Welcome to the ultimate guide for December events on the Sunshine Coast! As the calendar turns to the most festive month of the year, our blog is your go-to resource for navigating the array of exciting events and happenings across this picturesque coastal haven. 

From busy holiday markets to sun-soaked celebrations in theme parks, join us in uncovering the best the region has to offer. Whether you’re a local seeking new adventures or a visitor looking to soak up the seasonal vibes, let this guide be your key to unlocking the magic of the Sunshine Coast!

Fun Events on the Sunshine Coast this December

Meet Santa At The Ginger Factory

Where: 50 Pioneer Road, Yandina QLD

Let the little ones meet Santa at The Ginger Factory this December! Snap some fun pictures with Santa and the kids for an unforgettable holiday. This event will run from 1st December right up until Christmas Eve. There is no need to book your spot – just head to The Ginger Factory to enjoy the event. This free event runs from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm at The Gingertown Creative Hub. Find out more about this event here.

Don’t have anything else to do for the rest of the day? Check out the other attractions at The Ginger Factory, such as the Rainbrella Project, The Potting Shed, Rainforest, and Gardens. There are playgrounds for kids and a few restaurants in case you get hungry exploring the grounds. Get your tickets here.

Enjoy Tiny Tots Christmas at Aussie World

Where: 73 Frizzo Rd, Palmview QLD

Have fun with the kids at Aussie World this holiday. This Sunshine Coast theme park offers different activities, games, and Christmas characters. There will also be an enjoyable visit from Santa for the kids. Join the face-painting sessions and watch live performances to entertain parents and kids.

After the shows and games, the kids can enjoy the different kid-friendly rides in the theme park. This event will happen on the 21st December at 10 am. Find out more about this event at the Aussie World website and book your tickets here.

Are you staying around the Sunshine Coast the entire holiday season? Spend a fun New Year’s Eve at the Aussie World! The theme park’s New Year’s Eve party will feature unlimited rides, live music, and roving performers. There will be food stalls aplenty to satisfy you and the kids. Thirsty after a day spent chasing after your little ones? There will be refreshing drinks and cocktails to quench your thirst. 

The festivities will end at 8:45 pm with a spectacular fireworks display. The New Year’s Eve event will begin at 4 pm. Get your tickets here.

Join the Christmas and New Year Cruises offered by different cruise operators.

Experience Christmas and New Year on the water by going on a cruise along the waterways of the Sunshine Coast. Check out some of the cruise operators below.

Cavalier Cruises

This cruise operator operates out of Brisbane Road, Mooloolaba, QLD. The operator offers fun Christmas Lights and New Year’s Eve cruises aboard the Crusader 1 to make your holiday more festive. The cruise lasts 90 minutes and plies the waterways of Minyama and Mooloolaba. Wonder at the beauty of the Christmas lights as you sail past the houses and other establishments in the area. Find out more about the Christmas Lights cruise here.

Are you celebrating the New Year on the Sunshine Coast? Check out Cavalier Cruises New Year’s Eve cruises. One cruise will be for the entire family and one for adults only. The family session starts at 5:10 pm and ends at 8:50 pm, while the adults-only cruise will begin at 7:30 pm and will end at 1 am. Buy your tickets here

Cruise Maroochy

Check out Cruise Maroochy if you’re staying in or near the area. The company specialises in eco cruises, but their vessels are also available for private events. Hold a private Christmas party during the day while cruising the waterways of Maroochydore. Visit this page for more information and to book your tickets.

Visit the best Sunshine Coast markets.

A visit to the Sunshine Coast this December is complete with a visit to any of its local markets. Check them out below.

Marcoola Market

Where: 10 Lorraine Avenue, Marcoola

Check out the Marcoola Market if you like good food, live music, and a laid-back vibe. Marcoola is northeast of Woombye, QLD, so it’s only a few minutes’ drive from your Sunshine Coast Motor Lodge accommodation.

The market is open every Friday evening from 4 pm to 8 pm. There’s a Saturday morning farmer’s market for all you early risers. Stalls open at 8 am, so you have plenty of time to grab some breakfast. 

Cotton Tree Markets

Where: King Street, Cotton Tree, Maroochydore

You’ll find them all here at Maroochydore’s Cotton Tree Markets, from fresh fruits to scented candles to yummy food. Check out some tasty treats to munch on while shopping and buy a unique artwork or outfit to gift to your loved ones on Boxing Day. Learn more about the markets here.

Eumundi Markets

Where: 80 Memorial Drive, Eumundi

From your Woombye accommodation, drive north to Eumundi to check out its famous markets. Purchase fresh produce and munch on some delicious food while browsing the stalls. Scour the market for unique finds to gift your family and friends. The market is open every Wednesday, from 8 am to 2 pm. You can also check out the market every Saturday, from 7 am to 2 pm.

Holiday Markets in Caloundra

Where: Corner of Otranto Ave & The Esplanade, Caloundra

Drive down to Caloundra on the 29th of December and visit the Holiday Markets there. The Caloundra Street Fair is happening on the 24th and 31st December between 8 am and 1 pm. Another market will be on Friday, 29th December, between 5 and 9 pm. Learn more about the markets here.

Discover Comfort and Convenience at Sunshine Coast Motor Lodge

You may be en route to the coast, and you’re looking for a place to stay that is clean, comfortable, and pet-friendly. Or you may want to stay somewhere rural and peaceful during your holiday.

You’re in the right place if you’re searching for a great Woombye motel! Sunshine Coast Motor Lodge is the number one motel for travellers looking for spacious, luxurious, and affordable accommodation on the Sunshine Coast. Choose from studio accommodations with a garden view to deluxe share units designed for the entire family

Unlike other motor lodges, our motel offers more than the basic facilities. Celebrate Christmas in style or ring in the New Year at our beautiful poolside or barbecue area. 

Book today and make your stay in Woombye, QLD, something to reminisce about in the years to come.


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