Cairns Christmas Checklist

Whether you are a seasoned local or this is your first Christmas in the land down under, there’s nothing quite like getting into the Chrissy spirit in December. While everyone knows of the ‘stereotypical’ Christmas with white snow, the majority of the world experiences a no-snow festive season.

While for those new to a warm Christmas like the one we have here in Cairns, it might feel odd to celebrate Christmas in the middle of summer (especially as despite the heat, you’ll still hear carols about snow, pictures of snow, stories about snow, fake snow in windows, fake snow on Christmas trees, snow, snow, snow) however, there are still a lot of awesome ways to enjoy Christmas in the tropics. After all, Cairns is a tropical paradise and why would you not want to celebrate the biggest holiday of the year here here?!

Christmas Markets

Cairns Local Christmas Market

Christmas markets are not only for Europe. Find the Cairns Local Christmas Market at Fred Moule Pavillion at the Cairns Showgrounds. The Cairns Showgrounds are located on Mulgrave Road, in walking distance to almost all Cairns Sharehouses. Gather your flatmates and go hunting for a vintage locally made craft at over 150 stalls.
Find out more here.

Yungaburra Christmas Markets

Although further afield in Yungaburra in the Atherton Tablelands, these Christmas Markets are well worth the road trip. The Yungaburra Christmas Markets are a hit every year with extra stalls included especially for Christmas. Find a Christmas gift for your friends and family back home, or pick up something nice for your Cairns Sharehouse flatmate. While you’re here drop by Lake Eacham for a cool dip afterwards.
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Christmas Lights

Cairns we like to get lit. For something close to home don’t forget to check out the Christmas Tree on the Cairns Esplanade. This gigantic tree is impressive, and stands front and centre at the top of the Cairns Lagoon.
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Looking more to see the Christmas lights around Cairns – join the Cavalcade of Lights tour of the Cairns suburbs and seek out the best of the best. The Cavalcade starts at the Cairns Showgrounds so find a friend with a car and join the cavalcade fun.
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Carols by Candlelight

Every year the people of Cairns join together at Fogarty Park on the Cairns Esplanade for Carols by Candlelight. Coupled with fireworks display and amazing local talent, bring a rug, your Cairns Sharehouse flatmates and join in the festive cheer with thousands of other Cairns residents.
Find out more here.

Ice Skating

Want a cool hit? Despite it’s 30 degree December days, Cairns still has you covered with Ice Skating at the Cairns DFO Shopping Centre. This pop up ice skating rink makes a great Christmas activity on your day off leading up to the big day. Who has mastered the art of skating on ice?
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Christmas Day Ideas

There are countless of tropical Christmas options available in Cairns. While your friends are rugged up inside at home, you could be spending it snorkelling up a storm exploring the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef or dipping into the refreshing stream of one of Cairns’ many freshwater creeks.

 Fitzroy Island Christmas Package

 Why wouldn’t you want to have Christmas lunch with all the trimmings on an island in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef? Walk off your meal with a stroll over to Nudey Beach, how many other people do you know can say they spent Christmas Day on the Number 1 Beach in Australia?
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Great Barrier Reef Christmas Package with Sunlover 

Join Sunlover for a Christmas paradise you will never forget. Celebrate with Nemo and snap an underwater photo complete with a Santa hat before indulging in a Christmas feast out on the water. It has us sold!
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Freshwater Creeks

Cairns has countless freshwater creeks and they’re a great way to spend a tropical Christmas day. Relax by the water edge between dips – Crystal Cascades and Stoney Creek are two creeks close by to Cairns Sharehouse or drive further afield south to Josephine Falls or north to Mossman Gorge!

BBQ at the Cairns Lagoon & Esplanade

Soak in the Christmas atmosphere down at the Cairns Esplanade. Enjoy the free BBQ facilities for an Aussie styled Christmas Day lunch and cool off in the Cairns Lagoon. And added bonus, it’s walking distance from your Cairns Sharehouse!

Cricket on the Beach

Don’t forget the classic Aussie Christmas – a game of cricket on the beach. Grab a cheap cricket set from Kmart and your Cairns Sharehouse flatmates and you are set.

‘Orphan’ Christmas with your Cairns Sharehouse Flatmates

Enjoy an ‘orphan’ Christmas at Cairns Sharehouse. With many of our guests travelling abroad, ban together this Christmas Day and celebrate with your flatmates. Swim in the pool, plan a big Christmas feast with everyone bringing their own dish and don’t forget the prawns!



After Christmas is done and dusted, enjoy your leftovers with a cold drink or two the next day watching The Boxing Day cricket.


Written by Sarah Latham

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