Surfers ramps up yuletide fun
TEEN entertainer Jack Vidgen is Gold Coast bound to perform at the at the first ever Carols on the Beach at Surfers Paradise on Sunday.
The winner of last year’s edition of Australia’s Got Talent is joined by TV talent show favourites Andrew Wishart, Emma Birdsall and Gold Coast tenor David De Vito at the event which invites families to bring their picnic blankets to the beach and settle in for an evening of song.
The event is one of the highlights of Christmas festivities organised by Surfers Paradise Alliance and light rail construction partners GoldLinQ for this year’s Christmas in Paradise festivities.
The streets have been transformed into a magical Christmas wonderland designed to delight visitors both young and old.
Surfers Paradise Alliance boss Laura Younger said Carols on the Beach would perfectly capture the best of a coast Christmas.
‘‘This year we have a stellar line-up of talent from the TV smashes The Voice and Australia’s Got Talent to bring Christmas cheer and fireworks to families at the picnic blanket community event,’’ she says.
‘‘We encourage parents to treat the kids and themselves to Carols on the Beach and to evenings of non-stop, live entertainment throughout the entire precinct. There will be something for everyone, regardless of age.’’
Newly renovated Cavill Mall, Chevron Renaissance, The High Street and Circle on Cavill are all hosting Christmas acts and performances each night from 6-9pm.
Street performers dressed as life-sized presents, roller skating Christmas bells and shiny baubles, acrobatic elves, toy soldiers and Santa’s helpers are entertaining the crowds.
Families are invited to visit Santa’s Surfboat in Cavill Mall, where children can post their wish lists and letters to Santa in the giant letter box and get their photo taken with the jolly old man himself. A special 30-minute Christmas show by kids’ favourites the Looney Tunes characters plays nightly at 6pm and 8pm.
GoldLinQ CEO Phil Mumford says partnering with the Alliance to bring Christmas festivities to Surfers Paradise is a way to say thank you to traders and residents alike for their patience during light rail construction this year.
‘‘GoldLinQ understands Christmas festivities make up a big part of the year for everyone, and we are committed to doing all we can to support business and social activities on the light rail corridor,’’ he says.
‘‘All involved with the light rail project look forward to getting into the Christmas spirit with the great events on offer in the precinct and I encourage residents and tourists to continue to support traders on the light rail corridor during Christmas and in 2013.’’
Carols on the Beach plays Surfers on Sunday from 6-9pm.
Jack Vidgen joins an allstar lineup for Carols on the Beach, in Surfers Paradise