Christmas & New Year’s: The Festive Collection

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Bring love and connection to the forefront of your holiday celebrations with our list of unmissable experiences over Christmas and New Year’s!

With the holiday season upon us, we’re organising flights and road trips, making multiple trips to gift stores and stocking up on cuisine for festive feasts – all in the spirit of connection!

One of the most important parts of Christmas and New Year’s is the chance to share the love with our family and friends. Taking out the stress of preparation and putting your relationships at the centre of attention, we’ve collected the merriest celebrations and soirées on the Sunshine Coast!

CHRISTMAS

ALL’ ANTICA

Deck the halls with joy and reserve your spot now at All’ Antica, now booking for Christmas parties – the perfect place to gather with friends, family, and colleagues! Indulge in the festive spirit at their authentic Italian trattoria from Tuesday to Saturday, 4.30pm until late!

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ACQUA RESTAURANT & BAR

Gather the whole family for Acqua Restaurant & Bar’s Christmas Lunch! Indulge in a four-course set menu and a glass of bubbles on arrival as you look out over Pumicestone Passage across two seatings!

TIME: Monday 25 December; First Seating from 11am; Second Seating from 1.15pm

TICKETS:

Adults – $179pp

Kids (3-14) – $89pp

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BELLA VENEZIA

Treat yourself to an early festive feast at Bella Venezia’s Veuve Clicquot Champagne Tasting! Immerse your senses in a tasting extravaganza featuring first Class Canapes and 3 x half glasses of Veuve Clicquot Champagnes – NV Veuve Clicquot, NV Veuve Clicquot Rosé, and the amazing 2015 Vintage Veuve Clicquot.

Hosted by the esteemed Rebecca Grisman, let her expertise guide you through the nuances and artistry of Veuve Clicquot in the idyllic Champagne Garden.

TIME: Saturday 9 December, 3pm-5pm

TICKETS: $95pp

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CALOUNDRA REGIONAL GALLERY

Wind-down in the Makerspace and follow the self-guided instructions to create yourself a delightful Origami Gift Box with all materials provided! This is a family-friendly drop-in activity available during open hours!

TIME: Friday 1 to Sunday 31 December, 10am-4pm Tuesday-Friday, 10am-2pm weekends

TICKETS: FREE!

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FRIDA’S SIP N PAINT

Grab your festive beverage and get down to Frida’s Sip N Paint Mooloolaba this Christmas! BYO food & drinks to satisfy your holiday cravings whilst letting your artistic abilities shine!

December is stacked with sip and paint sessions including A Native Garland, Frosty Frida, Let It Snow, Paint Your Pet Christmas Special, Home for the Holidays, Midnight Skate, Spoiling Santa and Make Snow Angels With Me!

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SPICE BAR

Join Spice Bar for an extra special Christmas Eve Degustation for the whole family, serving seven courses of Mooloolaba’s finest locally sourced ingredients!

TIME: From 12pm

TICKETS:

Adults – $129pp

Kids (3-12) – $39pp

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SUNSHINE COAST TURF CLUB

Continue your festive celebrations and catch up with family and friends at Boxing Day Races! Cheer on from your reserved prime position or settle in for a relaxing day on the Front Lawn. Members Enclosure Passes and General Admission ticketing available online or at The Gates!

UNLOCK 2 x GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS FOR THE PRICE OF 1! Use the code BOXING241 in the check-out to secure your 2-4-1 discount. Valid until 4pm on Boxing Day.

Bring the whole family! Kids under 18 receive free admission with access to the Family Fun Zone while you all enjoy summer sips, delectable eats and abundant seating!

GATES OPEN: 11.30am

FIRST RACE: 1.18pm

LAST RACE: 5.43pm

TICKETS:

Member Day Pass: $45pp

Member’s Guest Day Pass: $25pp

General Admission Adults: $12pp

General Admission Children: FREE

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SECRETS ON THE LAKE

Secrets Dining on the Deck present this year’s magical Christmas Package menu for your lunchtime enjoyment from 23rd November 2023.

Our ever-popular Christmas Packages are available in 2 or 3 course options alongside all our house favourites on the new Spring Summer Menu – packed full of Vegan and healthy choice options with daily specials trailing new taste sensations. We take pride in offering beautiful food that is good for your tummies… and your wallet!

Book now to reserve an intimate table for two or lunchtime sittings for your work or club groups. We specialise in large groups up to 80. We look forward to spreading the Christmas Cheer and hope to see you back again at Dining on the Deck daytime licensed restaurant soon!

Bookings essential to avoid disappointment. Please bear in mind that we are closed on Mondays.

Closed Monday 25th Dec (Christmas Day), Tuesday 26th Dec (Boxing Day)

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SUNSHINE PLAZA

From the most magical Santa photos to mouth-watering festive foods, extended shopping hours, an exciting line-up of festive events, and meaningful opportunities to give back, Sunshine Plaza is creating the kind of Christmas you’ll absolutely love.

Santa Photography

Delight every member of your family with a visit to Santa’s new palace! Complete with an interactive Santa set and the cheekiest elves, it’s the perfect place to capture magical moments you’ll treasure for years to come. Sensitive Santa and Pet Photos are also available.

Letters to Santa

Send a letter to Santa this Christmas with your favourite pressies listed! Twinkles the Elf will make sure it’s sent safely expressed all the way to the North Pole! Plus… all letters sent will receive a reply from Santa if delivered by 13 December!

Wrapped for a Cause

Volunteers from STEPS Pathways Charity are providing gift wrapping services to customers for a kind donation per present. All funds raised go directly towards the STEPS Pathways College, Australia’s first boarding college dedicated to helping students progressively learn at their own pace and gain the skills and confidence they need to thrive.

Toy Drive

Sunshine Plaza has partnered with local not-for-profit organisation Wishlist to support young patients within our community during the holiday season! Give donations for both kids and teens aged 2-18 which will be delivered to patients of the Sunshine Coast Hospital and QLD Health Service.

Drop off your wrapped gift donations at the Customer Service Desk by 14 December. Please ensure wrapped gifts include a label with boy/girl and appropriate age!

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THE GINGER FACTORY

Meet Santa at The Ginger Factory every day until 24 December! He has travelled all the way from the North Pole and is staying in SantaLand next to the Toy Emporium. Pop by to tell him all your hopes and wishes this Christmas and snap a family picture to last a lifetime!

PLUS! Give the Gift of Joy in partnership with the SunnyKids Christmas Gift Appeal!

TIME: Friday 1 to Sunday 24 December, 9.30am-1.30pm

TICKETS: FREE!

 

URBAN LAMB

Urban Lamb is pulling out all the stops this Christmas, and it’s looking seriously delicious. Celebrate Christmas from the comfort of home with a feast that tastes home-cooked but, well, isn’t, and even better!

Choose from Urban Lamb’s three menu options, which range in catering size, and are loaded with different combinations of slow-cooked lamb shoulder, twice-cooked potatoes, salad, pita bread and tzatziki. You can even order personalised Urban Lamb catering, to really take the stress out of Christmas! Boxes from $95 to $150!

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NEW YEAR’S EVE

BELLA VENEZIA

Ring in the New Year in unparalleled style at Bella Venezia’s New Year’s Eve! Experience an exclusive celebration with the best view on the Esplanade Mooloolaba to witness the fireworks extravaganza!

Indulge in a lavish evening with their exquisite 3 or 4 course menus, each course meticulously crafted to delight your palate. As you step into a night of elegance, savour the sophistication with a glass of French Bubbles upon arrival!

Bookings are now open! Secure your spot swiftly and make this New Year’s Eve truly unforgettable.

FIRST SEATING FROM 4PM

$129pp – 3 courses and a glass of French Bubbles

$60pp – 3 courses for children aged 12 and under

SECOND SEATING FROM 7PM

$159pp – 4 courses and a glass of French Bubbles

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NOVOTEL SUNSHINE COAST RESORT

Ring in the New Year at Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort with their family-friendly celebration! Enjoy a market-style food adventure featuring a variety of cuisines – Mexican, Greek & Brazilian BBQ to name a few!

Throughout the celebrations, live music will keep the festive vibes alive, creating the perfect backdrop for the last night of 2023. But the highlight of the night? Their spectacular fireworks show, illuminating the night sky with a burst of colours and marking the start of a brand-new year! No bookings required!

TIME: 2pm-10pm with fireworks at 9pm

TICKETS: $15pp with drinks from the Tin Can Bar at $12pp

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SPICE BAR

New Years at Spice Bar’s promises to be a night of decadence and delight with a glass of bubbles on arrival, seven-course degustation featuring local seafood, signature dishes, exciting seasonal flavours and an optional premium vintage wine pairing! Ring in the New Year with front row seats to the Mooloolaba Fireworks Display at 8.30pm!

TIME: 6pm-9pm

TICKETS:

Restaurant Seating – $149pp

Balcony Seating (VIP) – $169pp

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Right after the New Year’s Eve Degustation, Spice Bar transforms into a speakeasy for the New Years Prohibition Party! Welcome 2024 like it’s 1924 with drinks on arrival and bubbles at midnight, canapés, DJ and live entertainment, first storey views of midnight fireworks and prizes for Best Dressed – Great Gatsby style!

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SUNSHINE COAST TURF CLUB

Toast to 2024 with a superb day out filled with cheers, wins and celebrations to the year that was and will be at New Year’s Eve Twilight Races! Cheer on from your reserved prime position or settle in for a relaxing day on the Front Lawn. Members Enclosure Passes and General Admission ticketing available online or at The Gates!

GATES OPEN: 1pm

FIRST RACE: 2.20pm

LAST RACE: 6.30pm

TICKETS:

Member Day Pass: $45pp

Member’s Guest Day Pass: $25pp

General Admission Adults: $15pp

General Admission Children: FREE

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YANDINA HOTEL

Countdown to 2024 at Yandina Hotel’s Woodstock New Year’s Eve Party! Dress up in your best Woodstock outfit to win Best Dressed prizes, sip Woodstock cocktails and enjoy live music with LET LOOSE from 8pm! Bistro open for dinner until 8.30pm!

TIME: From 5pm

TICKETS: FREE!

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MOFFS

Looking for the perfect post-Christmas and post-NYE recovery? Drop into Moffs for classic Austrian and German Brunch! On New Year’s Day, celebrate with a German live musician, beer steins, sausages, sauerkraut, pork knuckle and more!

TIME: Monday 1 January from 11.30am

TICKETS: FREE!

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WAT-DEN
Welcome the new year in style at Wat Den! As the sun sets on the very last day of the year, enjoy the vibes, views of the fireworks, free-flowing drinks and delicious canapés while overlooking the beautiful Mooloolaba Beach.

Your ticket includes an Unlimited 5hr Drinks Package consisting of fine wines, Prosecco, house spirits, local cider and beers, champagne at midnight, 2 cocktail tokens per person, Pizza/Panini bites from Good Slice, Live Entertainment and Esplanade View of the Midnight Fireworks!

TIME: 8pm-1am

TICKETS: $199pp

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