Beachside flicks, Christmas markets and pop-up roller rinks – things to do on the Gold Coast this weekend
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From Sunday sessions to Christmas markets, we’ve rounded up the top things to do on the Gold Coast this weekend.

Surfers Paradise Movies on the Beach

  • Can you think of a more Australian way to get into the Christmas spirit than watching a movie on the beach?
  • Surfers Paradise Movies on the Beach will see an outdoor movie screen on one of the Gold Coast’s most famous beaches nightly for a whole week from this Saturday 18 December.
  • Grab a bite to eat in one of the many Surfers Paradise outlets and enjoy an evening of free, family-friendly fun in the lead up to Christmas – see if you can spot the carollers and stilt walkers throughout Cavill Mall!


Summer in Paradise at Paradise Centre

  • If you’re in search of a way to keep the kids (and the big kids) entertained this weekend, head to the much-loved Paradise Centre in the heart of Surfers Paradise to check out some unmissable events and cracking deals.
  • From shopping to prizes and entertainment, there’s something for the young and the young at heart.
  • Summer in Paradise kicks off on December 18, and all you need to do is spend $40 in centre at participating retailers for your chance to nab some awesome prizes!
  • Think Apple AirPods to Yeti coolers and Sunnylife pool rings to level up your summer in the sunshine. You can Spin & Win from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm daily.

Good Times HQ at The Star

Sundown sessions and sublime sips abound at Good Times HQ this summer

Re-Pulse World Premiere at Mo’s Desert Clubhouse

  • Whether you’re a keen surfer or merely enjoy wistfully watching others get barrelled and daydream of one day having the skills (ahem, guilty), we reckon that both Category A and Category B kind of people will enjoy this new surf flick.
  • Filmmaker Justin Gane is a veteran of the Gold Coast surf scene and is now releasing his 12th film, RE-PULSE. Catch it at Mo’s this weekend.

Gold Coast Christmas Markets at Broadwater Parklands

  • We are loving all of the cheer this year, and a twilight Christmas market is the perfect way to get set for the season.
  • Expect to be met by more than 100 stalls offering everything you need for a very special Christmas indeed.
  • Plus, kidlets will love the rides, roaming characters and glittering lights, while the whole family can enjoy the delicious gourmet Christmas foods!

Sanctuary Sounds Sunday Sessions

Sun December 05 2021 ‐ Sun February 27 2022, 1:00–5:00 pm
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  • Sit back and enjoy some amazing live tunes from local legends while the whole family enjoys a Sunday session at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary!
  • Dine on a selection of delicious bites and sip on a bevvy while the kids play and community gathers together.
  • Featuring a different musical act each week, the event will have a chilled out, family-friendly vibe, providing community members the opportunity to get together for food and drinks as the sun goes down while supporting local artists.

Sanctuary Sounds presents Sunday Sessions

Christmas Crafts at The Strand

Sat November 27 2021 ‐ Fri December 24 2021, Various
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  • Head to Coolangatta and make a beeline for the Christmas Beach Shack at The Strand, which will run Christmas Crafts daily from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm until Friday December 24.
  • You can find the Christmas Beach Shack on The Strand’s ground level (near Truckloads and outside Just Sunnies) where the kidlets will be able to create free daily Christmas bags, stockings and Santas!

TwiLit Markets

5:00–10:00 pm on Friday and Saturdays, 3:00–8:00 pm on Sundays
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  • Held every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night, the new evening event will dish up an enticing array of stalls ranging from locally made wares through to fresh produce and, of course, a mouth-watering selection of food trucks.
  • Featuring an ever-evolving line-up of micro-restaurants, the TwiLit Markets invites your tastebuds on a global adventure.

TwiLit Markets

Disney+ Drive In

Thu November 25 2021 ‐ Mon January 03 2022, various
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  • It’s back! Buckle up and grab the popcorn because your favourite Disney drive-in has returned for another season of fun.
  • The much-loved event is here for another round – it will pop-up at Carrara Sports Precinct Parking and is dedicated exclusively to Disney movies – huzzah! The flicks run almost nightly until Monday January 3.

Roller Rink at HOTA:

  • Get set for some good ol’ fashioned fun this school holidays at HOTA’s Roller Rink!
  • Lace up the skates and bring your mates for a session in the sunshine. Roller Rink kicks off on December 10 and runs through until 23 January, as part of HOTA’s jam-packed summer series.
  • While you’re in the area, check out Dumpling Dreams in the Children’s Gallery or the free major exhibition Art Mixtape.
  • There’s plenty to do afterwards: enjoy some lawn games, cool off in The Big Sprinkler or simply sit back and watch the action with a coffee or refreshing bevvy from HOTA’s Pop-Up Bar.

Roller Skates, Rollerblades, Roll Skates

Dumpling Dreams at HOTA:

Sat November 27 2021 ‐ Mon April 18 2022
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  • For the young and the young-at-heart, we have the perfect event that’s going to turn your world technicolour! Get set for a kaleidoscope of fun in the form of a brand-new family friendly exhibition that’s hitting the HOTA Gallery in November.
  • Dumpling Dreams is set to unleash a whimsical new world of fun, discovery and adventure that will be brought to life by Brisbane-based art extraordinaire YEAHYEAHCHLOE.
  • Expect your little ones to explore their creative sides in a safe and friendly environment at the exhibition that is perfect for both the young and the young-at-heart.

Sip & Decorate a Gingerbread House at Madison’s

Fri December 03 2021 ‐ Thu December 16 2021
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  • It’s not just the kidlets that should get all the fun at Christmas, which is why the fun folk at Madison’s Café and Patisserie are hosting this cheeky Christmas celebration.
  • Indulge in a spot of eggnog while you spend an evening with your friends or loved ones getting creative with the decorating of a gingerbread house.
  • Your ticket to the event includes wine and nibbles, along with a fun night decorating your delicious masterpiece.

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