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Sanctuary Cove Christmas Carnival
Now thru to Sunday December 21 – The Marine Village, Sanctuary Cove

The Sanctuary Cove Christmas Carnival will feature nine whimsical days of entertainment and free festivities including pony and village train rides, jumping castles, face painting, animal farms, roving entertainers and open-air movie nights on December 13 and 20, where families can bring their picnic blankets and enjoy a night’s entertainment under the stars. There are carols to be sung, candy canes to be hung and maybe even be a surprise visit from a very special Christmas someone. So this December, gather your family and friends and have yourself a Marine little Christmas.

For more info visit www.sanctuarycove.com


Christmas Markets GC
Now thru to Sunday December 21 from 4.00pm to 10.00pm – Broadwater Parklands, Marine Parade, Southport

Take the stress out of Christmas with friends and family and enjoy a relaxing stroll through a menagerie of unique gifts, taste the delectable Yuletide treats and tantalise the senses with the essence of real Christmas trees. Nestled amongst an enchanting display of shimmering lights the Christmas Markets GC will set the scene for couples and families alike, whether it be a romantic wander for two or a fun-filled night out with the family. There’s sure to be something for everyone!  And best of all, it’s free to come along!

For more info visit www.christmasmarketsgc.com.au


Selfie Santa
Now thru to Wednesday December 24 from 11.00am to 4.00pm – Harbour Town Gold Coast, 147-189 Brisbane Road, Biggera Waters

With more than one million selfies taken each day around the world, Harbour Town is inviting shoppers to participate in their own unique selfie by ‘BYO – Bring Your Own’  camera to snap FREE family selfies with Santa. Selfie Santa will be making his way around the centre until Christmas Eve. The man in red will be meeting and greeting children of all ages while parents can get snap happy with their own personal devices.

For more info visit www.harbourtowngoldcoast.com.au


Christmas In Surfers Paradise
Now thru to Wednesday December 24 from 12.00pm to 3.00pm & 4.00pm to 7.00pm – Cavill Mall, Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise

In the 12 days leading up to Christmas, Surfers Paradise will come aglow with holiday spirit as the precinct fills with a magical selection of decorations including oversized presents, large summer-themed Santa statues plus roving carolers and performers will provide entertainment daily. Children will clap with delight as Santa and his helpers invite kids to post their wish lists and get their photos taken with the jolly old man himself at Santa’s Surf Boat Sleigh in Cavill Mall from 12pm – 3pm & 4pm – 7pm.

For more info visit www.surfersparadise.com


Movie World White Christmas
Now thru to Saturday December 28 from 5.30pm to 8.30pm – Movie World, Pacific Motorway, Oxenford

Experience a dazzling Christmas Parade with new themed floats and the enchantment of Movie World’s snow covered streets. See live performances and a stunning Christmas light display. It truly is the most magical event of the year…

For more info visit www.movieworld.com.au


Tugun Lights Up
Now thru to Wednesday December 31 – Tugun

Tugun Lights Up is a community event to light up the central village of Tugun for Christmas. Supported by Tugun Progress Association, it aims to celebrate Christmas, support local businesses and bring our community together.

For more info visit www.facebook.com/pages/tugunlightsup


Palm Beach Farmers Market
Saturday December 20 from 6.00am to 11.00am – Palm Beach Currumbin High School, Thrower Drive, Palm Beach

A truly great spot for a market, the PBC Markets started with around 50 stallholders and less than a year later consistently featured up to 80 stallholders and thousands of shoppers every week. Another great fresh and value-added food and farmers market with all of the fantastic produce you’ve come to expect. Bring your basket as there’s free on-street parking, wheelchair accessible and bike racks are available.

For more info visit www.yourlocalmarkets.com.au


Marketta Street Food
Saturday December 20 from 4.00pm to 10.00pm – Rabbit + Cocoon Creative Precinct, 23 Hillcrest Parade, Miami

A night food market experience. Soak up and indulge in the tastes of the world whilst listening to blues, jazz or flamenco music at the Marketta Street Food any Saturday night of the month. Street performers and buskers will keep you and the kids entertained throughout the open air private street of Rabbit + Cocoon art’s precinct. It’s free entry, its family friendly and there’s live entertainment, so pack the kids in the car and have dinner served up by someone else this Saturday night!

For more info visit www.miamimarketta.com


Movies In The Park – Rise of the Guardians (PG)
Saturday December 20 at 7.00pm – Broadwater Parklands, Marine Parade, Southport

There is no better way to spend a hot summer’s night than slouching back under the stars in the great outdoors watching a movie. The GCCC will provide the movie and the venue, so just grab a rug, bring a picnic or support your local community food vendors there and have a great fun night out with family or friends!

For more info visit www.cityofgoldcoast.com.au/moviesinthepark


Fun Sail
Saturday December 20 & Sunday December 21 from 9.00am to 10.30am – Southport Yacht Club, 1 Macarthur Parade, Main Beach

A great way of getting on the water is to come along to the Southport Yacht Club’s Fun Sail sessions. No experience is required and it is a fantastic way to introduce your children to the sport! The instructors will teach all they need to know to get out on the water and sail safely. They stay by their side encouraging the kids the whole way through and always making sure they’re having fun!

For more info visit www.southportyachtclub.com.au


Art & Craft Beach Market
Sunday December 21 from 8.00am to 2.00pm – Kurrawa Park, Old Burleigh Road, Broadbeach

Shopping for gifts, souvenirs, art, craft, the ingenious, the weird and the wonderful has never been easier. With all your favourite stalls and new stalls starting every week there is always plenty of unique Australian made products on offer at the Gold Coast’s famous art and craft markets. Large, colourful and a buzz with atmosphere, if you’re looking for a fun family stroll out this Sunday, come and hang out on the beachfront for a unique market shopping experience.

For more info visit www.artandcraft.com.au


The Village Markets
Sunday December 21 from 8.30am to 1.00pm – Burleigh Heads State School Oval, 1750 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads

The Village Markets is the Gold Coast’s first and largest fashion and lifestyle market. A free market to attend, TVM features up to 100 carefully edited emerging designer, vintage clothing and accessories, homewares and art stalls, plus live local music and gourmet eats. It’s more than just a market; it’s a fun family friendly morning out with your friends and your little ones.

For more info visit www.thevillagemarketsgc.com.au


Special Advance Screening: Penguins Of Madagascar (G)
Sunday December 21 at 10.30am (check your nearest cinema location for details) – Event Cinemas, Greater Union & BCC Cinemas

The countdown to Christmas is on and this will be an event not to be missed! The Penguins of Madagascar are back in their very own feature film! Featuring the enterprising Penguins from DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar franchise, this comedy adventure stars Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private in their very own spy thriller. At this special preview event, there will also be lucky door prizes and activities at every screening!

For more info visit www.eventcinemas.com.au


Sharks Christmas Family Night
Sunday December 21 at 5.00pm – Southport Sharks, Cnr Musgrave & Olsen Avenues, Southport

The entire family will enjoy the Sharks Christmas Family night with free live entertainment by LOL Crew and Zookeepers from 5.30pm to 9.30pm, Christmas giveaways, face painting, a visit from Mr Sharky and a special appearance from Santa Claus. Dinner bookings are essential and can be made by calling Southport Sharks on 07 5532 1155.

For more info visit www.southportsharks.com.au


Family Five-0
Sunday December 21, Monday December 22 & Tuesday December 23 – North Burleigh SLSC, 293 The Esplanade, Miami

Surfs up every Sunday, Monday & Tuesday night at the North Burleigh SLSC when 2 x adults and 2 x kids can dine for $50! Adults can choose from a caesar or chicken caesar salad, chicken schnitzel, lasagne, trawler basket, pork sirloin or barramundi, while the kids can select from the Nippers menu. Let someone else do the cooking and treat the family to an early week night out!

For more info visit www.surfclubaustralia.com


Kids Eat Free Mondays
Monday December 22 from 6.00pm – Southport Sharks, Corner Musgrave & Olsen Avenues, Southport

Children 12 years and under eat for free from the buffet with every full-paying adult in Frenzy Food Court at Southport Sharks on Monday evenings from 6pm. The adult buffet price is $28 for members and $32 for guests. Bookings are essential and can be made by phoning 07 5532 1155.

For more info visit www.southportsharks.com.au


Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets
Every Wednesday, Friday & Sunday from 5.00pm to 10.00pm – The Foreshore, Surfers Paradise

Each Wednesday, Friday and Sunday night, treasure hunters, bargain spotters and after-dinner walkers make their way to the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets to wander along the coastal stretch of more than 120 market stalls, while live entertainers set a casual mood in their performance. Why not make a night of it and head into Surfers Paradise for a markets and dinner family night out. Visit one of the many restaurants and cafes, and have a truly magical night in the city.

For more info call 07 5584 3700


Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (CTC)
Friday December 26 (check your nearest cinema location for details) – Event Cinemas, Greater Union & BCC Cinemas

Get ready for the wildest and most adventure-filled Night at the Museum ever as Larry (Ben Stiller) spans the globe, uniting favourite and new characters while embarking on an epic quest to save the magic before it is gone forever. One final night to save the day! Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb is in cinemas Boxing Day.

For more info visit www.eventcinemas.com.au


2014 Christmas Carols

If you could use a dose of Christmas spirit pack a picnic and make the trek to one of your local carol concerts this weekend. By the sea, stadium, street or park there are loads to choose from and what fun it is to laugh and sing…

For your list of local carol concerts, click here.


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