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5 tips to a merrier Christmas

Jess Roberts | December 2018

The festive season has begun on the Gold Coast and the city is getting into all things cheery! For a merrier Christmas, check out these 5 tips…

1. Christmas decorations and where to find them

It’s time to deck the halls! The Gold Coast is getting a major revamp of its festive decorations this year which are rolling out across the city. We will have decorations at our libraries, parks and beaches with some special illuminated Christmas trees at Labrador, Mudgeeraba, Broadbeach, Surfers Paradise, Broadwater Parklands and Palm Beach.

Take a trip around the city for a spot of Christmas cheer. Don’t forget to check out our personal favourites – the new tree at HOTA and this year’s Gold Coast Christmas Lights Competition entrants.

2. Head to the beach for some festive vibes

For beachgoers across the coast, check out the beach inspired Christmas garlands on our Lifeguard towers. They are already making waves in the Insta world.

Safety is everyone’s responsibility, so we want to remind everyone to swim between the red and yellow flags and listen to the lifeguards.

3. Enjoy the Mistletoe magic in Surfers Paradise

If you’re looking for an Insta spot, head to Surfers Paradise, where you can snap your very own Mistletoe moment under the iconic Surfers Paradise sign.

This selfie hotspot has flourished into a place of love and laughter for the Christmas season. Decorated with mistletoe and ‘Kiss Me’ sign, locals and visitors are encouraged to share a Christmas kiss.

An estimated 500,000 visitors will be heading to the Gold Coast over the Christmas and New Year break. Whose kiss is going to get the most attention? Follow #wearegoldcoast to join the mistletoe magic.

4. The myth busting around Christmas recycling

  • Most toy and tech plastic packaging can be recycled, just pop it in your yellow bin.
  • Paper gift wrapping can be recycled! Just remove the sticky tape and gift tags.
  • Go green at your next barbecue with family and friends and make a temporary recycling bin for your cans and bottles.
  • In case you didn’t know, Christmas cards and cardboard packaging can also be recycled.
  • Things you can’t recycle:  sticky tape, plastic wrapping paper, bubble wrap, dirty paper plates and serviettes.

5. Keeping pets safe from loud noises

Pets are renowned for being frightened by loud noises such as fireworks and thunder, so with festive season and storm season coinciding, it’s twice as important to ensure your pets are looked after this time of year. If you know there are storms approaching or an event is having fireworks, it is always a good idea to ensure that your pets are somewhere safe.

Try putting them in a closed room, such as the laundry, a spare room or a dog crate. Anywhere that keeps them safely contained is great. Visit the City of Gold Coast website for more information on pet education and how to make a pet emergency plan.

If your pet does escape during a storm or during fireworks, the best place to look for it afterwards is the City’s Pound at Shelter Road, Coombabah. Make sure your pet can be easily identified (name tag and details), and is registered and microchipped so it’s easier to make contact with you. For more information contact Council on 5667 5990.

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