Christmas at Sanctuary Cove

Eat, drink, shop and be merry this festive season and join in the fun across a host of celebratory events at Sanctuary Cove. Unlike the traditional white Christmas, Sanctuary Cove will turn up the silly season with a truly Australian twist, presenting traditional Christmas pastimes against a backdrop of blue seas, white yachts, sea breeze, balmy summer days and seafood of every sort available in many of the neighbouring restaurants. There will be interactive displays that will be scattered throughout Sanctuary Cove to provide the perfect backdrop for your festive photos. Jump into Santa’s Sleigh, stand under the huge Christmas Tree or next to the giant Christmas Present. This year you can even post a letter to Santa by dropping it into the new North Pole mailbox.

Shop amongst a relaxed waterfront ambience and tick off that shopping list with ease. With an abundance of unique gifts, local and international labels and designer brands, all in the one location, you’re spoilt for choice with some 30 retailers to choose from.

Sanctuary Cove is the perfect place for festive gatherings with friends, family or work colleagues in any one of the acclaimed dining venues. Whether it’s breakfast or brunch, a long lazy lunch, or afternoon drinks that lead into dinner, the range of restaurants and cafes provides an unforgettable ambience for any event.

On top of these ongoing experiences, Sanctuary Cove will host an additional seven days of must visit Christmas attractions.




Christmas Carols

2nd December | 5pm onwards

Starting from 5.00pm, Christmas Carols will fill the air as talent, such as Renae Suttie and Wes Taylor Duo, take to the stage. Gather for a night under the stars on the Marina Lawn to enjoy a harmonious night of singing and dancing all while raising funds for local charity, ConnectKids. Take advantage of the free entertainment and grab a bite to eat at one of the surrounding venues.

At half time, guests will be treated to the annual Buggy Parade hosted by The Rotary Club of Hope Island. The immaculately presented golf buggies will get a bedazzling make over and parade around the lawn for all to see.

For more details on Sanctuary Cove’s Carols on the Green

Photos with Santa

6-11th December | 10am – 1pm

Get into the Christmas spirit with the highlight of the show – photos with Santa in his candy wonderland. Jump into Santa’s Sleigh, stand under the huge Christmas Tree or pose next to the giant Christmas Present to capture the perfect festive photos. For those that love a more Australian Christmas shot, the sea backdrop is just a short wander away. Fortunately, the festivities won’t be just for kids – on Saturday, 11 December, from 10am to 12pm, pets can also visit Santa to capture a special Christmas memory of their own.

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Giveback this Christmas

6-11th December | 10am – 1pm

What better time to give back to those that need it most than at Christmas, the time for giving. This year, Sanctuary Cove has partnered with the Gold Coast Hospital Foundation, a locally based community organisation that raises funds to support the most unwell and vulnerable in the community. During the week of wonders, a gift-wrapping station will be available with all donations made going to the Gold Coast Hospital Foundation to provide emergency accommodation to families who have loved ones in the Intensive Care & Trauma Units. Sanctuary Cove will also be selling raffle tickets to win an Amaroo Yacht Charter for 10 people for four hours valued at RRP $1,800 with proceeds going to the cause. Tickets will be sold at the gift-wrapping station and in surrounding tenancies.

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Christmas celebration

6-11th December | 10am – 1pm

Beyond the Christmas Carol event, enjoy six days straight of free live entertainment as guests shop and dine. Expect roving nutcracker musicians to roam the Sanctuary Cove streets bringing a festive ambiance to Sanctuary Cove.

Already a foodie hotspot, Sanctuary Cove will come alive with festive flavours and flare in many of the cafes and restaurants. Gather with friends, family, or work colleagues in any one of the acclaimed dining venues such as Red Steakhouse, Ioesco, Destino or Bistro 19 to give you sustenance for the shopping or entertaining ahead. Kids and adults alike will also enjoy spending the day with Santa’s elves and Christmas fairies over free gelato samples from Rose Gelateria and other sweet treats.

Ditch the large department stores and trade in your Christmas shopping experience for a relaxed waterfront ambience at Sanctuary Cove. With an abundance of unique gifts, local and international labels, and designer brands, all in the one location, shoppers are spoilt for choice and are sure to tick off that lengthy shopping list. In the lead up to the Christmas season, Sanctuary Cove will also be running weekly giveaways to win $100 and $500 gift cards* to spend making the financial load a little lighter.

Shop and win

Shop to go into the draw to win $100 & $500 gift cards

Starting on the November 13, spend $30 in participating retail stores to go in the draw to win a $100 Sanctuary Cove Gift Card each week. All entries go in the second chance draw to win a $500 Sanctuary Cove Gift Card.


Terms and Conditions Apply.

Christmas Week Schedule: December 6th to 11th
10am-1pm Photos with Santa
(Pet photos also available on Saturday 11 Dec from 10am – 12pm only)
10am-1pm Buy a raffle ticket to win an Amaroo Yacht Charter for 10 people for 4 hours
(Tickets sold at the gift-wrapping station and in surrounding tenancies)
10am-1pm Gift wrapping station 
(Donation operated)
10am-1pm Live Christmas entertainment
(Singing and dancing through the street)
10am-1pm Free gelato for kids from Rose Gelateria
(Vouchers will be handed out in the streets between these times)

Sanctuary Cove's Carols On the Green

Christmas Carols are set to fill the air at Sanctuary Cove, as locals sing along to their favourite Christmas songs at the annual Carols on the Green on Thursday 2nd December at 5.00pm. The Marina Lawn will come alive as the Sanctuary Cove community gathers for a night under the stars to raise funds for local charities.

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Sanctuary Cove Marine Village Gift Cards

Sanctuary Cove Marine Village gift cards are now available to purchase online! Spend on a shopping spree at one of Sanctuary Cove’s many retail stores, or treat the family to a delicious dinner along one of our luxurious waterfront restaurants – the choice is yours.

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What's On at Sanctuary Cove

From Christmas Carols to electric picnic boats, discover what’s on at Sanctuary Cove this festive season by clicking the link below.

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