10 Things To Do to keep the whole family amused
1. FESTIVE COLOUR
WHAT: Homes decorated for Christmas
WHERE: Throughout the Sunshine Coast
WHEN: Each night up to Christmas
SUNSHINE Coast homes are being lit up with lights left, right and centre. Drive down any main street or through the suburbs and the family's faces are sure to light up with glee. Check out some of the best Christmas lights on the Coast at www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au and search for Christmas lights map.
2. THE TWILIGHT MARKETS
WHAT: More than 150 stalls
WHERE: The Esplanade, Bulcock Beach, Caloundra
WHEN: Friday, December 23 and 30 plus January 2, 13 and 20 from 5-9pm
WHETHER you're a visitor or a local, you'll love the festivities and energy of The Twilight Markets, not to mention the beautiful backdrop of the Glass House Mountains with the sun setting over Pumicestone Passage. More than 150 stalls include street food, gourmet sweets, handmade artisan crafts, fashion and jewellery.
3. FESTIVE LIGHT SHOW DISPLAY
WHAT: Oracle Liquid's light show
WHERE: The Riverwalk, Sunshine Plaza
WHEN: The final show is tonight
THE five-minute light show display runs every half an hour from 6pm to 10pm. Enjoy late-night dining on the Riverwalk, along with extended trading hours with this unique display of light, colour and sound. Sunshine Plaza's Light Show display is created by Sydney-based light show specialist Oracle Liquid.
4. DREAM THIEVES
WHAT: Live music
WHERE: Solbar in Ocean St, Maroochydore, from 8pm
DREAM Thieves is a five-piece groove-rock stylin' band masterfully blended with alternate rock, grunge and pop. The support act is Buck Dean and The Green Lips. Cost is $5 at the door.
5. MASON HOPE
WHAT: Live music
WHERE: Solbar's Lounge Bar in Ocean St, Maroochydore, from 5pm
WHEN: Monday, December 26 (Boxing Day)
MASON Hope is an extraordinary young performer from the Sunshine Coast and winner of the Gympie Music Muster Talent Search 2016. His gig has free entry.
6. LATE FOR WOODSTOCK
WHAT: Live music
WHERE: The Yacht Club, Mooloolaba
WHEN: Tuesday, December 27, from 3-6pm
POPULAR Sunshine Coast band Late for Woodstock always puts on a good show.
7. WOODFORD FOLK FESTIVAL
WHAT: One of the biggest annual music and cultural events in Australia
WHERE: Woodfordia on Woodrow Rd, Woodford
WHEN: Tuesday, January 27, to Sunday, January 1
INFO: Visit www.woodfordfolkfestival.com to see the program and buy tickets
ABOUT 130,000 people are expected to flood Woodford Folk Festival this year from Tuesday, January 27, to Sunday, January 1. For six days and nights, the festival is packed full of live music across every genre imaginable, wonders, workshops and transformative experiences. There's also a whole festival within the festival dedicated to children.
8. NEW YEAR'S EVE IN MOOLOOLABA
WHAT: The Sunshine Coast's biggest New Year's Eve program
WHERE: Two stages on the golden sands of Mooloolaba Beach
WHEN: From 5.30pm on Saturday, December 31
THE free annual family-friendly Mooloolaba New Year's Eve celebration has a feast of entertainment to suit all ages and tastes including live music on the main stage, energetic DJ sets on the beach stage, carnival rides, buskers, roving street entertainment, children's face painting and activities plus two spectacular fireworks displays at 8.30pm and midnight.
9. FREE FAMILY HOLIDAY FUN
WHAT: Art activities for children
WHERE: Butter Factory Arts Centre in Maple Street, Cooroy
WHEN: Tuesday, January 3, to Wednesday, January 11 (closed Monday, January 9), 10am-3pm
INFO: Contact the Butter Factory Arts Centre on 5442 6665 or see http://www.butterfactoryartscentre.com.au/kids-on-tour.html
THIS free family holiday fun is courtesy of The Gabori Sisters: Gathering by the Sea Kids on Tour: an exciting hands-on activities for children that explore the important relationship the Kaiadilt people of the Gulf Carpentaria have with the sea. This is a touring program from the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art.
10. ENGINES ALIVE DAY
WHAT: vintage aircraft and memorabilia display
WHERE: Queensland Air Museum, 7 Pathfinder Drive, Caloundra
WHEN: Saturday, January 7
QAM will host its first Engines Alive Day on Saturday, January 7, and the F-111 cockpit will be open all day. Imagine the thrill of sitting at the controls of an aircraft capable of Mach 2.5 - 2655kph that can fly to 20,000m above Earth. This is a photo opportunity not available anywhere else in Queensland. All of QAM's 70-plus aircraft and related displays will be on show along with a jumping castle for the kids, Second World War Jeep rides and a range of food and drink options. The new Mirage Jet is on display and up to 10 vintage aircraft engines will run at intervals throughout the day.