The Gold Coast is set to get its first Christmas Parade this year

The Gold Coast is set to get a massive Christmas Parade this year, with plans for the spectacular unveiled in Surfers Paradise today.

It’ll be an event inspired by New York’s famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, complete with magical floats, giant balloons and plenty of opportunities for local charities and businesses.

The parade will run approximately 2.5 kilometres, starting in Main Beach and finishing in Surfers Paradise on Sunday 6 December, 2020.


It’s expected to draw hundreds of thousands of people into the heart of the city, providing a significant boost to the tourism sector and delivering more than 700 local jobs.

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Gold Coast Christmas Parade and Master Events QLD CEO, William Mead, says it’s an incredible opportunity for Gold Coast businesses to showcase their services and products.

“The Christmas Parade is a much-loved tradition that captures the true festive spirit – encouraging the community to share, engage and celebrate,” Mr Mead said.

“This is a unique chance for local organisations and community groups to connect with residents, tourists and viewers alike – with images of the parade to be beamed around the country, and the world.

“We encourage businesses, charities and schools who would like to be involved to get in touch to find out more about the unique partnership and performance opportunities available.”

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Mr Mead says the free event will provide a unique opportunity for the entire community to connect, engage and celebrate the festive season.

“The scale of the Gold Coast Christmas Parade will be mind boggling and will extend well beyond the parade itself,” he said.

“The parade will feature some 70 enormous animated floats, huge helium balloons, marching bands, dance troupes and community groups spreading Christmas cheer to the whole community.”

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Organisers expect the Coast event to draw a crowd of more than 200,000 locals and visitors, with footage of the parade to be filmed and beamed around the country, and the world.

“Above all, we ask families to mark the date in their calendars so they can enjoy a spectacular night of free family entertainment and celebrate the season of hope, after a summer marred by
devastating bushfires and drought,” Mr Mead said.

For information on how you can get involved as a charity, a performer or a sponsor, visit

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I raced back to have a look at the website and was surprised to see the contact information being “” why is there China in the website address.

Surely, we can do this ourselves on the Gold Coast and keep the money local

I have nothing against China or Chinese people at all but I just wonder why this is being outsourced when local jobs could be created and the money stay locally