A SANCTUARY COVE CHRISTMAS
Friday December 21 // The Marine Village, Sanctuary Cove

Get into the holiday spirit when Christmas comes to Sanctuary Cove! On the Cove Christmas Charity Evening, restaurants in The Marine Village will be accepting donations on behalf of their charity of choice for one night only – Wednesday, December 19. It will be a night that celebrates the true meaning of Christmas, with an entire community coming together to help those less fortunate during the festive season.

www.sanctuarycove.com


STREET SCIENCE // SUMMER OF SCIENCE
Friday December 21 // Mt Gravatt & Wooloowin, Brisbane

Known for their seriously fun and energetic science presentations and workshops, Street Science are back for a brand-new Summer of Science experience! Kids aged 7 – 12 years will love the new workshops, which include making your own Airzooka with dry ice smoke rings, DIY metallic slime (which is only available at these workshops) as well as a top-secret experiment that will be revealed on the day. Kids get to keep everything they make!

www.streetscience.com.au


KIDS CHRISTMAS COOKING
Friday December 21 // Australia Fair, Southport

There’s nothing like some Christmas cooking to get into the school holiday spirit! This fun and interactive cooking show gives children the opportunity to prepare delicious and nutritious recipes – and they’ll enjoy making them as much as they enjoy eating them! The children will receive a bright and colourful chef hat and apron to cook in, and also get their own ingredients to create Christmas Reindeer cupcakes and Christmas Santas.

www.australiafair.com.au


BRICKMAN AWESOME EXHIBITION
Now thru to Saturday December 22 // Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

School holidays just got a bit more awesome with the ultimate LEGO-lovers experience. Ryan ‘The Brickman’ McNaught has unveilled his record-breaking models for all to see, and prepared to be awed. The dedicated interactive display contains 39 exclusive LEGO® brick models, totalling more than 2 million bricks and clocking up over 5,000 hours of build-time.

www.ticketek.com.au


NIGHTQUARTER SCHOOL HOLIDAY FUN // CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS
Saturday December 22, from 4.30pm // NightQuarter, Helensvale

Tis the season! Bring your creative elves down to NightQuarter to decorate their own Santa Stocking and get them ready for Santa. Kids can create their own stocking for themselves or their little elf friends. This workshop is hosted by Refresh Me in Little NightQuarter.

www.nightquarter.com.au


CAROLS BY TWILIGHT
Now thru to Sunday December 23, from 6pm ‘til 8pm // River Quay Green, South Bank

Witness the South Bank Parklands’ Carols by Twilight at River Quay, with a magical line-up including gypsy jazz band Cigany Weaver, SCAT and the Queensland Show Choir. Settle in by the sparkling Brisbane River and enjoy the musical stylings of talented musicians singing Christmas carol classics as the sun goes down. 

www.visitbrisbane.com.au


MOVIE WORLD // WHITE CHRISTMAS
Now thru to Sunday December 23 // Movie World, Oxenford

Movie World has been overtaken by magical Christmas cheer! From the White Christmas Parade and Mrs Claus’ Kitchen to the sparkling Christmas Village and Fairy Garden, there is so much to explore. Get awkward family Christmas photos, explore the fairy garden or decorate baubles and gingerbread men. Not to mention, there’s still all of the classic Movie World fun to be had on the thrill rides and with the characters on Main Street.
www.whitechristmas.com.au


SOUTHBANK GIFT MARKET
Now thru to Sunday December 23, from 3pm ‘til 10pm // South Bank Parklands

South Bank’s Christmas Gift Market returns to the Parklands with fashion, food, stationary, jewellery, homewares and so much more. And, be sure to hang around until 4.30pm when Santa arrives, so grab a photo with him (and whisper this year’s gift requests) before he leaves 8.30pm – you can find him next to Flowstate!

www.visitbrisbane.com.au


CHRISTMAS PARADE PRESENTED BY DAVID JONES
Now thru to Sunday December 23, from 7pm // Queen Street Mall, King George Square, Brisbane City

Festive fun has begun in the City, and there are only a few more days to join in! See the parade march its merry way through the Queen Street Mall and Albert Street right into King George Square, brimming with music and merriment. With exciting characters, hundreds of singing and dancing performers and of course, Santa Claus, it’s sure to entertain and delight all ages.

www.visitbrisbane.com.au


CHRISTMAS FIREWORKS
Now thru to Sunday December 23, from 7.45pm // Clem Jones Promenade, South Bank Parklands

Light the night in true Christmas style when the South Bank Parkland puts on a shimmering firework display! Make sure you’re there in the front row at the Clem Jones Promenade, or head to Streets Beach, River Quay and the Cultural Forecourt for an equally dazzling view.

www.visitbrisbane.com.au  


CHRISTMAS CINEMA
Now thru to Sunday December 23, 8pm // River Quay, South Bank Parklands

Catch the jam-packed movie schedule of the Christmas Cinema! Part of the sparkling program of free events bringing festive cheer to Brisbane the cinemas are suitable for all ages and entry is free! Check out the movie showings and session times online, and get in on the hashtag fun and share your event experience using #MerryBrismas.

www.christmasinbrisbane.com.au


MOONLIGHT CINEMAS // THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS & THE GRINCH
Saturday December 22 thru to Sunday December 23, from 7.15pm // Moonlight Cinema Brisbane

The Moonlight Cinema is keeping the Christmas classics coming with two new family-friendly flicks to get excited about this weekend! On Saturday, the Nutcracker gets a modern twist in this blockbuster starring Kiera Knightly, and on Sunday see the Grinch like you’ve never seen him before.

www.moonlight.com.au/brisbane


CHRISTMAS IN SURFERS PARADISE
Now thru to Monday December 24 // Surfers Paradise Foreshore

Surfers Paradise will transform into a world of Christmassy fun this year, with a jam-packed calendar full of holiday events fit for the whole family! From the White Christmas at Movie World right through to Christmas lunch at The Island or Catch, there’s no shortage of things to do this festive season.

www.surfersparadise.com


12 DAYS OF A GOLD COAST CHRISTMAS TRAIL
Now thru to Sunday January 6 // Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, Broadbeach

From the Riverwalk to the Resort, Pacific Fair is coming alive with Christmas fun! Experience the 12 augmented reality displays – whether it’s trying to wake the sleeping koala, or striking a pose with twelve prancing poodles – and be sure to stop by the Concierge desk to score your free sweet treat.

www.pacificfair.com.au


NEW YEAR’S CARNIVAL
Thursday December 27 thru to Tuesday January 1, from 3pm ‘til 9pm // Surfers Paradise Foreshore, Surfers Paradise

Start 2019 spectacularly at Surfers! A family-friendly Carnival leads up to the breathtaking New Year’s Eve fireworks displays that light up the Gold Coast’s iconic beach destination. Expect rides, slides and excitement on the beautiful beachfront, with daily fun and attractions that are guaranteed to entertain both little kids and big kids at heart.

www.surfersparadise.com


NYE FAMILY, FESTIVAL & RESOLUTION RUN
Monday December 31 // RACV Royal Pines Resort, Benowa

Kick off 2019 off on the right foot at twilight on New Year’s Eve. With walks and runs of various distances to ensure that anyone and everyone can get involved – including Family Relays, Junior Dash distances on flat ground and even pram-friendly courses – and a massive party complete with jumping castles, face painting, an open-air movie (complete with FREE popcorn for kids), live music and delicious food and drinks at the Asahi Premium Beverages Family Festival, there’s no reason not to get involved.

www.racvroyalpinesresolutionrun.com.au


NEW YEAR’S EVE AT THE PROMENADE
Monday December 31, from 4pm ‘til 10.30pm // Robina Town Centre, Robina

Come and celebrate the countdown to 2019 with friends and family at the Promenade, Robina Town Centre! You’ll have front row seats to an amazing night of live music and entertainment, followed by fireworks to kick-start the New Year. You can even park for free then set up a picnic blanket or book a table at one of the lakeside restaurants.

www.robinatowncentre.com.au


NEW YEAR’S EVE FIREWORKS // GOLD COAST
Monday December 31, at 8pm and 12am // Surfers Paradise Beach, Surfers Paradise

Bring your party to Surfers Paradise for a memorable New Year’s Eve celebration, where an awesome 30,000 effects will light up the sky from an offshore not once, but twice throughout the night! Come in early with family and friends to secure a prime position at Queensland’s favourite New Year’s Eve celebrations.

www.surfersparadise.com


NEW YEAR’S EVE FIREWORKS // BRISBANE
Monday December 31, at 8.30pm and 12am // Clem Jones Promenade, South Bank Parklands

Catch the stunning fireworks display which is set to be bigger and better than any the city has ever seen before. A new spectacular light show will set the night alight from barges at South Bank, Eagle Street Pier and Portside Wharf during one of the biggest events on Brisbane’s calendar. The best fireworks vantage points are Mt Coot-tha, Highgate Hill, Holy Trinity Church Woolloongabba, Vulture Street, Latrobe Terrace, Paddington, Portside Wharf and Coorparoo.

www.brisbane.qld.gov.au


FALLS FESTIVAL
Monday December 31 thru to Wednesday January 2 // North Byron Parklands, Byron Bay

Do you want to party with Vance Joy, Anderson .Paak, Hilltop Hoods and Toto? Then you need to be at North Byron Parklands over New Year’s for Falls Festival! There’s the Palm Springs waterpark, plenty of food and market stalls, plus so much fun to be had with fellow campers and festival-goers, all keen to experience what this 26-year-old festival is all about.

www.fallsfestival.com/byron-bay


WILDSKIES FREE FLIGHT BIRD SHOW // OPENING DAY
Tuesday January 1 // Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Currumbin

Be introduced to the majestic world of flight through innovative and engaging animal routines featuring native and exotic bird species. A bird show like nothing you’ve ever experienced before, Wild Skies is set in a brand-new purpose-built stadium and is beautifully underscored with emotive music and take guests on a journey through the past, present and future of flight.

www.currumbinsanctuary.com.au


DEADLY 60 DOWN UNDER
Thursday January 3 thru to Friday January 4 // QPAC, South Bank

Join Steve Backshall – star of the hit TV series Deadly 60, author, expedition leader, naturalist, wildlife expert and fearless presenter – as he shares stories and videos from his Aussie adventures. There will be loads of audience participation, on-stage fun and opportunities to ask Steve all about his travels Down Under and the amazing animals he has encountered along the way!

www.qpac.com.au


THE GRUFFALO’S CHILD // LIVE ON STAGE!
Thursday January 3 thru to Sunday January 13, at 10am, 12pm & 3pm // Gardens Theatre, Brisbane City

The sequel to the beloved Gruffalo returns, following previous sell out Australian tours. Join the Gruffalo’s Child on her adventurous mission in this magical musical adaptation of the much-loved picture book, bringing together physical theatre, music and puppetry to deliver songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged 3 and up, and their adults…

www.gardenstheatre.qut.edu.au


MAGIC MILLIONS CARNIVAL
Friday January 4 thru to Tuesday January 15 // Various locations, Gold Coast

The 2019 racing season kicks off with a slew of events sure to delight horse and fashion fanatics alike. Be there on the sidelines at the Pacific Fair Magic Millions Polo on January 6, wine and dine in style at the Women in Racing Inc Australia Luncheon, and don’t miss the stand-out event, the Star Gold Coast Magic Millions Race Day on January 12 – plus so much more.

www.magicmillions.com.au


On the lookout for family-friendly fun around Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Byron Bay? Check out our full list of calendar events…

DECEMBER CALENDAR

For all of the best family-friendly events going on this week and aaaall month long in Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Byron Bay, check out what we’ve got on the calendar!

Find out more here www.havenmagazine.com.au

DECEMBER MARKETS

Market mad? Check out our calendar for all of the coolest food, fashion and art markets on this month in Byron Bay, Brisbane and the Gold Coast!

Find out more here www.havenmagazine.com.au

SANTA VISITS

We’ve made a list – and checked it twice – of all of the places you can see jolly ol’ Saint Nick around Brisbane and the Gold Coast!

Find out more here www.havenmagazine.com.au

CHRISTMAS CAROLS

Love them or loathe them, Christmas carols are one of the best ways to get into the holiday spirit and we’ve listed all of the places you can catch the carols this Christmas!

Find out more here www.havenmagazine.com.au

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