Christmas Tips


‘Family-Focus’: Activities on the Sunshine Coast for Christmas 2023

We explore the top family-focused activities and attractions to enjoy during your christmas holiday on the Sunshine Coast.

2 min read – December 8, 2023 – 7.00am

The Sunshine Coast is a fantastic destination for families looking to celebrate Christmas in 2023. With its stunning beaches, lush hinterland, and a plethora of family-friendly activities, you’ll find plenty of ways to make this holiday season memorable. In this blog, we’ll explore the top family-focused activities and attractions to enjoy during your Christmas holiday on the Sunshine Coast.

Visit Santa’s Grotto 

Kickstart your Christmas festivities by visiting Santa’s Grotto. Many locations across the Sunshine Coast, including shopping centers and theme parks, offer opportunities for kids to meet Santa, take photos, and share their holiday wishes. It’s a magical experience that will fill your little ones with joy and anticipation.

Beach Picnics 

One of the greatest joys of celebrating Christmas on the Sunshine Coast is its beautiful beaches. Pack a festive picnic and head to popular spots like Mooloolaba Beach or Noosa Main Beach. Enjoy a relaxing day by the ocean, build sandcastles, and have a family-friendly Christmas meal right on the sand.

Christmas Lights Tours 

Take a tour of the most spectacular Christmas light displays on the Sunshine Coast. Some neighborhoods go all out with elaborate decorations and light shows. You can either join an organized tour or create your own route to explore these festive displays.

Explore Australia Zoo 

For an unforgettable wildlife experience, visit Australia Zoo, founded by the legendary Steve Irwin. It’s a place where your family can encounter native Australian animals and learn about wildlife conservation. Special Christmas events and activities are often organized, making it a great holiday outing.

Gingerbread House Workshops 

Get creative with the kids by attending gingerbread house workshops. Several local bakeries and culinary schools offer hands-on classes where you can decorate gingerbread houses together. It’s a fantastic way to bond and create delicious holiday memories.

Christmas Eve Carols 

Join one of the many Christmas Eve carol services held throughout the Sunshine Coast. Gather around with locals and tourists alike to sing your favorite carols, accompanied by candlelight. It’s a heartwarming tradition that brings the community together.

Visit Wildlife Sanctuaries 

Besides Australia Zoo, the Sunshine Coast is home to several wildlife sanctuaries. Visit places like the Wildlife HQ or the Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World to get up close with animals from around the world. These sanctuaries often have special holiday programs for families.

Water Park Fun 

If your family loves water adventures, make a splash at water parks like Aqua Park Coolum or the Big Pineapple Water Park. These parks offer thrilling slides, lazy rivers, and pools to cool off during the summer heat.

Sunshine Coast Hinterland 

Take a day trip to the picturesque Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Explore charming towns like Montville and Maleny, where you can stroll through boutique shops, enjoy stunning views, and savor delicious local food. Don’t forget to visit Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve for panoramic vistas of the Glass House Mountains.

Christmas Day at the Beach 

On Christmas Day, start a new tradition by spending the morning at the beach. Many families on the Sunshine Coast enjoy a swim or a surf to kick off their Christmas celebrations. It’s a unique way to celebrate the holiday in the Australian summer.

The Sunshine Coast offers a perfect blend of natural beauty and family-friendly activities for a memorable Christmas in 2023. Whether you’re building sandcastles on the beach, exploring wildlife sanctuaries, or attending carol services, your family will create cherished holiday memories on this stunning coast.



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