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Christmas festivities on the Gold Coast

Marnie | Staff Writer

Coming to the Gold Coast during December? Then you’re in for an absolute treat!

There are so many incredible Christmas events and activities happening this month to get you into the spirit of the silly season.

- Must-do Carols -

Broadbeach Christmas Carols

When: From 3pm, Saturday 10 December

Where: Kurrawa Park, Broadbeach

Celebrate the festive season with a host of kid’s activities from 3pm including rock climbing, a giant slide, face painting, snow globe family photos and obstacle courses to entertain the whole family. Carols begin at 6pm with a phenomenal cast of performers including Marina Prior.

Coolangatta Christmas Carols

When: 5-7:30pm, Sunday 11 December

Where: Queen Elizabeth Park, Coolangatta

Coolangatta will come alive with Christmas carols, market stalls and food trucks, plus free face painting and more for the whole family to enjoy. Be sure to look up to see skydiving Santa as he makes a memorable entrance to this very special event!

Carols on the Green

When: 6pm, Thursday 15 December

Where: Village Green, Sanctuary Cove

Soak up the traditional sounds of the festive season as talented musicians join renowned tenor Rocco Speranza, the magical prowess of Matt Hollywood, along with Santa and Rudolf!

Carols on the Broadwater

When: 4-7:30pm, Saturday 17 December

Where: Southport Yacht Club

Arrive at the Southport Yacht Club by 5:30pm to catch Santa’s arrival from the North Pole before enjoying an evening of Christmas festivities on the broadwater. Kick back at the Waterscape Pontoon Bar for a live band singing Christmas carols and face painting for the kids.

Surfers Paradise Carols on the Beach

When: 6:30-8pm, Sunday 18 December

Where: Surfers Paradise Beach

The Gold Coast’s largest Christmas carols will be hosted by former Hi-5 member Charli Robinson at Surfers Paradise beach. Kids will eagerly await special guests Humphrey B Bear, Blinky Bill, and of course - Santa! The night will conclude with enchanting fireworks lighting up the sky.

- Events -

Christmas in the Clouds

When: 7pm-midnight, Friday 9 December

Where: Skypoint, Surfers Paradise

There’s nothing more magical then celebrating the spirit of Christmas high up amidst the clouds, with that on-top-of-the-world feeling. You can do just that at Skypoint with their annual Christmas in the Clouds event.

Stingray VIP Christmas Party

When: 6pm, Friday 9 December

WhereQT Gold Coast

Celebrate Christmas in style with VIP treatment at Stingray Bar with cocktails, canapés and a live DJ.

Christmas on Tedder

When: 4-8pm, Sunday 11 December

Where: Tedder Avenue, Main Beach

Main Beach's iconic Tedder Ave will again play host to Christmas merrymaking with music, dancing and some great entertainment from one of Australia's best known vocalists.

Christmas in Paradise

When: 13-24 December

Where: Surfers Paradise

This magical 12-day festival will celebrate all things Christmas, right in the heart of Surfers Paradise. Santa will be available for free family photos daily, and roving performers including acrobatic elves and cheerful carollers will keep the festive atmosphere buzzing.

Palm Beach Christmas by the Sea

When: 4:30-8pm, Tuesday 13 December

Where: Palm Beach Parklands

Head to the Palm Beach Parklands for Christmas by the Sea for joyful Christmas carols, face painting for the kids, barnyard animals, live entertainment and even a visit from the jolly old man himself.

A Sanctuary Cove Christmas

When: 10am-4pm, 16-18 December

Where: Village Green, Sanctuary Cove

Sanctuary Cove is holding a 3-day Christmas carnival with free ferry rides, a trackless train, reindeer (pony) rides, an inflatable obstacle course and non-stop entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.

Christmas Family Night at Sharks

When: 4:30-9:30pm, Sunday 18 December

Where: Southport Sharks

Just short trams ride from the beach, enjoy a night of festive fun with Christmas Carols and live entertainment by LOL Crew, the Grinch and Fideous the Frog. There’ll be Christmas goodies, face painting and a visit from Santa and Mr Sharky for the kids’ enjoyment.

- Festive things to do -

White Christmas

When: 9-11 and 16-18 December

Where: Warner Bros. Movie World

Experience the magic of a White Christmas with snow covered streets, live performances and Christmas light displays at Warner Bros. Movie World. You and the whole family will no doubt be captivated by the enchanting street parades, magical live performances and incredible activities and rides.

Christmas Light tour

When: 7-10pm, 20-24 December

Departure point: Arts Centre Gold Coast

Each year, Murray’s Coaches hold nightly bus tours to show off the winning displays from City of Gold Coast’s Christmas Lights Competition. Head off on a night of enchantment, as you’re taken around the most festive streets of the Gold Coast. Bookings are essential.

Michael Bublé Christmas Tribute

When: Saturday 24 December

Where: NightQuarter

Head to NightQuarter on Christmas Eve for ‘A Very Bublé Christmas’ with all your favourite Bublé songs and Christmas carols performed by World On A String. Enjoy special Christmas treats, like seasonal cronuts and cake shakes. 

- Christmas lunch -

Currumbin Vikings

Get in early for a buffet breakfast with ocean views at this iconic surf club. Enjoy a feast without lifting a finger then head to the beach – because that’s how Christmas ought to be spent in Australia!

Hurricane’s Grill & Bar, Surfers Paradise

Still want ocean views for the next meal sitting? Head to Hurricane’s Grill in Surfers Paradise for a festive lunch – complete with a complimentary glass of champagne on arrival.

Jupiters Hotel & Casino, Broadbeach

The restaurants of Jupiters are all open and hosting lunch on Christmas day, so you have the choice of an seafood feast in The Pavilion Ballroom, fresh seasonal fare at Garden Kitchen and Bar, fine Italian dining at Cucina Vivo, or meals of your choice at Zen, Food Fantasy and Atrium.

Wyndham Cruises, Surfers Paradise

Wyndham Cruises are hosting four cruises on Christmas Day – offering the perfect combination of buffet lunch, stunning Gold Coast waterways and having Santa on board to give kids a small gift!

QT Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise

If your Christmas day won’t be complete without juicy slow roasted suckling or the freshest trawler-bought seafood and a vibrant array of Christmas desserts, then book a ticket to QT Grand Ballroom Christmas Lunch.

Watermark Hotel, Surfers Paradise

Waves Buffet Restaurant is hosting sumptuous festive feast complete with Artisan breads and anti-pesto, specialty salads, succulent seafood, Christmas roasts and decadent desserts.t

Four Winds 360°, Surfers Paradise

Be mesmerised by 360-degree views of the Pacific Ocean, Gold Coast city and hinterland from Queensland’s only revolving restaurant for Christmas lunch or dinner.

Sofitel Hotel, Broadbeach

Sofitel’s Santa’s Workshop Lunch offers up seafood, a hot carvery buffet, drinks and live music… what more could you ask for on Christmas day?

Or if you’re brave enough to play host for Christmas lunch – head to these hotspots for the freshest seafood on the Gold Coast.

With so many festive events on the Gold Coast during December, you’re sure to have yourself a merry little Christmas no matter what you do!

Marnie O'Brien

Marnie O'Brien

Staff Writer

Marnie is yet to go off and travel the world because she is hooked on the unique sights and experiences in her own backyard. Not only is she lucky to call the Gold Coast home, but she also gets to share her love for the beaches, hinterland and beyond with travellers from all over through Visit Gold Coast's website and social media channels.

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