOTA Christmas Twilight Markets - Bundall

This is one market you won’t want to miss, with a night of Christmas celebrations in store, unique gifts to peruse and plenty of places to get your fill of gourmet Christmas cheer. Live entertainment will keep the vibes pumped and the kids will have a ball with free entertainment and a visit from Santa. Find out more here.

The Village Markets - Burleigh Heads

Could there be a better way to end the year than picking up some last Christmas gifts while treating yourself to something new too? Make a beeline for The Village Markets' final shop of the season on December 18 from 8.30 am to 1 pm to find great local brands, listen to some of the coast’s best live music, power up on barista coffee, feast at food trucks and come home with a healthy holiday haul.  Find out more here.

Christmas Art & Crafters Market - Benowa

For a unique market with a range of gorgeous bespoke gifts, head to the Gold Coast Potters Association on Ashmore road on December 4 from 8 am to 1 pm to peruse homewares, jewellery, accessories and more all made by local artists. Find out more here.

German Mini Christmas Market - Varsity Lakes

Bringing a bit of Europe to the Gold Coast on November 27 (and in plenty of time for Christmas), Brezel Authentic Bakery will share their love of all things German Christmas with stollen, gingerbread cookies and apple punch. But you’ll also find unique hand-made gifts on offer from local artisans along with the Austrian Choir keeping festive spirits high. Find out more here.

Hope Island Marina Christmas Markets - Hope Island

 If you reside on the northern Gold Coast, find some joy at Hope Island Shopping Centre on December 10 from 4 to 7 pm when the Marina Christmas Markets arrive. In addition to the usual stalls, find festive additions and get ready for a special visit from the big man himself. Find out more here.

Marina Mirage Christmas Market - Main Beach

If you’ve left your shopping to the last minute (us too), you’ll be relieved to know Marina Mirage has your back, holding their last market of the season on December 23 from 6.30 am to 1.30 pm. You’ll find the freshest produce, succulent seafood, sweet treats, gifts and more. Plus if you haven’t got a Christmas outfit yet, Marina Mirage has some of the best boutique shopping on the Gold Coast. Find out more here.

Varsity Christmas Market & Fair - Varsity Lakes

Kick off December at the Varsity Christmas Market and Fair to fill your little helpers' hearts with all things festive with face painting, a jumping castle, craft activities and more. You’ll find plenty of stocking fillers to start your Christmas shopping off early plus pull into the popcorn stall or load up at the sausage sizzle for a fun afternoon out at Jim Harris Park on December 3 from 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm. Find out more here.

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Narelle Bouveng
Narelle Bouveng

A local Gold Coast mum and well-travelled Australian travel writer, Narelle has over 21 years’ experience wandering and chooses to call Mermaid Beach, Gold Coast home. A sunrise and sunset regular, you will often find her juggling a coffee and her camera, snapping for her blog and family travel inspired Instagram @alittleatlarge while youngest daughter Tiah frolics alongside.


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