What's On Christmas 2023

Explore our one-stop shop for all things festive happening in the Rockhampton region.

As the calendar pages flutter towards the end of the year, Rockhampton transforms into a wonderland of merriment, offering an array of events, celebrations, and activities to enchant residents and visitors alike.

Whether you’re a local looking to rediscover the magic in your own backyard, or you’re planning a yuletide visit to this vibrant Queensland gem, you’re in for a treat.

Discover the plethora of festivities and happenings set to light up the Rockhampton region this holiday season. From sparkling lights to festive markets, and heart-warming carols to letters from Santa, there’s something to make everyone’s holiday wishes come true.

You can tour the spectacular light show our local residents put on with the Explore Rockhampton Self-Guided Tour App, where we have put together the 'must-see' list across the region. Or join us for the annual CBD Christmas Fair, where the Riverside Precinct will come to life with the lighting of the Christmas Tree, markets, food vendors, an outdoor cinema and much more!

From the 1st November, the younger members of the community will be able to post their letters to Santa with our letterbox outside Customs House sending their Christmas wishes to the North Pole.

From the Mayor's Carols, Christmas arts and crafts, Christmas markets and a spectacular light show at the Botanic Gardens, we've got your countdown to Christmas well and truly covered!

a girl laying on a bed writing a letter to Santa
All I want for Christmas is...


Post your letters to Santa at our North Pole Express Letterbox. You’ll find it outside Customs House on Quay Street from 1 November. If you place your letter to Santa inside by Tuesday 5 December, we'll ensure Santa Claus writes back to you before Christmas Day.

Don’t forget to include your name, home address and of course, what you wish for this Christmas!