Christmas Carols and Festive Markets
If you’re not entirely in the festive spirit just yet, this weekend will surely give you all of the festive feels! It all kicks off on Thursday with the Burleigh Heads Christmas Carols, then on Saturday it’s time for the iconic Broadbeach Christmas Carols in Kurrawa Park, as well as Carols by the Lake in Varsity Lakes. On Sunday, head on down to the Coolangatta Christmas Carols, held right on the beachfront! Home-grown favourites, Human Nature, are stepping back into the spotlight for a special festive affair with a one-off Christmas Concert at The Star Gold Coast on Saturday night – the renowned four-piece will be performing all of the holiday classics from their chart-topping Christmas album, so expect hear singalong (and dance-worthy) favourites like Let It Snow, White Christmas, O Holy Night, Rudolph The Red-Nose Reindeer and many more! For some left-of-centre festive fun, get a little creative with the crew at HOTA this Friday for A Cheeky Christmas Night Out – aka, festive-themed life drawing! No experience necessary, just bring your pals and some festive flair – along with merry models, it includes canapes, flowing beverages, live music and plenty of festive vibes. There’s also a Christmas-themed bottomless brunch at Aviary Rooftop Bar in Southport happening this Saturday – it’ll be complete with Christmas-themed pizzas (think turkey and cranberry – drool), live acoustic music, free-flowing Prosecco and DIY spritzes to give you all of the festive feels! Later in the day on Saturday, there’s a special Christmas edition of The Green Marquee Twilight Markets at The Ecovillage in the dreamy Currumbin Valley. It’s a super-chilled afternoon and evening of tasty street eats, artisan markets, a pop-up bar, live music, all with a festive spin!
Food & Drink, Live Music and Community Events
On Friday, Summertime Sessions in The Village returns to Mudgeeraba’s Cuddihy Park for its weekly twilight live-music session – the artists rotate each week, and this Friday you’ll be treated to toe-tapping tunes by SameTime with Steve Cousins, all for free! Speaking of free shows, Elton John fans will not want to miss the action at Seagulls Club in Tweed this Saturday night – The Elton John Experience will hit the stage for one night only, showcasing an iconic playlist of your favourite hits, from Bennie And The Jets to Crocodile Rock, Candle In The Wind and plenty more … and it’s completely free!It’s set to be a huge weekend at HOTA with its two-week HOME event festival in full swing. On Friday night, there’s Dance Beneath the Stars – a freestyle dance party inspired by the Gold Coast’s dance hall heydays! This will be a glorious night of music, dancing and entertainment that will have you shaking your jazz hands, fluttering your quick step and freestyling moves you didn’t even know you had! Then on Saturday, Jessica Mauboy, Archie Roach, Aodhan, Selve, Kinship Collective and HVWKS will take the stage for Deadly Hearts: a Celebration of Australian Indigenous Music, which kicks off at 3:00 pm. From the hearts and mouths of a cross-generation of Indigenous Australians and taking inspiration from ABC Music’s Deadly Hearts album, this first nations concert features some of Australia’s best past, present and emerging artists – it’s an absolute must-see and you can nab final tickets here. While you’re out at HOTA, you can check out the HOME Artisan Markets, which will run on both Friday and Saturday (from 3:00 to 9:00 pm), which will feature a selection of curated market stalls, ideal for some Christmas shopping! Speaking of festive sprees, The Village Markets is back on this Sunday (following on from its extra market last weekend!), so head on down and fill those stockings with locally made goodness!