Carols on the River: Head to Lion’s Park, Gympie Tce, Noosaville this Sun, 15 Dec from 7pm for a night of Christmas carols, community, food and a visit from Santa – all beside the Noosa River. Food trucks include wood-fired pizza, mini Dutch pancakes, burgers, chips and coffee. Bring a rug and your singing voice
Eumundi Christmas Extravaganza: There’s free, family-friendly festive song and dance under the stars at the Eumundi Christmas Extravaganza on the Market Terraces this Fri 13 Dec, 5.30pm-9.00pm with a magic show, children’s entertainment by the Santas, Christmas carols, photos with Santa, and balloon-twisting fun. It’s held next to the Eumundi Night Markets, so come and make a night of it
Christmas Twilight Train: Join the historic Mary Valley Rattler's Christmas Twilight Train for a journey through the Mary Valley, near the Noosa hinterland, this Fri 13 Dec, 5-9pm. Join a Christmas party at Amamoor Station for food, entertainment, markets and fireworks. Adult $59, coonc $49, child $30. The Rattler leaves from Old Gympie Station, Tozer St, Gympie. No BYO alcohol. Book at maryvalleyrattler.com.au
Wassail Christmas Cheer Concert: Join Noosa Chorale’s choir at Wassail at The J this Fri and Sat 13-14 Dec, 7pm for festive goodwill and hearty Christmas Cheer with drinks, mince pies and cheese platters. The theme is love, with a program of timeless carols and popular Christmas songs. Book at thej.com.au
Christmas at the Ginger Factory: Step into a Christmas wonderland at the Ginger Factory and visit Santa from Wed to Sun, 9.30am to 1.30pm. Bring your camera and have your picture taken with him. Also beautiful tropical gardens to explore, rides, tours and a café, 50 Pioneer Rd, Yandina, open 9am to 5pm – free entry (some attractions are ticketed).
See Santa: Catch Santa Claus at Noosa Civic Shopping Centre, Eenie Creek Rd, Noosaville for a photo every day. Bookings essential for photos – ph 5440 7900
Pictured above: The Rattler's Twilight Train, Eumundi Christmas Extravaganza and Santa at the Ginger Factory.
Jump on a free Sunbus holiday bus around Noosa from this Sat 14 Dec to 27 Jan, including a new park-and-ride Loop Bus between Hastings St, Noosa Junction and Weyba Rd, Noosaville. 6 existing bus routes around Sunshine Beach, Sunrise Beach, Peregian Beach, Noosa Junction, Noosa Heads, Noosaville, Noosa Parklands, Tewantin, Noosa Civic, Cooroy, Cooran and Pomona are free. The new Loop Bus leaves every 15 min, 7am to 7pm, from the Hastings St bus stop; along Noosa Drive to Noosa Junction; and then Weyba Rd and Noosa Pde in Noosaville. It also stops at the new park-and-ride facility at the AFL ground on Weyba Rd. It then departs half-hourly from 7pm to 10pm. If you have to drive, there are more than 250 paid car parking spaces at Noosa Heads Lions Park on weekends and every day from Boxing Day to 12 Jan.Download the free Go Noosa app from 14 Dec to make the most of the services, including a Noosa journey planner. See noosa.qld.gov.au/go-noosa
The Majestic Theatre in Pomona has great family entertainment all weekend, with a silent film screening of The Strong Man – Harry Langdon, this Sat 14 Dec, noon, $15 adult, children free.
A Tenori Xmas on Sat from 7-10pm features 3 tenors singing their favourites and Christmas carols, $35/$30.
On Sun, the Zeal Youth Theatre Cooroy presents a musical, Sally Sells Seashells (and you can too!), at 1.30pm and 6.30pm, $25/$15. Book at themajestictheatre.com.au or tickets at the door, 3 Factory St.
Take a stroll through the seaside village of Sunshine Beach and find tasty, healthy and thirst-quenching treats from breakfast through to late night. There are awesome breakfasts and great coffees at a choice of cafes; yum cha and Asian delights at Embassy XO; tapas, pizzas, boutique beers, wines and cocktails at Marble Bar and Bistro; and great tastes all day – check it out!
Take a guided tour and discover more about the Noosa National Park with new morning and night walks from Outdoor Adventure Australia. Spot animals in the ocean, on land and in the air on 3hr morning walks on Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon from 7am.
See the sun set on 2hr night walks, Mon and Tues, 6pm as the forest transitions from day to night, and find the nocturnal animals (headlamp provided). Cost $30. See outdooradventureaustralia.com/hiking or ask at the Noosa Inspiration Centre in Hastings St
The new exhibition at Noosa Regional Gallery, Violent Salt, discusses issues surrounding racism and discrimination against First Nations peoples and minority groups; and the lack of respect for, and desecration of culture and the natural environment. Features Abdul Abdullah (NSW), Vernon Ah Kee (QLD), Richard Bell (QLD), Daniel Boyd (NSW), Megan Cope (QLD), Karla Dickens (NSW), Sarah-Jane Norman (VIC), Yhonnie Scarce (VIC/SA) and Jemma Wyman (QLD). The exhibition runs to 26 Jan, gallery open Tues-Fri from 10-4pm and Sat-Sun from 10-3pm, Riverside, 9 Pelican St, Tewantin.
Image: Richard Bell, Kamilaroi, Kooma, Jiman and Gurang Gurang Peoples, You Can Go Now 2015, acrylic on canvas, 180 x 240cm. Courtesy of the artist and Milani Gallery, Brisbane.
A great gift idea if you’re in Noosa before Christmas is an electric bike tour or hire from Ecotekk Noosa – save 10% on gift vouchers now! Electric bike is a great way to get around Noosa. Ecotekk Noosa has a range of tours including the Fat Bike Beach Tour along Noosa North Shore, Mt Tinbeerwah scenic tour, see Noosa on a 1hr tour, or join the 3hr Surf Beach Trail. Ph 0426 246 342 and see ecotekk.com.au
A new photo exhibition by Kita Lawrence, #TheLocalVibe exhibition, is at Wan'din'in arts space in the Discover Eumundi Heritage and Visitor Centre, 73 Memorial Dve. It showcases the collective vibe of the Eumundi community through portraits and people’s heartfelt notions on personal gratitude and connections to the town.
Exhibition open until 11 January 2020, Mon to Fri 10am to 3pm; Sat 10am to 2pm
From the hinterland to the sea, Butter Factory Friends (BFF) artists come together for the Eclectica exhibition at Butter Factory Arts Centre, 11A Maple St, Cooroy. They’ve created a pictorial buffet of colour, shape and texture in the form of painting, pottery, artisan jewellery, glassware and weaving.
Eclectica is open to 14 Jan, Tues – Sun 10am – 3pm. Free entry. See butterfactoryartscentre.com.au
Learn to surf, see dolphins on a kayak tour or stand-up paddle in the clear waters off Double Island Point in the Great Sandy National Park with Epic Ocean Adventures.
Day tours leave from Noosa for a 4WD adventure along Noosa North Shore. Book an Epic Ocean Adventure now.
Tucked away near the Noosa River in Weyba Rd, Noosaville is Mr Jones & Me, with creative bistro classics, share plates and burgers for lunch and dinner, 7 days. They're also open for weekend breakfasts from 7.30am
Tick off all those Christmas gift lists with a shopping spree around Noosa’s villages – discover the unique boutiques, galleries and homewares from Hastings Street to Noosa Junction, Noosaville’s riverfront Gympie Tce and industrial precinct, surfside villages of Peregian and Sunshine Beach, and out to the hinterland towns of Cooroy, Pomona, Cooran and Kin Kin where you can uncover a treasure or two.
Or buy a voucher for a Noosa adventure from the Hastings Street Visitor Information Centre.
Thomas Corner Eatery in Noosaville has a great Christmas function special for groups of 10 to 25 people. Their 3-course set menu is $55 per person, available for lunch and dinner until 20 December. Enjoy the gorgeous Noosa River views. Ph 5470 2224 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tewantin Noosa Bowls Club’s famous Christmas raffles begin on Wed 20 November and are held every Wed and Fri night until 20 Dec. Win yourself an award-winning Christmas ham, turkey, chicken, fruit tray, vouchers or one of the many other prizes.
Tickets on sale from 5.30pm and raffles drawn at 7pm. Barefoot Bowls is also available under lights – booking essential. The bistro is open and courtesy bus is available. The club is on Hilton Tce, Tewantin. Please call 5449 7155
Having an early Christmas celebration in Noosa with a large group? Party as you cruise on the beautiful Noosa River on-board the Noosa Cruiser Restaurant & Bar, $35 per person. Includes drinks on arrival (bubbles, beer or soft drink), grazing dips buffet and a 2-hour cruise. Midday or evening available. Must book on 0419 216 236
Discover the lush rainforests, waterfalls, stunning views and breathtaking scenery with The Sunshine Coast Tour Company’s full day Hinterland Tour every Sunday, visiting Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Maleny, Gardners Falls, Montville and Mapleton Falls National Park. $98 adult, $78 child. Book online - see The Sunshine Coast Tour Company
Sean Tretheway, The Noosa Magician since 1984, performs every Fri and Sat night at Bombetta, Noosa Junction. Be amazed over dinner! And Nickleby the Magician does a riving performance at Tewantin Noosa RSL every Wed from 6.30pm in the South Bar.