Unwrapping Surfers Paradise’s Holiday Magic: A Guide to Festive Events and Celebrations In and Around The Suburb

by | Dec 6, 2023

If you’ve chosen Surfers Paradise as your summer holiday destination, you’ve picked the right place. Step into the enchanting world of this Gold Coast suburb, where the golden shores transform into a holiday haven brimming with festive magic. 

In this blog, we embark on a journey to unwrap the holiday splendour of Surfers Paradise, Australia, revealing a guide to the most captivating events and celebrations that will make your time here truly special. From busy beachfront markets to scrumptious Christmas buffets, join us in exploring the holiday spirit that graces this coastal paradise. Let’s unwrap the joy together and discover why Surfers Paradise is the perfect destination for a magical holiday season.

Christmas and New Year Events and Celebrations in Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast

Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets

Where to find it: The Foreshore, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Queensland

Looking for mouth-watering food to snack on and unique merchandise you can give to family and friends this Christmas? All that and more when you visit the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets! Unlike other markets in the area that usually open in the morning, this one begins in the afternoon and operates through the night. 

If you’re looking for one-of-a-kind earrings to give your friends for Boxing Day, handmade soaps or beautiful outfits, this market is the one to visit. Don’t worry about going hungry while shopping. Plenty of stalls sell food, such as doughnuts, cookies, and more. 

The Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets happen every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. Stalls open at 4 pm and will close at 9 pm.

Christmas at Cavill

Where to find it: 3113 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Queensland

Head to Surfers Paradise’s Cavill Lane to join the Christmas festivities. This free event will feature a fun Scare Hoax Xmas Tree on the 23rd of December. There will also be a Festive Elf and Present Skater to entertain the kids. On Christmas Eve, jolly Santa will greet everyone at the festivities. He will be accompanied by the Festive Elf, too.

If you love sweet treats, then this is the place to be. Candy retailer Blissful Candy will showcase their best Christmas-themed treats for you and your kids. The fun Surfers Paradise event will start at 6 pm and end at 8 pm. Enjoy!

Christmas Christmas Day Lunch or Dinner

Make your Christmas celebration extraordinary with a special Christmas Day lunch or dinner. Surfers Pavilion restaurant, for example, will offer a seafood Christmas buffet on the 25th of December. The buffet will open at noon and will end at 4 pm. There will also be traditional Australian favourites of turkey and ham, so book your table here

Another restaurant that offers Christmas Day lunch is Sandbar Surfers Paradise. The restaurant offers a fresh and sumptuous seafood buffet, including oysters and prawns. You can purchase a separate 3-hour drinks package to enjoy the most refreshing elixirs Sandbar could offer. Book your tickets to the Christmas Day lunch here.

Are you looking for more dining options on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? Drive north toward neighbouring Main Beach and check out the Terraces Restaurant in the Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort. The Gold Coast can offer a wide selection of fresh and juicy seafood. Christmas Eve lunch at the Terraces Restaurant starts at noon and lasts until 3 pm. Dinner will begin at 5:30 pm and will end at 9:30 pm.

Christmas Day buffet lunch, however, is more festive, with roving performers serenading the guests. Santa will drop by to give away gifts for kids aged 12 and under. Adult guests will be welcomed with a glass of champagne on arrival. Reserve your table here

Warner Bros. Movie World White Christmas

Where to find it: Pacific Mwy, Oxenford, Gold Coast, Queensland

Experience the magic of the holiday season like never before at Warner Bros. Movie World! Drive to Oxenford to join the enchanting White Christmas events, where the park transforms into a winter wonderland of festive lights, dazzling decorations, and holiday cheer. Immerse yourself in the joyous atmosphere, meet beloved characters, and enjoy thrilling rides amidst the enchanting backdrop of a white Christmas.

Free events will be over the theme park, but you can also check out paid experiences with the kids. Our first stop is the Joy to the World Parade, which features spectacular floats, Christmas characters, and characters from some Warner Bros. movies and TV shows. This parade happens daily on the Movie World grounds. 

There will also be a Mrs Claus’ Christmas Feast where you and your family can taste the finest cuisines worldwide. Unlimited soft drinks will quench your thirst, and you’ll get a Christmas gift after the meal. Check out the menu and book your spot here

New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day Parties

Where to find it: All over Surfers Paradise, QLD

Celebrate the new year’s arrival in style with unforgettable New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day parties in Surfers Paradise! Join the festive crowd for a night of glamour, live music, and dazzling festivities as we bid farewell to the old and welcome the new. From vibrant dance floors to gourmet delights, Surfers Paradise events promise an electrifying atmosphere and a joyous start to the year ahead. 

If you want to dance the night and 2023 away Latin American style, check out Mambo NYE at The Beverly on Cavill Avenue. The party starts at midnight and lasts until 5, so get your dancing shoes ready.

If you want to celebrate New Year’s Eve earlier, check out the NYE at SkyPoint. The festivities will start at 8:30 pm and end after ringing in the new year at 12:30 am. There will be canapes and beverages and a live band to entertain guests all night. Join the party and get a chance to win some prizes during the raffle.

Surfers Paradise Accommodation at St Tropez Holiday Apartments

Elevate your holiday experience this Christmas and New Year by booking a stay at St Tropez Holiday Apartments in Surfers Paradise, QLD! Located in the heart of the vibrant metropolis of the Gold Coast, our Surfers Paradise apartments offer luxury and comfort. 

Picture yourself celebrating amidst stunning ocean views, enjoying spacious accommodations, and relishing the convenience of being just steps away from pristine beaches and festive attractions. Secure your slice of paradise for the holidays – reserve your St Tropez apartment now and make this Christmas and New Year extraordinary!