My all-time favourite events for the festive season are the Community Carols that take place all over the Sunshine Coast, bringing family and friends together, for a fabulous night out of FREE entertainment. Don't you just love the warm and fuzzy feeling that seems to envelop you in a bear hug, when singing along with old Christmas favourites, getting into the mood for Christmas!
To help you on your way, here's a guide - in date order - as to what's happening, where and when. Make sure to bookmark all the important dates!
🎄 Nambour Community Carols Friday 29 November | 3.00pm to 8.00pm Nambour Showgrounds, Grandstand Drive, Nambour
Bring your family and friends along to the Nambour Community Carols, with its all-new exciting Street Food Festival, promising the tastiest street food in the region. Nambour Community Carols has a 'live' music stage for pre-concert entertainment plus a brand new laser tag and rides for the kids to enjoy.
The family fun activities and the Street Food Festival will open at 3.00pm, with the main concert getting underway at 6.00pm. Sit back, relax and watch the spectacular kaleidoscope of colours bursting into the skies above you at the fireworks finale at Nambour Community Carols.
🎅🏼 Family fun activities | 3.00pm to 5.45pm 🎅🏼 Street food festival | 3.00 to 8.00pm 🎅🏼 Christmas concert | 6.00pm to 7.45pm
🎄 Carols at Cotton Tree Saturday 7 December | 4.30pm to 8.00pm
Cotton Tree Park, The Esplanade, Cotton Tree
Bring a blanket, bring some chairs and join Carols at Cotton Tree for a fabulous night of celebration. With entertainment, food stalls, coffee, fireworks and even a visit from Santa, Carols at Cotton Tree is a not-to-be-missed Christmas get-together.
🎅🏼 Car park closures The carpark next to the jetty - west of the Cotton Tree Aquatic Centre - plus the first twenty car parks in the Cotton Tree swimming pool area will be closed off between 1.00am and 10.00pm.
Carols at Cotton Tree will finish at approximately 8.00pm with a fireworks display. Fireworks may upset some animals, so please ensure that pets are kept safe during this event.
🎄 Carols on Kings Beach
Saturday 14 December | 4.30pm to 8.00pm
Kings Beach Amphitheatre, De Vene Avenue, Kings Beach
Kings Beach Amphitheatre is the special destination for Christmas carols and festivities at Carols on Kings Beach in Caloundra. Bring your picnic rugs and chairs and settle in for a night of Christmas fun under the stars. There will be live entertainment, food stalls and the carols spectacular, concluding with the dazzling fireworks display at about 8.00pm.
🎅🏼 Road closure
De Vene Avenue from Moreton Parade to Ormond Terrace from 1.00am to 10.00pm.
🎅🏼 Car park closures
All rights to park at the amphitheatre will be temporarily removed on Saturday 14 December from 1.00am to 10.00pm.
Burgess Street and Edmund Street car parks will be closed from 1.00am to 10.00pm
A very heartwarming Aussie-themed not-to-be-missed Grand Finale surprise is planned for the Glasshouse Country Community Carols evening plus a spectacular firework display! Everybody is welcome - so come along to Beerwah to enjoy the wonderful spirit of Christmas.
🎄 Coolum's Christmas in the Park
Saturday 14 December | 7.00pm to 9.00pm
Tickle Park, Coolum
We can all look forward to another festive night of carols and getting together with family and friends, to celebrate at Coolum's Christmas in the Park, to be held at Tickle Park in Coolum.
As one of the most anticipated events of the season, Kawana Carols puts on a spectacular show with entertainment, food and fun for the whole family plus a special visit from the 'big' man himself, Santa!
This family-friendly, alcohol-free event is a fundraiser for the Kawana Nippers, our future lifesavers!
Bring a picnic rug and your best sing-along voice for a fabulous night under the stars. Doggies on a leash are welcome too - but please bear in mind that the music will be loud and there's a laser show too, which could be upsetting for sensitive pets.
Fabulous festivities to look forward to! Image: geralt>Pixabay License
Hopefully, the Sunshine Coast region will be blessed with some rain before the FREE Christmas Carol events' dates come up, as at present there are total fire ban restrictions in place, which could affect the firework displays. Keep a lookout on the respective links above for any changes that might be announced.
But, that's not to say, we can't still have fun with all the other fabulous festivities that will be happening at each of these wonderful events. Spruce up the Christmas trees and let's get our tinsels and tassels sorted, for the start of a splendid 2019 Christmas season.
There’s carols at Maroochydore Presbyterian church December 8th off Okinja road. I went there last year. Very family friendly with music, activities for the kids (cupcake creating, petting zoo, photo booth and more). It’s branch Aura Presbyterian is also doing a carols on the 13th December through Stockland with good band and a skate park in the vicinity.