Tis the season to be jolly, with Christmas fast approaching!
So if you are not yet feeling the Christmas cheer, singing along to some carols is sure way to drum up your festive spirit.
Here is our pick of where to enjoy some cheery tunes around the Gold Coast this year:
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Saturday 25 November
Runaway Bay Carols by Candlelight
Time: 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Where: Kevin Bycroft Field, Lae Drive, Runaway Bay (adjacent to the Runaway Bay Library)
What: Hosted by local personalities, John Kerr and Danielle Goullet, the Runaway Bay carols will feature Santa, a live seven piece band and entertainers; Rhydian Lewis, Kathleen Moore, Jack Watson and Kiara Rodrigues. There will be performances by local school choirs, acrobatic and dancing squads, followed by a Fireworks Spectacular at 8.15pm.
Sunday 26 November
Mudgeeraba Community Carols
Time: 4pm to 7.30pm
Where: Firth Park, Somerset Drive, Mudgeeraba.
What: Bring the family, a blanket and some Christmas cheer, and be part of a community carols event showcasing local schools and other community groups.
Saturday 2 December
Ashmore Community Carols
Time: 5pm to 8.15pm
Where: 92-122 Currumburra Road, Ashmore Ashmore State School oval
What: This will be a community carols night filled with food, coffee and singalong. There will be jumping castles, a petting zoo, games and face painting all free for the kids. So bring your family for an evening celebrating the festive season.
Mayor’s Christmas Carols
Time: 2pm to 9pm
Where: Broadwater Parklands, Marine Parade, Southport
What: Singing superstar Christine Anu will headline the night, along with special guests Emma Pask and Prinnie Stevens. The free family event will be hosted by Channel Nine’s Shelley Craft and will feature an entertaining Smurfs Christmas Show for the little ones, a bunch of food trucks, and of course an appearance by Santa himself. Interactive kid’s fun commences at 2pm, with the main show kicking off at 5pm. To conclude the evening, a spectacular fireworks show will light up the night sky at 9pm.
Elanora Community Carols in the Park
Time: 3pm to 8.30pm
Where: Eddie Kornhauser Park, Casuarina Drive, Elanora
What: There will be face painting, raffles, delicious street food trucks, jumping castle, Santa will arrive in a police car, carols with the Salvation Army Brass Band, and a kid’s movie. Money raised will go to the Elanora Salvation Army Christmas Appeal.
Varsity Lakes Christmas Carols
Time: 4pm to 8pm
Where: Varsity Waterfront – Varsity Parade, Varsity Lakes
What: Enjoy a great night out for the family with festive cheer, delicious eats, traditional carols, entertainment and spectacular fireworks. There will be plenty of fun for the kids and a visit from Santa himself.
Tugun Lights Up
Time: 4.30pm to 8.30pm
Where: Wyberba Street Reserve, O’Connor Street, Tugun
What: Families can enjoy an afternoon and with a free screening of the 2003 Christmas movie Elf, starring Will Ferrell. There will be Christmas tunes and a special visit from Santa and his elves, as well as face painting and activities for the kids commencing from 4.30pm, with the movie screening at 7pm.
Upper Coomera Christmas in the Park
Time: 5pm to 9pm
Where: Siganto Park, Galwer Place, Upper Coomera
What: Enjoy some live Christmas Carols including a visit from Santa. Bring the family along for a night of fun, and enjoy a community barbeque on the night.
Sunday 3 December
Studio Village Community Carols
Time: 6pm to 8.30pm
Where: Movie World car park, Entertainment Road, Oxenford (grassed area)
What: The 23rd annual Studio Village Community Carols will see a number of performers return to entertain and some new faces. Enjoy international food vendors, Santa Bugs, Santa, fireworks and much more.
Saturday 9 December
Broadbeach Christmas Carols
Time: From 3pm
Where: Pratten Park, Old Burleigh Road, Broadbeach
What: Celebrate the festive season with a host of kid’s activities from 3pm including rock climbing, a jumping castle, face painting, family photos as well as plenty of other family fun. The Broadbeach Christmas Carols begin from 6pm boasting a phenomenal cast of performers including Marina Prior, a special visit from Santa and his elves, as well as a breathtaking fireworks display at the conclusion of the concert.
Pacific Pines Christmas in the Park
Time: 4.00pm to 8.00pm
Where: Central Park, 2 Hotham Drive, Pacific Pines
What: Have a sing along to some Christmas Carols with local entertainers. There will be market stalls, food trucks, a giant snow globe, glow stick products, raffles, rides and finishing with fireworks at 8pm. Santa will also be there.
Coombabah Carols by Candlelight
Time: 5.30pm to 8.30pm
Where: Nolan Park, Sidney Nolan Drive, Coombabah
What: This is a free community Carols by Candlelight event with live stage entertainment, food and drink outlets, and an appearance by Santa.
Sunday 10 December
Coolangatta Christmas Carols
Time: 5.15pm to 8pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Park, Cnr McLean Street & Marine Parade, Coolangatta.
What: Sing along to your favourite Christmas carols and be entertained as skydiving Santa arrives in style. Browse the Coolangatta Christmas Markets and grab a bite from the food trucks open from 5pm. There will also be activities for the kids, and magical Christmas performances for the whole family to enjoy.
Time: 4pm to 9pm
Where: Brien Harris Oval, Orange Mountain Road, Ormeau
What: From 4pm children will be able to enjoy the free rides, face painting and meeting the famous Ormeau Carols character hosts. There will be some of the Coast’s favourite food vans serving delicious treats and meals. There will also be a visit by Santa, with the concert set to begin at 7pm.
Monday 11 December
Currumbin Community Carols
Time: 6pm to 8pm
Where: Galleon Park, 59 Galleon Way, Currumbin Waters
What: Witness a world-class laser light show and celebrate the festive season with song and dance. The free family event will have children’s activities, food trucks, live entertainment and a traditional Christmas carols concert with a special guest appearance from Santa.
Wednesday 13 December
Palm Beach Christmas by the Sea
Time: 4.30pm to 8pm
Where: Palm Beach Parklands, 945 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach
What: Christmas by the Sea is a free family annual community event held at the Palm Beach Parklands. There will be Christmas carols, face painting, barnyard animals, live entertainment and a visit from Santa.
Saturday 16 December
Nerang Celebrates Christmas
Time: 3pm to 8.30pm
Where: Bischoff Pioneer Park and Nerang Street, Nerang
What: The afternoon entertainment program will feature local artists and school bands followed by a huge evening program with traditional carols and a visit from Santa. There will be rides to enjoy, a wide selection of food stalls, and a fireworks finale to conclude the event.
Southport Yacht Club Carols on the Broadwater
Time: 4pm to 7.30pm
Where: 1 Macarthur Parade, Main Beach
What: Enjoy plenty of Christmas songs and a visit from Santa himself. There will also be face painting and glow sticks available. Families can book in at the Waterfront Restaurant or bring deckchairs and rugs and enjoy the event on the beach.
Sunday 17 December
Jacobs Well Carols
Time: 5.30pm to 8pm
Where: Reisenwebber Park, Bay Drive, Jacobs Well
What: The evening will begin at 5.30pm with entertainment for the children by the magician, Awesome Adam, and then a visit from Santa at around 6.30pm. The carols and entertainment will follow with the night concluding with a firework spectacular.
Nineteenth Avenue Christmas Carols
Time: 6pm to 8pm
Where: 19th Avenue Shopping Centre Carpark, Nineteenth Avenue, Palm Beach
What: There will be a line-up of fantastic artists such as Memphis Moovers, up and coming girl sensations Chasing Velvet, Andrea Gallaher and VOX studio performers, D and D Performing Arts Dancers. Seasoned entertainer, Jo-Dee McLean and Valerie Edwards will also be there, plus a special appearance from the one and only, Santa.
Saturday 23 December
Norm Rix Park Carols by Candlelight
Time: 5.30pm to 8.30pm
Where: Norm Rix Park, 119 Government Road, Labrador
What: This is a free community Carols by Candlelight event with live stage entertainment, food and drink outlets, an appearance by Santa and fireworks.
Surfers Paradise Carols on the Beach
Time: 6.30pm to 8pm
Where: Surfers Paradise Beach, Surfers Paradise
What: A stage set on the beach will feature a stunning line-up of talented local musicians and dancers and the will finish in a flurry of fireworks.
Christmas in Highland Reserve
Time: From 4.30pm
Where: Tallowwood Park, Rose Valley Drive, Upper Coomera
What: Bring the family along to enjoy an array of fun activities and then sing along to some carols in a great park setting.