Christmas on the Western Downs

Next date: Friday, 08 December 2023 | 09:00 PM to Saturday, 23 December 2023 | 08:30 PM

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Christmas is right around the corner, and we are kicking off the festive cheer in the Western Downs!

The Western Downs is set to come alive with the festive spirit this holiday season, with a range of community and Council events and activities on offer for the whole family. Right across the region, there will be festive cheer, with community carols, street parties, Christmas tree light-ups, decorating competitions and much more!

See below a list of both Council-run and community-run events for you to enjoy:

Chinchilla & Surrounds

Chinchilla Carols by Candlelight

Thursday 23rd November 2023 7pm -8:30pm | Chinchilla Museum 

Chinchilla Big Band brings you Carols By Candlelight. Gates open from 6pm. Entry by Gold Coin donation. Free train rides, raffles, BBQ dinner and drinks avalaible for purchase. Prizes for the best Christmas outfit- Children & Adult.

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Christmas at Kogan

Saturday 25th November 2023 5pm - 8pm | Kogan Memorial Hall

The Salvos Outback Connection Presents - Christmas @ Kogan. Free Family BBQ. Christmas Carols by the Salvation Army Brass Band. Live Country music with Ked & Coreena

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Christmas at Cameby

Saturday 2nd December 2023 5pm | Cameby Hall 

Enjoy a BBQ dinner with the option to purchase soft drinks (cash only). Please contribute a dessert to share. Parents, don't forget to bring a wrapped and named gift (valued at $10) for Santa to present to your child.


Chinchilla Community Christmas Celebration

Saturday 9th December 2023 4pm - 9pm | Chinchilla Botanic Parkland 

The Chinchilla Community Christmas Celebration, organised by Western Downs Regional Council, Chinchilla Chamber of Commerce & Industry, and Lions Club of Chinchilla, will feature Mayoral Carols, Food and Market Stalls, Children's rides, and entertainment. The evening's highlight will be the enchanting Light Up of the Lions Club Christmas lights display.

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Dalby & Surrounds

Dalby Light Up Event

Friday 1st December 2023 5pm - 8:30pm | Mary's Place

Join us for an exciting family-friendly evening at Mary's Place on Friday, 1st December starting at 5pm. Enjoy a variety of kid's activities, live entertainment, a special visit from Santa, the Mayoral tree lighting, an outdoor movie screening of 'Elf', and a delicious selection of food and drinks available for purchase. Don't miss this unforgettable night!

Teddy Bear Afternoon Tea & Carols

Sunday 3rd December 2023 3:30pm - 6pm | Lake Broadwater Recreation Reserve

Head along to Lake Broadwater for a Teddy Bear Afternoon Tea and Carols to celebrate the start of the Christmas season, where you can bring your favorite Teddy and the family to enjoy an afternoon filled with live music, face painting, and the chance to find the Elves; plus, there will be a Coffee Van on site and a Giving Tree

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Dalby Community Carols

Saturday 9th December 2023 3pm - 8pm | Dalby Showgrounds 

Join us at the Dalby Community Carols event on Wilkes Street for a festive celebration featuring markets, crafts, carols, a Giving Tree, and exciting kids' activities.

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Miles & Surrounds

Miles Christmas Carnival

Saturday 2nd December 2023 4pm | Centenary Oval, Miles 

The Miles and District Chamber of Commerce, along with the Miles Senior Rugby League Club, is hosting a vibrant event featuring a market stall, a giant stocking draw, ham wheel draws, a bar & bbq, children's activities, face painting, laser skirmish, an emergency services display, and musical entertainment. Santa is scheduled to make a special appearance at 6:30 pm for photos and treats.

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Wandoan Christmas Carnival

Friday 8th December 2023 6pm | Wandoan Main Street

Wandoan Community Commerce and Industry is hosting a Christmas Street Party!

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Condamine Christmas Tree

Sunday 10th December 2023 4pm - 9pm | Condamine Sports Ground 

Enjoy festive fun at the Condamine Christmas Tree event with activities like a screening of 'Elliot the Littlest Reindeer' and delightful face painting for all to enjoy.

Tara & Surrounds

Tara Community Christmas Tree

Calling all businesses, community groups and individuals who would like to donate shopping vouchers to the Tara Community Christmas Tree. All vouchers will be distributed by the Tara Neighbourhood Centre to those in need before Christmas.Please drop off vouchers to the Tara Neighbourhood Centre by 1 December 2023. Contact the Tara Neighbourhood Centre for more information or if you are interested in being involved 4665 3508.

Date Claimer - Tara Bowls Club Cent Auction

Saturday 2nd December 2023 5pm | Tara Bowls Club

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Meandarra Community Christmas Party

Friday 8th December 2023 6pm | Dillon Park, Meandarra 

Come along and Celebrate Christmas in Meandarra. There will be plenty on offer with Ham Raffles, Jumping Castle, Face Painting, Outdoor Movie, Dinner and Bar. Santa is Coming! So that Santa doesn't miss any child attending please RSVP to Stacey 0429 332 119 by 30 November.

Tara Community Christmas Celebration

Saturday 16th December 2023 5pm - 9pm | Jack Chappell Oval, Tara 

Residents are invited to come along to Jack Chappell Oval from 5pm to Celebrate Christmas and enjoy all of the free entertainment on offer! Free Kids Entertainment and Laser Skirmish, Live Reindeer, Facepainting and more! Plus a visit from Santa. Market Stalls and food and drinks available for purchase.

Western Downs Libraries

For Kids

  • Christmas Craft Table - Wandoan Library - 11 - 22 December - Opening Hours
  • Christmas Storytime - Dalby Library - 12 December - 9.30am
  • Christmas Shrinkies - Dalby Library - 13 December - Opening Hours
  • Snow Globe with Polymer Clay - Chinchilla Library - 13 December - 10am
  • Christmas Gnomes - Miles Library - 14 December - 10-11am
  • Christmas Craft - Chinchilla Library - 14 December - 10-11am
  • Clay Christmas Ornaments - Dalby Library - 15 December - 3.30-4.30pm
  • Make your own Christmas Decorations - Meandarra Library - 19 December - Opening Hours
  • Christmas Storytime - Chinchilla Library - 19 December - 10am
  • Christmas Baubles - Tara Library - 20 December - 3-5pm

For Adults

  • Clay Christmas Earrings and Ornaments - Chinchilla Library - 4 December - 10am
  • Christmas Earrings - Moonie Library - 5 December - 10am (Teens & Adults)
  • Christmas Macrame Angels - Dalby Library - 11 December - 2-3pm (Teens & Adults)
  • Paint a Christmas Glass - Tara Library - 13 December - 3-5pm

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Christmas Where the Gumtrees Grow

Residents who live rurally are encouraged to decorate their property entrance with festive flair to go into the running to win great prizes. Whether it is a garnished gate, embellished equipment or bedazzled mailbox, join in on the festivities, jingle all the highway and help us celebrate Christmas where the gumtrees grow.

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Have a Christmas event on the Western Downs that needs some promotion? Contact our Community Activation Team for more information.

For more info contact council on 1300 COUNCIL


  • Thursday, 23 November 2023 | 06:00 PM - Saturday, 23 December 2023 | 08:30 PM