Get ready for the festive season

Celebrate Sunshine Coast Council’s program of fun, family-friendly festive season activities and events.
Executive Director Community Services, Coralie Nichols said this year’s festive season has a great range of activities and entertainment for the whole community to enjoy.
“Council, through its Festive Season Strategy, supports activities and events that reflect the cultural values, diversity and lifestyle of our region’s communities,” Ms Nichols said.
“People can visit council’s website to find the Christmas Tree Trail and Festive Season Event Guide. There is a map and interesting information about each of the 29 Christmas trees across the region and you can also find out what community festive events are occurring in your local area.”
Council will kick off the festive season by progressively flicking on the switches of 29 community Christmas trees as part of the annual Christmas Tree Trail.
The Mooloolaba tree has the largest festive installation and will be the site for the launch of the festive program at 7pm on Wednesday 23 November.
The trail began two years ago when council spoke with Sunshine Coast communities about how they celebrate Christmas and what they’d like to see in their region to mark the occasion.
Resoundingly, locals asked for Christmas trees to be displayed in places where everyone could enjoy them.
These are not your average Christmas trees – they range in size and species – from fabulous figs to pretty paperbarks, and each will have a unique set of dazzling decorations.
Environmentally friendly Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting will feature across all of the trees this year, keeping with council’s vision for the Sunshine Coast to be Australia’s most sustainable region.
The Mooloolaba tree is the largest festive installation and all the decorations have been designed and assembled in Queensland.
Scan-code technology will enable passersby to download the information about each tree with a simple swipe of a smart phone.
Celebrate the spirit of Christmas at council’s free family-friendly Carols at Cotton Tree on Saturday 3 December.
The evening will feature children’s entertainment, carols performed by local talent, feature artist Andrew Lawson and of course an appearance by our favourite man in red!
Carols at Cotton Tree starts at 6.30pm in Cotton Tree Park, fireworks will finish the evening at approximately 8.30pm.
Carols on Kings is on Sunday 18 December 2011 featuring Wendy Matthews and local favourites the Golden Beach Dance School, Caloundra Chorale and Sunshine Coast Performing Arts Centre.
Carols on Kings starts at 6.30pm at the Kings Beach Amphitheatre, fireworks will finish the evening at approximately 8.30pm.
New Years Eve Mooloolaba has entertainment for the whole family to enjoy, including children’s activities, rides, amusements and delicious food available from local vendors, restaurants and cafes on the Esplanade.
Live music will be performed by acclaimed musicians Amy Meredith and The Whitlams and there will be spectacular fireworks at both 8.30pm and midnight.
Mooloolaba New Years Eve is on Saturday 31 December from 4pm to midnight. The event is held in a fully fenced area that is alcohol and glass free and has security patrolling all night.
Thousands are expected to join in council’s Australia Day Community Celebrations at Kings Beach Amphitheatre on 26 January to celebrate Aussie-style.
A great day of family fun is planned from 10am to 5pm with entertainment to suit all tastes and ages.
This free public event at Kings Beach will be bursting at the seams with live entertainment, workshops, activities and market stalls expressing the national diversity that has become an important part of the Australian national character.
Australia Day Community Celebrations are a great way to celebrate safely and responsibly and will be an alcohol and glass free event.
Full program information and event details can be found on council’s website.