Gold Coast Christmas Activities for Families with Kids

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If you are looking for Gold Coast Christmas activities to keep everyone in the family in the Christmas spirit, look no further than this page jam-packed full of ideas for this year’s festive season. Living locally means we can round up all the very best events and activities on a day-to-day basis to ensure everything you need for your kids this Christmas is right at your finger-tips, right here.

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Note: These events are yet to be confirmed for 2022

Movie World White Christmas


There is so much to see as you walk through the transformed theme park. The main street of Movie World will be lit up one million Christmas lights. In the centre of Main Street family Christmas movies are played on a big screen for everyone to enjoy. There will also be street performers and carollers to put everyone in the Christmas spirit. Get everything you need to know here.

Gold Coast Christmas Markets

Christmas Markets Gold Coast to Byron Bay 2016 Christmas market stand with baubles

We’ve contacted all our friends and rounded up a comprehensive list of Christmas Markets from the Gold Coast, through Tweed and down to Byron Bay for you and your family. Christmas Markets are one of the ‘must do’ Gold Coast Christmas activities to get you in the spirit! Click here.

Christmas Carols Gold Coast to Byron Bay

Stars on stage at Christmas Carols Gold Coast

It’s that time of year, Carols by Candlelight. There’s no better way to shake off the bah humbugs than a good dose of Christmas carols with flameless candles lighting up angelic little faces. In this round up of the best Gold Coast Christmas activities, we’ve included a list of the very best places to enjoy Christmas Carols, Gold Coast to Byron Bay – see them all here.

The Best Christmas Lights Gold Coast

Christmas Lights Gold Coast Christmas activities

Enjoy the festive atmosphere and twinkling kaleidoscope of light and colour this Christmas. Here’s all you need to know about where you can start your search for the best Christmas lights on the Gold Coast this year! Click here.

Christmas in Surfers Paradise

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There’s carols, markets, activities for the whole family and so much more! Read more here.

Sensory Santa

sensory santa caring santa photos

If your child has special sensory needs this sensory overload can be very distressing, but a visit to a Sensory Santa (also known as Sensitive Santa and Caring Santa) means you can get that special family Santa photo after all. Find the best sensory Santas here.

Palm Beach Christmas by the Sea

Stay tuned for more info on the event. Read more here.

Gold Coast Beaches (free activity!)

The Gold Coast is famous for the golden sands of its beaches. Stretching from Coolangatta to The Spit – there is enough beachfront for every Gold Coaster to enjoy. During summer, most beaches will have Lifesaving Patrols to help keep your family safe.

Kid-friendly spots include Greenmount at Coolangatta, Tallebudgera Creek at Currumbin and for those that want to get physical; Kurrawa at Broadbeach and Main Beach at Southport are popular options. For those with dogs who love a paddle, The Spit at the end of Seaworld Drive Main Beach is a popular haunt and has dog-friendly wash bays and showers to help rid you of the sand before the car trip home.

Explore nature (free activity!)

O’Reillys Rainforest Retreat located just under 25km from the Gold Coast and 70km from Brisbane is an excellent day out with large picnic and BBQ areas. This is best planned as a day trip as you will want to soak in the beauty of the Lamington National Park. Featuring 320km of walking tracks you will want to ramble and discover the amazing forest. Onsite is a restaurant and café area, natural toilet amenities and a wedge tail eagle show that you do not want to miss! You could also bring along a picnic for a cheaper day.

Check out the coolest Gold Coast parks

The Gold Coast offers a number of well-equipped and maintained parks for all ages to enjoy. The largest parkland on the Gold Coast is located at The Broadwater Parklands in Southport. With large outdoor fields and playground equipment galore including a jumping pillow, roving coffee carts selling cold drinks, coffee, and ice creams there’s heaps to keep every family happy. You could also bring a long a picnic. 

If it’s a hot day, be sure to take your swimmers and enjoy a dip at The Rockpools – an interactive water sculpture for kids and adults alike to enjoy. Manned by lifeguards during the year, this is a great spot to cool off without burning a hole in your purse.

The GC Inflatable Aqua Park calls Broadwater Parklands home between September and April. Swim, jump, slip and slide along the 300m obstacle course of awesome inflatable fun. It is always best to book in advance, GC Aqua Park can also cater for parties.

You do need to pay for parking and it’s best to get in early as it does fill up quickly.


See what else is on at the Gold Coast City Council website.

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