Christmas Lunch in Townsville
Surprisingly there are many different locations to dine on Christmas day in the Townsville region, so you’ll surely have somewhere to eat if you are visiting from out town, or if you are from the local area and you are simply seeking a convenient option away from home.
Check out the signs in the windows of local restaurants that advertise for a special Christmas lunch and or dinner. You will also find that some of the clubs and hotels have the same offerings, including Rydges Southbank and Jupiter Townsville.
Eating out at a club, hotel or restaurant will take the pressure off having to cook a feast at home, and it is certainly a great option if you are spending Christmas alone, as a couple or a small group.
The dining areas are well-decorated with tinsel, Christmas trees and fairy lights. The tables are layed out with bon-bons and there is often a smorgasbord or buffet that is filled with traditional and modern celebratory foods. Eating out in Townsville on Christmas Day is especially good if you want to join in the Christmas cheer, music and laughter, but don’t have many people in the local area to join you. Go out to a restaurant and you will be surrounded with positive and smiling faces!
Christmas Lights in Townsville
Over the Christmas period, usually starting from early December, local Townsville families decorate their houses and front lawns in the spirit of Christmas. Many light up with fairy lights that adorn the roofs, walls and windows of the residences, and there are even more elaborate decorations such as blow-up Christmas characters and outdoor Christmas trees in the front yards of the homes.
The best place to find out the locations of the Christmas lights is in the local newspaper, which is the Townsville Bulletin. Precise street addresses and or a map are published, and this is a great way to stay updated on the happenings as the houses will change from year to year.
Take a drive with your entire family around the Townsville residential areas and you will certainly find houses that are lit up with seasonal enthusiasm. Popular suburbs include Kirwan and Anandale.
The Mayor’s Christmas Tree Appeal
During the Christmas season local Townsville residents gather together to support local individuals and families in need. The Mayor’s Christmas Tree Appeal is an important community event that supports those that need it most, during a time that is supposed to be about love, family, kindness and giving.
Monetary donations can be provided towards the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Appeal throughout the entire year, however foods and gifts are collected through an appeal drive in the later months, just before Christmas.
Local Townsville charities also gather together to create hampers which are distributed to families and individuals in need who are residing in the local area. This appeal is a combined event that attracts a lot of support and attention from the wider community in the Townsville region. It is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who wants to get involved in supporting others during the Christmas season, including community groups, schools, individuals and families. If you have children, this is something that they can be involved in, as it will teach them the act of giving and sharing, especially during the season of Christmas.
Stable on the Strand
Stable on the Strand is Townsville’s outdoor Christmas festival. It is held every year and is presented by the Combined Churches of Townsville. The purpose is to remind the local community of the religious meaning behind Christmas, and deliver Christmas stories that are true and relevant to the birth of Jesus.
Strand Park is an ocean-front area of Townsville, and over the Christmas season it is transformed into an interactive stage, to create the town of Bethlehem. Recreations of historical scenes occur and you can wander past people dressed up from the time, including Roman soldiers, Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus himself.
There are lots of activities for the entire family, including young children who will find delight in everything they see. There is even livestock that they can view, pat and play with, camels, wool weaving and pottery.
The area of Strand Park is set up with multiple stages that present singing, dancing and performance. In the effort of educating the community about Christianity, Christmas and the birth of Jesus, The Stable on the Strand festival presents a delightful experience that will stay in your memory into the New Year ahead. It is well worth a visit and you might even find yourself going back another day for more.