Get in the spirit of Christmas by lighting your house or boat for the annual Parade. Credit Mike Kenyon.
Get in the spirit of Christmas by lighting your house or boat for the annual Parade. Credit Mike Kenyon. Mike Kenyon

Canals to jingle to Xmas Parade

THE sounds of Christmas will ring out from the banks of the Mooloolah River as the people in the houses and parks lining the course of this year's Mooloolaba Yacht Club's Christmas Boat Parade join in the festivities.

This year's parade is being held on Saturday December 17, starting from 6.30pm, with the Coast's STEPS Charity the charity of choice for the community event.

Event organiser, MYC's Gary Schulz, says the boats will be dressed in Christmas lights to the delight of everyone, and the sounds of carols and shouts of good cheer will ring out between the shore and the boats.

"It's an amazing experience as complete strangers share their Christmas joy. There are lots of happy yelling, singing and laughter from all involved," he said.

"The boats, all shapes and sizes, really make a massive effort to get into the spirit of the event and get dressed up.

"And, everyone who enters the best-dressed boat competition gets the chance to win a fabulous prize and full entry of $30 is donated to STEPS Charity."

The houses and parks that line the route, which starts at The Wharf Mooloolaba and goes past Charles Clark and Penny Lane parks, up the main channel to Kawana and then past La Balsa Park and back to The Wharf, also join in the festivities.

Lights and more lights, spectators young and old, are there to celebrate a community Christmas.

The houses that enter the best-dressed house or building competition, with their $30 entry fee going to STEPS Charity, take their challenge seriously. Many are dressed-up well before the event, much to the delight of all who pass by them.

This year the club has selected STEPS Charity as its charity of choice.

STEPS Charity work to create brighter futures for people with a disability. They promote equality and provide opportunities for independence and improved quality of life. The charity believes in strengthening the capacity of individuals to fulfil their dreams and become confident, valuable contributors to their community.

Event manager Angela Miles says all funds raised from this year's Parade will go towards the STEPS Pathways Project which is an Australian first.

"The project will allow young people with disabilities the opportunity to live independently in purpose built homes.

"A life skills course will be delivered on site with 24-hour-a-day support on hand. The course will teach participants the skills they need to live in their own home and make decisions and choices about the way they want to live," Ms Miles said.

For all 2016 Parade information, go to

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