Christmas in Cooroy is unique in so many ways but not least of all is that it is all free! It’s not just free entry but free rides, free face painting, free entertainment and so much to do and see!
The crowds that attend year after year attest, they are absolutely wrapped that there is so much on offer and such a fantastic community spirit to the entire event.
The festive fun kicks off on Friday 30 November from 6.45pm with the lighting of the magnificent Studio Steel Christmas tree with snow flurries to delight the crowds. This event also includes a performance by the Four Corners Quartet and the launch of the Cooroy Family Practice sponsored Shop Window Trail with nearly 30 businesses decorating their windows with Christmas displays that are a delight to behold. The whole of town also looks great thanks to volunteers who put up the street decorations.
The fun continues on Saturday 1 December from 4pm when the Christmas in Cooroy festival kicks off. A big crowd favourite is the Bendigo Bank Street Parade with 30 floats and community groups weaving up Maple Street decorated and looking absolutely fabulous. This year participants will decorate their floats in the theme of ‘Past, Present & Future’. There are sure to be some fabulous costumes, some splendid decorations and lots of giveaways.
A new addition this year is the Bentley’s Great Santa Stroll which will see Santa-suit clad strollers join the Bendigo Bank Street Parade to raise funds for the Leukaemia Foundation. The first 50 registrants are provided with a suit to stroll in all ages are eligible to participate.
For kids that would like some old fashioned fun, there is the Cooroy Fish and Chips Santa Sack Races and every child gets a prize.
There’s the East versus West Tug-of-War competition with The Shed @ Cooroy putting up an East Side team against Cooroy Computers West Side team. The East Side Tuggers have a strong list of wins under their belt but who will win this year?!
And as if that wasn’t enough, Santa Claus himself drops in to visit the children of Cooroy and give them all a sweet treat sponsored by Gelignite Jacks.
There are free rides including the Giant Slide, Cup and Saucer and Jumping Castle sponsored by Cooroy Rag; Mini 4wds and Animal Farm sponsored by Madill Holden & John Madill Toyota; a foam party pit sponsored by Cooroy Legal Centre; free face painting sponsored by SPV Accounting, and free popcorn sponsored by the Leather Doctor.
There is also entertainment throughout the evening on the Cooroy Supa IGA stage in Apex Park with Pineapple Crush and Smokin Mirrors and in the evening the Cooroy RSL Fireworks display will light up the sky, giving a truly magical display.
The only thing you pay for is if you want to buy something from a food or market stall, partake in a Christmas tipple at the bar sponsored by Cooroy Hotel, or buy a ticket in the fundraising raffle sponsored by Mower & ATV Solutions where you could win a $5000 Toro mower!
There is something for everyone at Christmas in Cooroy plus it has a fantastic community vibe and the whole town comes out to celebrate the start of the festive season so make sure you don’t miss out! Grab your family and friends and head over to Apex Park from 4pm on Saturday 2 December to enjoy what Cooroy has to offer.
Christmas in Cooroy is hosted by Cooroy Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club of Cooroy and would not be possible without the overwhelming support of volunteers and sponsors: Noosa Council, Cooroy Community Bank Branch of Bendigo Bank, Studio Steel, Cooroy Rag, Mower & ATV Solutions, Toro, Cooroy SUPA IGA, Cooroy RSL, Cooroy Hotel, Noosa Care, John Madill Toyota, Madill Holden, Cooroy Family Practice, Wythes, Cooroy Fish & Chips, Cooroy Legal Centre, The Leather Doctor, Hinternoosa, Live Life Pharmacy, Sunshine Mitre 10, Gelignite Jacks, SPV Accounting, The Shed Cooroy, Cooroy Computers, Cooroy Pest Control, Bentleys Sunshine Coast, Palm Lake Resort, Firefly Solutions, Bold as Love Jewellery, SPM Law, Zinc 96.1FM, Fiona Winter Realty, Cravin’ Pizza, Blue Brown Bag, Sunny Pool & Spa, Copperhead Brewery, Chris’s Photography Services, Chas Clarkson, Aaction Traffic, Thirlestane Farm, Total Sawmilling & Timber Pty Ltd and Cooroy Landscape Supplies.