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15 Christmas events on the Sunshine Coast

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.

CHRISTMAS EVENTS

In chronological order:

1. Parklakes Christmas Party in the park

When: November 17, 5.30pm-7pm

Where: Parklakes 2 Central Park

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

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.

There will be plenty of opportunities to see fireworks this December.

4. Christmas in Cooroy

Where: Maple St, Cooroy

When: December 1-7

Cost: Free entry

SPEED SANTAS: They're off and racing in the 2016 Santa race at Christmas in Cooroy.

SPEED SANTAS: They’re off and racing in the 2016 Santa race at Christmas in Cooroy. Leo Wiles

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.

The annual Christmas in Cooroy tug-o-war.

The annual Christmas in Cooroy tug-o-war. Leo Wiles

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.

Cruises can be booked through Mooloolaba Canal Cruise, Sunshine Coast Afloat or Whale One.

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

Cost: Free

CHRISTAMS SPIRIT: Thousands turned out at Cotton Tree Carols to clear skies and a festive Christmas fervour.

CHRISTAMS SPIRIT: Thousands turned out at Cotton Tree Carols to clear skies and a festive Christmas fervour. John McCutcheon

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

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

Visit www.afa.tours/product/christmas-on-the-coast/ or the Facebook event page for more information.

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)

BOATS LIGHT UP: Mooloolaba canals will light up for the Christmas boat parade.

BOATS LIGHT UP: Mooloolaba canals will light up for the Christmas boat parade. Contributed

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

Cost: free

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

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free

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

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