CHRISTMAS IN SURFERS
EXPERIENCE the sun-drenched magic of a quintessentially Australian Christmas in Surfers Paradise. Santa dons boardies and arrives in a surfboat sleigh drawn by kangaroos to spread festive cheer to families and visitors throughout the world-famous holiday precinct. Christmas in Surfers Paradise brings a new dimension of summer sparkle to traditional festivities with a free, family-friendly entertainment spectacular, culminating in Carols on the Beach on Saturday, December 23. Surfers Paradise will be transformed into an Aussie-style festive wonderland by the shore, as Cavill Mall becomes home to Santa's summer grotto and families can pose for free keepsake photos in the surfboat sleigh, while kids can share their Christmas wish lists. Santa will be in his grotto from December 13 to 22, 10am-1pm and 4-7pm, December 23 from 10am-1pm, and December 24 from 10am-1pm and 4-7pm.
JOIN us in celebrating the festive season at the Christmas Markets Gold Coast. Take a relaxing walk under shimmering lights while browsing unique gifts, grab your last-minute stocking fillers or just unwind with seasonal entertainment and delectable yuletide treats at the gourmet Christmas food court. There's something for everyone with free family entertainment, food trucks, kids' activities and Santa will arrive by helicopter. Free entry includes Santa photos and a Christmas movie. At Broadwater Parklands from December 15-17, 4-10pm each day. Details: Christmas Spirit Group on 0434289282 or email christmasmarketsgc @gmail.com.
THIS is a community celebration of Christmas for everyone at Bischoff Pioneer Park and Nerang Street, Nerang on Saturday, December 16 from 3-8.30pm. The afternoon entertainment program will feature local artists and school bands, while the evening program includes traditional carols and a visit from Santa. Families can buy ride passes or single ride tickets. There will be a wide selection of food stalls. Remember to bring your chair or rug. Entertainment starts from 3pm, with the main carols program from 6pm until fireworks finale at 8.30pm. Please phone 0406320085 or on www.facebook.com/ NerangCelebrates.
IF YOU happen to live in or around Mudgeeraba, or plan to visit, and like the idea of filling your fridge with delicious, farm-fresh produce, prepare to be excited. Instead of travelling a few suburbs over for your market fix, you can get it all on your doorstep at the new weekly Mudgeeraba Fine Foods & Farmers' Market. Every Saturday morning from 6-11.30am. Mudgeeraba Showgrounds will be brimming with stalls full of beautiful, fresh produce, meats, flowers, delicious foods and more. You'll also be supporting local farmers and businesses, so that's win-win. Next: Saturday, December 16, Mudgeeraba Showgrounds, 115 Mudgeeraba Road, Mudgeeraba.
TASTE OF IRELAND
AFTER performing to thousands of audiences Australia-wide, A Taste of Ireland returns this December with the premiere of an exciting show, The Christmas Spectacular! Told under the mistletoe through music and dance, the show reveals the magical tale of two star-crossed lovers born of an Irish soul. As one leaves the homeland in search of freedom, their sweetheart stays in the Emerald Isle waiting for their return home. Featuring an unparalleled cast of champion Irish dancers, alongside some of the most sought-after traditional musicians. The Christmas Spectacular features carols and tunes from across the Irish counties and provinces. For one performance only on Tuesday, December 19, beginning 7.30pm at the Gold Coast Arts Centre, 135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise. Book online or phone the box office on 55884000.
ROMEO AND JULIET
THE forever romance, the hundred-year classic, the most heart-warming dancing you will see this year. The Russian National Ballet Theatre is coming back with the world's greatest classical ballet, Romeo and Juliet. Seamlessly choreographed by Evgeny Amosov based on the Prokofiev ballet in three acts and featuring classical music. Enjoy the festive season and have dinner before the show, with a two-course Christmas Fare for $40. Tickets adult $89, pensioner, senior $79, student and child $69. At the Gold Coast Arts Centre on Friday, December 22. Performance begins at 7.30pm. Book online or phone 55884000 for more information.
NEW YEAR CARNIVAL
SURFERS Paradise will go off with a bang this New Year's Eve, as the renowned holiday playground gets set to host a colourful carnival of rides and attractions for all ages, as the fun-filled New Year's Carnival culminates in three spectacular fireworks displays on December 31, lighting up the skies over the ocean. The New Year's Carnival will see thousands of families and visitors gather at the iconic foreshore from December 27 to January 1. From 3pm to 9pm, the foreshore will become a kaleidoscope of frivolity with thrilling rides and fun activities for children of all ages, including bungee trampolines, a climbing wall and interactive play zone. The celebration will also extend throughout the precinct, with Surfers Paradise Riverside hosting a choreographed fireworks display over Nerang River at 10pm. Details www.surfersparadise.com.
AFTER a sell-out performance in the showroom last year, worldwide hit The Michael Jackson History Show is returning to The Star Gold Coast from December 29 for a limited run of three shows, including a big celebration show on New Year's Eve. The spectacular stage show and tribute will again celebrate the music and artistry of Michael Jackson with two hours of hits brought to life by star Dantanio, plus a six-piece live band, choreographed dancers, authentic costumes, big sets and state-of-the-art concert production. Ticketholders will be treated to live performances of 20 classic Jackson hits including Thriller, Billie Jean, ABC, Blame It on the Boogie, Don't Stop Til You Get Enough, Bad, The Way You Make Me Feel and more. Show starts at 8pm at The Star Gold Coast, 1 Casino Drive. Tickets from $55 available through Ticketek.
MAGIC Millions turns up the glamour and excitement of the Australian summer racing season. Racegoers are invited to the spectacular Gold Coast for the 2018 Magic Millions Carnival. Revel in 10 magnificent days of Australia's number one summer racing carnival as you gather with friends. Don your most fabulous outfit and kick off celebrations with the Pacific Fair Magic Millions Polo on Sunday, January 7. The thunder of thoroughbred hooves along the sands of the Surfers Paradise Foreshore will again be a feature spectacle of the Barrier Draw on January 9, while the best yearlings from around Australia will go under the hammer from January 10 in the action-packed sales area. Come raceday, January 13, all eyes will turn to the track. Details visit magicmillions.com.au or call 55041200.
COMING into Fashion: A Century of Photography at Condé Nast celebrates some of the most iconic images from the past century of fashion. Conde Nast, the powerhouse publisher of Vogue, Vanity Fair and Glamour, has opened its photography archive to the public to create this stunning exhibition. The collection of images, selected by photography curator Nathalie Herschdorfer, shows the sharp contrast in the first fashion photographs from the early 20th century compared to the modern day. Also included in the exhibition is a selection of vintage couture fashion from The Darnell Collection. At the Gold Coast City Gallery, 135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise, current to February 18. Call 55884078 for details.
AN AFTERNOON AT THE PROMS
AUSTRALIA'S most acclaimed international violinist Ian Cooper is joined by opera stars, prima ballerinas, Australia's popular Pipe Band and the Blue Danube Orchestra to evoke the sheer exuberance of An Afternoon at the Proms - A Musical Spectacular. Enjoy selections from The Sound of Music, The Merry Widow, Verdi's Rigoletto, "The Waltz King" Johann Strauss plus Can-Can and Tango dancers. March 2 at 7pm. Bookings 55884000 or theartcentregc.com.au.