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If you’re looking for a little more adventure in your life, check out Cairns this December 2022. We have all of the beauty, history and culture you could want.

Nikolaus - A German Christmas Experience

Nikolaus – A German Christmas Experience

When: 2 December / 5.00pm
Where: German Club
More Info: German Club Cairns

It’s the final event for the German Club Cairns for 2022 so you know that it’s gonna be spesh. Kicking off with old man Nikolaus arriving to give gifts to all the kids. Parents/carers/Omas and Opas bring a prezzie for your darling and one for charity and drop both at the bar. The gifts keep coming with a massive TOMBOLA, the raffle that keeps giving. Buy a bunch of tickets, unwrap them and if there is a number on it, that’s what you win. The restaurant is serving traditional German Christmas goodness- so stay, eat, drink and have some fun.

‘Joy to the World’ - Cairns Community Christmas

‘Joy to the World’ – Cairns Community Christmas Carols and Fireworks

When: 3 December / 5.00pm – 9.00pm
Where: Cairns Showgrounds
More info: Cairns Churches or

Enjoy carols, good food, great music and spend time and a big fireworks display with friends and family. This event is hosted by Cairns Churches in partnership with many local companies and groups, including Cairns Regional Council, Xplosive Art and Cairns Show Association.

Carols for Kids 2022

Carols for Kids 2022

When: 4 December / 4.00pm – 6.00pm
Where: The Lakes Church 102-104, MacNamara Street, Edge Hill
More info:

This wonderful FREE family will have Christmas carols, an animal farm, photo booth, jumping castles, sausage sizzle and family activities. Due to limited space, tickets are free, but bookings are essential.

Santa Photos - Cairns Animal Rescue

Santa Photos – Cairns Animal Rescue

When: 4 December / 10.00am – 2.00pm
Where: Petbarn, Bungalow
More Info: Cairns Animal Rescue Inc 2

Come and get a professional photo with Santa for a $10 donation. 100% of funds raised help provide food and medical care for all our furry rescues. No bookings required, just pop down to Petbarn, Westcourt. You will receive a digital file. Cash and card donations accepted.

Bulkaway Muruku Song

Bulkaway Muruku Song and Yarning for Families and Their Babies

When: 5 December / 10.00am – 10.45am
Where: Manunda Library
More info: Cairns Libraries

Bulkaway Muruku Bulkaway Muruku Song and Yarning is a great experience for families and their children. It is all about bringing stories to life through yarn and song, the age-old way of handing down knowledge. The Bulkaway Muruku program coincides with Storytime at Manunda Library to enable families and their children 0 – 5 years to experience stories in a live interactive setting that
encourages self-exploration in story sharing.

Textural Patterns in Nature Workshops

Textural Patterns in Nature Workshops

When: 10 December / 10.15am – 1.15pm
Where: Tank 4 – Tank Arts Centre

Drawing and Painting workshops. Depict and replicate patterns from nature, using charcoal and mixed media. The artist will instruct on various mark making techniques and pre-format in producing a mixed media painting on canvas. Students are to supply their own canvas (60 x 90cm) or larger brushes. The Artist will provide acrylic paint and binding materials and brushes. Book by the 8 December. For more details, pricing or to book visit or call 0459 030 095.

Event Cinemas Earlville Re-opening

Event Cinemas Earlville Re-opening

When: 10 December
Where: Event Cinemas, Stockland Shopping Centre
More Info: BCC Cinemas Earlville

The official re-opening of Event Cinemas Earlville. Hit FM will be broadcasting live and there will be heaps of children’s activities. You can get $10 traditional tickets to use that day. The new Vmax will open from 10.00am to 12.00pm where you can experience the comfort of double daybeds, recliners and Vmax chairs.

Driftwood Mobiles for Kids

Driftwood Mobiles for Kids

When: 13 December, 10.00am and 16 December, 10.00am
Where: Limberlost Nursery & Vines Café
More info: Limberlost Nursery

Driftwoods Mobiles are a great gift idea for Christmas. This workshop is a great opportunity for kids to make a handmade, unique present for someone special. Inspired by the sea, all materials for this workshop are provided, and gift wrapping will be available on the day to wrap your special creation. Suitable for ages 6 and up.

Christmas Succulent Arrangement Workshop

Christmas Succulent Arrangement Workshop

When: 15 December / 5.30pm
Where: Succuliving & Co.
More Info: Succuliving & Co /

Take home your very own Christmas Succulent Arrangement. Use it as a Christmas Table centerpiece or gift to your loved ones. In this workshop, you will create a succulent arrangement by using varieties of succulent plants, gravel, sand, rocks and other accessories. You will also learn an Introduction to succulents, how to create a beautiful succulent arrangement and ‘How to Care’ guide. A glass of Champagne and Grazing board to share included. Cost: $85.00pp. Classes are limited.

HIT’s Cavalcade of Lights 2022

HIT’s Cavalcade of Lights 2022

When: 16 December / 4.00pm
Where: Cairns Showgrounds
More Info: Hit Far North Queensland

Hit FM’s 19th Annual Cavalcade of Lights proudly brought to you by Westco Volkswagen is back. It’s a must do this Christmas season, so bring your family and your friends to view some of the best Christmas Lights Cairns has to offer! Hit FM Breakfast team, Cliffo & Bronte will be there once again leading the charge. Enjoy Christmas music and a great community spirit as you follow the lead cars around the suburbs!

Stable at Riverway

Stable at Riverway, Townsville

When: 18 – 22 December / 5.30pm – 9.00pm
Where: Riverway Complex
More info:

If you love Christmas add this to your bucket list. Stable shares a very unique experience and the story of Christmas. Stable at Riverway transforms into the historic town of Bethlehem, complete with live actors, Roman soldiers, traditional craftspeople, livestock, shepherds and of course Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus. The event attracts up to 40,000 visitors a year and is a must see for all families in North Queensland. The event is an interactive re-creation of the traditional Christmas story, and is a free event for the whole family, and is fast becoming a Christmas tradition for families in North Queensland. There is heaps of entertainment, a wide selection of food and a designated youth area.

Christmas Day Lunch and Dinner

Christmas Day Lunch and Dinner Options

When: 25 December
Eat out with family and friends on Christmas day at these six venues. Bookings essential.

Cairns Colonial Club – Three course lunch 12.00pm – 2.30pm

Pullman Cairns International – Christmas lunch buffet 12.00pm – 3.00pm / Christmas dinner buffet 6.00pm – 9.00pm

Novotel Cairns – Christmas lunch 12.00pm – 3.00pm / Christmas dinner 6.00pm – 9.00pm

Shangri-La Hotel – Christmas lunch buffet 12.00pm – 3.00pm

CC’s Bar and Grill – Christmas lunch 12.00pm

The Benson Hotel – Christmas lunch buffet 12.00pm – 3.00pm

FREE Christmas Lights Run / Walk

FREE Christmas Lights Run / Walk

When: 22 December / 6.45pm
Where: Purbeck Close, Edge Hill
More info: Cairns Dynamic Running

Join us for this fun FREE event! If you can’t make it, you can register for the virtual option. Run with a crowd and go faster and further.

Check Out These New Year’s Eve Events

When: 31 December

Celebrate the coming of the New Year at one of the three venues across the city. Cairns Council’s New
Year’s Eve firework displays will be held at the Cairns Esplanade, Palm Cove jetty and Walker Road in Edmonton.

Cairns City – 6.30pm free family movie DC League of Super Pets, 8.30pm fireworks and midnight fireworks.

Edmonton – 6.30pm free family movie DC League of Super Pets and 8.30pm fireworks.  Palm Cove – 8.30pm fireworks.

Port Douglas – 8.00pm and midnight fireworks. Ace DJ dropping the beats. From 5.30pm, kids can enjoy a UV GLOW Kids Disco, free face painting and prizes prior to the 8pm family fireworks.

Pullmans International – Live music with 3’s A Crowd, seafood buffet or Antipasto, charcuterie and cheese buffet with 3 hour drinks package.

The Benson– Head back to the 80s with DJ Just Andy and indulge in a bottomless Veuve Clicquot and beverage package from 8.00pm to midnight, arrival canapés and seafood and meat boards.

Novotel Cairns Oasis – Tuck into a low and slow BBQ and enjoy lawn games, a kids dance party and a white claw pop up bar.