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Everything yule need to know about this year’s Christmas Carol Calen-deer

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Santa at Carols on the Beach, Surfers Paradse (image supplied)
Santa at Carols on the Beach, Surfers Paradse (image supplied)

Get ready to jingle all the way through this year’s Christmas Carol Calendar because City of Gold Coast is rolling out their dashing lineup of Chrissy festivities for another year.

Here’s where you can get amongst allll the advent action on the Coast this year. Ho ho hope you can make it.

Mayor’s Christmas Carols (image supplied)
Mayor’s Christmas Carols (image supplied)

Mayors Christmas Carols
We all enjoy singing classic festive tunes, and the Mayor’s Carols offer the perfect opportunity to showcase your vocal talent (or lack thereof)! Expect incredible artists performing outstanding renditions of your favorite Christmas songs. There’s also a kids’ show for the little ones, and, of course, a visit from Santa himself. The grand finale, a breathtaking fireworks display, will undoubtedly light up our night!
Where: HOTA Outdoor Stage,135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise
When: Saturday 2 December, 6.00pm – 8.30pm

Mayor's Christmas Carols (image supplied)
Mayor's Christmas Carols (image supplied)

Christmas in Broadbeach
Broadbeach Mall will be transforming for another year into a HQ of festive fun for our merrymaking pleasure. Treat yo’elf to free daily activities like bon-bon making, gingerbread decorating, and story time in the spectacular Gingerbread Village next to The Oasis Shopping Centre. An ideal way to fill your school holiday calendar with festive cheer.
Where: Broadbeach Mall
When: Saturday 9 – Sunday 17 December

Gingerbread Village, Broadbeach (image supplied)
Gingerbread Village, Broadbeach (image supplied)

Coolangatta Christmas Carols
The Cooly Carols have sleighbrity status as one of the jolliest Christmas carol extravaganzas on the Coast. Families dash from distant corners to join these legendary festivities at Queen Elizabeth Park.
Where: Queen Elizabeth Park, 60 Marine Parade, Coolangatta
When: Sunday 10 December, 5.30pm – 7.30pm

Carols in Coomera
Put those plans for your 187th Love Actually rewatch on ice, because as Northern residents know there’s ‘snow missing out on Coomera’s Christmas Carols. Round up your crew for some magical mems and prepare to be serenaded by the quintessential sounds of Christmas, because we’ll be copping more jam(s) than a trifle at Chrissy dinner.
Where: Coomera Sports Park, 53 Beattie Rd, Coomera
When: Saturday 16 December, 4.30pm – 6.30pm

Carols in Coomera (image supplied)
Carols in Coomera (image supplied)

Carols on the Beach
Carols on the Beach is back to rock the sands of Surfers Paradise with all things festive and fun. This free, family-fun-packed event will feature a yet-to-be announced lineup of guest performances. They’ll be belting out your favorite classics, and, of course, the big man in red will be taking a break from his busy schedule to make it rein(deer) Christmas cheer.
Where: Surfers Paradise Beach, Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise
When: Sunday 17 December, 6.00pm – 8.00pm

Carols on the Beach, Surfers Paradse (image supplied)
Carols on the Beach, Surfers Paradse (image supplied)

New Years Eve
Say farewell to the holiday season, and ring in the brand new year with ‘a bang’ with everyone’s favourite time honoured NYE tradition… fireworks!

There’ll be a plethora of GC park part-ays where we can convene for ‘oohs’ and ‘aaahs’ a plenty. Catch the various fireworks displays, with family friendly shows slated for Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise at 8pm, or Coolangatta at 9pm – before they all fire again for the big shebang as the clock officially strikes 12 on 2023.
Where: Fireworks: Kurrawa Beachfront, Broadbeach – 8pm & midnight, Kirra, Coolangatta – 9pm & midnight, Surfers Paradise Beach – 8pm & midnight. Community Celebration: Coomera Sports Park, Coomera – 5pm to 8pm.
When: Sunday 31 December

Fireworks at Surfers Paradise (image supplied)
Fireworks at Surfers Paradise (image supplied)

And that’s a wrap on another cracker season of fun-filled GC festivities for 2023, folks. Which is just as well – after all that we’ll need to channel our inner Dad à la Boxing Day and “rest our eyes” in front of the telly for wee bit.

Words by Kellie Leader.


Mayor's Christmas Carols (image supplied)
Mayor's Christmas Carols (image supplied)

11 Christmas Day feasts on the Gold Coast

Christmas Day Dining (image courtesy of Unsplash)
Christmas Day Dining (image courtesy of Unsplash)

It’s almost that time again Gold Coasters and if you’re anything like us, whipping up a Christmas lunch or dinner is the absolute LAST thing you feel like doing after sinking a few (too many) champers and opening all those pressies.

But never fear, we’re here to round up the local faves taking the hard yakka out of the jolliest time of year, so that you enjoy your food coma sans the prep and post feast clean up.

The Star Gold Coast
Who better equipped to handle our merry munches than the veritable recreation wonderland that awaits at The Star – we mean, they literally spend 365 days a year honing their impeccable hosting skills.. and an atmosphere primed for fun and frivolity is kind of their whole schtick.

Check out the epic array of soirees on offer here for the ‘star’ on the top of a tree-mendous Chrissy Day. Pssst, there are even gourmet hampers available for stress-free hosting.. (feel free to steal all the glory, our lips are sealed).
Where:1 Casino Dr, Broadbeach

Christmas at Harvest at The Star Gold Coast (image supplied)
Christmas at Harvest at The Star Gold Coast (image supplied)

Novotel Surfers Paradise
This Dec 25, have a cracker of a (carefree) Christmas Day with all of the cheer and none of the tears, and lock in a spectacular seafood buffet lunch at Novotel Surfers Paradise.

Find all the deets here to secure your spot – and score yourself a sneaky Chrissy morning sleep in while you’re at it – aka cut out the crack-of-dawn pilgrimage to the prawn trawlers altogether.. now that’s a Merry Christmas!
Where: Novotel Surfers Paradise, Cnr Of Surfers Paradise Blvd, Hanlan St, Surfers Paradise

Christmas at Novotel Surfers Paradise (image supplied)
Christmas at Novotel Surfers Paradise (image supplied)

Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach
Assemble your nearest and dearest for a delicious ripper of a Christmas celebration at the Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach this year. The Sofitel’s stunner trio of venues are set to transform for the occasion, on offer will be three enchanting experiences: a ‘Grand Ballroom Gingerbread House’, a jolly gastronomic journey for those who fancy their Christmas with a side of French indulgence, and sumptuous seafood and hot carvery buffet. Go here for all the delicious details.
Where: 81 Surf Parade, Broadbeach

Christmas at Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach (image supplied)
Christmas at Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach (image supplied)

JW Marriott Gold Coast
We’re more spoiled than a kid on Christmas morning with the array of delectable dining experiences on offer at JW Marriott. As experts in exquisite eats, their annual yuletide events always sell out.. so get on it like an empty parking spot in December, guys.

This Christmas, we’ve got four spectacular events to choose from. Citrique is gearing up to deliver a luxurious lunch (sold out) and dinner celebration, with a festive twist on their famous seafood buffet for $279 pp + BF, children starting from $49 (under 2 free).

The signature seafood buffet experience will also be hosted in Grand Ballroom, for a luxe lunch including live cooking stations, a three hour premium beverage package with Champagne, live entertainment, face painting and a visit from Santa. Tickets $339 pp + BF, children starting from $159 (under 3 free).

Alternatively, choose to celebrate at Chapter and Verse with the ‘Festive Feast of Seafood and Sweets’ Christmas Lunch, from 12.30pm – 3.30pm – a selection of mouth-watering morsels all set to satisfy, including seafood on ice, raw bar, cheese and charcuterie, tapas and dessert. Tickets $249 pp + BF.
Where: 158 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise

JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa's Christmas (image supplied)
JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa's Christmas (image supplied)

QT Gold Coast
Families looking to converge for some magical (and mouthwatering) Christmas mems, look no further than the luxe QT luncheons – both the Ballroom and Bazaar (dinner also available) will be abuzz with 3-hour beverage packages, a sumptuous spread of roasted meats, fresh seafood and decadent desserts. Christmas cheer also comes courtesy of a festive cocktail on arrival, and for kids under 12, a gift from Mr Claus himself.

Alternatively, avid foodies can treat themselves to an exquisite gastronomic experience at the adults-only Christmas Lunch at Yamagen. Get in the spirit with a meticulously crafted 7-course menu, a masterclass in Japanese dining with a showcase of seafood dishes with a Christmas twist. Tickets from $299 pp + BF, including an arrival cocktail and curated wine pairings.

(Pssst – Santa called, he said you should go ahead and upgrade to the Premium Whisky/Wine/Sake Pairing, it is Christmas after all).

Want to bring the QT home with you this Christmas? Indulge in the epitome of festive luxury with a QT Gold Coast curated opulent hamper. Crafted to delight 4-6 people, this lavish banquet features culinary treasures like the iconic Moreton Bay bug & prawn roll, slow-roasted suckling Berkshire Porchetta with crackling, locally caught tiger prawns, Sydney Rock oysters and Tasmanian smoked salmon. From $649 per box with 20 dishes to unwrap.

Where: 7 Staghorn Ave, Surfers Paradise

Christmas at the QT Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise (image supplied)
Christmas at the QT Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise (image supplied)

RACV Royal Pines Resort
Another festive contender for your consideration – round up your kin and revel in the Chrissy day array at RACV Royal Pines, for an indulgent spread hosted within the impeccable surrounds of the Royal Benowa Ballroom.

Kicking off from from 12:00 pm, this years proceedings include a 3-hour beverage package along with all the traditional festive fare – delight in fresh Australian seafood, carved meats, and a selection of hot dishes, salads and desserts. Tickets start from $51.00 for children aged 2-4 (ages 0-2 free) up to $297.85 per adult (+ booking fees).
Where: Ross St, Benowa

RACV Christmas lunch (image supplied)
RACV Christmas lunch (image supplied)

The Langham Gold Coast
Are you and/or the fam fans of the finer things? Then look no further than The Langham for your December 25 festivities, friends. As a destination with a rep for all things luxury, our unofficial dealers of decadence are especially equipped to deliver a swanky soiree.

This year, their swoon-worthy spread includes fresh local seafood, a crudo and oyster bar, live barbeque with premium meats such as wagyu steaks (feat. sausage sizzle for the littles) salads, desserts and more. Their stellar shin-dig kicks off from 12:00 pm, with tickets ranging from $148 per child (ages 0-4 free) to $468 per adult inc. premium beverage package.
Where: 38 Old Burleigh Rd, Surfers Paradise

Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove
Offering two decadent dining experiences, spend your Christmas Day situated among Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove’s stellar surrounds and get amongst some fanciful fare to mark the occasion in the most delicious of ways.

If the thought of festive fine dining sparks a whole lot of joy for you – we present to you, option numero ono: the long, and lavish – Degustation Lunch. Secure your spot at this little advent affair for an all-inclusive experience hosted at The Fireplace, and prepare to sip and savour your way through your Christmas Day for $449pp + BF.

If you’d rather take the night off following a jam-packed day of festivities (aka keep the arvo open for a very necessary nap) the Seafood Buffet Dinner option will be enticing on every level. With two convenient seatings available at 5 pm and 8 pm, get cosy at Cove Cafe and sidle up to a mouthwatering spread of traditional Christmas fare fused with modern Australian flavours. Tickets from $209 per person, children aged 5 to 12 are priced at $89 per child (ages 0-4 free).
Where: Sanctuary Cove, Manor Cir, Hope Island

Christmas Day Dining (image courtesy of Unsplash)
Christmas Day Dining (image courtesy of Unsplash)

Southport Sharks
Sadly for fans of the legendary Sharks seafood buffet lunch, this event has already sold out for this year #tear – though if the thought of this leaves you languishing, tickets to the Festive Buffet Breakfast are still available. On the bright side, this means we can bring forward our scheduled smorgasbord proceedings – and frankly, feasting sooner is never a bad thing in our books.

Start your Christmas day with a classic brekkie banquet fit for a ‘Kringle’, complete with all the morning mainstays – tasty rashers of bacon, delicious eggs, juicy sausages, sides of mushrooms and tomatoes, hotcakes with warm butter or sweet syrup (both, obvs), piles of pastries and so much more. Tickets for this very merry morning start at $15 for kids (ages 0-3 free) up to $55 for adults + BF, with 90 minute seatings available from 7:30am – 10am.
Where: Corner Olsen and, Musgrave Ave, Southport

The Island
This year, Surfers’ stellar pozzy, The Island, is poised to throw not one but two tantalising Christmas day events – take your pick of the Family Buffet in the Glasshouse – or the all-inclusive Buffet & Beverage Package in the Penthouse.. either way, yule be left feeling rather jolly indeed.

From 11am – 2pm, prepare to tuck into all the traditional festive provisions and trimmings – savour hot and cold seafood, succulent roast meats, seasonal roast vegetables, wholesome summer salads and decadent desserts.

Tickets for the Family Buffet event start at $89 for kids (ages 0-3 free), through to $179 for adults (+ booking fees) – with drinks available at the bar throughout the day.  While the Penthouse Buffet & Beverage tickets are $229 pp + BF including 3-hour beverage package – which we might add, includes Christmas sangria and spritz, bc it would be rather Rudolph us to omit this very important detail.
Where: 3128 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise

voco Christmas lunch (image supplied)
voco Christmas lunch, Surfers Paradise (image supplied)

voco Surfers Paradise
We need not spend days toiling away in the kitchen, offload the preparations (read: stress) and let the voco pros handle your Chrissy day proceedings. Indulge in a banquet of iconic Christmas Day fare, such as fresh seafood, summer salads, succulent roast carvery, a variety of hot and cold dishes – complete with a mouthwatering dessert bar for your feasting pleasure. Plus, face painting and a sneaky cameo from the big man in red, for some extra special Christmas magic for the kiddos.

This little Chrissy extravaganza will set you back $289 per person, with children from $130 (ages 0-4 free).. and simultaneously deliver max satisfaction and zero stress in the process.
Where: 31 Hamilton Avenue, Surfers Paradise

Words by Kellie Leader.

Where to get Santa snaps on the Gold Coast

Santa's Golden Palace, Pacific Fair (image supplied)
Santa's Golden Palace, Pacific Fair (image supplied)

It’s that time again Gold Coasters (unsure how but what can you do). Christmas is here or it may as well be, since there are decorations everywhere and you may now pop down to see the big guy for a snap.

That’s right, it’s time to book in your Santa portraits pals and here’s the lineup of where you can do exactly that around the Coast. Hip, hip hooray, the years of socially distanced snaps are but a distant memory. We’re back to sharing a big chair, the way we all remember it.

Pacific Fair
Visit Santa’s Golden Palace filled with golden treasures for all to enjoy until Christmas Eve. Pacific Fair hosts Santa photos for everyone including pet photos for pictures with your fur babies, and Sensitive Santa, an experience with dimmed lights and no crowds. Plus, every child that visits Santa will receive a special surprise! Book here.
Where: Santa’s Golden Palace, Ground Floor outside Myer, Broadbeach

Santaland at Myer
Embark on a magical Christmas journey at Santaland! Jump on the Santaland Express, create festive art with Santa’s helpers, send wish-lists to the North Pole, and cherish the moment with Santa for an enchanting family photo. Plus, don’t forget your furry friends! Santa Paws welcomes your four-legged family members for a festive snapshot with Santa. Book here.
Where: Santaland, Myer near the Toy section, Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, Broadbeach

Santa Paws (Image supplied)

Stockland Burleigh Heads
Get your portraits taken at Stocklands Burleigh Heads from Saturday 2nd December until Christmas Eve. There’ll be times for Paws & Claus, Sensory Santa and even traditional Santa photos. You can book online here.
Where: Santa’s Beach Shack, outside Aldi, West Burleigh Rd, Burleigh Heads

Australia Fair
Capture a magical photo moment with Santa every day from Thursday 30th Novmeber until Christmas Eve. As a special festive reward, they are offering a *FREE Santa photo when you spend $20 or more at Australia Fair or Metro! Terms and Conditions apply. Plus, every child who visits Santa will receive a free gift! No bookings required.
Where: Ground floor, outside Coles, 42 Marine Parade, Southport

Santa at Sanctuary Cove (image supplied)
Santa at Sanctuary Cove (image supplied)

Sanctuary Cove
Mark the annual Christmas tradition with a photo with Santa at Sanctuary Cove. Meet Father Christmas with your little ones (and fur babies too) inside Santa’s igloo and capture the moment to remember for years to come. The Santa photo booth will be open from 10am-2pm on Friday 8th December, then 11am-2pm from Saturday 9th – Monday 11th December. Pet sessions are available on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th from 1pm-2pm. No bookings required, but find more information on Santa photos and Sanctuary Cove’s other Christmas activities here.
Where: Masthead Way, Sanctuary Cove

Tweed Mall
Visit Santa at Tweed Mall this Christmas and every child will receive a free gift from Santa. Times are 10am-2pm (NSW time) Friday 1st December to Friday 15th December, then 10am-4pm (NSW time) from Saturday 16th December to Christmas Eve. Pet photos are available on Tuesday 13th and Thrusday 15th December from 3pm-8pm. Sundays are when you can experience ‘Surfy Santa’! Surfy Santa Photos will be on offer, FREE for the first 40 customers each Sunday. More details here.
Where: Centre Court near Target, Tweed Mall, Cnr Wharf and Bay Streets, Tweed Heads

Gold Coast Santa Beach Photos (image supplied)
Gold Coast Santa Beach Photos (image supplied)

Gold Coast Santa Beach Photos
Gold Coast Santa Photo Sessions are 5-10 minutes per shoot with Santa, your family and your pets! Depending on your session you will receive 4-10 high resolution digital images per session. Please read the full terms and conditions before booking. Available on various December dates on the beach at Main Beach, Miami and Currumbin. These photo shoots are super popular, with over 75% of spots are already filled. They have a brand new Candy Land Theme this year as well as Grinch photoshoots in the park (not for the faint hearted)!  You can book your Santa Beach photo here.

Baby's First Santa Photo, Robina Town Centre (image supplied)
Baby's First Santa Photo, Robina Town Centre (image supplied)

Robina Town Centre
Meet Santa in his magical Enchanted Forest from now until Christmas Eve. There’s also an option for a Sensitive Santa experience in a low-stress, sensory-friendly environment that can be enjoyed by all, without the crowds, queues and noise (from Monday 20th November) and special Baby’s First Santa photo packages. Book here.

Don’t forget the Awkward Christmas Portraits!  Grab your best Christmas sweater, 90s scrunchie or leave it to the team who have a bunch of props on hand. It’ll be the most cringe-worthy portrait of the season! Check out the times and dates here.
Where: Outside Myer and Kookai, Robina Town Centre, Robina

Awkward Christmas Portraits, Robina Town Centre (image supplied)
Awkward Christmas Portraits, Robina Town Centre (image supplied)

Westfield Coomera
Tis’ the season to be making magical memories. Create a Christmas memory and book your photo with Santa at Westfield Coomera from now until Christmas Eve. This year, Westfield is offering a range of photography sessions to suit everyone, including Sensitive Santa, My First Christmas, Pet photography and Auslan Santa. You can book online here.
Where: 103 Foxwell Rd, Coomera


Auslan Santa at Westfield (image supplied)
Auslan Santa at Westfield (image supplied)

Dreamworld Night Markets
Santa has made Dreamworld Night Markets his Ho-Ho-Home! Throughout December the Dreamworld Night Markets are going all out on Christmas. They have some of the GC’s biggest names performing all throughout December, as well as Christmas movies, a beautiful new stage show: Frosty the Snowman, and Santa photos. Make Christmas memories with professional Santa photos priced from $14.95. Parents are also free to take their own snaps. There;s no need to book.
*Price does not include entry into Dreamworld Night Markets.
Where: Dreamworld, Dreamworld Pkwy, Coomera

Santa's arrival at Pacific Fair on Saturday 4 November (image supplied)
Santa's arrival at Pacific Fair on Saturday 4 November (image supplied)
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