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5 family friendly things to do in the Gold Coast this Christmas

By Andrew Bell

The countdown is underway, schools are finishing up and our attention is turning to what's on over the festive period. Whether you've got a Gold Coast rental property lined up, or are lucky enough to live here year round, here are a few ideas for all the family to enjoy this Christmas season. 

1) Hanging out with Santa

At Cavill Mall precinct, Santa is available to find out what everybody wants for Christmas. He's there in his beach shack between 10.00 am – 1.00 pm, and 4.00 pm – 7.00 pm every day. There's also Bugs Bunny on selected dates.

Pacific Fair hosts meetings with Santa besides the Christmas tree, joined by his reindeers. Children can send a letter to the North Pole, and they all get a free toy – but there is a charge for the whole experience. Westfield Helensvale and Coomera offer photo opportunities and a headband gift.

Santa also makes star appearances at most of the carol services in the region and other Christmas events listed below.

2) Carol singing on the beach

On 23rd December Surfers Paradise beach hosts their annual Carols on the Beach extravaganza. It's the only such event that actually takes place on the beach, and features traditional carols, local musicians and a fireworks display to round the evening off.

The fun starts at 3pm with Looney Tunes characters to entertain, while many local restaurants will be open – or you can pack a picnic to enjoy together.

Both Southport and Broadbeach host similar affairs earlier in December. In both cases you can expect entertainment from mid afternoon, followed by carols and fireworks. The events support a local charity and picnics are welcome.

Finally, another great carol singing option is at Movie World in the Warner Bros theme park, with lots of festive characters and refreshment options.

3) Visit the Christmas market

The Broadwater Parklands Christmas market in Southport is about much more than shopping. While you're bound to find a unique gift for someone special, there are also activities such as face painting and bauble making, an outdoor family movie, singers and Christmas carol singers. To really top it off, Santa takes centre  stage with a glamorous arrival via helicopter!

The market takes place over three days in mid December, with the movie shown on the Saturday evening. 

4) Be transported with Movie World's White Christmas

For the last few years, Movie World at Warner Bros theme park has been hosting White Christmas and this year is no exception. Step into Christmas as our northern hemisphere friends see it – with plenty of snow. There are live shows, movie experiences, parades and fun workshops like gingerbread decorating! Santa hosts storytime and Mrs Claus shows everyone how cook up some Christmas treats. Rides are open too, and plenty of refreshment options are available.

5) Sanctuary Cove Christmas carnival

Every year, The Marine Village, Sanctuary Cove hosts carnival week. They crank up the fun with a ton of family-friendly activities such as a petting zoo, face painting and train rides.

Naturally, Santa makes another appearance to delight little visitors, and all the shops and eateries are open too. They also host workshops, a charity evening and carol singing.  Best of all, Santa photo opportunities take a unique twist here – with family pets fully included and encouraged! 

At Ray White Surfers Paradise, we pride ourselves on our local knowledge. Call our expert team for more information about Gold Coast property opportunities.

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