Christmas in Cooroy: There’s free fun for all ages, Sat 7 Dec, 4.30-9pm, Apex Park, with a street parade, free rides, Santa sack races, a foam party, animal farm, carols, a visit from Santa, laser tag, giant slide and games, food stalls, fireworks from 7.15pm and much more. Also see the Cooroy shop window trail on Fri 6 Dec from 6.45pm, then the Cooroy Christmas Tree is lit up around 7pm
Tewantin Christmas Carnival: A free and fun event for all ages, Sun 8 Dec, 4-8pm at Memorial Park, Memorial Ave, Tewantin. There's live entertainment and carols, carnival rides, food and fun. Instead of fireworks this year, money will be donated to local rural fire brigades who were involved in fighting recent bushfires.
Christmas Pottery Market: Shop for local pottery and ceramics at the Butter Factory Arts Centre's Christmas Pottery Market, Sat 7 Dec, 10am to 2pm, 11A Maple St, Cooroy. Also delicious Japanese cuisine from Blue Plum’s food stall.
Pomona night of lights: Pomona in the Noosa hinterland lights up on Thurs 12 Dec, Stan Topper Park, 5.30-9.30pm, with a laser show spectacular. Also live music by Oh Harlow (formerly the Dennis Sisters), and Steve and Ainsley Apirana. Sing along to your favourite carols, and there’s a visit from Santa and his elves. Food stalls available or bring your own picnic.
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
Elf on the rooftop: See Elf at the Cooroy Library Rooftop movies this Fri 6 Dec, 7pm, 9 Maple St, Cooroy, as part of Christmas in Cooroy celebrations with Starry Night Outdoor Movies. Come early to get yourself a spot and set up your chairs, blankets and picnics to see tie the lighting of the Cooroy Christmas Tree.
The new exhibition at Noosa Regional Gallery, Violent Salt, opens this Fri 6 Dec, 6-8pm – all welcome, free, cash bar available. Artists discuss 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.
Also hear from co-curator Claire Watson on Sat 7 Dec, 10.30am.
On Sun 8 Dec, it’s Art Play Sunday with free creative activities for all ages, 11am to 2pm, catch a Noosa Ferry from stops in Noosa Heads or Noosaville to Noosa Marina and stroll along the riverfront to the gallery.
The Marina has markets from 8am to 2pm, and plenty of choices for lunch, a snack or a drink.
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
Sunshine Coast Turf Club has the Noosa Cup Race Day on Sunday 15 December. There's free activities for kids and live music by Pat Nicholson in the General Admission Area. The first race is at 12.45pm - last race at 5pm.
The Atrium Bar is open (Members Only Bar) with live entertainment by DJ Mitch. Gates open at 11am and you can book a door-to-door shuttle service.
A VIP area is $1500 per table of 10 (includes luncheon and 5-hour beverage package).
General admission is $10 per adult, $7 concession, U18s are free. The Noosa Cup Pass includes general admission, fish and chips and a schooner of beer, glass of wine or soft drink - $25 per person. Ticket sales close 3pm Friday 13th December 2019. See sctc.com.au
Enjoy the methods of print etching using a printing press at a workshop at Butter Factory Arts Centre, Cooroy, Sat 8 Dec, 9.30am to 3pm. Create unique designs to use on your own gift cards and prints. Materials and morning tea supplied. Book at butterfactoryartscentre.com.au
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
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
The Slow Women Flea Market this Saturday 7 Dec is a great chance to buy, swap and sell unwanted items and play a small part in circular fashion – take home something different for your wardrobe! Paradise Arcade, 14 Arcadia St, Noosa Junction, 8-10am
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.
Pictured above, from left, Tim Rogers and the Honeysliders at the Imperial Hotel; and 10 Hastings St Cafe has live music from Wednesday to Sunday night.
The Noosa Music Society presents a spectacular finale to the year with a gala concert featuring Tamara Anna Cislowska and some of the Sunshine Coast's finest young talent as part of the Noosa Music Society's Young Pianist Award. It’s at the Good Shepherd Hall, 115 Eumundi Rd, Noosaville this Sun 8 Dec, 3.30pm. Tickets from The J Noosa, 60 Noosa Dve, Noosa Junction, online at thej.com.au or at the door
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 email@example.com
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.