Gather round friends, ‘cause the silly season has arrived and we’ve got your go-to guide for all things Christmas and New Year’s Eve on the Gold Coast!
SANTA HAS LANDED!
Those rumors you heard are true, Santa arrived on Coolangatta beach on Saturday via SKYDIVE!
It seems sleigh’s are so last year, right? After an awesome kick-off of carols over the weekend at Cooly, Varsity, Pacific Pines and Ormeau, the rest of the Coast is eagerly awaiting the guy in the red suit to join the fun in Burleigh, Helensvale and Surfers Paradise.
Get the lowdown on all the details below and sing ’til your heart’s content.
Keep the festivities going right into 2019 with fireworks displays in Broady, Main Beach and Surfers Paradise to ring in the new year.
BURLEIGH HEADS CHRISTMAS CAROLS
4.30pm to 8.30pm – Thursday 13 December
John Laws Park, Burleigh Headland
Get in early to grab your prime patch of grass folks – this annual event sure knows how to draw a crowd. From 4:30pm – 6:30pm, the little ones can get involved in a raft of kids’ activities in the Memorial Park, with the main event commencing shortly afterwards at John Laws Park on Burleigh Headland – an absolute cracker of a spot with ocean views to boot. So treat the kids and yourself to a fish and chips feast, pack a picnic or peruse the food trucks, then set up and stretch out on the hill, and sing along to a collection of Christmas classics as the sun goes down.
NIGHTQUARTER CHRISTMAS CAROLS
4pm to 10pm – Saturday 15 December
Town Centre Drive, Helensvale
Dreaming of crazy shakes and Nutella-filled cruffins this Christmas? Put your stretchy pants on and head down to NightQuarter on Saturday 15 December for the ultimate festive feast. The Gold Coast’s favourite foodie night market is turning it on this Christmas with Carols Live in the Paddock. Kicking off at 4pm until late, there’ll be live entertainment and festivities flowin’ all night long – so get down and boogie with Rudolph, or have a sing along with Santa – this one’s got our festive stamp of approval.
More carols on this weekend (Saturday 15 & Sunday 16): Nerang Celebrates Christmas; Upper Coomera Christmas in the Park; Labrador Carols in the Park; Jacobs Well Community Carols; and Southport Yacht Club Carols.
SURFERS PARADISE CAROLS ON THE BEACH
6.30pm to 8pm – Sunday 23 December
Surfers Paradise Beach, Surfers Paradise
Possibly one of the most popular Christmas occasions on the Gold Coast calendar – Carols on the Beach at Surfers Paradise is an event not to be missed. Under the stars and toes in the sand, enjoy a night full of beloved annual traditions that generations of local families have celebrated. This year, headlining Australian talent will include Georgia Gillings, Adam King and Justin Tamblyn – while local legend Bruce Paige (Nine Gold Gold News) will play host. Get amongst the Christmas cheer and don’t forget to pucker-up and sneak a cheeky kiss under the Surfers Paradise sign decked out in mistletoe.
More carols on this weekend (Saturday 22 & Sunday 23): Highland Reserve Christmas Upper Coomera.
BROADWATER CHRISTMAS MARKETS
4pm to 10pm – December 14, 15 and 16
Marine Parade, Southport
Opt for a relaxed shopping experience for those last minute gifts at the Broadwater Parklands Christmas Markets. Under a canopy of twinkling lights with the water lapping the shore the parklands located in Southport will be full of locally produced creations to delight friends and family. Christmas entertainment, outdoor movies, pet parades and a giant snow globe will be ready for those holiday snaps with a difference. In keeping with the theme, Santa will be arriving by helicopter. Who knew he was such a daredevil?
LAST MINUTE SHOPPING AND SANTA PHOTOS
Robina Town Centre, Pacific Fair and Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre
Got all caught up in the carols and forgot about those hefty Christmas lists?! Don’t fret if you’ve left your festive shopping til’ the last minute, because our local shopping meccas Robina Town Centre , Pacific Fair and Harbour Town have got you covered, with extended trading hours, Santa snaps and charity gift wrapping in the lead-up to Christmas.
SURFERS PARADISE NEW YEARS CARNIVAL
27 December – 31 December
Surfers Paradise Beach, Surfers Paradise
If you’re looking for a spectacular start to 2019 and want to ring in the New Year in true Gold Coast style, then Surfers Paradise is the place to be. Leading up to the big day, the annual New Year’s Carnival will arrive in town on 27 December, bringing rides, slides and exhilarating attractions to the foreshore. Daily family fun and activities are held from 3pm – 9pm and are guaranteed to entertain both little and big kids, and on New Year’s Eve itself, the Surfers Paradise sky will experience a light explosion of more than 30,000 firework effects! Head on down to see why this is one of Queensland’s top NYE events.
8:30pm to 12:30am – Monday 31 December
Old Burleigh Rd, Broadbeach
I’m sure you don’t need another reminder about how quickly the year has passed, nor how fast NYE is approaching, so if you’re wondering how you’ll celebrate the big event, why not get amongst the pyrotech-party vibes at the Broadbeach Fireworks? Kurrawa Park and Pratten Park is your base for the evening’s festivities, with live entertainment and plenty of food options available onsite too. Tell Dad to get his esky organised early though, because this one gets pretty crowded and cosy! The Broadbeach sky lights up at 8:30pm (perfect for families and early-risers) and midnight.
SKYPOINT HAVANA NIGHTS PARTY
7:30pm – 1:00am – Monday 31 December
Hamilton Ave, Surfers Paradise
You can quite literally spend New Year’s Eve sky-high at SkyPoint’s Havana Nights bash atop the Q1. The celebrations will have all the necessities needed for a first-class fiesta – we’re talking, champagne, canapés, salsa dancers, a Cuban band and fire twirlers. And it goes without saying that the Level 77 Observation Deck is going to serve up some of the most incredible views of the Coast’s NYE firework displays – so it’s a win, win.
MAIN BEACH FIREWORKS
7:30pm to 12:30am – Monday 31 December
Seaworld Dr, Main Beach
In a truly extraordinary light show held on the foreshore in front of five-star beachfront resort Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Main Beach will impress with a stunning fireworks display to welcome in 2019. Whether you’ve secured a deluxe dinner ticket to a Glamorous Affair in Mirage Grand Ballroom, or simply kicking back with a picnic blanket in Phillip Park – we can assure you this dazzling midnight display will be one to remember.
Monday 31 December
Ross Street, Benowa
RACV Royal Pines have swapped champagne for sneakers at this #fitspo #inspo new years Resolution Run. Choose the length of your run with options for kids, adults and even family relays. With live music, jumping castles, face painting and plenty of food and drink, it’s a #noregrets way to ring in 2019. And of course, there’s a fireworks display!