Christmas Events on the Southern Gold Coast & Northern NSW 2023

Spending Christmas on the Gold Coast or Northern Rivers?

Check out our recommendations for the best Christmas Holiday Events on the southern end of the Gold Coast and Northern NSW for 2023.

We’ve listed our favorite collection of the best Carols, Christmas markets, Street parties to celebrate the Gold Coasts’ Christmas cheer.

Even though you’re on holidays you don’t have to miss out on the festive cheer!


Coolangatta Christmas Carols  2023

Tis the season to be Jolly!  The Cooly Christmas Carols is not to be missed!

Enjoy all your favorite carols with loads of festive performances under the stars of the Southern Gold Coast. Enjoy food trucks (sweet & savoury), and witness Santa’s grand annual entrance, which, last year involved an exhilarating skydive from an airplane!

This free event kicks off at 5:30pm (QLD) with Food trucks, Christmas markets, and Children’s entertainment and finish with a fantastic fireworks display.

  • Date: Sunday 10th December
  • Time: 5:30 pm (QLD) start for Markets/Food. 5:30pm (QLD) Carols
  • Where: Queen Elizabeth Park, Coolangatta (next to the Coolangatta surf club)
  • Cost: Free Christmas event

Hot Tip: We recommend arriving with plenty of time to enjoy the markets and grab a good position and some food, pack a blanket/towel/cushion for the most comfortable seats.

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Kingscliff Christmas Carols 2023

Enjoy the feel of a local community carols. Pack a picnic rug and some drinks and enjoy all the popular Christmas songs by local schools, singers and special choirs.

Support the lions BBQ fundraiser, or grab some food from the various shops over the road from the park.  Carols are on from 6pm and Santa’s special arrival will be around 8pm.

  • Date: Tuesday 12th of December
  • Time: 6:00pm -8:30pm (NSW)
  • Where: Rowan Robinson Park, Kingscliff
  • Cost: Free Christmas event.


Tugun Lights up for Christmas

Tugun Lights Up returns for its eleventh-annual celebration!  Toolona Street Party is always a fantastic community event for kids and adults alike. Dine under the stars and listen to Christmas Carols, visit the markets selling Christmas gifts, and enjoy special stage performances, art activities, and local business specials.

  • Date: Saturday 2nd December
  • Time: 4:00pm -8:30pm (QLD)
  • Where: Tooloona St, Tugun
  • Cost: Free Christmas event.

Details for this event can be found here:


Christmas Feast Food Fiesta, Tweed Heads

Live Music, a Fire Show & Food Trucks! Tin Parlour will be bringing the tunes for a Christmas party on the Tweed Heads waterfront at sunset! Bring your family and friends, grab a chair or picnic blanket
and enjoy some of the 15 delicious food trucks on offer.  More details can be found here:

  • Date: Friday 22nd December
  • Time: From 5pm to 8:45pm (NSW time)
  • Where: Jack Evans Boat Harbour, Coral St.
  • Cost: Free Christmas event


Palm Beach Farmers Markets

Secure the best fresh produce for a delicious Christmas feast, and stock up on all your last-minute gifts at the Palm Beach farmers market, this Christmas eve.  All our favorite stall holders will be selling amazing foods, the perfect festive wares, and live entertainment from our local community – with a special appearance from Santa for the kids!  It’s always a fabulous morning out.Palm Beach Christmas Markets

  • Date: Friday 24th December
  • Time: 6am – 11:30am
  • Where: Palm Beach Currumbin High School, Thrower Drive, Palm Beach
  • Cost: Free Christmas event

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Murwillumbah Christmas Market

Murwillumbah Markets Makers & Finders CHRISTMAS BAZAAR offers over 100 stall holders, artisan food, and festive cheer!  One of the best Markets for good vibes, and family friendly fun.  Find your handmade Christmas presents, stocking fillers, and produce from some of the best local and boutique Makers and Producers while enjoying the festive atmosphere with Christmas carols and amazing eats!Palm Beach Christmas Markets

  • Date: Friday 17th December
  • Time: 8am – 1pm
  • Where: Knox Park, Murwillumbah
  • Cost: Free Christmas event

For more information visit: Murwillumbah Christmas Market


Tweed Mall
Visit Santa at Tweed Mall this Christmas and every child will receive a free gift from Santa. Times are 10am-2pm (NSW time) Friday 1st December to Friday 15th December, then 10am-4pm (NSW time) from Saturday 16th December to Christmas Eve. Pet photos are available on Tuesday 13th and Thrusday 15th December from 3pm-8pm. Sundays are when you can experience ‘Surfy Santa’! Surfy Santa Photos will be on offer, FREE for the first 40 customers each Sunday. More details here.
Where: Centre Court near Target, Tweed Mall, Cnr Wharf and Bay Streets, Tweed Heads

Currumbin RSL FRIENDmas Trivia

Fan of FRIENDS the TV show? and Christmas? Well if such a combo tickles your fancy, look no further than FRIENDmas Trivia at Currumbin RSL.  This event is POPULAR and has a waitlist, so make sure to get on early to secure your spot when tables become available. The questions are fun (not hard), and there are some amazing prizes up for grabs.

  • Date: Saturday Monday 12th December
  • Time: 7pm – 9pm (QLD) (Doors open at 6:30)
  • Where: Currumbin RSL
  • Cost: Free Christmas event (but you must register to secure a spot.)

Hot Tip: Each person must register a seat at the table.

Register: Friendmas Trivia Christmas


Don’t want to spend Christmas Day in the kitchen this year?

We have you sorted for local restaurants on the Southern GC and Northern Rivers that are open on Christmas day.


Cooly Breeze Rooftop Restaurant and Bar

Want a real wow factor on Christmas day?  Overlooking the water from the 13th floor, the Cooly Breeze Rooftop offers the ultimate Mediterranean Christmas feast.  Included in the package is 3 hours of premium drinks, seafood, hot and cold dishes, and Christmas treats for dessert.  Packages are available for Lunch and Late Lunch.  Also caters for vegetarians.

Cooly Breeze Rooftop for Christmas Lunch Gold Coast
  • Date: Christmas Day – Sunday 25th December.
  • Time: 11am-2pm (QLD), and 3pm-6pm (QLD)
  • Where: Cooly Breeze Rooftop Bar – 122 Griffith St Level 13
  • Cost: $265 for an Adult, $90 for Children (5-12).

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Kingscliff Beach Hotel

If you’re after a more laid-back Christmas day, the Kingscliff Beach hotel has you covered.

Starting from 12pm, the Kingy hotel is offering a premium buffet to remember!  Seafood, antipasto platters, Ham, Turkey, Beef, roast potatoes, and all the trimmings.  Christmas pud for dessert.  You certainly won’t leave hungry.  The kids will be entertained in the kids’ playground, leaving the adults time to enjoy a drink and relaaaax maaax!  Sounds like the perfect Chrissy right?

  • Date: Christmas Day – Monday 25th December.
  • Time: (Two sittings) 11:30am or 2pm (NSW)
  • Where: Kingscliff Beach Hotel
  • Cost: $120pp  for an Adult, $45pp for Children (Under 12).

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If you’re looking for a last-minute Christmas Holiday booking on the Gold Coast, there are still lots of options available.

Call our team at Gold Coast Holiday Homes on 07 5599 2700 today!!