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Ten Must-Do Christmas Events on the Sunshine Coast

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by Elaine (subscribe)
Impromptu adventuring, exploring our backyard and then putting pen to paper, hoping to entice you to try one, if not all, of our escapades, is my true reward!
Published November 19th 2016
Fill Your Christmas Stockings With Scintillating Festivities
Christmas Events Sunshine Coast, All Wrapped Up, Aussie World, Theme Park, Buderim Christmas Fair, hand-crafted gifts, Carols at Cotton Tree, fireworks, Christmas at The Ginger Factory, Christmas Wonderland at Aussie World, Mooloolaba Christmas Boat Parade, Santa Paws, Sunshine Coast Animal Refuge, 2017 Cultural Heritage Calendar for Sunshine Coast, Sunshine Coast Toy Run, give to the less fortunate, The Christmas Shack
Christmas Nativity Scene - Image: Elaine de Wet

I wish you a Merry Christmas

I wish you a Merry Christmas

I wish you a Merry Christmas

And a happy New Year

(Bing Crosby)



1. All Wrapped Up - Christmas Function at Aussie World
Friday 9 December AND Saturday 17 December 2016
5.30pm to 11.30pm
73 Frizzo Road, Palmview Sunshine Coast, QLD 4553


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Image: All Wrapped Up, Aussie World FB page


Sunshine Coast's very own Theme Park, Aussie World, is bringing you two nights of family Christmas festivities. All Wrapped Up brings you entertainment, festive lighting decorations throughout the Theme Park, world class chefs, live entertainment plus access to all the rides and attractions at Aussie World.

Adult tickets are $69, children $29 and for the tiny tots under five only $15 - these prices are based on a minimum group of eight. So get your family and friends together there's a heap load of Christmas cheer included in your ticket:-

Rides for 2.5 hours;
Alternate drop Christmas theme menu;
Entertainment;
Stunning Christmas theming and light displays;
Snow entrance; and
Buckets and buckets of fun

For tickets, enquiries or a tailored package, contact Aussie World at functions@aussieworld.com.au or call (07) 5494-544

2. Buderim Christmas Fair 2016
Friday 25 November 2016 1.00pm - 5.00pm and Saturday 26 November 2016 8.00am - 3.00pm
Buderim War Memorial precinct, Corner Main and Church Streets, Buderim, Qld, 4556


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Image: Buderim Craft Cottage FB page


Your one-stop for Christmas Shopping. No need to venture into hectically busy shopping centres and get run off your feet, the annual Buderim Christmas Fair is on again.

Buderim Craft Cottage has twelve different groups and between them, they have created a selection of sensational handcrafted gifts, in perfect time for Christmas. Crafted items from their Silversmiths, Clay Sculpture and Potters, Porcelain Painting and Yarns and the Fibres Groups. Delicate and intricate wares from the Fabric Art, Patchwork, Machine Embroidery and Needlework Groups. The Craft Cottageʼs Painting, Mixed Multi Media and Calligraphy groups are supplying spectacular art and card work. All these Christmas specialities will be available at the Buderim Craft Cottage.

In addition, the Buderim Library are selling excellent quality 'used' books from between $1 and $4; Buderim Lions are serving refreshments; there'll be live music to keep us entertained while we browse and with parking at only $2, is definitely the place to bookmark.

For the early birds Buderim Craft Cottage will be open on Friday 25 November from 1.00pm to 5.00pm and all other festivities and shopping fun is on Saturday 16 November from 8.00am to 3.00pm.

3. Carols at Cotton Tree
Saturday 10 December 2016
4.30pm to 8.30pm
Cotton Tree Park, 49 The Esplanade, Cotton Tree, Maroochydore 4558


Christmas Events Sunshine Coast, All Wrapped Up, Aussie World, Theme Park, Buderim Christmas Fair, hand-crafted gifts, Carols at Cotton Tree, fireworks, Christmas at The Ginger Factory, Christmas Wonderland at Aussie World, Mooloolaba Christmas Boat Parade, Santa Paws, Sunshine Coast Animal Refuge, 2017 Cultural Heritage Calendar for Sunshine Coast, Sunshine Coast Toy Run, give to the less fortunate, The Christmas Shack
Image: Carols at Cotton Tree FB Page


A free, exciting Christmas celebration is happening at Carols at Cotton Tree on Saturday 10 December 2016 from 4.30pm until about 8.30pm, with Sunshine Coast Council being the major sponsor for this fabulous event.

Bring the family, bring a blanket or chairs, and enjoy the entertainment, food stalls, coffee, fireworks and a visit from the most popular person in December … Santa Claus!

The live entertainment commences at 4.30pm and the carol spectacular starts at 6.30pm.

Free event parking is available on the oval at Maroochydore Rugby Union Club (access from Fourth Avenue) from 3.00pm until 9.00pm.
The car park adjacent to the jetty (west of the Cotton Tree Aquatic Centre) and the first twenty car parks in the Cotton Tree swimming pool will be closed between 1.00am and 10.00pm.

An awesome night, come along and sing your favourite Christmas Carols under the stars, meet Santa Claus and finish off with a fireworks display - a perfect opportunity to get into the spirit of Christmas.

4. Christmas at The Ginger Factory
Tuesday 6 December to Saturday 10 December;
Tuesday 13 December to Saturday 17 December;
Tuesday 20 December to Saturday 24 December
Story-time is at 9.30am and photos with Santa from 10.00am to 1.30pm
50 Pioneer Road, Yandina, Qld 4561


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Image: Christmas at The Ginger Factory FB page


Santa, is swapping the cold weather of the North Pole for the warm tropical climate of the Sunshine Coast this December and he's coming to The Ginger Factory to spend time with you!

Meet Santa in the Garden Gazebo at 9.30 in the morning, and get to listen to him reading one of his favourite stories. Then Santa will need to take a break to feed his trusty reindeer, especially Rudolph, who always seems to be hungry. And then, Mom, Dad or your Grandparents can take your photo with Santa in his winter wonderland - the photos can be taken from 10.00am to 1.30pm. So don't forget to bring your own camera with to ensure all those wonderful memorable moments of Christmas are captured forever.

Christmas at The Ginger Factory is definitely the place to be these school holidays for fun, festivities and of course, the jolly 'oldʼ man, Santa.

5. Christmas Wonderland at Aussie World
23 December 2016 6.00pm - 9.00pm
73 Frizzo Road, Palmview Sunshine Coast, QLD 4553


Christmas Events Sunshine Coast, All Wrapped Up, Aussie World, Theme Park, Buderim Christmas Fair, hand-crafted gifts, Carols at Cotton Tree, fireworks, Christmas at The Ginger Factory, Christmas Wonderland at Aussie World, Mooloolaba Christmas Boat Parade, Santa Paws, Sunshine Coast Animal Refuge, 2017 Cultural Heritage Calendar for Sunshine Coast, Sunshine Coast Toy Run, give to the less fortunate, The Christmas Shack
Image: Aussie World FB page


Two nights before Christmas, the children are counting the sleeps and what better way to keep them entertained than at a Christmas Wonderland at Aussie World.

On this special night, Aussie World will be transformed into a Christmas Wonderland for the best family Christmas event on the Sunshine Coast. For only $25 (or $20 as part of a family of five ticket) you get to enjoy and participate in all of Aussie World's rides by night, under the stars.

You can visit Santa's village to meet Santa and his helpers, watch the Frosty and Gingerbread Man Show, meet the Aussie Kids and visit the Night Before Christmas House.

There will be so much fun, snow, giant presents and a beautiful nativity scene. Starting at 6.00pm you can take your time wandering through Santa's village, all the while listening to the beautiful singing of carols by the roving Carollers and entertainers.

This is sure to be one of the biggest Christmas events on the Sunshine Coast - make sure you don't miss out by getting your tickets here.

6. Mooloolaba Christmas Boat Parade 2016
17 December at 6.30pm
Parade starts at The Mooloolaba Wharf, Mooloolaba 4557


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Image: Mooloolaba Yacht Club's Mooloolaba Christmas Boat Parade FB page


Mooloolaba Yacht Club's annual Mooloolaba Christmas Boat Parade is a free spectator event, where you can enjoy the Christmas lights of the "Best Dressed" homes and boats. The course for the boats runs anti-clockwise from The Mooloolaba Wharf to the end of Mooloolah Island then down the main Kawana canal to Lawries Marina, back to the river past La Balsa Park and then back to The Mooloolaba Wharf for judging.

The best viewing locations are:-
1. Charles Clarke Reserve, River Esplanade, Mooloolaba
2. The Wharf Mooloolaba and Penny Lane; and
3. La Balsa Park, Buddina

The proceeds for the Boat and House competitions are being donated to STEPS Charity, who promote equality and provide opportunities for independence for people living with a disability.

A free, fun, family event to get into the spirit of Christmas. Don't forget to 'mark' your spot along the route for the Mooloolaba Christmas Boat Parade.

7. Santa Paws at Sunshine Coast Animal Refuge (SCARS)
Sunday 27 November 2016 9.00am to 1.00pm
Sunshine Coast Animal Refuge, 28 Sippy Creek Road, Tanawha 4556


Christmas Events Sunshine Coast, All Wrapped Up, Aussie World, Theme Park, Buderim Christmas Fair, hand-crafted gifts, Carols at Cotton Tree, fireworks, Christmas at The Ginger Factory, Christmas Wonderland at Aussie World, Mooloolaba Christmas Boat Parade, Santa Paws, Sunshine Coast Animal Refuge, 2017 Cultural Heritage Calendar for Sunshine Coast, Sunshine Coast Toy Run, give to the less fortunate, The Christmas Shack
Image: Pixabay CCO Public Domain


The Sunshine Coast Animal Refuge is having a Christmas Party especially for our furry four-legged family members. Adorn your pet (dog or cat) in their Christmas finery and come along to suppawt SCARS for a photo session with Santa Paws. For a $15 donation you'll receive a 7 x 5 cm photo via email (preferred method) or alternatively have your photo mailed.

Proceeds for Santa Paws are for the cat and kitten foster programme expenses.

A fun event for the whole family, there will be food, cold drinks and raffles in a stunning tranquil location.

All our furry family members who will be attending to have their photo taken with Santa Paws need to be suitably contained.

8. Sunshine Coast 2017 Cultural Heritage Calendar
Now available at Sunshine Coast Library branches and Customer Service Centres


Christmas Events Sunshine Coast, All Wrapped Up, Aussie World, Theme Park, Buderim Christmas Fair, hand-crafted gifts, Carols at Cotton Tree, fireworks, Christmas at The Ginger Factory, Christmas Wonderland at Aussie World, Mooloolaba Christmas Boat Parade, Santa Paws, Sunshine Coast Animal Refuge, 2017 Cultural Heritage Calendar for Sunshine Coast, Sunshine Coast Toy Run, give to the less fortunate, The Christmas Shack
Image: www. sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au


A Christmas gift celebrating the Sunshine Coast has been released just in time for Christmas. Still Shining…Celebrating 50 Years 2017 cultural heritage calendar showcases the Sunshine Coast with iconic images of lifestyle and landscapes.

This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity calendar depicts photos from the 1960's and 1970's selected from the portfolios of six winners of the heritage calendar photographic competition and Council's own Picture Sunshine Coast collection.

Copies are available for purchase from the Sunshine Coast Council's library branches and Customer Service Centres for only $6. An iconic, cultural gift that will make the perfect stocking filler.

9. Sunshine Coast Toy Run 2016
4 December 2016
8.00am register, 9.30am departure, 11.30am for a BBQ
Kawana Shopping World, 119 Point Cartwright Drive, Buddina 4575


Christmas Events Sunshine Coast, All Wrapped Up, Aussie World, Theme Park, Buderim Christmas Fair, hand-crafted gifts, Carols at Cotton Tree, fireworks, Christmas at The Ginger Factory, Christmas Wonderland at Aussie World, Mooloolaba Christmas Boat Parade, Santa Paws, Sunshine Coast Animal Refuge, 2017 Cultural Heritage Calendar for Sunshine Coast, Sunshine Coast Toy Run, give to the less fortunate, The Christmas Shack
Image: Paul Grossman‎ via Sunshine Coast Toy Run FB page


Give a little back this Christmas. We have more than 1000 families whose children don't have the fun and excitement of opening up pressies on Christmas morning after a visit from Santa. The Sunshine Coast Toy Run, with the help of the community, does their best to help these families have a better Christmas.

If you own a motorcycle, dress your bike up in festive cheer especially for Christmas as there will be prizes for the best-dressed bikes. Entry is free but each participant is requested to bring a gift.

This is the 21st year since this Toy Run was first initiated - we need donations of new unwrapped toys and books please. Kawana Shopping World is supporting the Sunshine Coast Toy Run by accepting all the toy/book donations and also allowing their car park to be used for the bikes to assemble and depart from. Kawana Surf Club is permitting their car park to be used as the finish point of the ride.

In the spirit of Christmas, we all love to give and this is the perfect opportunity to give to others less fortunate than ourselves!

10. The Christmas Shack
Kawana Way, Birtinya QLD 4575


Christmas Events Sunshine Coast, All Wrapped Up, Aussie World, Theme Park, Buderim Christmas Fair, hand-crafted gifts, Carols at Cotton Tree, fireworks, Christmas at The Ginger Factory, Christmas Wonderland at Aussie World, Mooloolaba Christmas Boat Parade, Santa Paws, Sunshine Coast Animal Refuge, 2017 Cultural Heritage Calendar for Sunshine Coast, Sunshine Coast Toy Run, give to the less fortunate, The Christmas Shack
Christmas Shack - Image: Elaine de Wet


Ok, you've got me, this is not really an event….but before the jolly red-dressed man from up North comes to visit we need to get our homes all spruced up, tinselled and tasselled in preparation.

The Christmas Shack is your go-to heaven for christmas lights, christmas trees, room decorations, ribbon, outdoor decorations and everything in between. With their passion for Christmas and flair for decorating you can be assured the trained staff at Christmas Shack will make your Christmas very special.

The Christmas Shack is one hundred percent Aussie-owned and operated, offering a humungous range of items all under one roof. Many unique items are found and created sometimes exclusively to the Christmas Shack. They have a dedicated website too, so you can browse in the comfort of your home.

Visit the Christmas Shack and convert your home into a Christmas Wonderland.

Christmas Events Sunshine Coast, All Wrapped Up, Aussie World, Theme Park, Buderim Christmas Fair, hand-crafted gifts, Carols at Cotton Tree, fireworks, Christmas at The Ginger Factory, Christmas Wonderland at Aussie World, Mooloolaba Christmas Boat Parade, Santa Paws, Sunshine Coast Animal Refuge, 2017 Cultural Heritage Calendar for Sunshine Coast, Sunshine Coast Toy Run, give to the less fortunate, The Christmas Shack
Image: Pixabay CCO Public Domain


Glad tidings I bring
To you and your kin
Glad tidings for Christmas
And a happy New Year

(Bing Crosby)
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Your Comment
Congrats on your Gold Elaine - all these events look great!
by Sue W (score: 2|604) 128 days ago
Sounds like the Sunshine Coast is the place to be at Christmas! Well written, Elaine.
by Jacqx Melilli (score: 2|155) 126 days ago
Nice one Elaine, you've covered everything beautifully,
Sue H.
by Sue Hinchey (score: 2|227) 127 days ago
Loving the Bing Crosby - adds something special
by Lucinda Rofe (score: 2|339) 116 days ago
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