10 things to do this week on Sunshine Coast

Fireworks, Rides, Food, Music, Stalls, Face Painting, Prizes, Showbags and More!
Fireworks, Rides, Food, Music, Stalls, Face Painting, Prizes, Showbags and More!

1. Maleny Christmas Carnival

Where: Maleny Community Centre

When: Today, December 9, 5pm-10pm

THE Maleny Christmas Carnival is a celebration for the whole community.

It will feature great food, Santa photos, fun rides and an exciting mix of live music featuring some of the hinterland and the Sunshine Coast's most exciting up and coming acts.

Buskers will perform from 6pm to 9pm at Sarah's Unplugged Café, The Old Bank Café and the Artisan Markets, as well as on the Music on Maple Main Stage in the Maleny Community Centre.

2. Choir Concert

Where: Uniting Church Hall, Werin St, Tewantin

When: Today, December 9, 7.30pm

Cost: $12 admission; Conc. $10

Info: 5474 1498

BY The Silvery Moon A Cappella Choir Concert featuring Good Vibrations (Popular) and Spiritsong (Classical). Directed By Andrew Emmet

3. Nights On Ocean

Where: Ocean St, Maroochydore

When: Today, December 9, 5pm-9pm

Info: http://solbar.com.au/ nights-on-ocean- friday-9th-december/

OCEAN St Friday night markets attract up to 12,000 people each month to immerse themselves in the ever-changing atmosphere of sounds, fragrance, local art, produce and great food.

AIMS TO INSPIRE: Young Innovators' Day will be held at the Innovation Centre, University of the Sunshine Coast, tomorrow.

4. Young Innovators' Day

Where: Innovation Centre, University of the Sunshine Coast

When: Tomorrow, December 10. Sessions at 10am-12.30pm and 11.30am-2pm

Cost: Free

Info: Spaces are limited. To confirm your place, visit: www.eventbrite.com.au/e/ young-innovators-day-tickets- 28881584597

THIS expo is aimed at inspiring schoolchildren to become the next generation of technological innovators. Stockland and Code Club Australia are teaming up for the inaugural Young Innovators' Day.

The free event will feature interactive activities and an immersive introduction to new technologies including robotics, virtual reality, coding workshops, gaming, Minecraft and an insight into the future of 3D printing.

Hosted by Sunshine Coast tech entrepreneur Lili Scout, the expo is aimed at children aged eight to 15 and will include a special appearance by the friendly humanoid robot, Chip, which will be answering questions and posing for the almost obligatory selfies.

A fun, community Christmas Festival for ages. Free entry for everyone and inside you'll find rides, games, food, drinks, Christmas Carols, and fireworks!
A fun, community Christmas Festival for ages. Free entry for everyone and inside you'll find rides, games, food, drinks, Christmas Carols, and fireworks!

5. Tewantin Christmas Carnival

Where: Memorial Park, Tewantin

When: Sunday, December 11, 4pm to 8pm

Cost: Free

Info: www.facebook.com/noosarsl/

TEWANTIN Noosa RSL in conjunction with Tewantin Noosa RSL Sub Branch, the Vietnam Veterans Association and Tewantin Noosa Lions Club have joined together with the support of the Noosa Council to present the 21st annual Tewantin Christmas Carnival.

There is something for everyone; whether it be ice cream, soft drinks, lollies, raffles, live entertainment, or rides... you are sure to find it.

Live entertainment and carols will be provided by Contraband. The evening culminates with a fireworks display over the Noosa River.


Peregian Originals with Jay Bishoff. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily
BEACH BEATS: Peregian Originals returns to the park this weekend. john mccutcheon


6. Peregian Originals

Where: Peregian Beach

When: Sunday, December 11, from 1pm

Cost: Free

THE final Originals for 2016, featuring Brisbane's Fat Picnic, Annie J and Fusion, Jesse Morris Band and TOUCH.

Santa Claus is coming to the Fraser Coast.
Santa Claus will be at Christmas in Alex on Sunday. Valerie Horton

7. Christmas in Alex

Where: Buhk Park Alexandra Headland, on the northern side of Alex Surf Club

When: Sunday, December 11, from 4pm

A FAMILY afternoon of holiday fun, it features entertainment from Benjy and Soni Pocock of The Vibe, Livi Robins and Bridget O'Brien.

For families, $5 gets kids a bracelet for free face painting and unlimited rides on favourites including the Speed Racer, the Lost Temple Castle, Chair O Plane and the Land Train.

Santa Claus will make a special appearance at 6pm and there will be fireworks from 7.45pm.

Fireworks at Byron Bay on New Year's Eve.
There will be a fireworks display at Peregian Beach Christmas Carols. Northern Star Archives

8. Peregian Beach Christmas Carols

Where: Peregian Beach Park

When: Monday, December 12, from 3pm

Cost: Gold coin donation. All proceeds will go back to the running of the carols

PRESENTED by Peregian Beach Hotel, the Peregian Beach Business Association and The East Coast Originals.

Food stalls, raffle, face painting and a barbecue thanks to Peregian Beach Lions and White's IGA Peregian Beach.

Live music from Beats Cartel and Circle of Sound Entertainment with Sally Rose Skelton, Jason Daniels, Gian and Pete Allan Band. Santa will be dropping in after 4.30pm thanks to Ray White Peregian and Skydive Ramblers Sunshine Coast, and there'll be KC's Fireworks Display at 8.30pm.

Please remember, no glass at the carols, or open flame.

Glow candles will be available for purchase. Worth Photography will be there for family happy snaps.

9. Friday3Live: It's a Wrap market

Where: Caloundra Regional Gallery

When: Friday, December 16, 7pm-9pm

Info: gallery.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

LOOKING for a unique gift for that someone special?

Head along to Caloundra Regional Gallery for the Friday3Live: It's a Wrap market. Featuring a range of market stalls with hand-made jewellery, ceramics and art by local artists, you're sure to find some fabulous gifts.

Head along to celebrate the close of another great year of exhibitions and programs.

Indulge in a little retail therapy, meet the makers at the pop-up artisan stalls and enjoy live local music from Andrea Kirwin.

A cash bar and complimentary light snacks will be available.

Thousands are expected to turn out tonight for Christmas boat parade.
Thousands are expected to turn out tonight for Christmas boat parade.

10. Christmas Boat Parade

When: Saturday, December 17, 6.30-8.30pm

Where: Spectators can find the best viewing points from The Wharf Mooloolaba, Penny Lane and La Balsa Park.

Cost: Free to the community. Boat and house entry fees apply

Info: Visit www.christmastboatparade.net

A CHRISTMAS highlight for Coast locals will light up the Mooloolaba canals and help raise funds for STEPS, to create opportunities for people with disabilities.

A large contingent of boat owners, their family and friends will deck out their vessels and canal homes with fairy lights, tinsel and everything festive for the annual Mooloolaba Yacht Club Christmas Boat Parade.

There are prizes for the top three in the best dressed boat and best dressed house categories.