Don't miss out on the Lighting Up of Cooroy's Christmas Tree - legend has it that this is the best on the Sunshine Coast! Wrap up warm as snow is in the forecast! Experience the Cooroy Christmas Shop Window Trail and finish the evening with a Christmas movie on the Rooftop Cinema at Cooroy Library.
Downtown Caloundra is welcoming Santa with his usual cohort of classic cars and friends from Downunder Beachfest. Anybody who owns a branded car is invited to join in the fun. Bring the children into town to cheer Santa on and get to hang out with roving elves, stilt walkers, face painters and street entertainment. Visit Santa in his workshop in The Strand at 11 Bulcock Street (next to Big Screen Cinemas Caloundra) and have your photo taken with Santa.
🎄 Event: The Oyster Festival
Where: Sandstone Point Hotel, 1800 Bribie Island Road, Sandstone Point, QLD Time: 10.00am to 8.00pm
We can get excited all over again, as the Oyster Festival is still happening! - Image: Sandstone Point Hotel to The Oyster Festival FB page
Due to heavy rains, The Oyster Festival had to be rescheduled. If, like me, you thought you had missed out, we get to be excited all over again as it's still happening... on Saturday 2 December!
A fantastic day out for the whole family with oysters, seafood, celebrity chef demonstrations, kids rides and entertainment, live music plus an oyster eating competition. The Oyster Festival is a celebration of everything fishy - definitely an event not to miss out on!
🎄 Event: Christmas in Cooroy
Where: Cooroy, QLD
Time: 4.00pm to 10.30pm
Enjoy a weekend of Christmas festivities in Cooroy - Image: Christmas in Cooroy FB page
The main Christmas in Cooroy events start on Saturday afternoon in and around Apex Park. Christmas in Cooroy is a fantastic Christmassy day for the whole family with free rides and entertainment; jumping castles, a foam pit and even an Animal Farm Petting Zoo.
Participate in Santa Sack Races; 'ooh' and 'aah' at one of the Christmas in Cooroy's highlights - the Street Parade - as it meanders its way up and down Maple Street. Get 'roped in' to the annual Tug-of-War between East and West; meet Santa in Apex Park and finish an exciting day with a magical firework display. All this fun and excitement without having to open your wallet all day - unless you need to eat or stock up on some Christmas stocking fillers at the market stalls.
🎅🏻 SUNDAY 3 DECEMBER 2017
🎄 Event: 2017 Sunshine Coast Toy Run
Where: Start: Kawana Shopping World, 119 Point Cartwright Drive, Buddina, QLD
Finish: Kawana Surf Club, 99 Pacific Boulevard, Buddina, QLD
Time: 8.00am to register for a 9.30am departure from Kawana Shopping World
11.30am arrival at Kawana Surf Club for the BBQ
Join the Sunshine Coast branch of the Ulysses Club for their annual Toy Run and BBQ. All road-registered bikes are welcome. Make a donation of new toys, books and other gifts - all items collected will be donated to the Salvation Army in support of their work with children in need. Please do not wrap your gifts!
If you're not riding, the Sunshine Coast Toy Run is an incredible event to watch (click above for the route map), find a spot and be part of an inspirational ride - decorated bikes, laden with toys, doing an awesome job for a very good cause.
Enjoy a relaxing morning yoga class followed by a decadent morning tea. Once your body is blissed out and your tummy is loved up, begin making beautiful evergreen Christmas table wreaths. You will be given a floral foam wreath frame to use as the base of your wreath and have a beautiful selection of evergreen foliages and textural items such as nuts and pods to play with. As the wreath is made up of evergreens, it should last until Christmas.
Enjoy a morning in a bright, airy, modern beach house at the sea - a morning of rejuvenation and soul-enrichment whilst sitting in a circle of creativity with likeminded women - you will leave the workshop with a stunning table wreath and a heart full of love.
Image: Christmas Moreton Bay Region to North Lakes Christmas Carols FB page
Celebrate the start of the festive season with an evening of carolling and family-friendly entertainment at the North Lakes Christmas Carols. Christmas entertainment at the North Lakes venue will include roving performers, twilight markets, a visit from Santa, childrens' workshops, a life-sized snow globe and jumping castle with the evening culminating in a massive fireworks display.
Come and visit Santa at The Ginger Factory! Santa will be making a special appearance from Wednesday 6 December right up to Sunday 24 December - every Wednesday to Sunday - for photo opportunities.
Santa has a very strict toy-making schedule to stick to, to ensure he can deliver all his pressies all over the world before Christmas morning, so will be taking Mondays and Tuesdays off.
Don't forget to bring your own cameras to get some fantastic family shots. A FREE gift from Santa for the charity Christmas sack would be very much appreciated too.
Mark your calendars for your photos with Santa and get to spend some time at the iconic Ginger Factory with Moreton the train and the Gingerbread Man.
🎅🏻 FRIDAY 8 DECEMBER
🎄 Event: December Night Markets
Where: Eumundi Markets, 80 Memorial Drive, Eumundi, QLD
Time: 5.00pm to 9.00pm
Shopping under the stars for Christmas! Image: Eumundi Markets FB page
Christmas shopping under the stars! Friday 8 December is the first night for the December Night Markets to be held during this festive season, in the lead up to Christmas.
Enjoy a fabulous selection of arts and crafts stalls plus an array of food stalls offering delectable treats from all corners of the globe. Santa himself will be arriving on the Eumundi Fire Truck and will be available for a chat and photos. Once you've done your shopping, sit back and relax with the family and enjoy the FREE family outdoor movies, which will be on at 7.00pm.
A fabulous night out for the whole family at the markets hosted by the Original Eumundi Markets, who are renowned for their locally-made artisan treasures.
🎄 Event: Twilight Markets Caloundra
Where: The Esplanade, Caloundra, QLD
Time: 5.00pm to 9.00pm
Friday night shopping bliss in Caloundra! Image: Twilight Markets Caloundra FB page
Friday 8 December marks the first of eight whole weeks of Friday night Twilight Markets in Caloundra - that's right, folks, every Friday night up to and including Australia Day!
The Twilight Markets in Caloundra feature more than one hundred stalls that are totally unique with everything one's heart can desire - street food, gourmet sweets, fashion, jewellery, fun activities for the children, live music and even street performers.
Get to Caloundra early and catch a magnificent sunset over the Pumicestone Passage, before venturing off to shopping heaven. The Twilight Markets Caloundra is the perfect excuse to get some Christmas shopping done, have a bite to eat and catch up with friends.
🎅🏻 SATURDAY 9 DECEMBER 2017
🎄 Event: Carols at Cotton Tree
Where: Cotton Tree Park, The Esplanade, Cotton Tree, QLD
Time: 4.30pm to 8.00pm
Image: Carols at Cotton Tree FB page
Another splendiferous night of Christmas cheer, entertainment, food and fun is being celebrated at Carols at Cotton Tree on Saturday 9 December. Pack your picnic rugs and chairs for a night filled with entertainment, a visit from the jolly ol' fella, food stalls, coffee and fireworks at 8.00pm!
🎄 Event: Nambour Community Carols and Twilight Christmas Markets
Where: Nambour Showgrounds, Nambour, QLD
Time: 3.00pm to 8.15pm
There's heaps of scintillating activities organised at Nambour Community Carols and Twilight Christmas Markets to celebrate Christmas this year!
Image: Nambour Community Carols FB page
Starting at 3.00pm the forty plus stalls at the Nambour Community Carols and Twilight Christmas Markets will give you the opportunity to do some last-minute Christmas shopping (or, if you're anything like me, start your Christmas shopping)! I just love Twilight Markets and add in the ambience and festivities of Christmas, definitely makes my heart skip a beat and puts a twinkle in my eye!
FREE children's entertainment is also available from 3.00pm with kids rides; an animal farm; face painting; animal balloons; jumping castles and much, much more.
With a great range of food vendors available at the Nambour Community Carols, your 'tea' or dinner is sorted!
At 6.00pm the carols concert starts where you and your family can enjoy a fun-filled concert featuring local artists AND a special, special visit from Santa, who is bringing along his friend, Joy Bells - how exciting is that!
Everyone's favourite at this time of year has to be the fireworks! At 8.00pm sit back, relax and watch in awe as a kaleidoscope of colours burst into the skies above you at the fireworks finale of the Nambour Community Carols.
This year Nambour Community Carols has partnered with Christmas Care (Hope Within Reach) and Sunny Kids to distribute presents to children in need. Please bring a new, unwrapped gift to place under the Christmas tree for these children.
🎄 Event: Christmas on Little Main Street Party
Where: Little Main Street, Palmwoods, QLD
Time: 3.00pm to 8.30pm
Join the village of Palmwoods for Christmas celebrations - Image: Elaine de Wet
Join the village of Palmwoods for their annual Christmas on Little Main Street Party. There will be entertainment galore, delicious food, market stalls (just in case we haven't done ALL our Christmas shopping yet), a visit from Santa and carol singing.
There's something for everyone at Christmas on Little Main Street Street Party, so come along and be part of the fun and festivities at the quaint little hinterland town of Palmwoods.
🎅🏻 SUNDAY 10 DECEMBER 2017
🎄 Event: Lights on the Lake
Where: Crummunda Park, 39 Coongarra Esplanade, Wurtulla, QLD Time: 4.00pm to 8.00pm
Image: Lights on the Lake FB page
Lights on the Lake is a fun outing for the whole family held in a stunning location, right on the banks of Currimundi Lake. All the fun starts at 4.00 in the afternoon with music and entertainment right through to the evening. Supervised children's activities are all happening during this time i.e. from 4.00pm to 6.00pm.
Get a group of friends and family together, bring a picnic blanket and hamper to set up on the grassed area to watch the fun on stage or alternatively, keep a lookout towards the Lake, where the decorated and lit kayaks and canoes join the water parade from dusk.
The jolly ol' man, dressed in red - you know the one that we all love! That's right, Santa, our favourite person from up North, will be arriving at about 6.00pm from across the lake. Ho, ho, ho, here's hoping we've all been good boys and girls this year and get to share in Santa's sack full of lollies!
Lights on the Lake is a family community event that appeals to all ages and everyone is welcome!
PS Don't forget the mozzie spray - with all the rain we've been having, the bugs are sure to be out and about!
🎄 Event: Scarborough Christmas Carols
Where: Scarborough Beach Park, Landsborough Avenue, Scarborough, QLD
Time: 3.00pm to 8.00pm
Santa, Sesame Lane and carols - Image: Christmas Moreton Bay Region to Scarborough Christmas Carols FB page
Sing along to carolling performances at the Scarborough Christmas Carols in a celebration of the festive season. The kids will fall in love with the Sesame Lane Santa's Village. Don't miss out on the life-sized snow globe, jumping castle and nativity scene. The children will even get to meet Santa himself!
Catch all the action in and around Scarborough Park with roving Christmas performers, twilight markets, and FREE Christmas activities and workshops.
A spectacular fireworks display at 8.00pm, proudly sponsored by the Redcliffe Dolphins, will conclude the Scarborough pre-Christmas festivities.
🎅🏻 TUESDAY 12 DECEMBER
🎄 Event: Nickleby with Santa
Where: Caloundra RSL Main Stage, 19 West Tce, Caloundra, QLD
Time: 4.00pm to 5.30pm
Magic and Santa! Image: Caloundra RSL to Nickleby with Santa FB page
It's all about magic and the magic of Santa! Join Nickleby, the Magician, for one last special magic show for 2017 with his special guest, Santa Claus!
Nickleby will be performing all of his usual tricks with a few special ones up his sleeve. Caloundra RSL are the proud hosts of Nickleby with Santa and are even having a Toy Raffle, which will be drawn at 7.00pm - make sure you're around to be in the running!
All the merriment of the Boat Parade starts at 6.30pm in front of The Wharf, Mooloolaba, before heading out along the main canals of Mooloolaba, Kawana and Buddina, and finishing back in front of The Wharf. Be sure to grab your viewing spot along the route to enjoy the Christmas lights and festivities and spot the homes in the 'Best Dressed' house competition.
The hub of the event is The Wharf Mooloolaba - a great location to watch the parade and enjoy The Wharf's entertainment and selection of dining areas.
🎄 Event: Carols on Kings Beach
Where: Kings Beach Amphitheatre, Da Vene Avenue, Kings Beach, Caloundra QLD
Time: 4.30pm to 8.00pm
Image: Carols on Kings FB page
Kings Beach Amphitheatre is a spectacular destination for Christmas carols and festivities in Caloundra. Come along for glittering Christmas celebrations, entertainment, food stalls and fun on Saturday 16 December at the Carols on Kings Beach.
Bring your picnic rugs and chairs and settle in for a night of Christmas fun under the stars. The live entertainment starts at 4.30pm and the carols spectacular starts at 6.30pm, concluding with the dazzling fireworks display.
🎄 Event: Glasshouse Country Community Carols
Where: Turner Park, Beerwah, QLD
Time: 4.30pm to 8.00pm
A true dinkum Aussie Christmas! Image: Glasshouse Country Community Carols FB page
A true dinkum Aussie Christmas! That is what the Glasshouse Country Community Carols'FREE annual community event is all about. Everybody is welcome! Come along and sing Christmas carols; enjoy local dance groups and artists; food stalls; drinks and children's' activities aplenty.
Childrens' activities include a jumping castle, face painting, nativity scenes, photo opportunities plus candles and glow sticks will be available for purchase.
What's an Aussie Christmas without a barbecue? An Aussie BBQ and Pavlova Stall have been organised! This year Glasshouse Country Community Carols will be supporting Destiny Rescue - a charity rescuing girls from slavery.
Glasshouse Country Community Carols is a 'rain or shine' FREE family event - bookmark the date for your true dinkum Aussie Christmas, pavlova and all!
🎅🏻 SUNDAY 17 DECEMBER
🎄 Event: Caboolture Christmas Carols
Where: Caboolture Town Square, King Street, Caboolture, QLD
Time: 3.00pm to 8.00pm
Image: Christmas Moreton Bay Region to Caboolture Christmas Carols FB page
Join Caboolture Christmas Carols in the lead-up to Christmas and sing-along to your favourite Christmas songs at the Caboolture Town Square.
In the true spirit of Christmas, there will be lots of FREE family-friendly entertainment on offer, with performances by local community groups. Make sure to bring along your best Christmas carolling voice plus a picnic blanket to spread out on, relax and enjoy a magical evening under the stars. You can even do some last-minute Christmas gift shopping at the twilight markets or participate in the many free activities and workshops – there's so much on!
The evening draws to a close while guests get to watch the sky light up with a spectacular fireworks display from 8pm!
Bring a blanket, bring a chair, bring the family and join the Kawana Waters Surf Club for a night of Christmas celebration. Kawana Carols by the Beach has a night lined up to remember! A visit from the jolly ol' man himself (the red-suited one); a laser show; free entertainment; food and drink stalls; rides and face painting; plus a licensed bar inside the Kawana Surf Club.
A fabulously festive night, supporting Kawana Surf Club Nippers, is in store for you at the Kawana Surf Club.
🎅🏻 SATURDAY 23 DECEMBER
🎄 Event: Aussie World Christmas Spectacular
Where: Aussie World, 73 Frizzo Road, Palmview, QLD
Time: 6.00pm to 9.30pm
Aussie World's most popular family event! Image: Aussie World to Aussie World Christmas Spectacular FB page
Ho, ho, ho, Christmas is coming to Aussie World on Saturday 23 December. It will be a night to remember at Aussie World's most popular event of the year!
Meet Santa and Mrs Claus (yep, she will be visiting too); come face to face with Christmas characters; enjoy the roving Carollers; watch the fireworks; meet the Aussie Kids and watch Aussie World's Christmas show.