The Complete Guide to Christmas in Coolangatta
Spending Christmas on the Gold Coast and want to celebrate the traditional Australian way? Then put another prawn on the barbie, limber up for the Christmas Carols and learn how to save big on your prezzies this year in our complete guide to Christmas in Coolangatta.
How to celebrate a Cooly Christmas
Because it’s not likely to be snowing outside and more likely to be scorching hot, a traditional Cooly Christmas would normally involve a barbie. Whether it’s in the backyard, in the park or at the beach, Christmas lunch or dinner in the great outdoors is how Christmas is done right in Coolangatta. Must-haves include seafood, steak, snags, potato salad, ice cold beer, and possibly a pavlova. Plus you’ll want to invite plenty of friends and family to share the day with.
Following the feast, a game of backyard cricket is a great way to work off your meal and then it’s time for a dip in the ocean, creek or if you’re lucky, the backyard swimming pool.
Christmas lunch is then generally followed by an afternoon of lazing, trying out Christmas presents and sleeping off an excess of Christmas cheer. If you want to relax and get out of doing the dishes, Delizioso Italian Restaurant on Level 1 at The Strand is the place to book.
And then the games begin. The day after Christmas is traditionally spent in front of the tele watching two great Australian sporting events … the Boxing Day Test cricket match at the MCG and the start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.
Coolangatta Christmas Carols
Another great tradition is Carols by Candlelight, a family event that’s held all over the country in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Whether it’s a massive gathering like the one at Melbourne’s Myer Music Bowl or a smaller local affair, the object is to get together as a community and celebrate Christmas in song.
And this year, Coolangatta's Queen Elizabeth Park will come alive with the spirit of Christmas on Sunday December 9th
. Entry is free to the Coolangatta Christmas Carols, your chance to sing along to your favourite carols and be entertained by magical Christmas performances.
Santa will be arriving in style as he skydives in for photos and free face painting with the kids and there’ll be something for the whole family with the Coolangatta Christmas Markets, food trucks and free kids activities all afternoon.
Christmas shopping tips
Another Aussie tradition is to spend up big at Christmas time, buying presents galore for friends and family. And unfortunately this can come back to bite you in the New Year, when you receive your credit card bills.
So in the interests of saving some money on your Christmas shopping this year, we’ve put together a list of ways you can spend less without compromising on quality.
- Start saving early - start a Christmas fund early in the year and add to it with any money you can spare. Sell off a few items you don’t use any more and put in any windfalls you receive throughout the year such as a work bonus or tax refund and you’ll be surprised how quickly you Christmas fund will grow.
- Shop around - this should be your mantra for all shopping, not just at Christmas. The same item can be advertised online and in different stores for different prices. So start looking early and buy at a discount, before prices start rising closer to Christmas. Check out the great deals on offer at The Strand Coolangatta!
- Think inexpensive - everyone wants the latest and greatest tech gadgets, but sometimes next best can be just as good and much more affordable. Instead of paying top dollar for the new model, consider buying the previous model (which may have all the same features), the discounted display item without a box or the generic brand which is exactly the same as the overpriced item.
- Don’t impulse buy - know what you need ahead of time by making a list and working out roughly how much it will cost you. Then don’t just wander into a shop, but go there with the intention of purchasing a certain item. Impulse buys can add substantially to your Christmas shopping expenses, so know what you want and only use money you have to pay for it (i.e. your debit card rather than your credit card).
- Secret Santa - one way to substantially reduce your Christmas shopping costs, particularly if you have a large family, is to all agree to a Secret Santa scheme. That means each person only buys for one other person, instead of for everyone, which is a much less expensive proposition. Of course, Christmas is for kids, so they would be exempt from this arrangement and showered with presents as per usual.
While you’re shopping for Christmas in Cooly, make sure you check out what’s happening at The Strand Coolangatta
. We have loads of great gift ideas, a wide range of dining and entertainment options and Santa will be popping in right up until Christmas for the kids.