All Activities2018-11-28T04:11:36+10:00

All Activities

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

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

Clicke here for the Town of Bethlehem Tour

5.00pm – 9.30pm
Dine in style at Strand Park Food Fair – a fundraiser for Stable on the Strand.
Five hot food stalls – Sea of Galilee Seafood, Bethlehem Burgers, Roman Roasts,
Pete’s Pizza, and International Cuisine; and 2 dessert stalls – Greek Honey Puffs, the Dessert Bar.
Supported by Mater Drinks & Zarraffa’s Townsville.

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.
Sponsored by Townsville Catholic Education – Enjoy a free ride!

Listen to fabulous local artists and sing carols every night at the Mater Health Services NQ Stage 5.30 – 9.30pm.
Join us for the Official Opening on Tuesday 18 December.
Make sure you see The Greatest Story Ever Told performed by One Life, every night at 7.30pm.
Watch Colin Buchanan – Tuesday 18 & Wednesday 19 – 6.30pm and 8.30pm.
Click HERE for the stage program.

Stable Beach Theatre

Stable on the Strand is proud to present – The Stable Beach Theatre – every evening from 6.30pm till 8:30pm, December 18th – 22nd.

Come and relax as the sun sets over Townsville and enjoy the beautiful backdrop of Cleveland Bay and the magnificent silhouette of Magnetic Island while being entertained with music and dance from Home –grown Talent, as well as performances from our close Pacific Neighbours.

Why not bring the whole family down to watch the Spectacular Fire Twirling, Fijian Dancers or listen to some Chill–out Tunes from Local Entertainers.

Purchase dinner at Strand Park Food Fair or bring a picnic dinner and make it part of your Christmas in Townsville.

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!

Christmas Carols

Bring the whole family and join in with the Ransom Family, singing some well-loved Traditional Christmas Carols.
Every evening throughout the program, Paul, Sharon and their children will help us celebrate the Christmas Story in song. Best of all – everyone can join in!

Face Painting

Free Face Painting on the beach next to Stable Beach Theatre.

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 henna and tie dye tents, build your very own Candi Natvity Scene, or even get involved in our “Random Acts Of Kindness” game! 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 & slice of 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 Parkor 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.

Live FM Broadcast

99.9 Live FM is Broadcasting LIVE from Stable on the Strand 5pm – 9pm, 18th – 22nd.
Come and meet the team, enter to win amazing giveaways and have a blast with us celebrating Christmas.
If you can’t spend every night at Stable don’t worry just tune in on the radio or online.
99.9 Live FM will have extensive coverage including stories and interviews from performers, characters and actors.
We’ll also have a live feed from the main stage so you can hear the amazing performances wherever you are.
It’s Good To Be Alive at Stable on The Strand 2018!

Stable HQ | Information

Visit the Stable Information 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.