Southern Gold Coast. The land of enchanting beaches, upscale neighbourhoods, and world-class hotels. Despite its laid-back charm, this area lights up and becomes festive during the holidays. But come December, guests would always ask us about the best places to visit on the Gold Coast or the festivities to check out.
Let this guide you if you're wondering what to do on the Gold Coast today. Read about the most festive activities in the area this holiday, and visit some before you leave. Enjoy!
North Burleigh Carols by the Sea
Kickstart your Christmas celebrations by visiting the North Burleigh Carols by the Sea. This event will happen on 7th December at Ed Hardy Park. Stop by at 4 pm to check out the market stalls and food trucks. The event will feature arts and crafts sessions and children's activities from 4 pm to 6 pm.
At 6 pm, the audience will enjoy Christmas carols and live music. There will also be community performances, which will end with a fireworks display. Learn more about this festive North Burleigh event here.
Club Burleigh Christmas Party
Are you staying in Burleigh Heads this December? Catch an early Christmas party at Club Burleigh on 16th December. The Xmas Party starts at 4 pm, so come early to get some good seats.
It is perfect for family holidaying together, featuring face painting and balloon twisting activities. Free photo sessions with Santa throughout the party and live music will entertain you starting at 5:30 pm. There will be all-day dining, plus a Christmas ham and hamper raffle. It is a kid-friendly event, but there will be free-flowing cocktails and drinks at the venue for you to enjoy.
If you plan to stay on the Southern Gold Coast until the New Year, revisit Club Burleigh for a fun New Year's Eve party. This one starts at 8 pm. Read all about the Christmas Party here.
Xmas Festival Experience: Glitter Makeup Art, Music, and More Surprises
Check out the Xmas Festival Experience: Glitter Makeup Art, Music, and More Surprises if you're still looking for something to do on Christmas Day. This event starts at 2 pm and will last until 7 pm. It is the place to be if you like makeup and glitter art. But stay updated, as the site is still a secret – for now.
You can dance to live music at this event, but there will also be a special spot to chill out and practice mindfulness. Check out the different glitter makeup and body art you can apply and wear at the event. Don't worry; all makeup used at the event is biodegradable and eco-friendly. The event organisers have also enlisted a professional photographer for the event.
A ticket costs $30, but you can bring a friend for free. Learn more about the event and book your tickets here.
Christmas is complete with listening to some soul-stirring Christmas carols. So, head to The Junction to hear all the classic Christmas tunes and more. The show lasts only an hour but will leave you humming and toe-tapping until the end. This event will happen on 20th December, so book your tickets here
Are you staying in or near Coolangatta this December? Remember to drop by the Cooly Carols this 10th December! Be dazzled and have a good time watching performances by local singers, choirs, and dancers. Don't worry about going hungry at the event. Food trucks will be available for the attendees, so you can munch on a burger or enjoy a smoothie as you listen to classic Christmas carols.
Santa will also drop by the event, so get your camera ready. Stay for a dazzling fireworks display at the finale. The Cooly Carols will be at Queen Elizabeth Park at the Marine Parade in Coolangatta. This event will start at 5:30 pm and will end at 7:30 pm.
Christmas Wonderland Walk-Throughs and Parties at The Valley Estate
The Valley Estate is one of the Gold Coast's premier wedding venues. But the estate will become a fun Christmas wonderland this December! Drive west and enjoy The Valley Estate's Christmas Wonderland Walk-Throughs and Parties. The Walk-Throughs will feature Christmas light installations and a festive Santa's Den and Elves' Workshop.
Families will have opportunities to have their photos snapped with Santa and other dazzling places in The Valley Estate. You'll also enjoy savoury and sweet foods here. Feel free to bring a picnic blanket to enjoy the tranquil surroundings. Learn more about it and book your slot for the Christmas Walkthrough here. This event will take place from the 7th to the 10th of December. It will begin at 6:30 pm and will last until 9 pm.
The Valley Estate will also hold Christmas Wonderland Parties from 7th to 12th December. The party will start with some tasty canapés followed by a delicious 3-course meal for lunch or dinner. Feel free to visit the Christmas Wonderland light installations and other displays on the premises. This party is fantastic for a reunion with family or friends.
Check out the menu and book your slot here.
Blinky Bill's Christmas Wish at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
If you're visiting the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, drop by the Blinky Bill's Christmas Wish show. This show features song and dance performances and Christmas carols. Once the show finishes, there will also be a photo session with the Sanctuary's Blinky and Nutsy mascots. The show happens twice daily (10:15 am and 12:30 pm) and will last until 24th December. Learn more about the event here.
Currumbin Community Christmas Carols
Experience the magic of the season at the Currumbin Community Christmas Carols. This event will feature kids' shows that will captivate the imaginations of the little ones as Santa himself makes a grand arrival to spread cheer. There will be food trucks aplenty so you can taste Currumbin's delectable treats. The show will end with a dazzling laser-light display.
This event happens on 20th December, from 5:30 pm to 8 pm. Head to Galleon Park in Currumbin Waters to watch this show. Learn more about this event here.
Coast Breakz Hotels - Gold Coast Tourism Gems
Celebrate Christmas on the Gold Coast in any of our Southern Gold Coast hotels. We have the best accommodation if you plan to stay in Burleigh Heads or Palm Beach. Our world-class hotels include Burleigh Surf and 2nd Avenue in Burleigh Heads. We also operate Princess Palm and Royal Palm Resort in Palm Beach and the Isle of Palms in captivating Elanora.
If you're looking for things to do and sights to see, simply go down to your accommodation's front desk and ask the reception about what's on this weekend on the Gold Coast. They will happily provide information on the best things to do in this vibrant area this holiday season.