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Jingle all the way to this Not So Silent Night

Not So Silent Night, The Star Gold Coast (image supplied)
Not So Silent Night, The Star Gold Coast (image supplied)

‘Tis the season to be jolly, and as Christmas creeps closer on the calendar, The Star Gold Coast have unveiled their infamous events that invites you to eat, drink and be merry.

After a spectacular year with lots of silver linings, everyone will be looking to celebrate, so beating the crowd should be a priority for locking in fun and frivolities with friends, family and work colleagues. So, we suggest you cast your attention to The Star’s infamous Not So Silent Night Christmas Ball.

If a decadent night of great food, first-class entertainment and getting all dressed up sounds like the only way to kick off your festive season, then this is the event for you.

The location is set at The Star’s Ballroom event space, where your evening will include a 4-hour drinks package and a three-course meal — set to rival mum’s Christmas roast, that’s for sure. Beverages will consist of Queensland produced wines and some of the Gold Coast’s best-produced beers from our long list of award-winning breweries.

Should you feel like amping things up a notch, there’s also the option to upgrade your ticket to VIP status, whereby you’ll have additional access to a bespoke collection of spirits to drink at your leisure!

Not So Silent Night, The Star Gold Coast (image supplied)
Not So Silent Night, The Star Gold Coast (image supplied)

The menu for the evening, curated by some of the finest chefs, is sure to provide the ultimate festive feast with Australian cuisine intertwined with Northern Hemisphere Christmas favourites.

Entrees will include Mini Crab Sliders and Hervey Bay Scallop Ceviche before the main course is either Honey Glazed Atlantic Salmon with confit potato or Italian Roast Porchetta with sauteed cabbage and apple.

And suppose there is room for anything else, the dessert station will astound even the sweetest of tooths with a barrage of insanely delicious goodies, including Classic British Christmas Pudding with brandy scented custard, Bûche de Noel (a traditional 19th century French Christmas favourite), Layered Cherry Pavlova with vanilla whipped cream, kirsch coulis, fresh cherries, and Traditional Trifle with vanilla-infused custard, summer fruits, jelly and cream.

Plus, how could anyone leave out Fruit Mince Tarts and Christmas Cookies — the epitome of Christmas in one bite!

Not So Silent Night, The Star Gold Coast (image supplied)
Not So Silent Night, The Star Gold Coast (image supplied)

It wouldn’t be a Christmas ball without back-to-back world-class entertainment schedule with two sensational acts to keep the evening vibes flowing and the mood merry. To get the Christmas cheer started, 42Band will be kicking off the entertainment for the evening, who are presented by the ever-popular Hanlon Brothers, known for their unique high energy and heart-warming RnB songs. Taking you later into the night is the Gold Coast’s sensational and glamourous DJ Brooke Evers. This young lady unquestionably knows how to get people moving with electro-fused hits such as Get Dirty and Check Me Out.

So, Gold Coasters, if this all doesn’t sound like the best possible way to start the silly season (AKA Christmas 2021), then don’t delay. Tickets have already been shifting in a quick smart fashion and only a little over 200 tickets are actually now left. We know it’s only just turned October, but you have to organise these things early: go on, gift yourself a jolly good Christmas!

Where: Event Centre Ballroom, The Star Gold Coast, Casino Drive, Broadbeach
When: 7:30pm — 11.30pm, Saturday 11th December 2021
Book your tickets here.

Words by Alex Mitcheson.

STORY SPONSORED BY THE STAR GOLD COAST

The Star Gold Coast

The beloved Atrium Bar is getting a makeover

Artist impression of new Atrium Bar entrance, The Star Gold Coast (image supplied)
Artist impression of new Atrium Bar entrance, The Star Gold Coast (image supplied)

For more than three decades, the Atrium Bar at The Star Gold Coast has been the city’s go-to venue for fun nights on the dancefloor, the keeper of many stories and the creator of many lasting memories over its fun-filled history. Most notable is its undeniable flair for playing cupid, with the bar sparking the beginning of countless love stories, relationships and marriages. 

The current Atrium Bar, which has been a cherished part of The Star Gold Coast property since initially opening as a piano bar in 1986, will close shortly in mid-July — with the lively new Atrium Bar to open within the casino flooring area at the end of August!  

It is the ambiance and the Atrium Bar’s affinity for bringing merrymakers together that The Star Gold Coast anticipates will carry through. After 35 incredible, memorable years, The Star Gold Coast again turns the page on an exciting new chapter that will honour the fun, playful energy synonymous with the bar.

Best get those dancing shoes ready as the live music venue promises to have partygoers feeling lively whatever the occasion, with live DJs Thursday through Sunday playing everyone’s favourite classic anthems, much loved top 100, and epic mashups.

Artist impression of the new Atrium Bar interior, The Star Gold Coast (image supplied)
Artist impression of the new Atrium Bar interior, The Star Gold Coast (image supplied)

The revamped and reworked bar will capture your attention with a bright, bold, colourful, and new design. The comfy lounge booths will be perfect for having chilled moments, accompanied by a classic and exciting cocktail menu, and of course, a dancefloor complete with disco mirror ball to cut shapes long into the night. Trust us; this facelift will deliver fresh, party vibes. All while injecting a little extra colour and spice: perfect for shirking those winter blues!

But will this new space hold a candle to our beloved Atrium Bar? We have no doubt it will and neither does The Star Gold Coast Chief Operating Officer, Jess Mellor. “There’s little doubt the Atrium Bar has been much-loved – people are always sharing their stories about meeting their husband or wife there, or times their dinner ‘kicked on’ and they woke up with sore feet, but a big smile on their face. I promise all those loyal revellers the new Atrium Bar will deliver the same warm welcome and lively, carefree party vibes they remember.”

Just like the original bar, the newly relocated Atrium Bar will be the textbook go-to for post-work drinks, birthday merriments, fun nights out with the girls (or the guys), and with special parties planned year-round, it will still be the same place to meet new people and dance the night away. Who needs Bumble these days, anyway?

The brand spanking new Atrium Bar is set to open in its fresh setting at the end of August 2021. Serving drinks and good times from 4pm till late seven nights a week, with live entertainment weekly from Thursday – Sunday.

Words by Alex Mitcheson.

The Star Gold Coast (image supplied)
The Star Gold Coast (image supplied)

Christmas Day feasts on the Gold Coast

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

It’s that time again, Gold Coasters. So, hands up if cooking a Christmas lunch/dinner is the very last thing you feel like doing after copious a few champers and opening all of your gifts. Yep, us too.

Therefore, it’s only fitting that we did a round-up of the top feasts you can add to your Christmas Day agenda — to save you the hassle of cooking and the many hours of cleaning that could be better spent in a food coma. It’s worth noting, that all prices stated are for adults.

Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort Gold Coast
A lot is happening at this stunning spot on Christmas Day. If you are after an intimate lunch of 2-5 family and friends that opt for lunch at Oyster Bar & Grill, including a seven-course degustation lunch, expertly matched wines, roving entertainment and a visit from Santa – tickets are $349pp. Plan of catching up with the whole fam (AKA 5+ people)? Enjoy lunch with ocean views at Horizons with a signature seven-course degustation menu, expertly matched wines, live entertainment – tickets are $349pp. You really can’t go wrong at the Sheraton!
Christmas Day Degustation at Oyster Bar & Grill SOLD OUT
Christmas Day Degustation at Horizons
Where: 71 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach

Classic Christmas Hamper Seafood Upgrade at The Star Gold Coast (image supplied)
Classic Christmas Hamper Seafood Upgrade at The Star Gold Coast (image supplied)

The Star Gold Coast 
Let The Star Gold Coast take care of your Christmas celebrations with one of their many delightful dining packages or even their Takeaway Christmas Hampers! (Yep, so you can bring the elegance of The Star Gold Coast to your very own home!) Either way, let the talented team of chefs treat you to a delicious assortment of traditional and inspired Christmas offerings to ensure an exceptional occasion for you and the family. You can chow down on a multi-course banquet lunch and 2.5-hour beverage package at recently opened Chinese sensation Uncle Su for $148pp or enjoy a delectable all-you-can-eat seafood buffet and 3-hour drinks package at the Harvest Buffet which is set to re-open for all meal trades from Friday 3 December. At Harvest, you have the option of lunch (which includes live entertainment) for $220pp, or dinner for $175pp. And getting back to those aforementioned Hampers, you can pre-order your choice of Classic ($475) or Enhanced Hamper ($575) which both serve 6 people and come with varying choices of main meats and sides. Plus you can also upgrade your hamper to include fresh seafood for $205 or fresh salads for $50 (each upgrade catering for 6 people.) Guys, this is you ticket to being the Christmas host with the most!
Christmas Takeaway Hampers SALES CLOSED
Christmas Day tickets at Uncle Su SOLD OUT
Christmas Day Lunch tickets at Harvest SOLD OUT
Christmas Day Dinner tickets at Harvest SOLD OUT

Where: Casino Drive, Broadbeach

Citrique Seafood offering (image supplied)
Citrique Seafood offering (image supplied)

JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa
Spoilt for choice you’ll be sure to enjoy the big day at JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort and Spa! Keep things simple, fresh, and light at Chapter and Verse bar by tucking into a sumptuous seafood tower and glass of Moet Champagne for $219 served between 12-3pm. Or head to Citrique Restaurant as they will be pulling out all the stops this year with an incredible display of the freshest seafood style buffet dining, and 3-hour drinks packages for both their lunchtime and dinnertime sittings. Lunch will feature the addition of live entertainment and activities for the little ones. Tickets for lunch are $365pp and dinner $255pp. Looking for more ‘atmosphere’? Opt for the JW Marriott Grand Ballroom lunch for $299pp and include face painting and a visit from Santa to keep the kids entertained.
Festive Feast tickets at Chapter & Verse SOLD OUT
Seafood Buffet Lunch tickets at Citrique SOLD OUT
Seafood Buffet Dinner tickets at Citrique SOLD OUT
Seafood Buffet Lunch tickets in the JW Marriott Grand Ballroom SOLD OUT
Where: 158 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise

Palazzo Versace
If you admire the finer things in life, then don’t let Christmas day slip by unnoticed. Push the boat out and find yourself at one of the Gold Coast’s most luxurious properties and celebrate the day in style. Il Barocco will feature an eclectic four-course lunch with complimentary flowing beverages (two sittings available beginning at 12.30pm or 1.30pm). Tickets are $264pp.  Santa Claus will also make an appearance including a personalised gift for each child (12 years and under) – how cute?! It’s worth noting that their Restaurant Vanitas and Medusa Ballroom event have both already sold out so get a move on and book!
Christmas Day at Il Barocco tickets SOLD OUT
Where: 94 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach

Christmas Day at Palazzo Versace (image supplied)
Christmas Day at Palazzo Versace (image supplied)

Southport Sharks
Start your Christmas Day right with an all-you-can-eat buffet breakfast with a festive twist! There’ll even be Christmas-style dishes on offer, such as glazed ham Benedict and cinnamon rolls. Yuuuum! Tickets are a very affordable $45pp. But if breakfast will be a feat to round up the troop on the big day, then look no further than Frenzy’s Food Court! This local’s favourite will be offering a seafood-style buffet lunch, which will include goodies for the kids, plus a visit from the big man himself. Tickets are priced at $130pp.
Breakfast Buffet SOLD OUT
Seafood Buffet Lunch SOLD OUT
Where: Olsen & Musgrave Avenues, Southport

RACV Royal Pines Resort
Set in their beautifully themed ballroom, the stops will be all pulled out here for you and your family. A hearty buffet-style lunch including a 3-hour drinks package is on offer with a dedicated kids zone including, petting zoo, face painting, balloon artist and carnival treats! So the gifts keep on giving here this Christmas. Ticket prices are $229pp. SOLD OUT
Where: Ross Street, Benowa

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

InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort
An indulgent seafood dinner awaits those who choose to dine at Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove Resort’s Cove Cafe. An extensive buffet will feature fresh local seafood, antipasto, traditional Christmas roasts, worldly dishes, gourmet salads and desserts with festive flair – because we always have room for dessert! The best thing is, there are two sittings available (5-7pm or 8-10pm), so you won’t need to compromise on that afternoon nap if need be! Tickets at $169pp.
Book your Cove Seafood Buffet Dinner 5pm-7pm tickets here.
Book your Cove Seafood Buffet Dinner 8pm-10pm tickets here.
Where: InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort, Sanctuary Cove

Miss Moneypenny’s
A Christmas feast sure to dazzle, this Broadbeach beauty is the place to be this Christmas Day. Choose between 2 seatings: 11am until 1pm or 1.30pm until 3.30pm and prepare for a good time to remember. Expect locally sourced seafood, followed by Christmas banquet roasts with all the festive trimmings and finishing with traditional Christmas pudding from Executive Chef Adam Dundas-Taylor. Book in for $169pp. SOLD OUT
Where: Surf Parade, Broadbeach

Words by Alex Mitcheson.

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