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Gold Coast Kids Guide to Christmas 2019

Get the kids into the festive spirit and keep them occupied during the school holidays with this great round up of Christmas activities across the Gold Coast. The Gold Coast Kids Guide to Christmas 2019 even includes some tips on budget friendly (and FREE) Santa photos!

Christmas activities

9 November – 5 January: 12 days of a Gold Coast Christmas trail, Pacific Fair

Countdown Christmas at Pacific Fair and watch as our fun, festive icons come to life with augmented reality! Explore the 12 golden icons throughout the centre from The Resort to The Riverwalk. Try your best to wake up the three sleeping koalas….or strike a pose with the twelve prancing poodles! Plus, once you’ve visited all the icons throughout the centre, visit the Concierge desk to be rewarded with a delicious ice cream or frozen yoghurt from Cowch!

4 – 18 December: Christmas Crafts, Helensvale Westfield

Each Wednesday, kids can participate in a different Christmas themed craft session including fingerprint Christmas art, handmade Christmas cards and DIY eco Christmas wrap.

5 December: Bunnings Family Fun Night

  • Arundel: Pony Rides, Animal farm, trackless train, obstacle course, BBQ, Fairy Floss, Sno Cones, Santa Visit, Kids & Adults DIY workshop, door prizes and games.
  • Burleigh Waters: Jumping Castle, face painting, kids teens and adults DIY workshops, acrobat elves, visit from Santa, fun games and light refreshments.
  • Nerang: pony rides, animal farm, Christmas carols, rock n roll arena, jumping castle, fairy floss, Aussie wildlife awareness show, snow cones and santa visit.
  • Oxenford: jumping castle, sausage sizzle, face painting, fairy floss, snow cones, ride on animals, kids and adults DIY workshops.
  • Robina: jumping castle, fairy floss & popcorn, kids DIY workshops, animal farm, magician, face painting, sausage sizzle and santa visit.
  • Southport: popcorn, fairy floss, snow cones, Christmas craft, jumping castles, rock climbing wall, snakes alive show, sausage sizzle and santa visit.

7 – 25 December: Sanctuary Cove Christmas

Interactive displays will be scattered throughout the Village which will provide the perfect backdrop for festive photos including Santa’s Sleigh, Christmas Tree, Gift Box and specially themed Christmas Window. On 5 December, The Marine Village has complimentary kids ferry boat rides. Enjoy a Christmas sing-a-long from Pier E every 30 minutes between 2.30 pm – 4.30 pm.

7 December: Coomera Waters Christmas Market & Twilight Event

Our market event runs from 11 am until 8pm and features delicious food trucks, mulled wines, over 30 affordable Christmas gift stalls, face-painting, character entertainment and more. Have a refreshment at the tavern as the markets move into gorgeous twilight event featuring Christmas lights, carols and musical performances.

7 December: Hope Island Marketplace Jolly Christmas Concert

Free Ferris Wheel, face painting, helium balloons, Santa meet & greet. Market stalls to wander on the day. 10:30am – Enjoy a FREE* Coffee thanks to Degani Hope Island 11:30am – Enjoy a FREE* Christmas Treat thanks to Bakers Delight 1pm – Enjoy FREE* Ice Blocks thanks to Woolworths *Hurry first 100 people only. Build-a-Bear ($5) and Sushi (free) workshops – bookings required

7-21 December: Christmas Face Painting, Coomera Westfield

Each Saturday in December, bring your little one along to The Backyard and let them enjoy getting their face painted in different Christmas themes.

7-8 & 21-22 December: Festive Bath Bomb Workshop, Lush Robina Town Centre

Join LUSH Robina for their festive bath bomb workshop. Take part in a product making demonstration where you will be able to get hands on and make some of our best selling products. Mix and mould your very own Bath Bomb to gift for Christmas or keep for yourself. $10pp, bookings essential, for children aged 5+.

11 – 20 December: Kids in the Kitchens, Gingerbread decorating, Robina Town Centre

Robina Town Centre are hosting a special Gingerbread Decorating workshop for their younger visitors. Once the budding chefs have put the finishing touches on their seasonal treats, they can eat them, gift them, or leave them out for Santa on Christmas Eve! $5pp, bookings essential, for children aged 3+.

16 December: Christmas at Capri on Via Roma

Celebrate Christmas at Capri on Via Roma! Snap a selfie with Santa between 10am-1pm plus FREE children’s Christmas activities including face painting, balloon animals and helium balloons, Christmas themed arts & crafts, Christmas sweets and special guest characters!

17-23 December: Australia Fair Kids Christmas workshops

Kids, get crafty this Christmas with 7 days of FREE Christmas activities.

  • Tuesday 17 December:                  Build a Snowman
  • Wednesday 18 December:            Gingerbread decorating
  • Thursday 19 December:                Create a Christmas mask
  • Friday 20 December:                     Decorate a Christmas bauble
  • Saturday 21 December:                 Create a glitter snowflake
  • Sunday 22 December:                   Create a Christmas wreath
  • Monday 23 December:                  Christmas card creation

18-20 December: Gingerbread decorating, Coomera Westfield

Kids are invited to get creative and decorate their very own delicious gingerbread, just in time for Christmas! Each child will be provided with pre-baked gingerbread pieces, icing and decorations to create their very own gingerbread masterpiece!

20 – 24 December: Christmas in Surfers Paradise

Stop in Cavill Mall and snap a selfies with the surf-loving Santa at his Beach Bungalow or step into the life sized “snow” globe and shake it like a pole-oroid picture (with FREE photo opportunities!).

21 – 24 December: Mrs Claus’s Cookie Kitchen

Join in the fun at the free Mrs Claus’s Cookie Kitchen at Tweed Mall Shopping Centre, where kids can decorate their own Christmas cookie. There will be a new cookie to decorate each day. Each session will run for 30 minutes. 25 children per session. Plus, meet and greet Mrs Claus at the Santa Set, in Centre Court.

Making memories

Budget friendly Santa photos

  • $7 Santa photos: Tweed Mall Shopping Centre. Visit Santa for a $7 Santa photo (1x 6×8 inch framed photo per family per day). Santa Sunday’s are also back, first 40 customers per Sunday will receive 1x 6×8 inch framed photo for free.
  • $10 Santa photos: Australia Fair. Capture a special moment with Santa from Monday 25 November until Christmas Eve, plus each child receives a FREE Penguin book.
  • $15 Santa photos (or a free Christmas themed photo): Marina Mirage. Each Saturday in December, have your photo taken with Santa Claus. All of your loved ones, pets included, are very welcome to join you on board the MV Marina Mirage for your photos! You can grab your own photo on their Christmas backdrop during the week for free.

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