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All The Best Things To Do On The Coast This December

By Danielle Read - 30 Nov 2018

things to do on the gold coast this december

Summer is nearly here And you know what that means? Afternoons spent at our lush beaches, sipping cocktails and hanging out with family and friends. Plus, it’s the last hurrah before for your new year’s resolutions kick in. So naturally, it’s time to get up to more mischief than you did during the entire year combined.

Here’s our pick for the best things to do on the Gold Coast this December.

Mayor’s Christmas Carols

Throw on a Christmas-inspired tee and head to the merriest carols on the Gold Coast. TV personality Shelley Craft will host this year’s Mayor’s Christmas Carols at the Broadwater Parklands. There will also be sets from Anthony Callea and Kate Ceberano who will croon your favourite carols into the night. Grab your friends and a picnic and celebrate the festive season.

When: Saturday 1 December; 2pm till 9pm
Where: Broadwater Parklands; Broadwater, Southport
Cost: Free
For more information, click here

Distillery Tour And Tasting

With all that drinking you’ll be doing this silly season, knowing what goes into your drop is a must. The cool kids over at Graddad Jacks are opening their doors for Distillery Tours and Tasting. Learn the tales of Granddad Jack himself, enjoy a gin on entry and taste three of the finest on the Gold Coast.

When: Saturday 1 December; 1pm till 1:45pm
Where: Granddad Jacks Craft Distillery; 45 Lemana Lane, Miami
Cost: $30
For more information, click here

Dumplings and Beer at the Blackbone Party

In excellent new two of our favourites are joining forces—Black Hops Brewing and Backbone Bar. Together the beer connoisseurs are celebrating Backbone’s birthday. With $1 dumplings, excellent brews and epic karaage chicken up for grabs, you don't want to miss the Blackbone Party.

When: Sunday 2 December; 4pm till 10pm
Where: Backbone Bar; 489 Gold Coast HIghway, Tugun
Cost: Free
For more information, click here

Bine Turns 5

It’s not just Christmas Parties giving you permission to get rowdy mid-week. Bine’s turning 5 on a Thursday and they’re throwing a boozy ‘do to celebrate. Nibble on 50c chicken wings, jig to Kate McKay from 8pm and go in the draw to win a meal and drink for every day of 2019.

When: Thursday 6 December; 4pm till late
Where: Bine Bar and Dining; 1/28 Chairlift Avenue, Miami
Cost: Free
For more information, click here

Life Drawing At Dust Temple

Want to show off your creative flair? Then this event is for you. Head down to a Life Drawing Night at Dust Temple where you’ll have two hours to unleash your inner art buff, while enjoying live music. And because it’s at the Dust Temple, the café and bar will be open.

When: Friday 7 December; 7:30pm till 9pm
Where: Dust Temple; 54 Currumbin Creek Road, Gold Coast
Cost: $25
For more information, click here

Ministry of Sound At HoTA

As our nights get longer and balmier than ever, outdoor concerts are back on our radar.  If you haven’t checked it out already, HoTA’s sprawling amphitheatre is an absolute must-do. And this December, the Ministry of Sound Orchestra are taking over for a night of all your favourites. We’re talking Fatboy Slim, Moby and a bunch more. There’s even special guest appearances from Sam Sparrow and Alison Limerick. 

When: Friday 7 December; 7:30pm till 10pm
Where: Home of the Arts; 135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise
Cost: $99
For more information, click here

Dried Flower Christmas Wreaths At Heartfill Store

Flower crowns are cool and all but this season it’s all about the christmas wreaths. New kids on the Miami block, Heartfill Store are hosting a b beautiful workshop on the Coast this December. Learn how to weave natural flora and fauna into a stunning Christmas wreath. 

When: Saturday 8 December; 10:30am till 12:30pm
Where: Heartfill Store; 1/29 Lemana Lane, Miami
Cost: $65
For more information, click here

Let There Be Rock Gallery At HoTA

Head down to HoTA’s Let There Be Rock Exhibition for yet another awesome thing to do this December. Brimming with reminiscent nostalgia of the Gold Coast’s heavy rock past, see memorabilia from the likes of The Ramones, Nirvana and INXS who each graced the Gold Coast in their heyday.

When: Saturday 8 December - 28 January; 10am till 5pm
Where: Home of the Arts; 135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise
Cost: Free
For more information, click here

Coolangatta Christmas Carols

If all you want for Christmas is amazing food trucks, markets and carols in the one place, then get yourself to Coolangatta’s beachfront Christmas Carols. Proudly working alongside Southern Cross Gold Coast, this one’s aiming to be a zero-waste event. Even more reason to head down to the southern end.

When: Sunday 9 December; 4pm till 9pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Park, Coolangatta
Cost: Free
For more information, click here

Vera Blue At Miami Marketta

Need a break from all the festive engagements? Join Vera Blue blasting out stellar tunes at the one and only Miami Marketta. The songbird is making her way around Australia on her Coastal Tour and her stop in to the Gold Coast this December is not one you’ll want to miss!

When: Thursday 13 December; 6pm till 10pm
Where: Miami Marketta; 23 Hillcrest Parade, Miami
Cost: $56 + BF
For more information, click here

Burleigh Christmas Carols

December sure is the season for picnics. That’s why this year’s Burleigh Christmas Carols are one of our top picks for things to do. Pack up the blanket, stock your picnic baskets to the brim and watch the Gold Coast’s sparkling skyline light up while crooning to live tunes. Plus, there’ll be a load of local food trucks to gorge on, roving performers and the big man himself.

When: Thursday 13 December; 4:30pm till 8pm
Where: John Laws Park, Burleigh
Cost: Free
For more information, click here

New Year’s Carnival At Surfers Paradise

Why limit your celebrations for the end of 2018 to just one night? Surfers Paradise is throwing a six day New Year’s Carnival. Rides, slides and interesting attractions will take over the coastline. Then on New Year’s Eve, the skies light up with an infamous fireworks display to dazzle you. 

When: Thursday 27 December—Tuesday 1 January; Various times
Where: Surfers Paradise Beach
Cost: Free
For more information, click here

Looking for more things to do? Check out these magical snorkel spots or these awesome hikes on and around the Gold Coast. 

Image Credit: Unsplash 

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