Thursday, December 14, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Event Guide

Friday 15 December

Mackay Show Association Christmas Mega Markets

Friday Evening 5pm – 8pm

Market & food stalls, special appearance by Santa, ham raffles. |

$2 per person

Mackay Showgrounds

Friday Night Live Music

Every Friday from 5pm

Join us on Friday’s from 5pm for live music from our local favourites, good food and great company. | Free entry.

Boomerang Hotel

Christmas Holiday Kids Crafts

Friday 15 December | 10am – 2pm

Join Santa’s Elves and make your very own Christmas holiday craft at Caneland

Central. No bookings required. | Free entry.

Santa’s workshop (outside Target) | Caneland Central

Saturday 16 December

Mackay Showground Markets

Every Saturday from 6am – 10am

Local Produce, Natural products, Seafood, Plants and much more.

Weekly event, held every Saturday. | Free entry.

Mackay Showgrounds

2023 Christmas Markets

This Saturday from 8am – 4pm

Mackay Basketball will be hosting its first-ever Christmas markets this December!

Free entry.

McDonalds Mackay Stadium

Falun Gong Classes

Every Saturday from 10am

Falun Gong offers you relaxation, meditation, inner peace and health through movement.

You’re invited to come along and experience a session in the beautiful surroundings of the Botanic Gardens.

Live Music Saturdays

Every Saturday from 2pm – 5pm

Enjoy good tunes and great vibes every Saturday from 2pm. | Free entry.

The Kooyong Hotel

Sunday 17 December

Sunday Bingo

Every Sunday from 7pm

Come along and you could win! | Free entry.

South Leagues Club

Monday 18 December

Trivia Night

From 6:30pm – 9pm - Every Monday

Souths Monday Night Trivia just got a whole lot more serious!

Do you have what it takes to take home the jackpot?

Round up your friends and get your geek on!

Sports Bar, Souths Leagues Club

Mackay Get It Together – Better Together Housing

10 am – 11.30 am

Better Together Housing is for women over 55 who are considering their housing options for now or in the future and would like to explore more about shared housing.

Greater Whitsunday Communities | 63 Sydney Street, Mackay

Yoga For Youth

From 4.45 pm – Every Monday

Yoga Class exclusively for teens. This class is suitable for beginners through to advanced yoga students and is safe and supportive space for teens to explore the many benefits of yoga, to connect with other teens and more importantly, yourself. BYO yoga mat and water bottle.

Mackay Northern Beaches SHS | $10 Per Student

Trivia Night

From 7pm – 9pm - Every Monday

There’s no excuse not to stretch the grey matter as it’s free to play so come along with your mates or we can put you in a team, each team can have 2-7 players.

Registrations from 6.30pm, starts 7pm.

Book your table to avoid disappointment, call (07) 4965 6100.

Centro Restaurant, Magpies Sporting Club

Trivia Night

From 7pm – 9pm - Every Monday

Don’t miss this December’s Christmas Comedy Gala, featuring Queensland’s top comedians for an 18+ night of laughter.  Join with your colleagues, friends, or anyone for a grown-up twist on the 12 Days of Christmas.

Headliner Shayne Hunter, known for his smart and hilarious comedy, leads the lineup. Host Anna Brennan and her Drag King alter ego, Bruce Hwy, bring raw and anecdotal storytelling to the stage. Kody Maverick and Max Leishman add fresh, friendly humour to the mix. Expect an unforgettable night of laughter. | Tickets available at

The Metropolitan Hotel

Tuesday 19 December

Christmas Card Creation Drop-In Session

10 am - 11 am

Join us to create Christmas cards inspired by nature! This is a free drop in, family

Friendly activity, held in the Botanic Gardens Meeting Room. Suitable for kids of all ages. | Free entry

Mackay Botanic Gardens Meeting Room

Wednesday 20 December

Teen Shed Mackay Teen Circle

Every Wednesday, 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Teen Circle is a place for all teens in the community to come together. It's a safe space for them to connect, heal and learn from each other. This gathering will be held every Wednesday, all teenagers are welcome to attend. It is a free event, but attendees are asked to register for numbers.

Kutta Mulla Gorinna Special Assistance School

Mackay Farmers’ Market

Every Wednesday, 6:30 am to 10:30 am

Shop fresh, shop local. The Farmers’ market is a showcase of our region’s amazing produce. Enjoy a morning beside the Pioneer River and buy direct from the farmer.

Bluewater Quay

Sugar City Rock and Roll Mackay Club Wednesday Night Lessons

Every Wednesday, 7:00 pm

Why not come along and learn to rock ‘n’ roll in a friendly and fun atmosphere with the Sugar City Rock ‘n’ Rollers Mackay Club? Previous experience is not required. $8 for members and $10 for non-members after that. For further enquiries call 0408 983 911.

58 Macalister St, Mackay

Christmas Decoration Creation Drop-In Session

10 am – 12 noon

Create a Christmas decoration or two inspired by nature. All materials provided. Free family-friendly activity. | Free entry.

Mackay Botanic Gardens Meeting Room

Thursday 21 December

Mackay Riverside Market

Every Thursday, 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Come and meet your local growers, bakers and makers, chill on the lawn listening to some beautiful tunes and grab some delicious dinner and dessert.

Bluewater Quay

Rusty Kettle Crew Christmas Raffles

6.00 pm

1/2 ham, $100 seafood voucher, loaded meat trays by Goodes Butchers Sarina.

Koumala Hotel

Mackay Christmas Mega Markets

Mackay Showground Market

Christmas Card Creation Drop-In Session

Christmas Holiday Kids Crafts

Christmas Decoration Creation Drop-In Session

Mackay Farmers’ Market

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