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Christmas 2011

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Christmas 2011

Planning early

where to have christmas dinner but i dont want to pay $150 per head? Just normal dining prices.

What to do christmas eve - i plan on visiting houses that have been decorated with lights - what else

any street parties for non trouble makers?

fireworks

then

christmas day - anything special happen?

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1. Re: Christmas 2011

Everytime I have looked for somewhere to have Christmas dinner they are all really expensive and this is because they all tend to include an alcohol package, which we never want.

Never heard of any street parties, but you could just hang out in Surfers or Broadbeach and soak up the atmosphere.

Christmas Day most people tend to be at home or go to the beach.

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2. Re: Christmas 2011

Hi Sparkle59,

As Cassnu says most people here tend to stay home with family and friends on Christmas Day.

Not sure where you will find "normal restaurant prices" on Christmas Day. One of the reasons restaurants are so expensive is the penalty rates that emloyers are obliged to pay employees on the day ... so smaller places don't tend to open and those that do charge exorbitant prices for the above reason and also because they can.

Kalinda Restaurant at the Royal Pines Resort has Christmas Dinner for $85 (6pm onwards) - this includes special buffet meal and entertainment.

Many of the beaches on the Gold Coast have adjoining parks with picnic areas and free BBQ facilities. You can be sure that these will (weather permitting) be packed on Christmas Day. Large groups of people get together to eat, chat and play games and spend the day there, often arriving early in the morning to secure a "good" position.

If you are looking for something cost effective on the day then this is the way to go. Get yourself some goodies on Christmas Eve (early in the day as they sell out quickly) and head for the beach on Xmas Day for a BBQ or picnic. Who knows you may even be invited to join in activities with others.

Otherwise it may be worth seeing if perhaps there are any Chinese, Thai, etc restaurants open - checking closer to the time and also seeing if there are any actitivies on Christmas Eve.

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3. Re: Christmas 2011

Agree with all Nessie has mentioned.

We have excellent seafood here on the Coast and that is one way many locals like to enjoy their Christmas day. The fishermans co-op on the Spit (near Marina Mirage) has excellent fresh prawns & crabs and other items straight from the trawlers, good prices. Prawns $22.- $25 Kg There is also Peter's seafood in the same area for anything you cant get from the trawlers. You need to get in early in the day on Xmas eve or you'll miss out. You can buy a $10 white polystyrene esky box from Peters (or a supermarket) to keep it fresh in. Just add some ice.

The parks around the beaches and the Broadwater become a hive of activity on Christmas day with large groups / families setting themselves up for the day, They take tents, shade cloths, their own bbq's, chairs, tables, and anything else to make the day more comfortable & enjoyable. Its a good vibe.

If you will have a car then you might enjoy the Paradise Point parklands. About 25 mins north of Surfers. It is grassed, shady and on the Broadwater with good facilities. Some restaurants & shops are usually open. Last year one was doing @ $85.00 pp.

Christmas lights & decorations tours are a great Christmas Eve activity. Check on the internet or the Gold Coast Bulletin paper for best areas. No fireworks that I know of. Fireworks more on NYE

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5. Re: Christmas 2011

Sizzler do a Christmas Day dinner, reasonably priced and a good selection I believe - they are at Mermaid Beach.

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6. Re: Christmas 2011

Marriott at Surfers Paradise do a great Christmas Day breakfast and it's quite reasonably priced too.

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