Festive Events across the Hinterland

Maleny Neighbourhood Christmas Breakfast

Maleny Neighbourhood Christmas Breakfast

Yes, I am pleased to say I have started my Christmas Shopping, so I feel your pain. All we want on Christmas Day is to see that smile on your special someone’s face when they open your gift.

But how can you make the looming Christmas shopping experience pleasant, relatively stress-free and enjoyable? Shop local!

We have loads of ideas for you in the paper if you are struggling to find the right gift. And, through supporting local businesses as you shop, you will support our schools, our community groups, that help make up the fabric of our communities…

Did I mention that we have unique offerings from local artists and markets? There truly is an eclectic selection of gifts in our hinterland to suit every taste.

We realise that Christmas is also much more than presents, so here’s a list of our local hinterland events – from carols to lighting up trees…

If you hope to bring more joy – circle the gift ideas inside and give your partner or kids a nudge, you’ll be smiling too!

From all the team at the Hinterland Times, we wish you and your family a healthy, happy festive time!

We wrap up Christmas events for you across the Hinterland in December….

1 Mooloolah Valley Christmas Party, 5-10pm, Community Centre

2 Montville Festive Tree Lighting Event on the Village Green
Let’s make sure the start of the Festive Season is full of JOY and jingles! Montville’s Main Street will be festooned with our unique Christmas banners heralding the season of goodwill. These colourful banners, welcoming all, showcase our artistic Montville State School children’s artwork.

The annual lighting of the Village Green Christmas tree on December 2 is filled with fun for the family. From 5pm, the children can enjoy the free festivities with face painting, Christmas craft and balloon fun. We have heard that our special Santa is planning a visit on the night, with something for all the children.

The sausages will be sizzling early and the All Stars will really liven up the party from 5.30pm. Why not come in early and do some Christmas shopping in the village before the event? Many of our unique shops will be open until 5pm.

Bring your blanket or chair and let us entertain you! Everyone is welcome. The Montville Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the Sunshine Coast Council for their contribution to our Festive Tree Lighting Event, December 2.

2-3 Santa’s Workshop
It is the month before Christmas and inside the sheds, the Woodies are working while children are sleeping in beds. Santa’s helpers are chipping away getting lots of toys ready for the special day. Make sure you visit Santa’s Workshop in St Mary’s Hall while you enjoy the tree lighting event.

2 Woombye Christmas on the Field
From 6-9pm at the Woombye Snakes Football Grounds, bring a blanket and sit on the field and join in a fun-filled night, with laser tag, Santa, food, music, raffles and games.

6 Mapleton Light the Lights for Christmas
A great community event organized by MADCA at Mapleton Lilyponds is on Wednesday 6 December 5-30 pm to 7-50 pm.

Music is by Mapleton Choir and Shake it Up All Stars, Santa arrives with the Rural Fire Brigade, Sausage sizzle organized by Mapleton Library.

8 Maleny Street Christmas Carnival
Maleny Street Christmas Carnival is a family-friendly event for the town to come and celebrate together. Held on Friday December 8, from 6-10pm, the last day of school term, the community is invited to join us on the street for rides, children’s activities, stalls, music and food.

Generous local businesses have donated to our mega raffle, which is an enormous gift package – ‘Christmas from Maleny’ – all your gifts in one amazing prize. $2/ticket available for sale before the event in many shops throughout Maleny.

Musical performances from talented locals throughout the night. Stalls with a wide range of tasty treats for dinner. Santa, Mrs Claus and the rein-hounds photo opportunity.

9 Palmwoods Town Square Grand Opening and Street Party
This year with the grand opening of our new town square, the Hall committee have joined with representatives from council, PCBA and local business owners to form a collaborative that is hosting both the opening and ensuing Christmas on Little Main Street Party.

The official mayoral opening is at 3pm in the New Town Square, followed by a free community event. Little Main Street will be closed to traffic and filled with stalls. Local shop owners are staying open til late with holiday specials and the town will be kept entertained with live music, free kids activities, delicious food, local craft beer, carols and Santa.

It’s been a long road for the town enduring the roadworks and we are looking forward to a great evening of celebrations.

Saturday December 9 3pm-late at Little Main Street, Palmwoods.

9 Nambour Community Carols
On Saturday December 9 from 4-8pm at Nambour Showgrounds – join us as we come together as a community to celebrate Christmas 2017!!

3pm – Twilight Christmas Markets (more stalls than last year!) With a great range of market stalls, you’ll be sure to find many great Christmas gift options.

3pm – Free kids’ entertainment (more than last year!) with kids’ rides, animal farm, face painting, animal balloons, jumping castle, craft stalls and more.

3pm – Food Court (more vendors and options than last year!). This year we have a great range of food options to choose from including, but not limited to, sausage sizzle, hamburgers, hot dogs, sliders, prawns, chips, pork skewers, pizza, dumplings, dim sims, Mexican, healthy rolls and burgers, desserts, fairy floss, popcorn, ice cream, sorbet, milkshakes, slushies, coffee and more!

6pm – Carols Concert. Enjoy a fun-filled concert featuring local artists and a special visit from Santa and his friend, Joy Bells.

8pm – Fireworks Finale! (Everyone’s favourite.) Bring a new unwrapped pressie to place under the tree for our local kids in need. This year, we are proud to once again be partnered with Christmas Care and Sunny Kids, to distribute Christmas presents to our local children in need. Together we can make this Christmas one to remember!
Make sure to invite your treasured friends and family as we come together for a night to remember. See you at the Carols!

15-17 A Christmas trilogy
The Maleny Players and Maleny Youth Theatre will be presenting three One Act Plays, all with a Christmas theme.

A few ‘dubious’ apparitions will appear on stage in Scrooge Makes Up! by Sheri Flannery-Verrilli; the Maleny Youth Theatre are featuring in The Elves and the Shoemaker by Catherine Steer, and hear a bevy of songsters in Christmas Choir by Pat Cook.

The Players are busy with rehearsals, and performances will be on the weekend of Friday December 15 (opening night); Saturday 16 (matinee and evening) and Sunday 17.

Tickets on sale from mid-November. Come along with family and friends and get into the Christmas spirit. For further information please contact Rob Hobson: 0418 785 967.

16 Christmas Tree Festival “The Colours of Christmas”
The Maleny community can expect plenty of surprises at the upcoming Christmas Tree Festival at the Maleny Uniting Church. This year’s theme is the Colours of Christmas, and it will be intriguing to see how the trees interpret the theme.

Children will be well catered for: the trees will captivate them, plus there will be many hands-on activities, including the Kids Play Zone – depicting Bethlehem 2000 years ago.

A large percentage of the trees are again provided by community groups, who see this as an opportunity to add their touch of festive colour at this time of the year, as well as supporting a local community organisation.

This year donations will go to Blackall Range Care, which operates a wide range of support services in our hinterland community. From its Flaxton and Maleny bases and with over 80 employees and 180 volunteers, Range Care provides in-home support, social and companionship help, home and garden maintenance and home modification, as well as the respite Centre at the Care Cottage.

So we invite you to “colour your world” this Christmas. Make some time to come along, between December 16 – 24, to Maleny Uniting Church, 1290 Landsborough/Maleny Road, Maleny. For more details go to www.malenyuniting.com.au, Facebook or call 0409 268 665.

16 Crystal Waters Christmas Party
The CW Co-op invite all Crystal Waters residents, friends and neighbours to join us at the Christmas Party on Saturday, December 16 from 5pm. It will be great music and various performances!

The Co-op bar is a fundraiser with a shared table. Please, bring a plate of food to share and your own plate and cutlery. Many hands make the work light….

If you can help to make this party enjoyable for all, please, contact Po Mei on crystalwatersfacilities@gmail.com.

And yes! If you want to dressed up as Santa, an elf, a fairy, Jesus, or someone/something else, that would be great!

16 Glasshouse Country Community Carols
This is a free, family-friendly community event! A traditional singalong, Carols by Candlelight in the park, at Beerwah Sportsground from 4.30-8.30pm.

Everyone is welcome to come and sing carols and get in the community Christmas spirit! Great local acts, food, drinks and kids activities.

Organised by the combined Churches of Glasshouse Country, and proudly sponsored by the Sunshine Coast Council and many businesses within our local community.

Pre-show entertainment starts at 4.30pm with the Main Stage show starting at 6.30pm, with a host of our very own local talent leading us in our favourite carols. Finishes with fireworks at 8.15pm.

20 Witta Carols by Candlelight
Formed in 1892 by the German pioneers of Teutoburg (now Witta), Good Shepherd Lutheran Church is celebrating its 125th anniversary this Christmas.

We warmly invite everyone to join us for Carols by Candlelight in the church grounds, 295 Witta Road, between 7pm-8pm. Please bring your own candle/torch and a folding chair.

Montville Village Association hosts Carols on the Green

Montville Village Association hosts Carols on the Green

20 Carols on the Green
Each year the Montville Village Association hosts Carols on the Green, a community Christmas event. This year’s event will be held on Wednesday 20 December at 7pm on Montville Village Green.

Come and join in the carol singing and readings on the night. Bring a rug and a picnic to share with your family or friends.

The final winners of Montville Chamber’s fantastic Prize Hampers will also be announced at Carols on the Green. Make sure to do your Christmas shopping in Montville this year and place your entries in the draw.

24 Christmas Eve at Finbars
Chris Webbe performs for the Christmas Eve Party, 5pm Sunday, $10 entry. A night of festive fancy dress, raffles, a lucky door prize, and entry includes pizza and a drink!

24 Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Maleny
You are invited to join the Maleny Catholic community to celebrate – Christmas Eve Vigil Mass on Sunday December 24 at the Sacred Heart Church, 45 Cedar Street Maleny.

Carol singing from 7pm and Vigil Mass at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome! Please join us to share the true meaning of Christmas.

24 Kenilworth Community Christmas Eve Event
Join in from 5-9pm at Kenilworth Showgrounds. There’s Santa, free rides, carols and barbecue.

25 Maleny Community Christmas Breakfast
This is a free Christmas Day breakfast, and all are welcome, 8-11am at the Maleny Neighbourhood Centre.

It is easy to forget that not everyone is as fortunate as us at Christmas time. But team at the Maleny Neighbourhood Centre never forgets.

For years now, the Maleny Neighbourhood Centre has helped families and individuals in need to enjoy Christmas cheer like everyone else. The traditional Maleny event, which is the only free community breakfast event on the Hinterland, relies on donations from local businesses contribute to the celebrations.

The neighbourhood centre is putting a call out for volunteers and organisers. Why not offer some time from your day to make someone else’s Christmas just that little bit cheerier? Sharing in the Christmas spirit is rewarding in more ways than one.

You will need to be there on the morning by 6am to help with the event. Please email admin@malenync.org.au to express your interest. If you are also interested in being Santa, let Cath know!