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Christmas Festivities Calendar 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 25th 2019
Add Christmas cheer to your social calendars
Christmas Festivities Calendar on the Sunshine Coast, 6th Annual STEPS Autism Treehouse Christmas Party, Bokarina, Vantage Homes, Christmas Light Cruises, Mooloolaba, waterfront properties' displays, Sunshine Coast Afloat, Seafood Cruise, Christmas at The Ginger Factory, Yandina, Santa's workshop, Christmas Carols, Christmas gifts, meet Santa, BYO camera, Christmas in Cooroy, Tramfest Christmas Celebration, Nambour, A Very Kransky Christmas, The Events Centre, Caloundra, USC Solar Nights, Christmas Twilight Trains, Aussie Bush Christmas, Mooloolaba Christmas Boat Parade, Aussie World Christmas Spectacular, Montville Christmas Wonderland
Countdown to Christmas! Image: Pixaline>Pixabay License


1 December | 9.00am to 2.00pm

🎄 6th Annual STEPS Autism Treehouse Christmas Party
Field 5, Kawana Sports Precinct (entry off Nicklin Way), 320 Nicklin Way, Bokarina
Entry $10 per person | under 3's FREE (includes all rides and entertainment)
Book online here


The Vantage Homes 6th Annual STEPS Autism Treehouse Christmas Party is the largest event on the Sunshine Coast for young people and families, living with autism and disabilities.

The STEPS Autism Treehouse Christmas Party has been especially created to enable families living with disabilities to enjoy a fun-filled day in a safe and supportive environment. Join families from all over south-east Queensland on the Sunshine Coast for fabulous festive fun!

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Image: STEPS Autism Treehouse FB


With activities ranging from a sensory slime zone to a petting zoo, to receiving a gift from Santa, kids and teens are guaranteed to have the best day ever! Please follow the link here for more fun activities.

The 6th Annual STEPS Autism Treehouse Christmas Party entry is only $10 per person - under three's are FREE - and this very low entry fee includes all rides and all entertainment.

NB: the waterslides and obstacle course have been funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services. Please visit www.dss.gov.au for more information.

🎄 2 to 30 December | 6.30pm to 8.00pm
Christmas Light Cruises
Sunshine Coast Afloat, The Bridge Seafood Restaurant Pontoon, 109 Brisbane Road, Mooloolaba
Adults $39 | Children up to age 14, $29

Book online here

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Christmas Light Cruises are on every night throughout December! Image: www.sunshinecoastafloat.com.au


Every year the waterfront properties in Mooloolaba, Minyama and Buddina put on a spectacular Christmas lights display, which are really only visible from the 'water' and guests on the Christmas Light Cruises have the opportunity to experience these extraordinary displays.

Every night from the 2 to 30 December, Sunshine Coast Afloat is offering visitors a gentle, fun cruise through the river and main canals of Mooloolaba and the surrounding suburbs, to experience firsthand breathtaking lit-up Christmas scenes.

With no more than forty-eight passengers at any one time, Christmas lovers are assured of seeing all the lights during the approximate one and a half hour cruise. The Christmas Light Cruises set off just before nightfall, giving guests a spectacular Glasshouse Mountains sun set, before heading off to enjoy the lights.

Bring your own food and drink or pre-purchase food packs, which will be ready when guests board.

🎄 4 to 24 December, every Wednesday to Sunday plus Monday 23 December and Christmas Eve, 24 December | 9.30am to 1.30pm
Christmas at The Ginger Factory
The Ginger Factory, 50 Pioneer Road, Yandina

FREE entry to The Ginger Factory

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Image: The Ginger Factory>Santa visits the Ginger Factory FB


Every Wednesday to Sunday from the 4 December to the 24 December, visitors to The Ginger Factory can meet Santa between 9.30am and 1.30pm at Christmas at The Ginger Factory. Families always have heaps to do at The Ginger Factory over the festive season with Santa's workshop, Christmas carols, Christmas gifts, and even a huge blow-up Santa!

Don't forget to BYO camera for those keepsake photos and receive a FREE gift from Santa too.

🎄 6 and 7 December
Christmas in Cooroy
Apex Park, 2 Maple Street

FREE community event

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Image: Christmas in Cooroy FB


Christmas in Cooroy is a free community event that is celebrated every year over the first weekend of December. The festivities start on the Friday night, at 6.45pm with the Christmas Shop Window Trail; Christmas carols and the lighting up of the Studio Steel Christmas Tree at about 7.00pm. Keep a lookout for flurries of snow in Maple Street from 7.10pm onwards - Cooroy's weather bureau is pretty flake-on!

On the Saturday, all the Christmas fun kicks off in Apex Park at 4.00pm, with the Cooroy Bendigo Bank Street Parade; FREE rides sponsored by the Cooroy Rag; Santa Sack races; live music; food and drinks; competitions and even a visit from Santa.

Make sure you don't miss out on all the fun 'stuff' by following the Christmas in Cooroy website here. Why not make a whole weekend of it, there's always plenty to do in and around the quaint little town of Cooroy.

🎄 7 December | 5.00pm to 9.00pm
Tramfest Christmas Celebration
Howard Street, Nambour

FREE event

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Image: Tramfest Nambour FB


A fabulous night of FREE entertainment; pop-up bar; food and craft stalls; children's entertainment plus so much more is happening at the Tramfest Christmas Celebration in Nambour. Bring the whole family for a fantastic Christmas street party and get to meet Santa too.

🎄 13 December | 7.30pm
A Very Kransky Christmas
The Events Centre, Caloundra
Tickets start at $44.90

Purchase your tickets, via the Events Centre, online here

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Kookiest Christmas party ever! Image: www.theeventscentre.com.au


For this very special Christmas season, the Kransky sisters will let you into their world of egg nog and pantyhose. These very amusing, dysfunctional sisters entertain the audience with their out-of-the-ordinary musical instruments ... look out cheese grater and toilet brush! The Very Kransky Christmas repertoire includes everything from Enya to Silent Night, Daft Punk to The Twelve Days of Christmas, so audiences must be prepared to settle in, for what could conceivably be the kookiest Christmas party ever.

🎄 13 to 22 December | 6.30pm to 9.30pm
USC Solar Nights
University of Sunshine Coast's campus, 90 Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs

FREE event

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Image: USC>Solar Nights FB


Experience magical, interactive light displays, celebrating sustainable energy, creativity, the environment and the community at the FREE entry USC Solar Nights. Solar Nights is an all-ages event and this year to entice visitors to stay and play a little bit longer, there will be food outlets serving up some finger-licking treats.

🎄 13 and 20 December | 5.00pm to 9.00pm
Christmas Twilight Trains
Historic Gympie Station, Tozer Street, Gympie
Tickets start at $30 for children 4-12 years | Adults $59 | Concession $49

Purchase your tickets online here



Two very special Christmas Twilight Train events have been organised in the lead up to Christmas. Steam through the Mary Valley aboard the Mary Valley Rattler, on the 13 December and join the Friends of Amamoor's Christmas party and festivities at the Amamoor Station, before heading back to Gympie.

On the 20 December, Twilight Train guests will join the party at Dagun Station for real dinkum Aussie Bush Christmas festivities, including food trucks, a bush banquet, live music, dancing and Christmas carols.

🎄 14 December | 7.00pm
Mooloolaba Christmas Boat Parade

FREE spectator event

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Image: Mooloolaba Christmas Boat Parade FB


The Mooloolaba Christmas Boat Parade is one of the most popular family events on the Sunshine Coast. Join throngs of animated spectators along the shores of the Mooloolah River and Kawana Waters canal to watch on in awe at the magnificent Christmas decorated watercraft.

Vantage points for spectators include Charles Clarke Park, The Wharf, Penny Lane and La Balsa - link here for Parade Course. There are prizes for the the best-dressed boy and girl at each of these vantage points - you have to be in it to win it! Bring along some gold coins - Rosies, Friends on the Street - is the nominated charity for the Mooloolaba Christmas Boat Parade. The Rosies team will be dressed in red.

🎄 21 December | 5.00pm
Aussie World Christmas Spectacular
Aussie World, 73 Frizzo Road, Palmview
Tickets priced from $29 | Children under 3 are FREE

Buy tickets online here

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A winter wonderland at Aussie World for Christmas! Image: www.aussieworld.com.au


One of the most spectacular Christmas events of the year on the Sunshine Coast is Aussie World's Christmas Spectacular. Every year this fabulous location is transformed into a winter wonderland. Visitors to Aussie World will Meet Santa and Mrs Claus, come face to face with Christmas characters, get to enjoy the roaming carollers and watch the Christmas show in The Shed.

Be doubly spoilt at Aussie World's Christmas Spectacular with flurries of snow, pyrotechnics, laser shows, Christmas lights and live entertainment - a Christmas extravaganza well worth taking the family to!

🎄 1 to 23 December
Montville Christmas Wonderland
15 Narrows Road, Montville
Entry prices from $8

Buy tickets online here

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Image: Montville Christmas Wonderland FB


Immerse yourself in the spirit of Christmas at the privately-owned Montville Christmas Wonderland's spectacular weatherproof display. There are only twenty-three, two-hour sessions available in the lead up to Christmas, so visitors need to book online early to ensure a visit to this magical location is on the calendar for Christmas.

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Bookmark your social calendars for Christmas! Image: www.visitsunshinecoast.com


Add Christmas cheer to your social calendars and make sure that your family gets to share in these fabulous festive events on the Sunshine Coast.
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Great choices for the holiday season. We will be booking early to enjoy the festivities.. thanks for sharing Elaine.
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