In Australia, we won't be enjoying a white Christmas or snuggling up by a roaring fire this holiday season, but it doesn't mean things are any less festive. While in the Northern Hemisphere, this time of year brings often sub-zero temperatures, on Queensland's Gold Coast, the return of summer heralds a steamy 20-28 degrees on average.
The sub-tropical climate means the weather outside is certainly not frightful, and you won't have to let it snow, but there is plenty for Gold Coast residents and visitors to enjoy this holiday season.
If you've been considering getting into real estate in Surfers Paradise, now is the perfect time to check out the neighbourhood and enjoy some Christmas cheer. Here's what you can look forward to this December.
The Gold Coast's Surfers Paradise beach is an iconic strip of shore stretching for 3 kilometres of sun-kissed sands and azure waters. For the majority of the year, it is frequented by visitors and the local surfing crowd, but come Christmas you'll see another recognisable character setting up shop here.
Santa Claus braves the heat with his surfboat sled pulled not by Lapland reindeer, but by kangaroos in order to attend the fantastic Carols on the Beach taking place December 20.
This year's all-Australian line-up includes Blinky Bill, Peter Murphy, and The Voice contestants Jo de Goldi and Mitchell Steele. This wonderful night ends in a firework finale for the spectators under the stars, so make sure you stake your spot on the sand.
Cavill Avenue, the pedestrian avenue that forms a central focus point in Surfers Paradise is the perfect place to get into the spirit. The avenue and the Mall were both named after Jim Cavill, who in 1925 established the first hotel in Elston, the village that would eventually become Surfers Paradise in 1933.
Now you can wander down Cavill Mall, lined with shops and eateries, all decorated for the festive season. Santa, his elf and kangaroo sleigh will be set up in the centre of the mall, for free photos between 12-3pm and 4-7pm, apart from the day of Carols on the Beach.
Make sure you swing by at night, once everything is lit up in a cheery holiday light display. Surfers Paradise is an incredibly walkable city, so make the most of it while you're here.
Speaking of lights, the City of Gold Coast is once again hosting its famous Christmas Lights Competition, with 2015 marking the event's 23rd year. Over 40 contestants have thrown their hats into the ring with creative festive lighting displays set up at their homes, businesses and even gardens.
"The entrants have put a lot of time and money into their displays so I encourage all residents to show their support by visiting the light displays," said Mayor Tom Tate. In previous years, the best display was judged by a judging panel, but this year the city is leaving the decision up to the public.
The most popular displays will battle it out for a share of $4,000 across four different categories including best residential and non-residential display, first-year entry or single feature. You can visit City of the Gold Coast's website to find out about voting and where you can see the entrants' work!
If you can picture yourself staying a little longer and investing in Surfers Paradise property, make sure you contact Ray White Surfers Paradise today. Our knowledgeable staff are passionate about the local area and can help you to find your dream place under the sun.