It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! From carols by candlelight, twilight markets and movie screenings under the stars, there is plenty to see and do (and eat) this festive season—here are 10 of our favourite Christmas events on the Sunshine Coast. It is, after all, the most wonderful time of the year!
Get in the festive spirit the best way we know how—by kicking back and belting out your favourite Christmas carols at the top of your lungs. There are carols by candlelight events held across the region in December, most kicking off with twilight markets and concluding with fireworks, so there will be fun times all ‘round. Here are some of the main events—Peregian Beach Christmas Carols on 1 December from 3pm to 8pm at Peregian Beach Park; Carols at Cotton Tree on 7 December from 4.30pm to 8pm at Cotton Tree Park; Yandina Christmas Carols under the stars on 8 December from 6pm to 8.30pm at Yandina Historic House; Buderim Community Carols by Candlelight on 8 December from 6pm at Buderim Village Park; Coolum Christmas in the Park on 14 December from 7pm to 9pm at Jack Morgan Park; Carols on Kings on 14 December from 4.30pm to 8pm at Kings Beach Amphitheatre; Glasshouse Country Community Carols on 14 December from 4.30pm to 8.30pm at Beerwah Sports Grounds; and Noosa Carols by Candlelight on 15 December from 7pm to 9pm at Noosaville Lions Park.
Christmas In Eumundi
Christmas and shopping practically go hand-in-hand, and the local markets are among our fave places to score awesome gifts for our family and friends. The twice-weekly Eumundi Markets always have the goods, and they’re taking it up a notch for their annual Christmas In Eumundi twilight market. Munch on tasty international street food, while browsing the stalls, and checking out the entertainment. We’ve also been given the inside scoop that Santa will be arriving on the Eumundi Fire Truck at about 5.30pm, just in time for the Christmas Magic show at 7pm.
When: Friday 6, 13 and 20 December, from 5pm to 9pm
Where: Eumundi Markets, Memorial Drive, Eumundi
Christmas Pottery Market
Ceramic homewares have been wildly popular in 2019 and are sure to be high on most people’s wish lists this Christmas, so you’d be wise to check out the Christmas Pottery Market in Cooroy. Shop a huge range of local pottery for your loved ones and why not pick up a little something-something for yourself too? You deserve it.
When: Saturday 7 December, from 10am to 2pm
Where: Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre, Maple Street, Cooroy
#imadeitmyself Christmas Wreath Workshop
DIY decorations are always a thoughtful way to deck the halls of your abode and we’re totally on board with a more conscious Christmas. Choose your favourite paper flowers and learn how to make your own wreath to take pride of place on your front door—a modern take on a Christmas favourite. At the #imadeitmyself Christmas Wreath Workshop, every flower and piece of foliage is handmade using sustainably-sourced paper that is hand-dyed and shaped by talented artisans. All materials will be provided, and there will be a range of refreshments, because we all know that being creative is thirsty work!
When: Sunday 8 December, from 10am to 12pm and Saturday 14 December, from 2pm to 4pm
Where: Lipstick Lane Atelier + Showroom, 5 Commerce Court, Noosaville
Lights On The Lake
There’s so much happening at Lights On The Lake, so set up on the grass and take in the entertainment on stage, or find a spot on the bank to watch the water parade of lit up kayaks and canoes from dusk (don’t forget to keep an eye out for Santa arriving about 6pm!). There will also be delicious food offerings, as well as stalls of handicrafts and original works from local artists, so you can nab a few unique Christmas presents while you’re at it.
When: Sunday 8 December, from 4pm to 8pm
Where: Crummunda Park, Wurtulla
Eumundi Christmas Extravaganza
The Eumundi Christmas Extravaganza is sure to have you feeling all festive, with entertainment and fun for the whole family. Highlights are Santa's Festive Show; Nickleby the Magician, who has some cool tricks to demonstrate the magic of Christmas; and a Santa photo booth! The Christmas Extravaganza will be next to the Eumundi Night Markets, so you can make a night of it and duck over to grab something to eat and have a look around the markets.
When: Saturday 13 December, from 5pm to 9pm
Where: Memorial Drive, Eumundi
Mooloolaba Christmas Boat Parade
The annual Mooloolaba Christmas Boat Parade is synonymous with Christmas on the Sunshine Coast, as decorated boats stream down the Mooloolah River and Kawana Waters canal, passing by twinkling houses and crowds of people lining the water’s edge. Because it’s such a popular event, make sure you get in nice and early to get a prime position and don’t forget to bring along your chairs/rug and obligatory snacks, it is Christmas after all.
When: Saturday 14 December, from 7pm
Where: Main vantage points are Charles Clarke Park, The Wharf, and Penny Lane in Mooloolaba and La Balsa Park in Buddina.
The Sunshine Coast is known for its tropical Christmas vibe, but if you’ve ever wanted a glimpse into what a traditional white Christmas is like… Aussie World is set to transform into a winter wonderland! The Christmas Spectacular is one for the big and little kids; you can meet Santa and Mrs Claus, enjoy roving carollers, watch the fireworks, and check out their epic Christmas show in The Shed.
When: Saturday 21 December, from 5pm
Where: Aussie World, Frizzo Road, Palmview
Cost: From $32
Flicks In The Park
Make the most of our stunning summer holidays and head to Coolum’s Flicks in the Park, where everyone’s favourite Christmas movie is playing—Elf, starring Will Ferrell. Round up the troops, pack a tasty picnic and throw down the rug, what better way to count down the days until Christmas? Enjoy!
When: Saturday 21 December, from 6.30pm
Where: Tickle Park, Coolum
Christmas Lunch At The Sunshine Coast’s Best Restaurants
Catering for the clan on Christmas Day can really take the fun out of festive season. So why not hang up your novelty apron and leave it to the experts? We’ve found the most appetising options for Christmas Day lunch on the Sunshine Coast; and with the big day fast approaching you’d best be finalising plans, pronto.
When: Wednesday 25 December
Where: Various locations
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