Christmas Carols and Festive Cheer
Who hasn’t done their Christmas shopping? Well, you’re in luck because the (annual) Christmas Markets GC kick off at the Broadwater Parklands on Friday and run until Sunday afternoon – grab some stocking fillers from local creatives and market stalls, or just unwind with three days jam-packed full of entertainment, live music and a swag of food trucks. There’s a Christmas Night Market in Currumbin Waters on Friday night, where you can expect plenty of local made gifts, a bar (essential) and family friendly entertainment to get you in the Christmas spirit. If you haven’t been yet, be sure to check out Movie World’s White Christmas, it’s running both Friday and Saturday nights this weekend! The Robina Community Carols and Twilight Market is happening at Robina State School on Saturday afternoon and evening, while a little further north Nerang Celebrates Christmas is taking over Nerang Street with festive cheer and fireworks. There’s also Christmas Carols at NightQuarter, Carols in the Park Upper Coomera and Carols in the Park in Labrador happening on Saturday night. On Sunday, head up to Christmas Chill at Hope Island for sunset carols, entertainment and fireworks on the green. Side note – how great is this time of year?
Live Music, Food and Drink, Arts and Markets
Rock-music lovers, HOTA’s latest exhibition Let there be rock! has officially kicked off – and you need to see it! The exhibition coincides with a killer three-month-long event program, which runs until February 17, so make sure you check it out this summer. The Live and Local: Gold Coast Music Photography display in HOTA’s main gallery is a good (nay, great) place to start! As for live beats, you can catch Brooke Supple at Cabana Bar & Lounge on Friday night, while on Saturday there’s Psych City at Mo’s Desert Clubhouse as well as Bootleg Rascal at The Cooly Hotel. If you’re hunting for some Sunday fun, Southport’s Cabana Bar & Lounge has launched its new Sunday session Frosé on Fleek, which kicks off at midday every Sunday over summer – think frosé cocktails, mezze platters (hellooo dolmades) and crispy Korean beef-brisket bao buns with Ink Gin pickles. The Village Markets‘ final Gold Coast event for the year (there’s one up at Stone’s Corner on December 23) is happening at Burleigh State School on Sunday for those that need to finish the Christmas shopping. If you’re keen to chill with the fam on Sunday, then head along to the Broadbeach Family Fun Day for jumping castles, live music, a Santa visit, delicious food, face painting and animals. Looking for school holiday entertainment? Seagulls Club in Tweed Heads is transforming into a magical winter wonderland for the school holidays – there will be an ice rink (keen!) on site with ice-skating lessons, tobogganing, a magical snow garden, plus arts and crafts.