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White Christmas at Movie World, Brisbane

Friday 16th of December to Sunday 18th of December
by Sophie Cannon (follow)
If you're looking for a Christmas event this winter that is sure to amaze all members of the family then look no further then White Christmas at Movie World, Brisbane. With an awe inspiring winter float parade, heaps of family friendly activities, light and snow spectacular as well rides to suit every age, I would personally say that White Christmas is well worth the cost of entry and is sure to leave a lasting impression on every child.

WHAT? White Christmas is an annual event hosted by Warner Brother's Movie World which features a one of a kind Christmas float parade that tends to bring in the masses each year. Some of their most popular floats include Santa himself, the gingerbread man, the loveable snowman, a small scale replica of the Polar Express as well as many more.

Polar Express

The parade on its own really is worth going for, the floats are well made and hugely impressive and the hundreds of dancers that line the streets performing and interacting with the audience really do help build a warm, festive and excitable atmosphere amongst the crowds.

As well as the parade, there's so much more to do for all members of the family- the obvious being scaring yourself silly on Movie World's awesome thrill ride selection. For the younger generation, there are a number of rides available in the kids section of the park including a miniature rollercoaster, character carousel and mini driving school.

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As for Christmas themed activities, there are a number to get involved in on the day including bauble decorating, Christmas fancy dress photos, Christmas story time and even take a trip to the Christmas fairy garden. There's also impressive light displays, street performers, ice sculptures and a sprinkling of artificial snow to keep you occupied!

Parade Fun

WHERE? Movie World is just off the Pacific Motorway at Oxenford at the Gold Coast, roughly around 45 minutes from Brisbane CBD.

WHEN? The next White Christmas events are running on 16th, 17th and 18th December and there're still tickets up for grabs if you're looking to check it out. The event itself starts at 5.30pm with the parade taking place at 8pm however if your ticket permits then you are able to spend the day as normal at the theme park until closure at 5pm and hang around until the evenings festivities start.

Santa's Arrival

HOW MUCH? Admission starts from $39.99 for adults and $19.99 for a child's ticket (under 3's go free) however you are able to purchase a 12 month mega pass for $109.99 which gives you unlimited entry to Movie World, Wet n Wild, Sea World Southport and Paradise Country for 12 months but also free entry for one evening to White Christmas and Movie World's mid year event Carnivale.

There are food stalls and eateries featured within the Movie World park however queues can be quite long and prices are on the higher side so it's always a better option to bring your own food or eat before arrival. There are other options close by including McDonalds, KFC and Hungry Jacks if you're looking for quick and easy.
The event goes on until late and temperature and weather conditions can vary so don't forget to pack warm clothes for yourselves and the kids as well as umbrellas, hooded coats etc.
There can be a quite a bit of walking and standing in queues involved during the event and little legs may get tired so if your child still uses a pram it may be best to bring it along for necessary rests.
Preparation for the parade is key! People generally tend to line the street at least 30 minutes to an hour before the parade begins and getting a good spot can be tough so bear this is mind when you're there.

For further information on the event, ticket purchase, location and opening hours, head on over to the Movie World website.
Tucked away off Samford Road at Pure Tennis Ferny Hills is the Kids Play Cafe, where kids can play in the well stocked play room or on the tennis court (fully fenced so they canít escape!).
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