What's on: Gold Coast
DEEP WATER RUNNING
WITH the weather warming up, it's the perfect time to try out a beginners' class of deep water running. It is offered at a number of local pools and introduces you to working out in deep water, with a buoyance belt to improve mobility without strenuous impact.
Costs range from $11-$17, depending on location. Contact your local community pool for details.
CURRUMBIN Community Christmas Carols is a traditional concert at Galleon Park, Currumbin Waters on Monday, December 10. Enjoy singing to the classics and be amazed by the roving entertainers or the laser light show.
The free event starts at 5.30pm and concludes at 8.30pm. Phone 07 5581 5275 for details.
CHRISTMAS IN SURFERS
SURFERS Paradise is hosting a range of festive activities from Thursday, December 13. As well as a visit from Santa in boardies for the grandkids, adults will love the 12 Days of Christmas event with daily Advent prizes.
The climax is the annual Carols on the Beach on Sunday, December 23 with a host of local artists and closing fireworks at 8pm. Phone Katerine from Surfers Paradise Alliance 07 5584 3720 for more.
THE Forest Oak Dr Light Spectacular from 5-10pm on December 14-24 offers beautiful lights for a good cause. Bravehearts charity has been working closely with this Upper Coomera community to create "a sense of childlike wonder for all ages”. A Westfield Coomera courtesy shuttle, picking up and dropping at Jagera Dr, takes away the difficulty of parking, so you can enjoy the lightshow without the stress.
To find out more about the lightshow or Bravehearts, phone Jess Ward on 07 5552 3000.
ONE of Australia's most-loved musical stars, Marina Prior has appeared 27 times in the annual televised Carols by Candlelight, but now you can see her singing your favourite Christmas carols and some of the other songs she's famous for - expect a little Phantom of the Opera - live at HOTA in a special matinee from 11am on Tuesday, December 18. Tickets $27, to purchase go to hota.com.au or phone 07 5588 4000.
BRISBANE HEAT VERSUS HOBART HURRICANES
SUMMER is synonymous with cricket, so get your dose of some top-grade cricketers at Gold Coast Metricon Stadium when Brisbane Heat takes on the Hobart Hurricanes on December 22. As well as the excitement of live action, there's added entertainment and fireworks to finish. It's from 6pm and tickets ($8-$22) are through Ticketek.
MISSING the swinging Christmas carols from Elvis Presley, George Thorogood, crooning Bing Crosby or Johnny Cash? The Colt Seavers Band brings back 1950s and '60s rockabilly carols at the NightQuarter on Saturday, December 22 from 4pm. Entry is only $3 and there's also a huge range of food options. Phone 1800 364 448 for details.
IT'S A tradition, isn't it, watching the start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race on Boxing Day? What better place to do it than in a yacht club setting? Southport Yacht Club is showing the start on the big screen from 11am-4pm on Wednesday, December 26 and it's open to the public. Phone Bronwen on 07 5591 3500.
FIREWORKS and dancing - what more could you want for an exciting New Year's Eve? Broadbeach Mall is hosting two fireworks displays at 8pm and midnight, as well as Latin dancing from 7pm and a live Latin band from 9.30pm. Dance the Cha Cha as you celebrate the end of 2018.
Phone Broadbeach Alliance on 07 5656 0100 for details. For those to the south, Coolangatta will have displays at 9pm and midnight, and of course there's the option of an earlier New Year over the border in Tweed Heads.
FALEN Dafa is a form of Tai Chi that provides gentle exercises and meditation to help improve the health of the body, as well as your state of mind. What better way to start off your new year than getting into the practice.
It is offered daily at Harley Park in Labrador and weekends at Pratten Park, Burleigh. It is free, but bring your own mat or towel. For details phone the Falun Dafa Association of Australia on 0424 670 349.