We’re spoilt for choice on the Northern Gold Coast when it comes to local Christmas carols, Christmas events and santa appearances. After seeing dozens of events floating around our Facebook feeds and emails, we thought we’d compile them all into one simple list so it’s easy to choose which events to attend.
Details are correct at the time of writing. Please ensure you check with the event organisers directly for any changes. If we’ve missed your favourite event, please shoot me an email or message and we’ll add it in.
Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, 30th November. 9AM
Santa Claus is coming to Runaway Bay Centre by boat!
Join us to celebrate with free breakfast for each child booked in and free face painting!
When: 9am, Saturday 30 November
Where: Food Court
Spaces are limited, call the Customer Service Desk on 5537 2566 to reserve your place. Details >
Carols by Candlelight Runaway Bay
Saturday, 30 November 2019. From 5PM
Lae Drive Soccer Fields, Runaway Bay
The Lions’ “CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT”Concert is scheduled featuring 7 piece band, local entertainers, school choirs, dancers and Santa! Fireworks have been cancelled this year due to fire bans. Event details >
Harbour Town Santa Selfies
2 December until Christmas
The Big Man in Red will be cruising around Harbour Town in his coat and hat from Monday December 2 up until Christmas.
Santa will be making daily stops at: 11am Harbour Town Eats Plaza (near the big Christmas tree), 1.30pm Outside Coach, 3pm Outside Cotton On Kids
It’s FREE to jump on board and take a photo with Santa and dogs are welcome too! Event details >
Runaway Bay Shopping Centre – Santa Arrival
2 December, 10AM – 1PM.
Canal Broadwalk. Don’t miss out as Santa, and Mrs Claus arrive at the Canal Boardwalk, outside the food court thanks to the Coastguard.
Carols On The Green Sanctuary Cove
Thursday, 5th December, 5PM.
The Village Green will again come alive as the Sanctuary Cove community gathers for a night under the stars for the annual Carols on the Green.
Held on Thursday the 5th of December, the event will include the much loved and celebrated Rotary Buggy Parade (proudly sponsored by our team at Alex Phillis Luxury Real Estate). This family-friendly event will feature plenty of sing-along worthy carols with a special appearance by Santa, the evening ending with a spectacular fireworks display (fireworks TBC due to total fire ban in place).
White Christmas, MovieWorld
6 – 22 December, 5.30 – 8.30PM
Free event with Locals One Pass. Must be booked. Selling fast.
MovieWorld transforms into a winter wonderland of (artificial) snow covered streets, enchanting Christmas lights and merry entertainment!
Bring the whole family and join a wonderful Christmas celebration like no other. Be captivated by a dazzling display of lights, enchanted by snow parades down Main Street and wowed by magical live performances. Snap a family photo, enjoy a Christmas buffet, dance with Santa’s Elves and experience your favourite rides at night, they’re even scarier after dark, it’s a fact!
Mayor’s Christmas Carols, Broadwater
Saturday, 7th December. From 2PM
Interactive kid’s fun from 2pm, with the main show kicking off at 5pm. Broadwater Parklands.
With fun for the whole family the kids can be the first to meet and greet Santa and sing along to their favourite Christmas songs with the Allstars Christmas Countdown and see The Grinch Live Show. The night will also boast delicious food trucks.
Coomera Waters Christmas Market & Twilight Event
Saturday, 7th December 11AM – 8PM
Coomera Waters Marina.
A market event featuring delicious food trucks, mulled wines, over 30 affordable Christmas gift stalls, face-painting, character entertainment and more. Have a refreshment at the tavern as the markets move into a gorgeous twilight event featuring Christmas lights, carols and musical performances.
Santa Photos, Sanctuary Cove
7th December until Christmas. 11AM – 1PM
Santa will be at Sanctuary Cove each weekend in December (excl 8th December) where children can whisper their wish lists and parents can take a free photo.
Location: The Breezeway – located between The Cove Tavern and Anchor Buoy
Saturday 7 December
Saturday 14 December
Sunday 15 December
Saturday 21 December
Sunday 22 December
Paws for Santa, Sanctuary Cove
10th December, 11AM – 1PM – SOLD OUT
We haven’t forgotten our furry friends and will be hosting a ‘Paws for Santa’ event on Sunday the 8th of December where beloved pets can pose for a photo with Santa and owners alike.
Location: The Breezeway – located between The Cove Tavern and Anchor Buoy
Book online > Update – event has now sold out.
Pet Santa Photos
Wednesday, 11 December 5PM – 7PM
Bring in your furry friend for your Christmas photo and share with your loved ones.
Dates: 11 & 12 December
Times: 5pm to 7pm
Location: Outside Coles
Bookings are essential, call the Customer Service Desk on 5537 2566 to reserve your spot. Events details >
Carols on the Broadwater, Southport Yacht Club
Saturday, December 14th. 5PM – 8PM
Join us at Southport yacht Club for a family fun evening of Christmas Carols over looking the stunning Marina and Broadwater.
Face painting, Carolers, Games and Live Music an exciting visit by none other than Kris Kringle himself.
Table bookings are essential – be quick this is one of our biggest evenings of the year! – BOOKED OUT
***BOOKINGS FOR THE CARVERY/KIDS BUFFET are now CLOSED**
A reduce TAPAS menu and casual seating (first in best dressed) is available. Walk ins welcome.
Carols in the Park, Labrador
Saturday, 14th December. 5PM – 8PM
Norm Rix Park, 114 Government Road, Labrador.
An evening of local talent, nativity scene with animals, live entertainment and the Salvation Army Brass Band.
Christmas Chill, Links Hope Island
Sunday, 15th December. 5pm-8pm
We invite you, your family and friends to ‘chill out’ at Links Hope Island for a very special Community Christmas Carols event.
Relax on the clubhouse lawns and take in the beautiful sunset enjoying Carols by Candlelight performances by the talented vocalists of Coomera Anglican College, crooner Daryl Murphy and songstress Nicole Skye. Acclaimed local performer, Chris Hutchison, will get the evening started with relaxed Sunday session favourites. There will be entertainment & family friendly food for the kids and cool drinks on hand. Bring your blanket and deck chairs and settle in for a lovely evening at Links Hope Island.
Free entry, including rides, face painting, entertainment, a visit from Santa and fireworks display.
** No BYO Food & Beverage
Christmas Carnival, Paradise Point Bowls Club
Sunday, 15th December from midday
Join us for a free family fun day at the club. Loads of activities for the kids including a visit from Santa!
Snow cones, fairy floss, face paining, balloon twisting, jumping castle, 101 raffle prizes to be won and live entertainment.
Runaway Bay Tavern’s Locals Christmas Luau
Friday 20th December from 3PM
Aloha! It’s our Local’s Christmas Party!
Enjoy a complimentary Pig on the Spit with all the trimmings. And meet us at the bar for Tiki Slushes & Tropo Cocktails.
Hula on over for loads of fun competitions & live music to kick start your night.
A Very Dreamy Christmas, Dreamworld
Saturday, 30 December. 630PM – 11.30PM
Tickets: $129 per person OR $1,200 per table of 10
Festive two-course Christmas dinner + dessert buffet, 4.5-hour beverage package, live entertainment, access to Park After Dark entertainment, access to a selection of rides and more. Event details >