THE COAST IS BRIMMING WITH FESTIVE CHEER, FROM COMMUNITY CAROLS TO CHRISTMAS LIGHT PARADES
CAROLS AT COTTON TREE
Today Time: 4:30-8:30pm (Fireworks approx. 8pm) Where: Cotton Tree park Cost: Free Cotton Tree Park will be adorned with twinkling lights, ornaments and Christmas cheer at this year's massive carols event at Cotton Tree. Enjoy an evening of Christmas celebrations with entertainment, food and a visit from Santa. Visit the carolsatcottontree.com.au for more information.
NAMBOUR COMMUNITY CAROLS
Today Time: 3-8pm Where: Nambour Showgrounds Cost: Free The Nambour Community Carols are promising a bigger event than ever. Kids entertainment on offer includes rides, animal farm, face painting, jumping castles. The twilight markets open at 3pm, with more than 40 stalls, before the carols begin at 6pm. The night will end with the 8pm fireworks finale.
EUMUNDI CHRISTMAS CAROLS
Today Time: 6.30pm-9pm Where: Eumundi Amphitheatre Cost: Free Enjoy carols on a community night out with performers including the Eumundi School Choir and Eumundi Calisthenics. Bring the kids down to meet Santa, with more special visits from Poppy and Branch from the Trolls movie, Elsa and Anna from Frozen, Frosty the Snowman.
MOOLOOLABA CHRISTMAS LIGHTS CANAL CRUISE
Now till December 30 Where: Set off from The Wharf Mooloolaba Cost: From $10 per person Go Christmas light seeing in style with one of Mooloolaba's canal cruise operators. Cruises can be booked through Mooloolaba Canal Cruise, Sunshine Coast Afloat or Whale One.
YANDINA CHRISTMAS CAROLS UNDER THE STARS
Tomorrow Time: 6pm Where: Yandina Historic House Cost: Free Join in the carols, check out the artists and entertainment, and meet Santa at the Yandina Christmas Carols event. Visit the yandina.org/events/christmas-carols for more information.
BUDERIM COMMUNITY CAROLS
Tomorrow Time: 6.30pm Where: Buderim Village Park, Buderim Cost: Free Enjoy a good old-fashioned sing-along with the community, with everything from Jingle Bells to Hark the Herald Angels, along with a visit from Santa. Musicians leading the carols include Suzie Keenan and Friends, BYTES and Eva Murawski. Visit www.buderim.com/carols-by-candlelight for more information.
LIGHTS ON THE LAKE
Tomorrow Time: 4pm-8pm Where: Crummunda Park, Wurtulla (on Currimundi Lake) Cost: Free Live entertainment, kids activities, market stalls, a Santa visit, a drumming circle and a laser light show will accompany the main event: the parade of boats lit up for Christmas on the lake. Visit the Currimundi Catchment website for more information.
PEREGIAN BEACH CHRISTMAS CAROLS
December 12 Time: 5pm-10pm Where: Peregian Beach Park, Kingfisher Drive, Peregian Beach Cost: Free Come down for the 53rd annual Peregian Beach Christmas Carols, with music, carols, entertainment, food and a visit from Santa.
CHRISTMAS MOVIE IN THE STADIUM
December 13 Time: 5-9pm Where: Sunshine Coast Stadium Cost: Kids $9.50, Adults $14, family deals available. The big screen just got bigger with a super-sized Open Air Movie Night screening the family-favourite movie, Elf. Join in the festive spirit with some Christmas Blues from 5pm onwards, plus Santa will make an appearance. Once the sun goes down, kick back, munch on some organic popcorn and get into the Christmas spirit watching Elf under the stars.
PEREGIAN SPRINGS CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR
December 13 Time: 4.30-7.30pm Where: Peregian Springs Rec Club Footy Fields Cost: Free Christmas carols, market food, kid’s entertainment, live bands and a visit from Santa will provide a great event for the whole family.
MOOLOOLABA CHRISTMAS BOAT PARADE
December 16 Time: 6pm (parade starts at 6.30pm) Where: Parade begins at The Wharf Mooloolaba, heading out along the main canals Cost: Free to watch, entry to Best Dressed House and Best Dressed Boat competitions $25 (donated to charity) Watch as the parade of boats, dressed up in their Christmas-themed best, make their way through the Mooloolaba canals. The Wharf Mooloolaba will serve as the hub of the event, and will be a great place to watch the parade, and enjoy the local entertainment. The parade starts at 6.30pm in front of The Wharf Mooloolaba before heading out along the main canals of Mooloolaba, Kawana and Buddina before finishing back in front of The Wharf. Visit www.christmasboatparade.net or call 0413 227 013 for more information.
CAROLS ON KINGS
December 16 Time: 4:30-8:30pm here: Kings Beach Amphitheatre Cost: free Bring seating, a singing voice and Christmas cheer to the annual Carols on Kings Beach event, with carols, food stalls, a visit from Santa and fireworks. Live entertainment kicks off at 4.30pm, before the carols spectacular at 6.30pm. The night will conclude with a massive fireworks display from 8pm. Visit carolsonkings.com.au for more information.
COOLUM CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK
December 16 Time: 7-9pm Where: Tickle Park, Coolum Cost: Free The Coolum Christian Family Church will host the Coolum Christmas in the Park event, with a night of carols for the whole family.
GLASSHOUSE COMMUNITY CAROLS
December 16 Time: 4:30-8pm Where: Turner Park, Beerwah Cost: Free The community will gather for a family-night out with kids activities, community dance groups, pre-show entertainment, and a night full of sing-a-long carols with local musicians and a choir. The fireworks show starts at 8.15pm.
KAWANA CAROLS BY THE BEACH
December 17 Time: 3-7:30pm Where: Kawana Surf Lifesaving Club, 99 Pacific Boulevard, Buddina Cost: Free Kawana Carols by the Beach promises a family afternoon and evening overflowing with Christmas spirit, hosted by Todd and Sami from MixFM. There will be rides, face painting, food stalls, acrobatic troupe, snow globe and of course Santa wouldn't miss it. This year's entertainment features Mason Hope (who performed at the Caloundra Music festival), Taylor Moss, Sarah Woods and more extraordinary local talent. The evening will culminate in a spectacular fire and laser show. Visit the carolsbythebeach.kawanasurfclub.com.au for more information.
NOOSA CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT
December 17 Time: 7pm-10pm Where: Noosaville Lions Park, Gympie Tce, Noosaville Cost: Free Settle in for a night of carols with food vendors and a Santa visit, all by the river.
AUSSIE WORLD CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR
December 23 Time: 6-9:30pm. Gates open 5:30pm. Where: Aussie World, 73 Frizzo Rd, Palmview. Price: Tickets start from $26, visit www.aussieworld.com.au. What do you get when you combine a night full of Christmas lights, snow, pyrotechnics, laser-shows, live entertainment, Christmas carols and rides? A Christmas Spectacular at Aussie World. Meet Santa and Mrs Claus, come face-to-face with Christmas characters, watch the fireworks, meet the Aussie Kids and watch the special Christmas show.
Santa arrives at a previous Cotton Tree Carols with his helpers, Steph, Georgia and Elise.