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If you've never experienced the festive season in a rural town or country community, then you're in for a real treat. The pace is a bit slower and the smiles are warmer, that's the beauty of it, where most locals know Santa by his first name! A country Christmas weekend away will remind you what this season is really about - taking the time to share special moments with loved ones.

Try something different this December with a country drive to Southern Queensland Country to enjoy Carols by Candlelight and any number of festive parades, light shows, street parties and fireworks, beginning just over an hour from Brisbane. The more the merrier at this time of year and with a warm country welcome waiting, we invite you to spend a weekend with us under glittering stars with the vast night skies above.

A not-so-silent night for the family? Carols under a starry sky beckons

Pack a hamper and gather the troops for a sublime country experience at one of these Christmas Carol events – just remember to bring something warm, as temperatures can drop once the sun sets over the hills.

Friday 1 December 2023

    Goondiwindi Carols by Candlelight

    • When: From 5.30pm 
    • Where: Goondiwindi Botanical Gardens

    Sunday 3 December 2023

    Emerald Community Christmas Carols

    • When: From 6pm 
    • Where: St Patrick's School Oval, Emerald

    Teddy Bear Christmas Afternoon Tea & Carols

    • When: From 3.30pm 
    • Where: Lake Broadwater Recreation Reserve, Dalby

    Friday 8 December 2023

      Stanthorpe Carols in the Park

      • When: From 6pm
      • Where: Weeroona Park, Stanthorpe
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      Saturday 9 December 2023

      Dalby Community Carols & Markets

      • When: From 3pm
      • Where: Dalby Showgrounds

      Christmas Together Concert

      • When: From 2.30pm
      • Where: Armitage Centre, Toowoomba

      Sunday 10 December 2023

      Warwick Carols in the Park

      • When: From 6pm
      • Where: Leslie Park, Warwick

      Toowoomba Mayoral Carols

      • When: From 6pm
      • Where: Frogs Hollow, Queens Park, Toowoomba

      Friday 15 December 2023

        Wilsonton Community Carols

        • When: From 4pm
        • Where: McGregor Street Oval, Toowoomba

        Springsure Community Christmas Carols

        • When: From 6pm
        • Where: Springsure Hospital Grounds

        Saturday 23 December 2023

          Carols on the Green

          • When: From 6.30pm
          • Where: Hatton Vale Community Uniting Church
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          Lights! Cameras! Festivities! Don’t miss these carnival-style Christmas events

          Come and experience how we celebrate Christmas in the Country, with balmy summer nights making for perfect twilight festivities, where the stars are shining as brightly as the warm country hospitality.

          2 - 24 December 2023

            Toowoomba Christmas Wonderland

            • When: From 7pm
            • Where: Queens Park Botanic Gardens, Toowoomba

            Friday 1 December 2023

              Dalby Light Up Event

              • When: From 5pm 
              • Where: Mary's Place, Dalby

              Goondiwindi Golf Club Christmas Party

              • When: From 5.30pm
              • Where: Goondiwindi Golf Club

              Kilcoy Christmas Lights

              • When: From 5.30pm 
              • Where: Kilcoy Yowie Park

              Christmas in the Grove

              • When: Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd from 5.30pm
              • Where: Bunnyconnellen, Crows Nest

              Saturday December 2023

              Blackwater Christmas Fair

              • When: From 10am 
              • Where: Blackwater Town Centre

              Christmas at Cameby

              • When: From 5pm 
              • Where: Cameby Hall

              Kilcoy Christmas Carnival

              • When: From 5pm 
              • Where: Seib Street, Kilcoy 

              Allora Bush Christmas and Carols

              • When: From 2pm 
              • Where: Herbert Street, Allora

              Twilight Santa Paws Fair

              • When: from 4pm 
              • Where: Bestbrook Mountain Farmstay, Tregony

              Cecil Plains Christmas Carnival

              • When: From 4pm 
              • Where: Cecil Plains Recreation Grounds

              Miles Christmas Carnival

              • When: From 4pm 
              • Where: Centenary Oval, Miles

              Sunday 3 December 2023

              Somerset Christmas Concert

              • When: From 2.30pm 
              • Where: Somerset Civic Centre, Esk
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              Friday 8 December 2023

                Christmas in Crows Nest

                • When: From 5pm
                • Where: Crows Nest Showgrounds

                Meandarra Community Christmas Party

                • When: From 6pm
                • Where: Dillon Park, Meandarra

                Wandoan Christmas Carnival

                • When: From 6pm
                • Where: Main Street, Wandoan

                Forest Hill Christmas Festivities

                • When: From 5.30pm
                • Where: Victoria St, Forest Hill

                Saturday 9 December 2023

                Toogoolawah Christmas Tree Carnival

                • When: From 4pm
                • Where: Cressbrook Street, Toogoolawah

                Chinchilla Christmas Celebration

                • When: From 4pm
                • Where: Chinchilla Botanic Parklands

                Cambooya Community Christmas Party

                • When: From 3pm
                • Where: Cambooya Recreation Grounds

                Lowood Christmas Carnival

                • When: From 5pm
                • Where: Lowood Showgrounds

                Sunday 10 December 2023

                Condamine Christmas Tree

                • When: From 4pm
                • Where: Condamine Sports Grounds

                Friday 15 December 2023

                  Lockyer Valley Christmas Carnival

                  • When: From 5.30pm
                  • Where: North St, Gatton

                  Saturday 16 December 2023

                  Inglewood Community Christmas Party

                  • When: From 5pm
                  • Where: MacIntyre Sports Complex, Inglewood

                  Tara Community Christmas Celebration

                  • When: From 5pm
                  • Where: Jack Chappell Oval

                  Sunday 24 December 2023

                    Goondiwindi Christmas Eve Celebrations

                    • When: From 6pm
                    • Where: Riddles Oval, Goondiwindi

                      Looking for Christmas gifts with a difference this year? Check out our festive shopping guide with the run-down on Christmas markets and the best local shopping in our region.

                      With the challenges of weather please always call ahead before you travel, to confirm the details of the event. A good place to get local information is the Visitor Information Centre at most regional towns. For a full list click here.

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                      Acknowledgement of Country

                      Southern Queensland Country Tourism acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the lands and waterways that run through these regions. We pay our respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past, present and emerging.