Fireworks and Festivities 2018


A local's guide to Christmas and New Year's Eve 

Gather round friends, ‘cause the silly season has arrived and we’ve got your go-to guide for all things Christmas and New Year’s Eve along the Tropic of Capricorn!

Christmas Events

Get the lowdown on all the details below to sing and shop ’til your heart’s content.



Carols By the Beach Yeppoon
Come celebrate Christmas and enjoy an evening of live entertainment, market stalls and family fun.
Friday 14th December 5pm -9pm  Yeppoon Town Hall!

Keppel Bay Marina

Join in the free family fun at the Keppel Bay Marina and enjoy Carols by Candlelight on the Lawn.
Limited seating available, BYO chair or picnic blanket. There’s a sausage sizzle with proceeds going to the Keppel Rural Fire.
Friday 21st December 5pm-7pm
Rosslyn Bay, Waterline Way.



Carols By Candlelight – Robert Schwarten Pavilion at the Rockhampton Showgrounds
Gates open from 5pm with markets, food stalls, live entertainment and fireworks. Entry is by donation.
Saturday 15th December- outdoor event. Concert begins at 7pm
Rockhampton Music Bowl, Yaamba Road, Parkhurst

Last Minute Shopping

Got all caught up in the carols and forgot about those hefty Christmas lists?! Don’t fret if you’ve left your festive shopping til’ the last minute, there’s still time to stop by one of the local markets.

Bell Park Twilight Markets & Carols in the Park

Sunday, 16th December
Twilight market commencing at 3:00 pm and will include Carols in the Park from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Yeppoon Boutique Markets

Saturday, 22nd December
Local handmade & small business stalls with children's, men's & ladies clothing, jewellery, candles, bags, mats, eco products, homewares, fresh produce, plants, items, leggings, bowls, baskets & so much more.


Stockland Rockhampton has got your covered with extended trading hours, Santa snaps and charity gift wrapping in the lead-up to Christmas.

New Year’s Eve Events

Keep the festivities going right into 2019 with fireworks displays in Yeppoon, Rockhampton and Emerald to ring in the new year.

New Year’s Eve is often the biggest celebration of the year and enjoying the evening in easy-going Capricorn style is an experience the whole family can enjoy. There are plenty of places to celebrate New Year’s Eve 2018/19 and being a popular destination it’s no wonder many places are already booked out. Here are few options to you get prepped for the last night of 2018.

Firework Fun

What’s New Years without the festive bang of fireworks! Bring your family along to Quay Street in Rockhampton to enjoy the family friendly new year eve fire words display at 7pm , then again at midnight Enjoy Triple M Central Queensland's LIGHT UP THE SKY (NYE Fireworks) from the best location in Rockhampton!!

Rockin Rocky

With a quality line up of artists, Rockin Rocky is set to be an event not to be missed. Held at the Great Western Hotel from 29 – 31 December 2019.

One Hot Night

A celebration of music and community hosted by Busby Marou at Rockhampton Showgrounds on 29 December. This is an all family event with kids under 12 getting free admission. The event also features Dean Lewis, Tia Gostelow, Silky Fuzz. With special guest Ian Moss.

New Year’s Eve Races – Emerald

‘A Splash of Colour’ New Year’s Eve Races, hosted by Emerald Jockey Club
Gates open at 2pm, racing starts at 3:30pm.
Live music, fireworks, kids’ corner, great food and bar.
Entry Fee $5
Pioneer Park Racecourse, Emerald



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