December Sorted | What's On Gold Coast

By Brooke Darling - 28 Nov 2015

If you’re anything like us, the diary is already rammed with Christmas parties and associated festivities. But, just like you are going to sweat out all those cocktail and canapé calories with those well-intended resolutions, you can sleep in the New Year, too.

Let us help you squeeze some more fun and frivolity into your life, with our list of things to do on the Gold Coast in December.

Australian PGA Championship | 3—6 December 2015


If standing around in the hot sun watching the grass grow, ahem, seeing fine specimens wallop balls about is your idea of a good time, then swing on down to the RACV Royal Pines Resort for the return of the Australian PGA Championship—a premier golf event attracting the sport’s brightest stars.

Summertime Sessions in the Village | 4 and 11 December 2015


Gather up the family for this sweet community event in the Gold Coast hinterland. The last two sessions of the year promise to be full of good vibes and a whole lotta love.

Unwritten Law in Concert | 4 December 2015


If Unwritten Law was the soundtrack to your misspent youth, you’re gunna want to dig out your well-loved band tour shirt, head to the Coolangatta Hotel, and see how hard these old punk-rockers can still smash out the tunes. Get your tickets online.

Her Wardrobe: Vintage and Pre-loved Market | 5 December 2015


The conscious choice of the decade is not consume, consume, consume; instead reduce, reuse, recycle folks! It’s insane the volume of clothes the average gal has busting out of her closet. So, either book a stand at Her Wardrobe and pass on your pre-loved threads for someone else to love, or get down there and freshen up your look for summer.

Mayor’s Christmas Carols | 5 December 2015

Broadwater Parklands, Southport

There’s plenty of Christmas cheer, tree lighting, and Santa appearances happening all up and down the Coast, but this long-running event remains one of the best. Gather up the kiddies or girlfriends, pack a picnic, dust off your fuzzy Santa hat and reindeer antlers, and get amongst it.

Queensland Beach Volleyball Tour | 5—6 December 2015

Surfers Paradise

There’s nothing more enviable than the toned, tanned buns and thighs of an elite beach volleyball player. Get your perve on when the state’s best converge on Surfers Paradise’s glorious strip of sand for the Queensland Beach Volleyball Tour.

Beachside Christmas Market | 13 December 2015


Our pick of the bunch for southern Gold Coasters; held at Queen Elizabeth Park, Coolangatta is embracing all that is pure and good about an Aussie Christmas, with a tropical beachside dress-up theme, carols, live music, food vendors, picnic blankets, beanbags, and a Santa decked out in boardies and thongs.

Vintage Markets | 19 December 2015


Eek! You’ve left your Christmas shopping to the last minute, again, and the thought of running the gauntlet at Robina or Pac Fair makes you break out in hives. With over 100 market stalls, food vendors, live music, and fresh ocean breezes from stunning Currumbin Creek, the Vintage Markets will have your Christmas shopping all fixed up so you’ll be relaxed and ready to face the family on the big day.

Carols on the Beach | 20 December 2015

Surfers Paradise

If you are not all Christmas-carolled out by the time this event rolls around… Nothing beats kicking-back on the sand to celebrate summer and a truly Australian Chrissy, surrounded by friends and festive cheer with nary a snowmen or snowflake in sight.

NightQuarter Night Markets | Fridays & Saturdays, 4pm—10pm


Weekends in the north will never look the same again with the arrival of NightQuarter night markets. Held every Friday and Saturday evening, NightQuarter is rammed with 120 vendors from micro restaurants and bars, street food stalls, local fashion and home ware designers, to barbers and beauticians. All housed within a cool upcycled shipping container village with an epic live music space. Go and experience for yourself, the biggest new event to drop on the Gold Coast in 2015.

Miami Marketta | Fridays & Saturdays, 5pm/4pm—10pm


Everybody’s favourite, Miami Marketta continues to deliver on the Gold Coast’s original night market promise of live tunes, more ethnic food choices than one’s mind can handle (decisions, decisions), a guilt-inducing dessert hall, and electric atmosphere. If it’s been a while since you’ve visited, go and re-live the magic before the year is out.

Know of a cool event happening on the Gold Coast that we’ve missed? We want to hear from you!


When Brooke Darling is not travelling to far flung places or sailing around the world, she’s scouring the coast for the best ethnic food, new openings, and hidden gems, all in the name of research for Metropolist. She loves motorbike rides to the hinterland, learning (frustratingly) to surf, and will try any adventure sport at least once. Find her on Instagram @darlingisamrs 

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