Sleigh rides through a winter wonderland, chestnuts roasting on an open fire and Santa sloshing through the snow are typical scenes in the northern hemisphere. In the Northern Hemisphere, London’s pantomimes are as much a part of British Christmas traditions as plum pudding and Father Christmas. Europe’s cobblestone towns have its Christmas markets, where the aroma of roasted almonds, chestnuts, gingerbread, smoked sausages and gluhwein wafts through the wintry air.
Christmas boat parade
In Australia, we look forward to poolside barbecues and seafood feasts.
The Sunshine Coast has its boat parade, where the residents deck the hulls of their boats and canal-side homes to celebrate the holiday season.
The flotilla of yachts, power boats, outriggers, party boats and catamarans are dressed up for Christmas, with animated Christmas scenes and costumed carollers.
The annual flotilla of yachts, power boats, outriggers, party boats and catamarans boats are decked out with Christmas lights. And the flotilla of vessels lights up the waterways with a dazzling show of lights.
It has been going since 2002 and is a fun way for residents to celebrate Christmas in nautical style.
Revellers dress in Christmas colours and clink glasses. Some people get right into the Christmas spirit by dressing up as Santa and elves.
The boats work their way through the harbour, to The Spit and back through the main canal.
There are public viewing areas, such as at La Balsa Park, Helen Penny garden near the Mooloolaba wharf, Charles Clarke Park and Outrigger Park. People partying in the waterfront homes on the main canal have ringside seats.
The parade has grown to include events such as prizes for the best-decorated canal-front home and colouring-in competitions for the kids.
You can spot the winners of the 2013 Best Dressed Boat Competition in our video here:
The winners were Free Times (first prize), Promise (second prize) and Summer Daze (third prize)
The winner of the Best Dressed Building was 22 Jessica Blvd, Minyama.
For those of us who live in Australia, you know the silly season has arrived when you start filling your social calendar with poolside barbecues and seafood feasts. But next year, don’t forget to attend the Mooloolaba Christmas Boat Parade.
Mooloolaba’s Christmas Boat Parade was organised by Mooloolaba Yacht Club and supported by Sunshine Coast Council, The Wharf Tavern, The Wharf Mooloolaba, Hot 91, GT Print, EMS Design, Sunshine Coast Daily, Waterfront Agents, Mooloolaba B&T, Sunny Coast Kids Whale One, Newport Apartment, Kawana Shoppingworld, Fudgees, Mr Toys Toyworld, North Coast Signs, Mike Kenyon Photography, Accolades Framing & Awards.
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