Christmas time means a well deserved break for most, but for some, it's not more than just a couple days off around the actual holiday itself.
For those parents who still have to work that nine to five grind everyday, or for the parents who just need a little R&R themselves - we have a solution that is sure to keep your kids thoroughly entertained these school holidays!
Presenting our top picks of Christmas activities for the kids:
1. Secret Santa Treasure Hunt
From Monday the 4th of December, Australia Fair Shopping Centre are inviting you on a Secret Santa Treasure Hunt. Running every day until Christmas Eve, you can follow Santa's clues around the centre and watch the characters of the North Pole come to life right in front of your eyes - on your smart-phone!
That's right. All you have to do is download the Australia Fair app and let the adventure begin.
The clues are hidden all around the centre, and each time you snap a photo of the clue into the app, your next clue awaits!
What happens when you get to the final clue? A free present from Santa himself, of course!
Date: 4th Decemeber - 24th December
Time: 9am - 5:30pm
Location: Australia Fair Shopping Centre
2. Begin Bright Christmas School Holiday Workshops
Are your kids curious and creative? This next place has your 4-11 year olds sorted with some fun, crafty workshops that'll make learning feel like recess!
Begin Bright Sorrento are holding two jam-packed weeks of school holiday workshops. The first week is all things STEAM and the second is... drumroll... CHRISTMAS!
With two 2-hour long sessions running every day, and each workshop providing a unique experience, you'll be sure to find a class that'll have your kid hanging on for dear life when it's time to go home.
Not only will it be almost too much fun for your little one to handle, they won't even realise they're learning at the same time!
Too good to be true, right?
Date: 11th December - 22nd December
Time: 9am - 11am, 11:30am - 1:30pm
Location: Begin Bright Sorrento: Shop 5, Sorrento Village Shopping Centre, 20 Bundall Road
Be sure to get in soon though, you can secure your child's spot below.
3. Kid Karaoke Christmas Party
Sounds adorable, right? The annual all-exclusive kids Christmas party is back at Benowa Tavern!
Kicking off from 5:30pm, your little one's not only get a chance to belt out their favourite tracks, but will get free popcorn, a visit from Santa who will come bearing gifts for all!
Our only word of advice, prepare yourself to 'Let It Go' more than just once!
4. Live Baby Reindeer at Carrara Markets
Every weekend of December, Carrara Markets will transform into a Reindeer retreat and they're inviting you and your family along to meet their baby reindeer!
Straight from the North Pole (but actually from a farm), you can get a holiday snap with the baby reindeer as well as roving reindeer characters!
Sat 9 & Sun 10 Dec 10am-2pm
Sat 16 & Sun 17 Dec 10am-2pm
Sat 23 & Sun 24 Dec 10am-2pm
5. Movies Under The Stars
For the whole month of December, the City of Gold Coast is putting on four big movies nights with some of your favourite Christmas classics.
With the weather warming up, what better way to spend the evening than outdoors watching a movie under the stars.
Also, take advantage of the fantastic food truck options and interactive kids fun - or you can even pack your own picnic to take along!
Click on any of the above links for more information!
Have you got a Christmas event we should know about? Is there anything we missed? Let us know in the comments!
Merry Christmas, Gold Coast!