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Looking for family fun activities this Christmas? There’s plenty of local events and things you can do at home this year, and here are our top 11!

Make Christmas cards

We may live in the age of iPhones and social media, but a homemade, handwritten card still goes a long way. Break out the glitter and cardboard and get crafty!

Create Christmas tree ornaments

Personalise your ornaments by adding names, dates or your child’s handprints to your home-made decorations. You could even hang your child’s school photo on the tree.

Create a list of your favourite Christmas songs

Collect all those timeless, nostalgic songs onto a CD or playlist and listen to them wherever you go. Music is one of the best ways to get into the festive spirit, and if you’ve picked out the tunes together, you’ll all be bopping along together!

Donate to the annual Mayor’s Christmas Cheer Appeal

This appeal raises funds to assist older members and families in the Townsville community who may need a helping hand. Why not donate and help spread the Christmas cheer this December?

Write a letter to Santa

Help your children write a letter to Santa asking for whatever it is that they would like. Photocopy the letter for a keepsake, it’ll make a great memory for them to look back on in adulthood.

Visit Cotter’s Markets

What better place to find an original present for your family and friends than at North Queensland’s largest arts and crafts market? With over 150 stalls offering unique creations, you’re bound to find a special gift! At Flinders St and Townsville Bulletin Square, every Sunday 8.30am to 1.00pm.

Bake Christmas cookies

This is the perfect time for seasonal baking. Get the kids involved in the kitchen and bake some delicious gingerbread men or cinnamon-spiced cookies.

Christmas Carols

Sing along to your favourite Christmas songs and enjoy a sausage sizzle, puppet show and appearance from Santa and Rudolf!

Stable on the Strand

Step into Bethlehem to experience an interactive re-creation of the traditional Christmas story. The event also features children’s activities, live entertainment and refreshments all for free.

Get your picture taken with Santa

Head down to CastleTown, Stockland or Fairfield Central before Christmas Eve to meet Santa Claus and the elves and have your child’s picture taken!

Leave some snacks out for Santa

On Christmas Eve Santa is clearly going to be having a very busy night and could probably do with some snacks! Leave out homemade cookies, hot chocolate, and reindeer food (oats mixed with glitter).