The ultimate guide to holiday fun
1. CHRISTMAS TWILIGHT MARKET
When: Friday December 11, 4-8pm.
Where: Pier Park UP-Market at Urangan Pier.
What: Browse over 100 sites of genuine quality products, sit back and enjoy freshly cooked food while listening to professional musicians.
2. PORTSIDE BY NIGHT
When: Friday, December 11, 5.30pm.
Where: Departs from Customs House Interpretive Centre, Maryborough.
What: Your guide will take you through the early days of the Heritage City; spinning tall tales of sailors, smugglers, brothels and opium dens from years gone by when Maryborough was one of the busiest ports in Australia.
Cost: $10 adult, children 6-17 years $5.
3. ROCK OFF CHRISTMAS PARTY
When: Friday December 11, 6pm.
Where: Rock Off Indoor Skate Park, Pialba.
What: BMX, scoot or skate your way to a very Merry Christmas with Rock Off.
4. GET INTO BOOKS
When: December 7-January 6
Where: Online at summerreadingclub.org.au
What: Join in the Summer Reading Club. Read 10 books or complete 10 hours of reading to qualify for the major prize draw including a mini iPad and gift cards.
5. BEYOND: SPARKS DANCE CENTRE
When: Saturday, December 12, 1pm matinee, 6.30pm evening performance.
Where: Hervey Bay High School Great Hall, Pialba.
What: Watch the Sparks Dance Centre dancers push beyond their limits.
Cost: Adults, $18, children, students, pensioners $15, family (2A+2C), $50.
6. HERVEY BAY RSL CHRISTMAS CAROLS
When: Saturday December 12, from 5.30pm.
Where: Pialba Seafront Oval.
What: Come and spend the evening in song with familiar and contemporary Christmas music and carols. Food stalls available, or bring a picnic and share with friends. Bring your own rug or chairs.
7. ULYSSES TOY RUN
When: December 13, breakfast at 7am, departure at 9.30am.
Where: Meeting at the Brolga Theatre. The parade will leave the Brolga Theatre at 9.30am and head to the Bay Central Tavern via the Esplanade at about 10am.
What: Motorbikes, classic cars and hotrods travelling from Maryborough to Hervey Bay to raise funds for the Hervey Bay Hospital Neonatal Special Care Nursery.
Cost: Gold coin donation.
8. BURRUM HEADS CANDLELIGHT CAROLS
When: Tuesday December 15, 7pm.
Where: Burrum Heads Community Church grounds, Burrum Heads Rd and Howard St.
What: Get into the Christmas spirit with lovely community carols in Burrum Heads. Bring along a chair or blanket and listen to the Mainly Music pre-school children sing, as well as the Village Voices Choir.
9. CRAFT WORKSHOPS
When: December 15 and 17, 10am-2pm (Umbrella & Card), December 15 and 17, 10am-2pm (World Map & Wishing Tree), January 18, 1pm-4pm (printmaking).
Where: Gatakers Artspace, 311 Kent St Maryborough
What: Express your inner Zen at Gatakers Artspace with a variety of workshops at Gatakers Artspace,
Cost: Prices varied; contact Gatakers on 4190 5723.
10. CHRISTMAS GIFTS
When: December 16, 10am-11am
Where: Tiaro and Maryborough Libraries
What: Create special Christmas gifts for someone special this year.
Cost: $2.70 per child, booking essential in person at appropriate library.
11. UKULELE JAM SESSION
When: At 10am on December 17, 24 and January 7, 14, 21 and 28.
Where: Scarness Park.
What: Jive along to the sound of tropical ukulele. The ukulele group will keep you entertained with perfectly chorded songs.
12. FESTIVE MARKETS
When: Thursday December 17, from 5pm.
Where: Wharf St, Maryborough.
What: Enjoy markets and live entertainment just before Christmas. Bring a rug or chair to chill out on the Town Hall green. One lucky person will receive a prize of about $200, given by the Maryborough Chamber of Commerce.
13. GET CRAFTY
When: December 17 and January 14,10am-2pm, December 1 - 24 all day for Christmas tree decorating.
Where: 166 Old Maryborough Rd, Pialba
What: Get creative with fun workshops at the Hervey Bay Regional Gallery with a dream catcher workshop on December 17 and a decorative pot workshop on January 14, limited spaces for each.
Cost: $15 per person. Tree decorating is free.
14. MOVIE NIGHT
When: Friday December 18
Where: 166 Old Maryborough Rd, Pialba
What: Animals from the Wildlife Sanctuary will add to fun of the ultimate backyard adventure movie Honey I Shrunk the Kids to be shown as part of a special movie night at the Fraser Coast Discovery Sphere.
Cost: $5.50 per child, $6.50 per adult and free entry for adult with paying child.
15. CHRISTMAS CONCERT
When: Sunday, December 20.
Where: Scarness Park.
What: Listen to music from 10am onwards. Santa arrives at about 11am and then again at 1pm. Wander through stalls and enjoy live entertainment and a sausage sizzle. Free rides, face painting, circus skills, and more.
16. NYE FUN FAIR
When: December 31 from 5pm - 2am.
Where: Newtown Oval, Adriane St, Maryborough.
What: The Maryborough District Cricket Association is hosting a NYE Family Fun Fair. Seafood and meat buffet dinner and fireworks at 9pm.
Cost: Call 4123 1720 to book.
17. BACKYARD ADVENTURE
When: Open 7 days from 10am-4pm daily.
Where: Maryborough City Hall, Kent St
What: You'll never look at your backyard the same again after experiencing Backyard Adventure's amazing interactive exhibits.
Cost: Adults $12, children 3-16yrs $10, concession/senior $10 Family (2 adults and up to 2 children) $34.
18. HOP INTO HISTORY
When: Monday to Friday: 9.30am to 3.30pm, Saturday & Sunday: 9.30am to 12.30pm (closed Christmas day)
Where: Portside museum, Wharf St, Maryborough
What: Try a time machine and jump back into history exploring the wonders of the past including a sound and light show as part of brand new exhibits at the Customs House and Bond Store Museum in Maryborough. Discover what it was like to be a child on an immigration ship in the 1800s.
Cost: $2 per child, $5.50 per adult, $12 family pass includes entry into three museums.
19. INSIDE A STORY
When: Open up until January 31 from 9.30am-3.30pm
Where: Wharf St, Maryborough
What: Imagine finding yourself in the middle of a story, inside a magical book filled with charming creatures, paintings, furniture and letters.
Cost: Gold coin donation
20. WORLD OF WONDER
When: Open 7 days from 10am to 4pm
Where: 166 Old Maryborough Road, Pialba
What: Eyeball a living fossil, explore the wonderful world of whales and join in fish feeding during the school holidays at the Fraser Coast Discovery Sphere. Have fun with wildlife and interesting creatures while learning some fun nature facts and getting creative with craft sessions.
Cost: $5.50 adults, $5 concession, $4.50 child, $18 for a family and children under 4 are free.
21. WIND UP WET!
When: Open 7 days 10 am - 5pm
Where: Main St & the Esplanade, Hervey Bay QLD 4655
What: When it's hot, there is no better place to cool off than at Wetside Water Education Park. Look out for the giant inflatables at the Hervey Bay and Maryborough Aquatic Centres.
Cost: Free entry, $6 ticket for a 4 minute session on the FlipSide Board Rider wave machine, where park-goers can surf a static wave.
22. STEAM TRAIN RIDES
When: Every Thursday and last Sunday of the month.
Where: Queens Park, Maryborough.
What: Ride a working replica of Queensland's first steam engine, or take a seat on a miniature steam train for a guaranteed fun. Miniature trains run as part of Maryborough's Sunday in the Park, every last Sunday of the month.
Cost: $5 per person.
23. HORSE RIDES
When: Every day, twice a day at 9.30am and 2pm.
Where: Hervey Bay Rd, Susan River
What: Horse Rides at Susan River Homestead Ranch Resort, from novice to experienced riders exciting and relaxing enjoyment assured. Classic Australian bush trails to the river and tranquil surroundings
Cost: Phone 4121 6846 for prices.
24. HISTORICAL VILLAGE
When: Open Friday and Saturday 1pm to 4.30pm and Sunday 10.30am until 4.30pm.
Where: Zephyr St, Scarness
What: Multi-award winning tourist attraction with 19 buildings and 8000 exhibits. Interactive demonstrations on Sundays, 1pm to 3pm
Cost: $10 adult, children $3, groups welcome.
25. REEF WORLD
When: Open 7 days 9.30am to 4pm.
Where: On the beach Dayman Park, Cnr Kent & Pulgul St, Urangan, Hervey Bay
What: Reefworld Aquarium is an all-natural aquarium, using only sand filtered sea water and natural sunlight.
Cost: $18 Adults, $9 Children, Group discounts for 10 people or more.
26. DOLL & TOY MUSEUM
When: By appointment only
Where: 123 Walker St, Maryborough.
What: Take a step back in time and see beautiful antique dolls and old toys including a rare Holden Pedal Car made in 1944.
Cost: Call 4121 2051 for a quote.
27. GO-KART & WATER SLIDE
When: Go-Karts: 7 days 9.30am - 5pm. Slide: 7 days, 10am - 4pm
Where: Corner Scrub Hill Rd & Maryborough Hervey Bay Rd, Nikenbah
What: Race your mates. Tandem carts and great family fun, self drive from 8 years to 80.
Cost: Contact 4128 1180 for prices.
28. MODEL RAILWAYS
When: By appointment only
Where: Cnr Hastings & Old Maryborough Rd, Pialba.
What: M & K Model Railways - A full working miniature village.
Cost: Phone 4124 1979 for a quote and booking.
29. MARYBOROUGH MARKETS
When: Every Thursday.
Where: Corner of Lennox and Kent Sts, Maryborough.
What: Maryborough's city centre undergoes an amazing transformation into a colourful outdoor heritage bazaar.
30. ARKARRA LAGOONS
When: Open all day
Where: Panorama Dr, Dundowran
What: Walk along the tracks at the Lagoons, see the ducks, fish and turtles and appreciate flora and fauna.