Christmas in Surfers Paradise

Experience Christmas with an Aussie twist in Surfers Paradise as the iconic beach and mall transform into a summertime wonderland. Visitors will be greeted by Santa in boardies at his beach shack, surrounded by quirky Christmas trees, roving carollers spreading cheer and a giant Advent Calendar, brought to you by Experience Oz, where Santa will reveal daily prizes in our '12 Days of Giving'.

There’s something for everyone this Christmas in Surfers Paradise. Kids will be delighted with the opportunity to snap a selfie with Santa in Cavill Mall, and even the chance to get up close to Bugs Bunny, while adults won’t want to miss a chance to win one of the daily prizes.

Described as ‘one of the highlights of the Christmas season’, the spectacular annual Carols on the Beach takes place on 23rd December.  The only carols concert in Queensland actually on the sand, this is a fabulous evening of traditional carols and Christmas classics performed by talented local musicians from 6.30pm and closing with a fireworks finale at 8pm.

Carols on the Beach is the perfect reason to get together with family and friends and enjoy all Surfers Paradise has to offer. Looney Tunes characters will perform on the foreshore between 3pm - 6pm, so come down early to enjoy local dining, attractions and plant your picnic blanket in the perfect spot on the beach.

Santa appearances

Snap a selfie with Santa in Cavill Mall while he's chilling at his beach shack!

When: 10am -1pm & 4pm - 7pm every day


From Bugs Bunny to live bands and Christmas Carollers, there is plenty of Christmas atmosphere to soak up in and around Cavill Mall between 13th - 24th December. Intimate in-venue performances are listed below.

Bugs Bunny Meet & Greets:

Where: Santa's Shack, Cavill Mall

When: 2pm – 4pm (14th, 15th, 21st,  22nd)

In-venue performances (schedule subject to change)

Where: Charlies Café and Bar

When: 19th, 20th, 21st December, 6.20pm - 7.00pm

Where: Lansdowne Road Irish Tavern

When: 21st December, 5.10pm - 5.50pm

Where: Novotel Surfers Paradise

When: 18th, 20th, 21st, 22nd December, 5.45pm - 6.20pm

Where: The Island

When: 22nd December, 6.20pm - 7.00pm

Click the buttons below for information on Carols on the Beach and '12 Days of Giving' Advent Calendar Draw


Great parking options include Chevron Renaissance Shopping Centre (free for 2 hours), Soul, Circle on Cavill, Bruce Bishop Carpark, Paradise Centre and Hilton Surfers Paradise. Click here for all parking locations and fees for Surfers Paradise.

Whether it’s building a sandman, hanging with Santa at his shack or feeling the sand between your toes while enjoying Carols on the Beach, Surfers Paradise is the perfect destination for a quintessentially Aussie Christmas.

We would like to extend our many thanks to all our sponsors!

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  • Date: 13 - 24 December 2018
  • Price: FREE
  • Address: Surfers Paradise