It’s that time of year again! Dust off your decorations, break out the holiday cheer and get ready for Christmas carols on repeat because the festive season is well and truly upon us in Cairns.
While some may be dreaming of a White Christmas in a winter wonderland, we’re dreaming of sunny days, crystal blue waters and palm trees. We’re dreaming of lush rainforest strolls and hidden swimming holes. We’re dreaming of mangoes, macadamias, fresh seafood and sunset cocktails.
Yes, we’re dreaming of a Tropical Christmas in Cairns.
Christmas celebrations in Cairns begin on December 1 with the Christmas in the City event at Esplanade Lagoon Plaza. Catch the annual Christmas parade, browse the market stalls, enjoy family-friendly entertainment and watch the traditional lighting of the big Christmas Tree.
Cairns’ Christmas spirit kicks into top gear with Carols by Candlelight in Fogarty Park on December 8, featuring performances by vocal groups, dance schools and soloists, as well as a huge fireworks display to end the night.
Your days are bound to be merry and bright under the tropical sunshine in Cairns as the city keeps the Christmas lights sparkling and festive fun going all the way through til the New Year.
Sitting down to a big turkey feast with all the trimmings works wonderfully for a White Christmas, but it’s not quite as fitting in our tropical climate. Fortunately, Cairns is home to some of Australia’s best and freshest seafood – so delicious that people come from all over Australia and the world to try it.
Nothing says Aussie Christmas like a platter of prawns, and at Pullman Cairns International we’re hosting a range of Christmas Lunch and Dinner events that make our famous fresh seafood the star. Enjoy a festive seafood buffet at Coco’s Kitchen + Bar, featuring prawns, oysters, crab, hot and cold selections, seasonal salads, decadent desserts as well as a 3-hour premium beverage package. There’ll be live entertainment and even a visit from Santa during the lunch event. Kingsford’s offers an adults-only Christmas affair featuring a succulent seafood smorgasbord of fresh oysters, crab, whole baked and smoked salmon, hot and cold selections as well as a delicious dessert selection and a 3-hour premium beverage package. Bookings are essential for our Christmas Day events so get in early to secure your spot!
With the Spirit of Cairns Christmas Lunch Cruise, you can enjoy your festive feast out on the calm waters of Trinity Inlet in the luxury of a 26-metre sailing catamaran. Soak up the warm tropical sun on deck and enjoy a buffet of hot and cold delights, featuring some of the region’s best produce – and seafood, of course!
The Family Fun
Christmas time is all about coming together and creating magical memories as a family, and Cairns offers some truly unforgettable experiences everyone can enjoy during the festive season.
There’s no greater gift than the gift of experience, and a trip to the Great Barrier Reef is one that will delight the whole family. Snorkel or scuba dive among the colourful coral and vibrant marine life, find paradise on the white sands of Fitzroy Island and Green Island, or take in the reef from above on a helicopter tour.
Explore the oldest rainforest in the world with day trip to the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest and discover beautiful Cape Tribulation, where the rainforest meets the sea.
Get your family’s adrenaline pumping with an adventure-packed day of white water rafting or river tubing, come and meet some of our prehistoric locals on Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, or head out on a horse riding adventure through the rainforest.
There are so many family-friendly tours and activities in Cairns to keep your family busy over the Christmas break – just ask our friendly tour desk for recommendations, inspiration and advice.
Are you dreaming of a Tropical Christmas in sunny North Queensland? Explore the tropics this summer and celebrate the holiday season with Pullman International Cairns! Book now to take advantage of our latest special offer which includes 3 nights accommodation, 20% off breakfast for two and one complimentary dinner (main meal) for two at Coco's Kitchen + Bar, complimentary undercover parking and a bottle of wine on arrival.
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