If a laid back, Aussie-style Christmas is what you’re after, you’ve chosen to be in the right spot. A Gold Coast Christmas is all about spending time at the beach, with friends on the water, drinking a few beers, and enjoying some delicious seafood. It’s also a city that knows how to party, guaranteeing you some memorable entertainment throughout the season.
Looking for something to do this Christmas? Try one of these festive ideas:
The spirit of Christmas is well and truly inside Cavill Mall this festive season, with dazzling lights, and a very special Santa perched up in the centre. Riding a surfboard towed by six kangaroos, it’s the perfect symbol of a Gold Coast Christmas. Take along the camera and enjoy free family photos in the sleigh between 12:00pm and 7:00pm daily.
The ever popular BBQ boats are great for a day on the water with some yummy food. Carrying up to 10 passengers, they come complete with BBQ, cooler box, and toilet.
Charis Seafood is the Gold Coast’s leading seafood supplier, but is slightly out of town in Labrador. For a closer stop, try the Fisherman’s Co-op or Peter’s Fish Market on Seaworld Drive.
When: 12 December
Enjoy a sumptuous seafood buffet, a mouthwatering Christmas menu, and a premium selection of beer, sparkling, red and white wine, all while being entertained by lively band The Accidents.
When: 13 December
Each year in the Gold Coast’s Broadwater Parklands, the Mayor’s Christmas Carols delight both locals and holidaymakers. A huge range of performers will cover all the holiday favourites, and the kids will love the arts and craft workshops as well as the spectacular fireworks display.
When: 19 – 21 December
Nestled amongst an enchanting display of shimmering lights are the Gold Coast Christmas markets, the perfect place to stock up on your Christmas shopping or simply enjoy a pleasant ambience. As well as a huge number of stalls, there are also children’s activities to enjoy, free Santa photos, and great entertainment including a Saturday night Christmas movie on a giant outdoor screen.
When: 21 December
Join renowned children’s entertainer Jay Laga’aia as he hosts a night of entertainment set on Surfers Paradise Beach. With acts from Rachael Beck, Paradise Kids Choir and Figaro, this is a beachside event not to be missed.
When: 25 December
Cruise along the Gold Coast’s beautiful waterways on board a luxurious vessel and enjoy all the traditional Christmas delights, along with a delicious seafood buffet. It’s Christmas made easy and topped off with a beautiful view.
Enjoy Christmas lunch out
When: 25 December
The Gold Coast is home to some fantastic eateries, many of which are open on Christmas Day. Among the highlights are:
White Christmas Extravaganza @ The Watermark Hotel
For those who like a stress-free lunch, the Watermark Hotel is a popular place for Christmas, transforming its dining room into a white winter wonderland. Enjoy a delicious feast consisting of all the Christmas favourites – fresh seafood, a chocolate fountain, live entertainment, and a visit from Santa complete with gifts.
Christmas Day @ Four Winds 360° Restaurant
The views don’t get any better than those from Queensland’s only revolving restaurant. This year’s Christmas package includes a lunch or dinner, seafood buffet, three-hour drinks package, and a gift from Santa.
Seaduction @ Soul
Indulge in a decadent six-course lunch at the critically acclaimed Seaduction at Soul that includes lobster, scallops, turkey and wagyu beef, Christmas desserts, and mince pies.
When: 27 Dec – 1 Jan
Not content with just one night, the Gold Coast plans to celebrate the build up to New Year with a 6 day carnival, complete with rides, slides, entertainment, and more. To top it all off, there’ll be a spectacular fireworks display to see in 2015.