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All Activities

Tuesday 18 – Saturday 22 December 2018
5.30pm – 9.30pm

Town of Bethlehem

Visit the traditional Town of Bethlehem and meet all the Christmas Story characters – Wise Men, Shepherds, Roman Soldiers, and Mary, Joseph & baby Jesus.

Strand Park Food Fair

5.00pm – 9.30pm

Christmas Film Festival

5.00pm – 9.30pm

Townsville Catholic Education Carousel

The traditional Carousel is returning to Stable for the kids and all the family! This ‘old fashioned’ ride, with its huge horses is popular with all ages as ‘oldies’ reminisce and ‘youngies’ (including teenagers) experience its quaint appeal Enjoy a free ride!

Mater Health Services NQ Stage

Watch live entertainment every night 5.30 – 9.30pm.
Join us for the Official Opening on Tuesday 18 December.

Perc Tucker Christmas Art Studio

5.30pm – 8.00pm
Deck the halls with arts and crafts and celebrate all things Christmas at Gallery Services’ Christmas Art Studio. This workshop will share the Christmas spirit through exciting, creative and FREE art activities for all ages!

Stable Beach Theatre

Details TBA

Christmas Carols

Tuesday 19 – Fri 22 December
Time TBA

Face Painting

Hosted by our Gold Sponsors

Festival Activities

Shake the hand of our Big Head Festival Characters, make some bubbles, and try juggling, walk the slackline, have a go with hula hoops at Circus Skills Corner.

Pat Lowth Art Exhibition

Reflect on the artworks of Pat Lowth in Bethlehem’s Galleria.

Stable Youth Hub

Check out the Youth Hub at Stable on the Strand! Kick off your night with a giant scavenger hunt, map your way around the city of Bethlehem to win great prizes, hang out and play some giant jenga, check out the tie dye tent, build a star or create your halo!  This year Stable Youth are making gifts to donate to children, so come along and enjoy being a part of North Queensland’s largest Christmas Festival and make a difference in someone else’s life!

Town Square Performances

Every half hour from 6pm
“The Christmas Story” & “A Wedding in Bethlehem”


Visit & pat the animals in Bethlehem – Camels, Sheep, Goats, Donkey, Chickens.

Stable Hospitality Areas

FREE tea, coffee, cold water & Christmas cake!

Our Hospitality areas are great places to relax, to reflect and to watch the world pass by as you enjoy the ambience of Bethlehem 2000 years ago.

Visit our Hospitality Tent in the middle of Strand Park or the Olive Leaf Café in the Town of Bethlehem. Allow us to serve you with a complimentary slice of Christmas cake and a cuppa (or some ice cold water) to sustain you through all the fun.

The Hospitality areas are also great viewing platforms for all the action happening across the park including the Mater Health Services Stage.

Food Relief NQ Collection

Get in the Christmas Spirit and help re-stock Food Relief NQ ready for the New Year!
Bring non-perishable foods to Strand Park during Stable on the Strand – canned food, pasta, rice, sauces to go with the pasta or rice, UHT milk, 2 minute noodles, cereal, tea, coffee, and biscuits.

YWAM Collection

Donate old specs and sunglasses, or new toothbrushes, toothpaste and cakes of soap for PNG at the YWAM Medical Ships Tent.

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Stable HQ | Information

Visit the Stable Administration Centre located at the beachside entry to Stand Park. Drop in to ask questions, find lost people, make donations, and pick-up your free Stable on the Strand New Testament.

Click here to make a donation

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