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7 Rad Things To Do On The Coast This Weekend

By Morgan Reardon - 13 Dec 2018

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We're on the countdown to Christmas and if you've got time in between family gatherings and final hurrahs with your work crew then we have some awesome events for you to check out. We’re talking festive markets and carols, live music gigs, gallery openings and photography exhibits. 

Diaries at the ready, these are the best things to do on the Gold Coast this weekend.

Friday 14 December

Christmas Markets GC

Don’t you just hate it when you see a gift, ‘yeah-nah’ it and then regret not biting the bullet and buying it? Luckily for you, this year’s Christmas Markets GC is held over three big days. After peeking at over 100 market stalls, make a visit to the petting zoo, take a casual pony ride or settle in for a free Christmas movie on the big screen. ‘Tis the season to kick back under the stars and watch Santa arrive by helicopter. Yes, really.

When: All weekend long, starting 4pm Friday 
Where: Broadwater Parklands, Southport 
Cost: Free
For more information, click here

Saturday 15 December

Art Space Open Day

Cooly’s awesome new creative hub Level Up Studio + Gallery is opening its doors to the community to showcase our amazing local talent. To celebrate there will be a number of activities to get your creative juices flowing like a watercolour session with artist Claire Hastings at 10am, a lesson on the art of Furoshiki knot wrapping at 1pm and you can even help support artist Belinda Smith with her community art project by making a doll which will be donated to an orphanage in Cambodia.

When: 9am till 3pm 
Where: Level Up Studio, The Strand, Coolangatta 
Cost: Free
For more information, click here

Live And Local

Held over two days, Live And Local is a true showcase of Gold Coast talent where music and photography fuse in perfect harmony. Be wowed by stunning music photography from the likes of Nadia Achilles, Dan Maynard and Pete Wheeler as they capture in concert some of our best musicians.

When: All weekend long
Where: HOTA 135 Bundall Rd, Southport 
Cost: Free 
For more information, click here

Christmas Carols At NightQuarter

If you like your carols with a side of cronuts then the NightQuarter’s merry singalong is for you. Head to The Paddock at the popular night markets and feel all festive with Christmas themed treats and tunes. There’s even going to be a dancing Rudolph.

When: 4pm till 10pm 
Where: NightQuarter, 1 Town Centre Drive, Helensvale 
Cost: $3 entry 
For more information, click here 

Beach Vibes On The Lawn

The Star’s Garden Kitchen & Bar sure know how to throw a good party and this weekend is no exception. The sprawling lawn will feature sweet live music, roving entertainment, delicious eats and even better cocktails. On Saturday Scott Dalton is live from 5pm while DJ James Canning kicks off at 8pm.

When: All Day Long 
Where: The Lawn at Garden Kitchen & Bar, The Star, Broadbeach 
Cost: Free
For more information, click here 

Sunday 16 December

The Village Markets

Muse over local designers, shoulder sway to live musicians and dig your teeth into some delicious street food at Gold Coast’s bi-monthly Sunday ritual, The Village Markets. We can almost guarantee you’ll be walking away with an empty wallet with the likes of ceramics, homewares, bohemian threads and accessories, all-natural beauty products and oh so much more. Are you searching for one of the very best markets on the Gold Coast? Well, you’ve come to the right place.

When: 8:30am to 1pm
Where: Burleigh Heads State School, 1750 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads
Cost: Free
For more information, click here

Desert Digs Vintage Market

Looking for a NYE outfit or a last minute Christmas gift, well grab your reusable bag and head to Mo’s Desert Clubhouse for the ultimate rummage market hosted by Thryft GC. There will be local and handmade gifts, vintage apparel, vinyl spun by Howl & Moan records and delicious noms by Split Milk.

When: From 2pm 
Where: Mo’s Desert Clubhouse 6/36 Central Drive, Burleigh Heds 
Cost: Free
For more information, click here

Have you checking the Coast's latest new openings yet? Add Heartfill Store and Baked to your to do list this weekend. 

Image Credit: Unsplash 

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