City Heart Christmas fun for the whole family

Published: 27 Nov 2023

December’s City Heart Friday will be a Christmas extravaganza with something for everyone to delight in.

City Heart Christmas celebrations will kick off on Friday, December 1, from 4pm to 8pm with free family fun throughout the city centre.

A special feature will be the Fifth Lane Christmas Markets with over 20 stalls to browse, as well as face painting, glitter tattoos, kids’ Christmas craft activities and roving performers.

There will also be late night shopping in city centre stores with plenty of Christmas specials.

The afternoon would not be complete without a visit from Santa.

Children can meet the man in red at Let the Children Play Toyshop, in Macalister Street, at 6.30pm after he’s driven through the city heart with the Holden Club.

This year, there will be The Great Christmas Scavenger Hunt, where participants can follow a list of clues to 12 different mystery shops, finding treasures along the way.

To win extra prizes, simply take a photo of yourself during the scavenger hunt and upload to to go into a random draw.

You can complete the scavenger hunt in any order from December 1 to 12, during opening hours, and you don’t have to solve all the clues to be in the random draw.

City Centre shops will also be giving their shop fronts a festive treatment, with the Magical Christmas Window Competition.

Mayor Greg Williamson, Mackay Isaac Tourism CEO Al Grundy and Tegan Philpott will judge the window displays on December 5 and the winner will be announced on December 11.

Don’t miss out on all the Christmas fun in your City Heart this Friday!

Christmas City Heart Markets

The Fifth Lane markets will be back again this year for all the fun of the City Heart Christmas celebrations.