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Published November 28th 2014
More Festive Fun Than You Can Shake a Stick At
With the festive season knocking on the door, it's time to plan where and when to celebrate with friends and family. As usual this wonderful city of ours has a plethora of free family fun at venues up and down the Coast, ranging from carnivals, street parties, carol services and concerts. There are more events this year than ever before, so you are sure to find an event to suit your needs, location and plans.
Here are the main Christmas events happening on the Gold Coast in December. Oh and these are family events, so many will be alcohol free. Enjoy.
Carols in the Park
Where: John Siganto Park, 639 Reserve Road, Upper Coomera When: Saturday 6 December from 5pm - 9.30pm
Whether you live in Upper Coomera or not, all are welcome to this community Christmas event with lots of entertainment including carols, Santa, BBQ and soft drinks.
Call 0439 332 737 to find out more
Nerang Celebrates Christmas Where: Bischof Pioneer Park, Nerang Street, Nerang When: Saturday 6 December from 3pm - 8.30pm
Enjoy rides and free entertainment (Unlimited rides just $10), plus traditional carols from 6pm featuring solo artists and the community choir accompanied by the Salvation Army Band. Plus Santa, sausage sizzle and a variety of food stalls will be available, ending with a fireworks finale at 8.30pm.
Mudgeeraba Neighbourhood Watch Christmas Carols Where: Langport Park, Mudgeeraba (corner Lincoln Street and Humberside Close) When: Saturday 6 December from 5.30pm - 8pm
Bring a rug and get to know your neighbours and enjoy carols, sausage sizzle, jumping castle, ice cream and rural fire brigade truck.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more
Runaway Bay Carols by Candlelight
Where: Kevin Bycroft Field, Lae Drive, Runaway Bay (adjacent to the Runaway Bay Library)
When: Saturday 6 December from 5pm - 8pm
Free family entertainment with Carols from Gold Coast School Choirs, a visit from Santa and a fireworks spectacular at 8.30pm. Bring supplies or enjoy the sausage sizzle and stalls.
Call 0403 049 535 to find out more
Carols Under the Stars
Where: CBUS Super Stadium, Centreline Place, Robina
When: Sunday 7 December from 4pm - 8pm
Kids Family Fun Fair will open at 4pm and includes kid's activities, animal nursery, jumping castles, face painters, exhibitors and stage shows. Carols kick off at 6pm and will feature loads of artists and main headline artist, Mahalia Barnes. There will also be a fireworks display and a visit by Santa. Free shuttle buses available.
Community carols kick off at 6pm featuring Jacob Lee and Candice Skjonnemand from 'The Voice 2014' along with local artists (and Santa), followed by a rocking street party with internationally renowned performer Glenn Shorrock and band.
Studio Village Community Carols
Where: Movie World Car Park, Oxenford
When: Sunday 7 December from 6pm - 8.45pm
The lineup includes a Maori drumming group, plus a fun-filled line up of sing-a-long Christmas Carols by local performers. There will also be guest appearances by the Movie World Santa Bugs at 6:30pm, a visit from Santa before 8pm and the Club Helensvale fireworks display at 8.45pm.
Mayor's Christmas Carols
Where: Broadwater Parklands, Marine Parade, Southport
When: Saturday 13 December from 4.30pm - 8.30pm
Luke Kennedy (runner up on 'The Voice 2013') will headline together with loads of great local talent. Event kicks off at 4.30pm with entertainment, Christmas characters, Santa visit and free Christmas art and craft workshops. The main show starts at 5pm with a spectacular fireworks display to finish off the evening.
Christmas at Frascott
Where: Frascott Park, Frascott Avenue, Varsity Lakes (off Mattocks Road)
When: Saturday 13 December from 1.30pm - 4.30pm
A fun family afternoon with live music, free sausage sizzle, free rides and activities including an animal farm plus free gifts for the kids from Santa. There will be food and drinks available for purchase, along with community stalls.
Call 07 5582 8255 for more info.
Never to old for glow glasses
Broadbeach Christmas Carols
Where: Kurrawa Park, Old Burleigh Road, Broadbeach
When: Saturday 13 December commencing at 3pm
A full afternoon of family fun from 3pm with the carols concert starting at 6pm. See Santa and the Broadbeach elves plus lots of food stalls in the park and a spectacular fireworks display after the concert.
Pacific Pines Christmas in the Park
Where: Central Park, Hotham Drive, Pacific Pines
When: Saturday 13 December from 5pm - 8pm
The Southland Band, Santa and Rudolf and local celebrities will perform your favourite Christmas carols, plus children's activities including face painting, climbing wall, biscuit decorating, jumping castle, "Ready, Steady, Go Kids" games, Gold Coast Suns kick activity and a visit from Santa.
Colgate Palmolive Carols in the Park
Where: Colgate Palmolive Park, Allied Drive, Arundel
When: Sunday 14 December; Pre-entertainment 6pm - 7pm; Concert 7pm - 9pm
Talented local acts, including great jazz singer, Liam Burrows, hosted by television personalities, Eva Milic and Paul Burt. Food stalls, kids jumping castle, face painting, glow sticks, Santa and fireworks to close.
Call 07 5588 7543 for more info.
Coolangatta Christmas Concert
Where: Queen Elizabeth Park, corner McLean Street and Marine Parade, Coolangatta
When: Sunday 14 December
Starting at 5pm, there will be a awesome festive concert along with a great line up of Christmas entertainment, plus market stalls and fireworks at 7pm.
Jacobs Well Community Carols by Candlelight
Where: Jacobs Well Community Centre and Oval, 27 Bay Drive, Jacobs Well
When: Sunday 21 December from 5pm - 8pm
Enjoy a sausage sizzle, baked goods, coffee, glow sticks and children's entertainment from 5pm with Carols starting at 6.30pm. Performances from local talent, a visit from Santa and fireworks from 8pm.
Carols on the Beach
Where: Surfers Paradise Beach, Surfers Paradise
When: Sunday 21 December from 6.30pm - 8pm
An all-Australian line up starring Rachel Beck, Candice Skjonnemand, Maske Figaro, and the Paradise Kids Choir. It's sure to be a magical night as Surfers Paradise lights up with fireworks at 8pm. Also surfers paradise will have a superhero New Year Carnival with 6 days of family fun with games, rides, fireworks and more. From 27 Dec to 1 Jan.