10 things to do this week on Sunshine Coast
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
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.
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
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.
5. Tewantin Christmas Carnival
Where: Memorial Park, Tewantin
When: Sunday, December 11, 4pm to 8pm
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.
6. Peregian Originals
Where: Peregian Beach
When: Sunday, December 11, from 1pm
THE final Originals for 2016, featuring Brisbane's Fat Picnic, Annie J and Fusion, Jesse Morris Band and TOUCH.
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.
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
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.
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.