Thursday, December 21, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Event Guide

Friday 22 December

Friday 5K Run


Join Emmie-Lee Fitness, Rise & Mind Mackay and Mackay Surf Lifesaving Clubbies on a social fun run, jog or walk along the Breakwater and Marina paths.

Meeting beach side of the Surf Club ready to go every Friday arvo @5:30pm.

Mackay Surf Lifesaving Club

The EMO Night Before Xmas

9pm – 3am

Emo / Pop-Punk and Metal playing all night.

Arcadia Bar

Saturday 23 December

Habana Carols Under the Stars


One of the best outdoor carols in all of Mackay. Bring your chair, blanket, snacks, mozzie repellent, singing voices and friends to have some fun and get into the festive mood.

Santa is sure to make an appearance.

This is a FREE FAMILY EVENT (wheelchair accessible) organised by the Habana & Districts Progress Association. Supported by Mackay Regional Council’s Christmas Grants. Please note, this is a 100% free night, there are no food or market stall vendors onsite.

1091 Mackay Habana Road

Live Music


Enjoy live music by local artists in the Garden Bar!

Tonight’s artist is VIVA.

Harrup Park

Xmas Dance Fit Class

Every Saturday from 10am

Inviting everyone as Mad Fitness Mackay hosts a special Christmas DanceFit class which will also be our last class for the year! 8am start!

Wear something Christmas-y and Sheena says she promises there won’t be any Mariah Carey Christmas songs.

For info call Erin at +61 419 357 120

Slade Point Community Hall, Wren St

Disc Golf Xmas Social Round


Fun Social Day - 18 Holes

9 Basket Holes

9 Target Holes

2x Lucky Door Prizes will be drawn on the day.

New players welcome - Discs available for hire on the day.

John Breen Park

CHRISTMAS EVE Sunday 24 December

Sarina’s Emergency Services Lolly Drop


We are kicking off the parade at 5.30pm on Christmas Eve!

Listen out for the sirens and music!

As much as we would love to go down every single street, it is not possible for us with all the vehicles. Please visit Sarina Fire Station on Facebook for the route maps.


Christmas Eve Family Fun Day


Come on down to The Seabreeze for the ultimate Christmas Eve Party. Live music by The Feels.

Seabreeze Hotel

CHRISTMAS DAY Monday 25 December

The Last Quarter

Annual No One Eats Alone Christmas Lunch

11am – 1pm

Christmas Day join us for a free lunch with all the trimmings ham, prawns, rolls, salad and dessert and some of your favourite Indian delicacies will be on the menu. We will have a small gift for all who attend!

This year we encourage anyone who would like to donate to either purchase a gift voucher from Cole’s or Woolies so we can make sure those who are struggling can have more than just one meal during the holiday season.

Roshni Indian Restaurant

Thursday 28 December

Free Pop Up Barre Class

9:30am and 4:30pm

Ashley is almost finished her Barre Teacher Training!

As Ash has not quite completed her training she is offering some free classes.

Dec 28 - 9:30-10:10am

Dec 28 - 4:30-5:10pm

Space is limited please do book online through the app.

Tranquil Yoga Mackay, Boddington Street

CASA Christmas Cheer BBQ


Come down for a snag and a yarn

CASA, 54 Gregory Street

Friday 29 December

Birdlife Monthly Survey


Join Birdlife Mackay with their monthly bird count in the Botanic Gardens. If you are a keen bird watcher or just love birds and keen to find out more, we would love your help!

Meet at the Viewing Deck next to the Café, off Lagoon Street. Bring a hat, water bottle, camera and binoculars (if you have them).

Bird counts are held on the last Friday of each month.

For more information head to:

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens

Saturday 30 December

Live Music


Enjoy live music by local artists in the Garden Bar!

Tonight’s artist is Significant Other.

Harrup Park

NEW YEAR’S EVE Sunday 31 December

NYE at Harrup Park


Come and celebrate the New Year with us at Harrup Park in the Garden Bar!

Our theme this year is Glitz and Glam!

FREE EVENT! Enjoy live music by Mango Junction from 8pm-12am.  Capture memorable moments with our photobooth and enjoy food from our in-house smoker. A Guaranteed $3,000 in cash to be given away.

Harrup Park

NYE River Party

6pm – 9pm

Say goodbye to 2023 and kick off the new year with a bang on Sunday, 31 December!

The ever-popular NYE River Party brought to you by the Mackay Regional Council is back from 6pm - 9pm.

There will be non-stop entertainment for the whole family featuring amusement rides, face painting, food vendors, local musicians, as well as two exciting kids performances from special guests!

The NYE River Party will be topped off with the 9pm Muscle Garden fireworks display! Don't forget to head back to Bluewater Quay and River Wharves for the midnight fireworks as we celebrate the start of 2024!

Bluewater Quay and River Wharves

NYE Beach Party

8pm – 5am

Enter the new year with a bang at McGuires Hotel as we host the biggest outdoor NYE party in town.

We're hosting a 'Beach Party' with first 200 people getting lei'd on arrival + a $300 Twerk Comp so bring your cheering squad.

Entry $20 before 10pm

McGuires Hotel

NYE River Party

Habana Carols Under the Stars

Pop Up Barre Class

Birdlife Monthly Survey

Dance Fit Class

Sarina Emergency Services Lolly Drop

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