This has to qualify as the best time of the year - we have extra long school holidays; Christmas festivities; lighting of Community Christmas Trees,Carol sing-alongs plus Santa visiting our beautiful Sunshine shores. Life couldn't possibly get much better than this orů.could it!
With so much happening on the Sunshine Coast, my diary is bulging at the seams (much like Santa's tum after he's eaten all the cookies and milk we leave out for him), but there is one more irrefutable MUST-DO event for the coming festive season - the Mooloolaba Christmas Boat Parade.
The annual Mooloolaba Christmas Boat Parade is organised by The Mooloolaba Yacht Club and this year marks the Boat Parade's 14th year! So, you can only imagine that the contestants are getting more innovative and more creative with their boat and house decorations, ensuring that we, as spectators, have a truly memorable time.
The Mooloolaba Christmas Boat Parade is a FREE spectator event, that commences at 6.30pm at The Wharf Mooloolaba. The Boat Parade travels from The Wharf Mooloolaba to Mooloolah Island, then down to La Balsa Park, back up the river towards Mooloolaba Wharf, turning into Kawana Canal down to Lawries Marina, back to the river and down to La Balsa Park for second viewings and then back to The Wharf Mooloolaba for judging. To download a copy of the course, please click here.
Creative and innovative entries
I'm not keen to share the best viewing locations with you, in case we get over-run with spectators, but if you promise to keep them to yourself, I'm quite happy to let you in on the local secrets:
Entry for boats and homes is only $30, with all entry fees donated to STEPS Charity, a locally based charity. STEPS promote equality and provide opportunities for independence and an improved quality of life for people living with a disability. Have a look at the STEPS website here - an excellent Charity, committed to making an impact.
⛵️ A bit of housekeeping regarding entry fees
Please note that credit card transactions will incur a small fee. The organisers recommend that you pay your entry fee through the online entry system (see relevant links above). Alternatively, entrants can pay with cash at the Mooloolaba Yacht Club office (located at The Wharf Mooloolaba).
If you would like to make yourself available as a volunteer before or during the event, or would like to make a donation or contribution, please contact the Mooloolaba Yacht Club on 0413 227013 or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Add Saturday 16 December to your ever-burgeoning diary of Christmas festivities for the absolute must-do/must-see Mooloolaba Christmas Boat Parade, promising a superb afternoon and evening of family fun and entertainment!
Mental note to self: "bulging diary is never too full, can always add one more activity!"
My diary of Christmas activities - Pixabay CC0 Creative Commons