THERE are so many places to celebrate with the family and community on the Sunshine Coast in the lead-up to Christmas.
Grab the kids or a bunch of friends to check out local markets, Christmas light displays, carols, a boat parade and fireworks across these 15 Sunshine Coast events throughout November and December.
Don’t forget to bring the picnic rug or chairs to carols events, and make sure pets are safe and secure before fireworks displays.
In chronological order:
1. Parklakes Christmas Party in the park
When: November 17, 5.30pm-7pm
Where: Parklakes 2 Central Park
Take the kids to the park for stalls from local businesses, music and a visit from Santa.
2. Festival of Lights
Where: Bulcock St, Caloundra
When: November 30, 6pm-8pm
Kick off the celebration of all things Christmas with the official turning on the Christmas lights in Bulcock St, as well as in the businesses. Bring the kids for free family-friendly street entertainment. Businesses will be open for late night shopping.
Visit the Facebook event page for more information.
3. Bli Bli Community Carols
Where: Bli Bli State School
When: December 1 from 3.30pm
The Bli Bli Community Carols is one of the best community carols events across the Coast. Rides and night markets run from 3.30-6.45pm, food stalls are open 4-6.45pm, carols run at 6.45-8.15pm before the fireworks show at 8.15pm.
4. Christmas in Cooroy
Where: Maple St, Cooroy
When: December 1-7
Cost: Free entry
Christmas in Cooroy celebrations run throughout the town in the first week of December, with the lighting of the Christmas tree kicking off the schedule on December 1.
On December 2 enjoy a Christmas family fun day in Apex Park and surrounds, with free rides and entertainment, tug-o-war, stalls and sideshows, sack races, the Great Santa Race, a street parade and fireworks.
Visit christmasincooroy.com.au for the full schedule.
5. Mooloolaba Christmas Lights Canal Cruise
When: Early December – early January
Where: Set off from The Wharf Mooloolaba
Cost: From $10 per person
Go Christmas light seeing in style with one of Mooloolaba’s canal cruise operators.
6. A Very Kransky Christmas
Where: The J, Noosa
When: December 2
Cost: Tickets $49.50 adult, $44.50 concession
Oddball musical trio The Kransky Sisters bring you A Very Kransky Christmas. With their unusual array of instruments from cheese grater to toilet brush, tuba to musical saw, settle in for what could be your kookiest Christmas party yet.
Visit thej.com.au or ring 5329 6560 for more information and to book.
7. Carols at Cotton Tree
Where: Cotton Tree park
When: December 9
Cotton Tree Park will be adorned with twinkling lights, ornaments and Christmas cheer at this year’s massive carols event at Cotton Tree on December 9. Enjoy an evening of Christmas celebrations with entertainment, food and a visit from Santa.
Visit the website for more information.
8. Nambour Community Carols
Where: Nambour Showgrounds
When: December 9, 3-8pm
The Nambour Community Carols are promising a bigger event than ever. Kids entertainment on offer includes rides, animal farm, face painting, jumping castles. The twilight markets open at 3pm, with more than 40 stalls, before the carols begin at 6pm. The night will end with the 8pm fireworks finale.
Visit the event listing for more information.
9. Yandina Christmas Carols Under the Stars
Where: Yandina Historic House
When: December 10, 6pm
Join in the carols, check out the artists and entertainment, and meet Santa at the Yandina Christmas Carols event.
Visit the website for more information.
10. Buderim Community Carols
Where: Buderim Village Park, Buderim
When: December 10, 6.30pm
Enjoy a good old-fashioned sing-along with the community, with everything from Jingle Bells to Hark the Herald Angels, along with a visit from Santa. Musicians leading the carols include Suzie Keenan and Friends, BYTES and Eva Murawski.
Visit www.buderim.com/carols-by-candlelight for more information.
11. Christmas movie in the stadium
Where: Sunshine Coast Stadium
When: December 13, 5pm-9pm
Cost: Kids $9.50, Adults $14, family deals available
Head to the Sunshine Coast Stadium for a Christmas event
12. Mooloolaba Christmas Boat Parade
Where: Parade begins at The Wharf Mooloolaba, heading out along the main canals
When: December 16, 6pm (parade starts at 6.30pm)
Cost: Free to watch, entry to Best Dressed House and Best Dressed Boat competitions $25 (donated to charity)
Watch as the parade of boats, dressed up in their Christmas-themed best, make their way through the Mooloolaba canals. The Wharf Mooloolaba will serve as the hub of the event, and will be a great place to watch the parade, and enjoy the local entertainment. The parade starts at 6.30pm in front of The Wharf Mooloolaba before heading out along the main canals of Mooloolaba, Kawana and Buddina before finishing back in front of The Wharf.
Visit www.christmasboatparade.net or call 0413 227 013 for more information.
13. Carols on Kings
Where: Kings Beach Amphitheatre
When: December 16, 4.30-8.30pm
Bring seating, a singing voice and Christmas cheer to the annual Carols on Kings Beach event, with carols, food stalls, a visit from Santa and fireworks. Live entertainment kicks off at 4.30pm, before the carols spectacular at 6.30pm.
The night will conclude with a massive fireworks display from 8pm.
Visit carolsonkings.com.au for more information.
14. Coolum Christmas in the Park
Where: December 16, 7-9pm
Where: Tickle Park, Coolum
The Coolum Christian Family Church will host the Coolum Christmas in the Park event, with a night of carols for the whole family.
15. Glasshouse Community Carols
Where: Turner Park, Beerwah
When: December 16, 4.30-8pm
The community will gather for a family-night out with kids activities, community dance groups, pre-show entertainment, and a night full of sing-a-long carols with local musicians and a choir. The fireworks show starts at 8.15pm.
Visit the Facebook page for more information.
Did we miss an event? Email Francesca.Mcmackin@scnews.com.au