Gather your toddler, family and friends a head to one of these great 2023 Christmas Carol events in and around the Gold Coast and enjoy some yuletide cheer.
Carols by Candlelight Runaway Bay
WHEN: Saturday, 25th November from 5pm to 8pm
WHERE: Runaway Bay Soccer Club on Lae Drive
Join Councillor Shelley Curtis for a whimsical night of Christmas carols and wholesome family fun at Carols By Candlelight, hosted by John Kerr of Jazz Radio 94.1FM and Danielle Goullet, Australian Events & Entertainment.
This free event features several talented performers, including Sabrina Durante (Outback Spectacular), Jack Watson, Leah Lever, Craig Martin, and Sharon Rowntree, and supported by a spectacular 7-piece band. There will be performances from local schools, Biggera Waters Primary, St Francis Xavier, and Coomera Anglican College, plus the big man in the red suit – Santa, his troupe of talented dancers, and of course Rudolph!
Attendees can enjoy various food options from food trucks, coffee, fairy floss, ice cream, face painting, and the famous Lions Club sausage sizzle. The event will conclude with a fireworks spectacular at 8pm. Come along to the soccer fields on Lae Drive, Runaway Bay, for a fun and festive event for all of the community to enjoy!
Arundel & Parkwood Christmas Carols
WHEN: Saturday, 25th November from 4pm with Carols at 6pm
WHERE: Abbott Park Parkwood
This year promises to be bigger and better than last year, with great entertainment for everyone, Food Trucks and Market Stalls, and of course a visit from Santa. Ending with a spectacular Fireworks display at 8pm. Open at 4pm with Carols at 6pm so don’t forget your loudest voices.
WHEN: Saturday, 25th November from 5pm to 8pm
WHERE: 314 Benowa Road, Benowa
This annual event is back! This year there will be food trucks and bar. Bring your family along to have relaxing evening.
Eagleby Christmas Carols & Games
WHEN: Friday, 1st December from 4pm
WHERE: Eagleby Giants & Eagleby Neighbourhood Centre
This community event is FOR Eagleby BY Eagleby.
Giant Slide, Train, Games, Facepainting, Sausage Sizzle, Carols and Laser Show.
All FREE!!! Only cost is $1 cold drinks if your keen but other than that everything is FREEEEEEEEEE!!!
Christmas At The Creek
WHEN: Friday, 1st December from 5pm to 9pm
WHERE: Cedar Creek State Primary School
Cedar Creek State School P & C is proud to present the 2023 Christmas At The Creek!
Bring the family for a great night out with Santa, Christmas music, inflatables rides, entertainment, community displays, markets, market trail with prizes, food/drink vans and more! Gold coin donation for entry! Nearly all entertainment and amusement rides FREE OF CHARGE!
Carols in the Park Beaudesert
WHEN: Friday, 1st December from 4pm
WHERE: Jubilee Park Beaudesert
Carols in the Park & Christmas Markets! The Christmas Markets start at 4pm with Carols from 5.30-8.30pm!
Join a festive evening of singing and Christmas fun at Jubilee Park in Beaudesert. Get ready to wander the market stalls and food vans, buy your glow sticks and sing along to Christmas carols, performed live by talented local musicians. And very special guest, Santa Claus will be visiting the Christmas Carols!
Bring your loved ones, picnic blankets, and a joyful spirit as we celebrate the most wonderful time of the year.
Labrador Community Christmas Celebration
WHEN: Friday, 1st December from 4pm to 7.30pm
WHERE: Labrador State School Oval
Get ready for the merriest event of the year! The Labrador Community Christmas Celebration returns on Friday, 1st December, at the Labrador State School oval!
Join us for a night filled with:
🎶 Live Performances: Experience carols, music acts, magic shows and entertainment.
🍔 Food Trucks: Indulge your taste buds with a variety of treats from our a range of food trucks.
🌟 Market Stalls: Discover unique gifts and treasures at our market stalls.
👨🏽🤝👨🏼🧑🏾🤝🧑🏻 Community Groups: Connect with your community and learn about the wonderful local groups making a difference.
🎅🏻 Take-Your-Own Santa Photo Booth: Capture precious moments with Santa Claus himself!
🎆 Fireworks: Brace yourself for a breathtaking fireworks display at 7:30 PM, lighting up the night sky with joy and wonder.
Proudly supported by the City of Gold Coast and presented by the Labrador State School P&C Association.
Mayor’s Christmas Carols presented by Village Roadshow Theme Parks
WHEN: Saturday, 2nd December from 6pm to 8.30pm
WHERE: HOTA Outdoor Stage and HOTA Parklands in Bundall
In its twelfth year, City of Gold Coast’s Mayor’s Christmas Carols is being staged at the HOTA Outdoor Stage and HOTA Parklands.
Hosted by 7 News Gold Coast presenters Amanda Abate and Steve Titmus and 1029 Hot Tomato’s Emily Jade O’Keeffe and Galey, the evening will commence at 6pm and conclude at 9pm with a fireworks finale that will undoubtedly light up your night.
Artist line-up to be announced on Friday 17 November.
Limited free tickets are available for the HOTA Outdoor Stage from Monday 20 November. More information to come. Gates open from 4pm. Strict ticket limits apply.
Christmas at Frascott 2023
WHEN: Saturday, 2nd December from 4pm to 8pm
WHERE: Frascott Park Varsity Lakes
‘Christmas at Frascott’ is a free community Christmas celebration in Varsity Lakes. Presented by Division 11 Councillor Hermann Vorster – City of Gold Coast, this event will bring festive free fun for the whole family, beginning at 4pm with live stage of music and Christmas carols, market stalls, kids entertainment, food trucks and more!
At 6pm we have Santa Claus arriving by train alongside special Christmas character and school performances, and finishing with a spectacular live laser show at 8pm!
Tugun Lights Up 2023
WHEN: Saturday, 2nd December from 4pm to 8.30pm
WHERE: Toolona Street, Tugun
Tugun Lights Up returns in 2023 for its eleventh annual celebration! Dine under the stars at one of the fantastic local cafes or restaurants, check out the local business offerings, or visit the Christmas market stalls.
Plenty of children’s entertainment on offer throughout the program with Santa making a special appearance!
Presented by Division 14 Cr Gail O’Neill in partnership with Community Bank Tugun, part of Bendigo Bank, Tugun Lights Up 2023 – a Tugun Progress Association event – will be a celebration not to be missed on Saturday 2nd December 2023!
Christmas under the stars, Helensvale
WHEN: Sunday, 3rd December from 3.30pm to 8pm
WHERE: Helensvale State School
Come along to a fun filled night of Community Carols. The whole family will enjoy the entertainment, food trucks and market stalls on offer. Free Entry.
North Burleigh Carols by the Sea
WHEN: Thursday, 7th December from 4pm to 8pm
WHERE: Ed Hardy Park, North Burleigh
A Very Dickens Christmas (Twilight Markets & Carols)
WHEN: Friday, 8th December from 4pm to 9pm
WHERE: Beenleigh Historical Village & Museum: 205 Main Street, Beenleigh
After 2022’s successful event, we are doing it again and BIGGER! This Christmas – come along to the twilight markets with a twist!
• Step back in time and get in some Christmas shopping while supporting local businesses.
• Say hello to the big guy in the red suit and let him know that you still believe.
• Listen to local musicians as they perform live.
• Sing along to some classic Christmas carols.
• And more.
DECEMBER Friday 8th, 4pm-9pm. $2 entry per person.
Studio Village Community Carols
WHEN: Friday, 8th December from 4.30pm
WHERE: Studio Village Community Centre: 15 Adventure Avenue, Oxenford
The Annual Community Carols is back this year in Studio Park and we are excited! We will have Santa and his Friends, Snow, Christmas Carols, Entertainment, Glow Sticks available for purchase and so much more…
Bring your family, a picnic blanket as well as a picnic and enjoy the show. Look out for the park and walk signs.
With thanks to our amazing sponsors, Councillor William Owen-Jones of Division 2, Mark Boothman Member for Theodore, Naomi Fowler contesting for Division 2 and McDonalds.
City of Logan Christmas Carols
WHEN: Saturday, 9th December from 2pm to 8pm
WHERE: Kingston Butter Factory Cultural Precinct
The City of Logan Christmas Carols is the city’s biggest annual Christmas event, celebrating the magic and joy of the festive season.
Bring your own picnic or enjoy a fantastic variety of delicious food available. Have a free photo with Santa, enjoy free face painting, and get on board the fun with free Christmas colouring-in.
Kids will love the Christmas PAW Patrol stage show as their favourite pups save the day with their teamwork and unique skills. PAW Patrol – let’s roll!
This free, family-friendly event will have you singing along to all your favourite Christmas songs.
You won’t want to miss the beautiful fireworks display after the concert! This is a pet free event (except service animals).
Christmas Carols at San Damiano College Yarrabilba
WHEN: Saturday, 9th December from 4pm to 7pm
WHERE: San Damiano College Yarrabilba
Christmas Carols and Live Entertainment
Market stalls with Xmas theme
Laser light show
Christmas in Highland Reserve
WHEN: Saturday, 9th December from 5pm to 8pm
WHERE: Tallowwood Park, Highland Reserve, Upper Coomera
Join the Highland Reserve tradition on the 9/12 (hosted by Crosslife and proudly sponsored by our friends Cr Donna Gates (Div 3) and Mark Boothman MP).
From 5 – 6:30pm there will be a variety of Family friendly activities including a visit and small gift from Santa for the kids. Food options available on site include – low cost sausage sizzle and burgers as well as food trucks, coffee and ice creams. From 6:30pm till approximately 7:45pm Crosslife Upper Coomera Church and friends will host Simply Carols, a laid back, sing along to some traditional Christmas Carols.
So come along, bring your picnic blanket, nibblies, chairs and enjoy a great time at Christmas in Highland Reserve.
Alicia Street Christmas Fair 2023
WHEN: Saturday, 9th December from 4pm to 8pm
WHERE: Alicia Street Southport
Alicia Street Christmas Fair is back this December! This new festive event organised by Division 6 Councillor Brooke Patterson will be a unique opportunity to bring together the local community, schools, businesses and residents in a great Christmas-style celebration in a perfect location.
Held on Saturday 9th December 2023, the free family festivity will feature live music, market stalls, inflatable fun, local restaurant specials, games & activities, PLUS a visit from Santa Claus 🎅! Come on down and join in the fun!
Nerang Celebrates Christmas
WHEN: Saturday, 9th December from 3pm to 8.30pm
WHERE: Bischoff Park Nerang
More rides, more food, bigger stage with great local entertainment. More fun to celebrate our 20 year celebration this year.
The best Santa show starts at 8pm.
Varsity Carols by the Lake
WHEN: Saturday, 9th December from 4pm to 8pm
WHERE: Waterfront Stage, 240 Varsity Parade, Varsity Lakes
Come celebrate Christmas this year with Carols by the Lake.
This truly unique festive celebration will feature live stage entertainment, Christmas carols, Santa, fireworks over the beautiful Lake Orr and much more! Something for everyone!
This free event is proudly brought to you by Division 11 Councillor Hermann Vorster.
The Empire Industrial Estate Northern Gold Coast Carols
WHEN: Sunday, 10th December from 6pm
WHERE: Brien Harris Oval Ormeau
You are invited to the Northern Gold Coast Carols! A free family event with pre-show entertainment, Santa, food vans, fireworks and more.
WHEN: Sunday, 10th December from 5.30pm to 7.30pm
WHERE: Queen Elizabeth Park, Marine Parade, Coolangatta
Tis’ the sea-sun to be jolly! The iconic Cooly Carols will once again be oceanside at Queen Elizabeth Park.
Gather your nearest and dearest for a memorable evening with an all-Aussie cast of singers and dancers performing the Christmas carols we all know and love.
There will be a delicious assortment of savoury and sweet food trucks, Santa will be dropping in and we’ll finish the night with a shimmering fireworks finale!
Have yourself a merry little Christmas at Cooly Carols, presented by City of Gold Coast and supported by McDonald’s and 92.5 Triple M.
Carols on the Lawn at Sanctuary Cove
WHEN: Thursday, 14th December from 3.30pm
WHERE: Sanctuary Cove Marina Lawns (adjacent to Pier J)
Christmas Carols are set to fill the air at Sanctuary Cove, as locals sing along to their favourite Christmas songs at the annual Christmas Carols event. Gather for a night under the stars on the Marina Lawns (adjacent to Pier J) to enjoy a harmonious night of singing and dancing all while taking advantage of the free entertainment. Guests will be treated to the annual Buggy Parade hosted by The Rotary Club of Hope Island. The immaculately presented golf buggies will get a bedazzling make-over and parade for all to see.
This is a free event. We recommend you arrive early to find a parking and a spot on the grass. Capacity limits will apply.
A Christmas Adventure – Yarrabilba Community Carols
WHEN: Saturday, 16th December from 5.30pm to 7.30pm
WHERE: Performing Arts Centre, Yarrabilba State Secondary College, Basalt Drive, Yarrabilba
Come on ‘A CHRISTMAS ADVENTURE’ and enter a night the whole family will enjoy!
This annual free and family friendly event will have you singing your favourite carols, enjoy giveaways, say ‘Hi’ to Santa plus more!
Come early to grab a good seat! Doors open at 5.30pm. Wheelchair access available.
Carols in Coomera
WHEN: Saturday, 16th December from 4.30pm to 6.30pm
WHERE: Coomera Sports Park @ 35 Beattie Road
Kicking off at 4:30pm, bring the whole family along to the Coomera Sports Park to enjoy all the Christmas classics, as well as a festive kids show for the little elves in your life.
Devour your favourites from the delicious food trucks and let’s not forget the big man himself, Santa, who is extra excited for the short trip: from the North Pole to the Northern Gold Coast!
This FREE, family friendly event is presented by City of Gold Coast.
2023 Pacific Pines Christmas Carols
WHEN: Saturday, 16th December from 4pm to 8pm
WHERE: Central Park Pacific Pines
The Carols will be headlined by Guy ‘Mutto’ Mutton from Australian Idol performing with former Ten Tenor Anthony Phipps and the Gold Coast Youth Choir. Of course no Carols are complete without a visit from Gold Coast’s singing Santa. This is no ordinary performance on stage. Get ready for the most exciting and interactive Santa show in Queensland. Join Santa, Mrs Claus and Rudolf for a Christmas extravaganza that includes a mix of traditional carols and current pop songs.
A spectacular fireworks display will complete what will be a brilliant night at 8pm. There’ll be some fabulous food trucks as well as the Pacific Pines Residents Sausage Sizzle and raffles. There will be competitions, face painting and a pop up playground for the kids, so bring a picnic blanket or your camp chairs and come and join us at the Pacific Pines Christmas Carols for a wonderful evening out with the family.
Southport Community Christmas Carols
WHEN: Saturday, 16th and Sunday, 17th December from 4pm to 8pm
WHERE: Southport Church of Christ 1 Griffith Way, Southport
It’s the most wonderful time of the year and you’re invited to celebrate with us at Southport Church of Christ’s Community Christmas Carols! Come along on December 16th and 17th for a festive celebration. 🎄✨ From 4.00pm
Join in FREE outdoor activities including 🌭 Sausage sizzle, 🎪 Jumping castle, 🎨 Face painting, ⚽️ Bubble soccer, 📸 Photo booth, 🍧 Snow cones, ✂️ Kids crafts, all completely free!
At 5.30pm sing along to all your favourite carols in our Christmas Carols production led by our talented band and singers!
Jacobs Well Carols
WHEN: Sunday, 17th December from 5pm to 9pm
WHERE: Riesenweber Park, Bay Drive, Jacobs Well
Head on down to Riesenweber Park for a relaxed afternoon of fun and Christmas cheer.
The afternoon starts at 5pm with kids entertainment from the amazing Renta Janye, followed by the choir from LORDS. The carols will kick off after a guest appearance from the man in red, who will stay the entire night to meet all of the children!
Carols on The Beach
WHEN: Sunday, 17th December from 6pm to 8pm
WHERE: Surfers Paradise Beach, The Esplanade
Do you hear what I hear? Carols on the Beach is returning to the sands of Surfers Paradise! Matty J had such a merry time last year that he’ll coming back to host, this time with Laura!
Your all-time favourite Christmas carols will be performed in a 2 hour jolly celebration of song and dance by an all Aussie line-up with one special international guest, travelling all the way from the North Pole! To top the night off there will be a sparkly fireworks finale!
Carols on the Beach is a free family friendly event that that kicks off at 6pm. Presented by City of Gold Coast and supported by McDonald’s and 90.9 Sea FM.
Christmas Kirtan Party
WHEN: Sunday, 17th December from 5pm to 7.30pm
WHERE: Country Paradise Parklands Nerang
Mantras, music, meditation and community.
There is nothing quite like our magical end of year Christmas kirtan party. A heavenly evening of sacred music, friendship and celebration! All under the beautiful fairy light filled trees at the Country Paradise Parklands.
Let Ashraya and the Choir of Angels serenade you with songs of praise that will lift your spirits and warm your heart. Bring your friends and family and get ready for a night of true Christmas spirit!
Bring your own picnic blankets, rugs and seats.
Carols on the Broadwater 2023
WHEN: Monday, 18th December from 4pm
WHERE: Southport Yacht Club
Tis the Season to join us at Southport Yacht Club for our annual ‘Carols on the Broadwater’ on Monday, 18th December 2023 with ‘Rockin’ the 70s Xmas’ Band!
A family fun evening of live carols, live music and entertainment, face painting, games, carolers and Christmas-themed Buffet.Christmas-themed Buffet overlooking the stunning Broadwater.
Adults $59 and Kids $25 (12 + Under)
Make sure you stay around and watch “Santa’s Elves” Jetpack show! His big departure will be a night to remember for all. Tickets are essential – be quick this is one of SYC’s biggest evenings of the year!