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Twinkle Town

Join us as we kick off the festive season by officially switching on the Christmas lights! Held in the Bundaberg CBD, there will be entertainment from local schools, and performers - including music from Council's Spark Starter Project participants. Santa and Mrs Claus will also be making an appearance on the night.

The main streets of Bundaberg, Childers and Gin Gin will come alive with stunning Christmas light displays for the month of December. Take the family for a stroll and enjoy the twinkling trees.

Join us to officially switch on the Christmas lights

Date: 1 December

Time: 6pm

Cost: Free

Location: Buss Park, Bundaberg

Christmas Village

Step foot into an enchanting Christmas Village as the Botanic Gardens are transformed for this year’s Merry and Bright. Make your way around the dazzling light display and enjoy the many delights of the Christmas Village event. In the village you can meet Santa and Mrs Claus and try to avoid the Grinch if you can!

There will be entertainment from Spark Starter performers, Christmas alpacas, reindeer and even a snow globe photo booth!

Food and drink will be available from a variety of food trucks on the night and Café 1928 will be open.

Date: 8 - 11 December

Time: 5.30 - 8.30pm

Cost: $30 family (2 Ad, 2 Ch) | $15 adults | $7 children (3-12 years) | children under 3 years free (ticket still required)

Location: Bundaberg Botanic Gardens

$5 from every family, $2 from every adult and $1 from every child Merry + Bright Christmas Village ticket sold will be donated to the Mayor’s Christmas Cheer Appeal supporting families in need this Christmas.

Light Night

Take a relaxed stroll through the Botanic Gardens transformed into by thousands of twinkling lights for our Merry and Bright event.

In this free version of the Merry and Bright event the beauty of the twinkling lights in the lush gardens take centre stage for Light Night.

The mesmerising light display – which is the highlight of Merry and Bright event – will stand alone on Light Night.

Café 1928 will be open to the public for food and drinks.

Date: 12 - 14 December

Time: 5.30 - 8.30pm

Cost: Free - bookings essential

Location: Bundaberg Botanic Gardens

Dining

Childers Community Christmas Luncheon

Come along and celebrate the festive season with a delicious roast lunch, dessert, tea and coffee at the Isis Club.

Hosted by the Childers Neighbourhood Centre the luncheon is an opportunity to celebrate the year that was in a welcoming and inclusive setting.

Sure to keep everyone entertained, the event will also feature a mini cent sale as well as live music to get those toes tapping.

For more information, or to RSVP before 9 December, contact Childers Neighbourhood Centre at cnc@bundaberg.qld.gov.au or 4130 4690.

Date: 14 December

Time: 10.30 for 11am start

Cost: $20

Location: Isis Club, 49 Churchill Street, Childers

Christmas Sparkles at the Gardens

Feel the festive fun as soon as you arrive with a complimentary glass of bubbles and delicious grazing station and entertainment.

Bre Ferguson will entertain merry-makers before they move to the Gardens Room for a two-course meal featuring traditional and festive favourites.

The bar will be open for service throughout the evening and tea and barista coffee also available.

All meals are gluten free.

Vegetarians can be catered for upon request at time of booking.

Date: 2 December

Time: 5.45 - 9pm

Cost: $65

Location: HSG at the Gardens, Corner of Penny Lane and Gorlicks Road

A Naughty Kristmas with Karda-Nay

Karda-Nay and friends will share funny stories of Christmases gone by, perform favourite festive tunes and play themed games.

Come ready to pull a Christmas cracker or two, have a laugh, be festive, be merry and have a fabulous evening.

The team at Oodies will pair the evening with a two-course Christmas-inspired meal. Special cocktails, non-alcoholic beverages, tea and coffee will be available to purchase.

*STRICTLY 18+ - this performance will feature strong coarse language, adult themes and maybe some partial nudity.

*please note Oodies is a BYO venue, so please bring your own alcohol.

*Max 4 tickets per transaction, first in best dressed for seating on the night, long banquet style table plan.

*please inform Oodies of dietary requirements by
1 December.

Date: 21 December

Time: 7 - 10pm

Cost: $65

Location: Oodies Café, 7 Kolan Street

Christmas by the Greens

Celebrate the beginning of summer and wind down for Christmas as we relax with cold beverages and cocktail foods as the sun sets.

HSG will be joined by Jo Stumbles from Sam Smith and Sons and Brett Dos from Wynestory Group who will both showcase two of their beautiful sparkling wines.

Tickets include four glasses of premium sparkling, handpicked by the wine hosts and a selection of hot and cold seafood canapes (all GF). 

Smart casual attire is recommended on the greens (high heels not recommended for ladies due to the thick grass)

Date: 17 December

Time: 3 - 6pm

Cost: $105

Location: HSG at the Gardens, Corner of Penny Lane and Gorlicks Road

Step inside your own personal festive wonderland for our Bauble Dining events. The half domes are covered in twinkling fairy lights and the sounds of the season will serve to surround guests with the magic of Christmas.

Bauble Dining Night

Be transported to a Christmas wonderland for an evening of wining and dining!

Tickets include a three-course meal and drinks package which includes a selection of sparkling, white and red wine, beers and soft drink. BYO is not permitted.

Date: 13 - 18 December

Times: Sittings at 5.30 - 7pm, 7.45 - 9.15pm

Cost per bauble: 6 person: $570 | 8 person: $760 | Individual seat: $95

Location: Multiplex Sport and Convention Centre,
1 Civic Ave, Bundaberg West

$2 from every Bauble Dining Night ticket sold will be donated to the Mayor’s Christmas Cheer Appeal supporting families in need this Christmas.

Bauble Family Night

Bring your own picnic style dinner, platters and non-alcoholic drinks as you experience the magic of dining in a perfectly decorated bauble without the set catering package.

A paid bar with beer, wine and soft drink will be operating during the evening. BYO alcohol is not permitted.

Date: 19 - 20 December

Times: Sittings at 5.30 - 7pm, 7.45 - 9.15pm

Cost per bauble*: Up to 10 person: $50 | Up to 8 person: $40

Location: Multiplex Sport and Convention Centre,
1 Civic Ave, Bundaberg West

*Only one booking permitted per family.

Bauble Family Day

The baubles will be sparkling as you bring your own picnic style meal, platters and non-alcoholic drinks for a daytime Christmas on Bauble Street event!

Enjoy the magic of dining in a perfectly decorated bauble for breakfast or lunch without the set catering package. BYO alcohol is not permitted.

Date: 19 - 20 December

Times: Breakfast sitting at 7.30 - 9am, lunch sittings at 11am - 12.30pm and 1.15 - 2.45pm

Cost per bauble*: Up to 10 person: $50 | Up to 8 person: $40

Location: Multiplex Sport and Convention Centre,
1 Civic Ave, Bundaberg West

*Only one booking permitted per family.

Movies

Merry Movies
in the Park

Gather the family for a free, fun and festive night out under the stars enjoying popular Christmas films from The Grinch to Elf.

Gin Gin - The Grinch

The Grinch and his loyal dog, Max, live a solitary existence inside a cave on Mount Crumpet. His main source of aggravation comes during Christmas time when his neighbours in Whoville celebrate the holidays with a bang. When the Whos decide to make Christmas bigger and brighter, the disgruntled Grinch realizes there is one way to gain peace and quiet.

Food and light refreshments will be available for purchase at the venue.

Date: 2 December

Time: Gates open 5.30pm
Movie begins 7pm

Cost: Free

Location: Gin Gin Football Fields, 45 Rangeview Rd, Gin Gin

Santa’s VIP Experience

Gift yourself a little something extra! There’s a limited number of premium picnic packages available for groups of up to 5 people. Santa’s little helpers will do all of the work so you can sit back and enjoy. The package includes your own festive picnic setup and a grazing platter full of local goodies.

Cost: $60 per group (up to 5 people)

$5 from every Santa’s VIP Experience ticket sold will be donated to the Mayor’s Christmas Cheer Appeal supporting families in need this Christmas.

Bundaberg - The Santa Clause

On Christmas Eve, a divorced dad and his son discover Santa Claus has fallen off their roof.

When the dad takes the reigns, he finds he is now the new Santa, and must convince a world of disbelievers, including himself.

Food and light refreshments will be available for purchase at the venue.

Date: 3 December

Time: Gates open 5.30pm Movie begins 7pm

Cost: Free

Location: Bundaberg Recreational Precinct, University Dr, Branyan

Santa’s VIP Experience

Gift yourself a little something extra! There’s a limited number of premium picnic packages available for groups of up to 5 people. Santa’s little helpers will do all of the work so you can sit back and enjoy. The package includes your own festive picnic setup and a grazing platter full of local goodies.

Cost: $60 per group (up to 5 people)

$5 from every Santa’s VIP Experience ticket sold will be donated to the Mayor’s Christmas Cheer Appeal supporting families in need this Christmas.

Childers - Elf

Buddy was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised by Santa's elves. Unable to shake the feeling that he doesn't fit in, the adult Buddy travels to New York in search of his real father. As it happens, his father is a cynical businessman. After a DNA test proves this, his father reluctantly attempts to start a relationship with the childlike Buddy with increasingly chaotic results.

Food and light refreshments will be available for purchase at the venue.

Date: 4 December

Time: Gates open 5.30pm Movie begins 7pm

Cost: Free

Location: Childers Show Grounds, 5 Ridgway St, Childers

Santa’s VIP Experience

Gift yourself a little something extra! There’s a limited number of premium picnic packages available for groups of up to 5 people. Santa’s little helpers will do all of the work so you can sit back and enjoy. The package includes your own festive picnic setup and a grazing platter full of local goodies.

Cost: $60 per group (up to 5 people)

$5 from every Santa’s VIP Experience ticket sold will be donated to the Mayor’s Christmas Cheer Appeal supporting families in need this Christmas.

Movies at the Moncrieff

A Christmas classic, a fundraiser and free family fun - the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre has it all this festive season!

White Christmas

If you’ve been dreaming of a White Christmas these Moncrieff film screenings are for you!

Singers Bob Wallace (Bing Crosby) and Phil Davis (Danny Kaye) join sister act Betty (Rosemary Clooney) and Judy Haynes (Vera-Ellen) to perform a Christmas show in rural Vermont. There, they run into General Waverly (Dean Jagger), the boys' commander in World War II, who, they learn, is having financial difficulties; his quaint country inn is failing. So what's the foursome to do but plan a yuletide miracle: a fun-filled musical extravaganza that's sure to put Waverly and his business in the black!

During the performance, Betty and Bob become engaged, and Judy and Phil decide to go through with their own engagement. As everyone sings "White Christmas", a thick snowfall at last blankets Vermont.

Date: 9 December

Time: 10.30am and 6.30pm

Cost: $12

Location: Moncrieff Entertainment Centre

A Christmas Gift from Bob

This movie fundraiser is part of a community collaboration to raise funds for a Sleepbus which would offer those in need a safe and comfortable night’s sleep.

Following on from the first successful fundraiser, the Bundaberg Housing and Homelessness Forum is presenting the sequel - A Christmas Gift from Bob.

This 2020 British Christmas biographical drama film stars Luke Treadaway, reprising his role as Bowen, a struggling street musician who finds himself the target of an animal welfare investigation that threatens to take away his beloved cat at Christmas.

All proceeds from ticket sales will go towards purchasing a Sleepbus for Bundaberg.

Patrons attending the movie will also be encouraged to bring along non-perishable items to donate to the various Bundaberg charities to distribute to the homeless.

Date: 10 December

Time: 4pm

Cost: $12 general admission, $100 VIP experience (includes preshow food and beverages commencing at 3pm)

Location: Moncrieff Entertainment Centre

Encanto

Enjoy a free movie at the Moncrieff to get the whole family into the festive season spirit!

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Encanto tells the tale of an extraordinary family, the Madrigals, who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia, in a magical house, in a vibrant town, in a wondrous, charmed place called an Encanto.

The magic of the Encanto has blessed every child in the family with a unique gift from super strength to the power to heal—every child except one, Mirabel (voice of Stephanie Beatriz). But when she discovers that the magic surrounding the Encanto is in danger, Mirabel decides that she, the only ordinary Madrigal, might just be her exceptional family’s last hope. 

“Encanto” features original songs by Emmy®, GRAMMY® and Tony Award® winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Hamilton,” “Moana”).

Date: 14 December

Time: 10.30am

Cost: Free - bookings essential

Location: Moncrieff Entertainment Centre

Markets + Craft

All Abilities Alliance Christmas Project

The All Abilities Alliance Christmas Project brings together Disability Services and their participants to create a Christmas tree with recycled products and materials.

The trees will be on show Thursday 1 December to family, friends and carers with a free morning tea provided.

Public viewing will commence 12 noon Thursday until 4pm Friday.
Everyone is invited!

Date: Thursday 1 December and Friday 2 December

Time: 9am - 4pm for participants | 12pm Thursday

Cost: Free

Location: Civic Centre Supper Room

Twilight Artisan Christmas Markets

Bundaberg Regional Galleries artisan Christmas markets are on again and are perfect for Christmas shopping!

Enjoy an evening with friends, browsing stalls of beautiful handmade goodies from local creatives, then pop into the gallery and have a look at the exhibitions.

A variety of buskers involved in the Sparks Starter Project will provide entertainment to make it the perfect summer evening.

Date: 2 December

Time: 5 - 8pm

Cost: Free

Location: BRAG Gallery Park, 1 Barolin Street, Bundaberg

Paint and Sip - Pinot and Picasso

Kick off the festive season with some creative flair.

Create your very own Christmas masterpieces with a range of themed workshops including: Sloshy The Snowman, Native Wraths, Balmy Nights, and family friendly paints of Rudi the Reindeer.

Date: 2 - 17 December

Time: 2.30 - 5.30pm | 5 - 8pm | 6.30 - 9.30pm

Cost: $49 - $59

Location: Pinot and Picasso, 26 Targo Street, Bundaberg

Bundaberg Meals on Wheels Christmas Markets

Bundaberg Meals On Wheels will be hosting a Christmas Market showcasing a variety of crafty Christmas stalls!

It is the perfect opportunity to bring the family along and get those last-minute Christmas gifts sorted. There will also be a sausage sizzle and raffles at the event.

Date: 3 December

Time: 8am - 1pm

Cost: Free

Location: 10 Eastgate Street, East Bundaberg

A Moore Park Beach Christmas

A Moore Park Beach Christmas will have 'Moore' fun for the whole family.

Christmas Markets will start at 2pm and go through until 8pm. There will be sandcastles, competitions and a petting zoo at this free, family friendly event.

The Moore Park Beach Christmas Singers will be leading carols on the stage followed by Santa's visit and fireworks.

Date: 17 December

Time: 2 - 8pm

Cost: Free

Location: Moore Park Beach

Rusty Gate Community Market Childers

If you are looking for a relaxing evening of Christmas shopping, come along to the Rusty Gate Community Christmas Market!

The market will feature beautiful local produce, smallgoods, homewares, handcrafts and so much more!

There will live entertainment as well as food and drinks available to purchase.

Date: 16 December

Time: 4 - 9pm

Cost: Free

Location: Rusty Gate Grove, Bar and Winery, 1 Cottonword Close, Doolbi

Carols + Concerts

Encore Dance Concert

Encore Concert 2022 will take you on a journey into Disney’s Beauty and The Beast, from all your favourite characters to the cutest little tea cups dancing around the stage! Meet the Flintstones, Ghostbusters and the most adorable Mini Mouse dancers! 

The high energy Hip Hop Collaboration will have you moving in your seats along with a little toe tapping from Devil Went Down to Georgia. Enjoy some of the best from Queen and other contemporary creations which are always a crowd favourite.

Don’t miss this wonderful production, guaranteed to entertain.

Date: 3 December

Time: 12.30 and 6pm

Cost: $40 adult, $34 concession, $27 child (U14)

Location: Moncrieff Entertainment Centre

Saint Stella Presents: Noel -
A Christmas Concert

Celebrate the festive season with a talented local cast performing Christmas favourites from traditional carols to contemporary showstoppers. Join us for evening and matinee performances featuring Suellen Cusack-Greensill, Toni Jordan, Jessica Savage, Ruby Mills, Stella Hutchins, Logan Tinney, Nate Stevenson and Natalie Sweetapple.

The matinee will be accompanied by AUSLAN interpreters to support our inclusive show experience.

A $5 program will be available for each show which will include the lyrics for the carols sing-a-long. The proceeds from the sales will be donated to the Mayor's Christmas Cheer Appeal.

Date: 17 December

Time: 2 and 7pm

Cost: $45 adult, $35 concession, $25 child (U16), children under 2 years free (no seat allocation)

Location: Moncrieff Entertainment Centre

Bethlehem Live

Bethlehem Live is a spectacular four-night event re-enacting the Christmas story.

Step back in time to what it may have been like in Bethlehem some 2,000 years ago at the time of the birth of Jesus Christ.

With 'stalls' and 'shops' in Bethlehem, farmyard animals, Roman soldiers, the Nativity Drama (acted three times each night, with Mary and Joseph, angels, shepherds with sheep, and wise men on camels), Bethlehem Live is a celebration of the original Christmas story.

Each night, there will also be Christmas Carols from 8.15 to 8.50pm as well as food and beverages.

Date: 13 - 16 December

Time: 6 - 9pm

Cost: Free

Location: Bundaberg Central State School, 13 Crofton St, Bundaberg

Christmas Advent Wreath

Macadamias Australia invites the community to share in their life-size Christmas Advent Wreath which symbolises the passage of the four weeks of Advent.

The wreath includes four candles, representing each week of Advent, to be lit across four consecutive Friday evenings.

Date: 2, 9, 16 and 23 December

Time: 4.30 - 5.30pm

Cost: Free

Location: Macadamias Australia, 4625 Goodwood Road, Alloway

Carols by Candlelight

Join the Coral Coast Community Carols by Candlelight for a family friendly night of festive fun.

There is something for everyone at this year's event with live entertainment, food and drinks, stalls and children’s activities.

Date: 10 December

Time: 5 - 9pm

Cost: Free

Location: Coral Coast Christian Church, 596 Windermere Rd, Windermere

Carols by Glowstick

Bring along your picnic rug and Christmas spirit for a night of entertainment!

With performances from students and Miss Lee Music, Carols by Glowstick is an event not to be missed.

There will be food, drinks and glow sticks available for purchase on the night.

Date: 2 December

Time: 4.45 - 10pm

Cost: Free

Location: Elliott Heads State School, 143 Breusch Rd, Elliott Heads

Christmas in the Park

Pack your picnic rug, family and friends and join the Restoration Centre for a relaxing evening of music and food.

Featuring local music talents, a variety of food options and carols it will be a Christmas celebration for the whole family to enjoy.

Date: 8 December

Time: 5 - 8pm

Cost: Free

Location: Alexandra Park, Quay Street

XXXX Christmas Party Races

Celebrate the festive season at the XXXX Christmas Party Races. A variety of booking options are available for your work or social Christmas party function, including reserved seating in the air-conditioned clubhouse or your own lawn marquee.

Don’t miss the final race day of the year at the Bundaberg Race Club.

Date: 10 December

Time: 11am - 5pm

Cost: $10 - $90pp

Location: Bundaberg Racecourse, 20 Maynard Street, Avenell Heights

Xmas in the Skate Park

Bring your board and your best kick-flips for this year's Xmas in the Skate Park! Run by yourtown, Xmas in the Skate Park is a teen focused youth event packed with skateboards and snags.

As well as the skating and food there will be plenty of services on the day as well as some very cool beats.

Date: 14 December

Time: 10am - 4pm

Cost: Free

Location: Walla Street Skate Park