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Celebrate Christmas with free fun, carols, markets and see Santa

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.

Catch a free bus and new Loop Bus

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

https://www.noosa.qld.gov.au/go-noosa

Silent film, Christmas carols, theatre in Pomona

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.

Sunshine strolling

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!

Noosa National Park morning and night walks

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

Snorkel or dolphin adventure – 2nd person saves 50%

Experience Noosa with an amazing Snorkel Trip or Dolphin Adventure Ride with Noosa Wave – they’ll even provide the snorkelling gear.

Head out to the waters around the Noosa National Park headland for a fun, fast and comfortable boat ride and gorgeous views of Noosa.

Book now with a friend and the 2nd person receives 50% off for tours taken in December - see Noosa Wave's hot deal here

Violent Salt exhibition | Curator talk | Children’s play

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.

Ride Noosa on an e-bike – save 10% on vouchers

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

Local vibes

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

Go horse riding

Go horse riding along the open beach of Noosa North Shore with Equathon Horse Riding; or on tranquil Lake Weyba with Noosa Horse Riding. For beginner to experienced riders.

Butter Factory Friends exhibition

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

Epic surf, dolphin or kayak tours

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.

Live music in Noosa from 13 - 19 December

  • Living in the 70s are at Tewantin Noosa RSL, Tewantin, this Fri 13 Dec at 8pm; The Neil Diamond Tribute Show is on Sat from 8pm; and on Thurs 19 Dec, Darren J Ray plays from 6pm, free 
  • At RACV Noosa Resort, Noosa Heads, there’s food, drinks and live music with Dan Horne this Fri 13 Dec, Benjy on Sat and Kim McCartin on Mon 16 Dec – all 5-9pm, free entry
  • Kieran Q is at Club Cooroy RSL this Fri 13 Dec, 6pm, free
  • Howlin’ Time are at Noosa Surf Club, Hastings St this Sat 14 Dec, 8.30pm till late; and Brad Schultz is on Sun from 3-5pm
  • DJ Karlos is in the Noosa Beach House Bar, Hastings St this Fri 13 Dec, 7-10pm; Brad Schultz is on Sat, 7-10pm; and Mark Moroney is on Sun, 3-6pm
  • Ryan Giles plays at Noosa Yacht & Rowing Club this Fri 13 Dec, 4-6pm; and again on Sun from 2-5pm 
  • The SandFlys are at the Harbour Wine Bar, Noosa Marina, Tewantin this Fri 13 Dec from 5.30pm; and at the Sandbar Cafe, The Jetty, Gympie Tce, Noosaville on Thurs 19 Dec, 9am
  • Thunder Fox launch their album in The Bunker, Imperial Hotel Eumundi on Sat 14 Dec, doors open 7.30pm, $10/$15 at the venue (ph 5442 8811) or Oztix. Also on Sat, The Brown Trouts, noon to 4pm; and Renny Field from 6.30pm. On Fri 13 Dec, Ordio are in the beer garden from 6.30-9.30pm. On On Sun, Toby Robinson plays in the beergarden from 2-5pm
  • 10 Hastings St Cafe has live music every Wed to Sun from 6-9pm, along with delicious tapas, paella and sangria
  • Live music at the Original Eumundi Markets this Sat 
  • Noosa Irish night with live music every Thurs from 7pm at Flanagan’s, Noosa Reef Hotel, Noosa Heads 
  • Live music at Rococo Bistro Noosa, Hastings St, every night 
  • Miss Moneypenny’s, Hastings St, presents Noosa Ocean Beats with ‘80s throwback cocktails and ‘80s new wave, synth pop, tropical house and deep house essentials from international resident DJ AVOR (Ger) and supporting guests, every Sat from 4pm. Then the Supper Club featuring DJ Keiko (Jap) on the deck on Sat from 9pm
  • Live music at Tewantin-Noosa Bowls Club, Hilton Tce, Tewantin, Fri from 6.30pm, free 
  • Café Le Monde, Hastings St has live music and DJs every Fri from 6pm; Sat from 9pm and Thurs from 5pm
  • Live music in the Sunset Bar at Noosa Boathouse, Gympie Tce, Noosaville this Sun, 4.30-7.30pm 
  • Zachary’s in Hastings St has live music from local artists every Sat from 8pm  
  • Live music at El Capitano, Hastings St on Wed, 6.30pm, free

Mr Jones & Me

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

Shop Noosa’s villages

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.

Early Christmas get-together at Thomas Corner Eatery

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 manager@thomascorner.com.au

Christmas raffles and bowls

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

Christmas Party cruise

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

Hinterland tour

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

Magic moments

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.

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