Things to Do in Cairns this Holiday Season
Nestled in the heart of Tropical North Queensland, Cairns beckons with its sun-drenched landscapes, vibrant coral reefs, and many activities that cater to every holidaymaker's desires. Whether you're seeking underwater wonders at the Great Barrier Reef, perusing local markets, or embarking on scenic rail journeys through ancient rainforests, Cairns offers an array of experiences to make this holiday season truly unforgettable.
Join us as we explore the best things to do in Cairns this holiday season, promising a perfect blend of excitement, cultural richness, and the laid-back allure of the tropics.
What's on Cairns This December
Buy Your Christmas Gifts at The Pier Markets
It's the time of the year again to buy gifts for the people we love. But you're not just looking for an ordinary trinket or tee. Yours should be unique and match the recipient's interests and personality. The mall is great for finding the usual read-to-wear trousers, latest sneakers, or whatnot. But if you're looking for one-of-a-kind items to make your family or friend happy, then off to The Pier Market.
The Pier Markets has unique clothing, healing candles, and aboriginal art. It also features excellent food choices so you can grab a bite after a day spent shopping. Check out The Pier Markets on 17th December. Stalls open at 9 am, and they start packing up at 2 pm.
Watch the Carols in the Park
Carols in the Park is back and more festive than ever. The event will be held at the Munro Martin Parkland and has a theme, "Baubles and Bows." It will feature Cairns' best soloists, choirs, and musicians. Attendees at Carols in the Park can expect an evening filled with traditional and contemporary holiday music.
Bring your picnic blankets or foldable chairs to get comfy while watching the show. Gates will open at 4 pm, so secure a good spot early. The main show, on the other hand, will start at 6:30 pm and finish at 8:30 pm. This event is free and will happen on 17th December. Learn more about Carols in the Park here.
Watch the Candlelight Holiday Special: A Night of Christmas Classics at Saint Monica's Cathedral
Capture the spirit of Christmas and be enthralled by watching the Candlelight Holiday Special at Saint Monica's Cathedral. This hour-long show will feature a piano medley of popular Christmas tunes and classical music by Debussy, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, and more. It's a must-watch if you love Christmas carols and classical music.
Catch this event on 14th December at 6:30 pm or 8:30 pm. Learn more about this event and book your tickets here.
Watch a romantic flick at the Cairns Botanic Gardens.
Visit the Cairns Botanic Gardens on 16th December to watch a romantic flick this 16th December. Bring a picnic blanket or your foldable chair to enjoy the outdoor cinema. Feel free to bring a picnic basket or purchase your snacks on-site. Tickets cost $20 for adults and $10 for kids. Purchase a family ticket for only $40. The movie will start at 7:30 PM.
Learn more about this Cairns event and purchase your tickets here.
Have a Christmas Day lunch cruise with Spirit of Cairns.
Are you visiting Cairns during the holidays? Celebrate Christmas Day on board Spirit of Cairns and enjoy a beautiful tropical view with a delicious feast. The buffet menu includes salads, seafood, frittatas, cakes, cookies, and more. Quench your thirst with soft drinks, beer, wine, and cocktails.
The Christmas Day lunch cruise departs at 11:30 am, but guests must check in as early as 11 am. This two-and-a-half-hour cruise will take you to the Trinity Inlet and its tributaries. It will also pass along Cairns' Esplanade and waterfront to get a great city view during the day.
Learn more about Spirit of Cairns' Christmas Day Lunch Cruise here. You can also book your slot on the same webpage.
Spirit of Cairns also offers a New Year's Eve Dinner Cruise. Consider joining this cruise if you plan New Year's Eve activities in Cairns. This cruise is happening on 31st December and departs Cairns at 6:30 pm. Passengers are required to check in as early as 6 pm. The cruise will dock at the marina between 9:30 pm and 9:45 pm.
Learn more about the New Year's Eve dinner cruise and book your tickets here.
Why Spend Christmas and New Year in Cairns?
Haven't made up your mind yet about where you should go on holiday this December? Here are several reasons to make Cairns your next Christmas and New Year destination.
Balmy days and nights. If you're tired of freezing in the cold during the holidays, then head to Cairns. You can ditch your coat and gloves here and opt for a singlet, shorts, or bikini.
If you're asking about what to do in Cairns in December, then don't worry. There are plenty of sights to see and things to do here, even during the holidays. The nearby Great Barrier Reef is a must-see if you plan to visit Far North Queensland. There's also the Cairns Botanic Gardens, Cairns Aquarium and the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary to explore after swimming and snorkelling.
Diverse dining options. Cairns boasts a diverse culinary scene with various restaurants and cafes offering fresh seafood and local produce. Visitors can also enjoy a mix of international and Australian cuisine.
Cultural experiences. Visitors can immerse themselves in the local Aboriginal cultures by participating in cultural tours and events. Cairns and surrounding areas have a rich indigenous heritage, adding a unique dimension to the holiday experience.
Enjoy the family-friendly environment. The friendly and welcoming atmosphere of Cairns makes it suitable for families. There are family-friendly accommodations, parks, and attractions to cater to visitors of all ages.
Get Ready for a December You Won't Forget – Book your Cairns Accommodation at Coral Towers Now
Whether you're here with friends and need a penthouse to stay in or with your family and are looking for a deluxe two-bedroom apartment, Coral Towers has you covered. Our Cairns apartments are spacious, clean, and equipped with everything you need to make your stay comfortable and extra special.
Planning to stay in during Christmas Day and the first day of the New Year? Watch movies all day, or check out our heated swimming pool and spa. We also have a tour desk in case you wish to visit any Cairns tourist attractions.
Book now and make your stay in Cairns memorable!