Located on the eastern coast of Queensland, Mackay is nicknamed the sugar capital of Australia, and no we don't mean because of the candy canes that come out at Christmas time! The region alone produces more than a third of Australia's cane sugar, perfect for Santa's sweet tooth!

For it's size, Mackay has continued to boast an impressive participation in the city's annual Christmas regional lights competition. Get your illumination fix with tours available for viewing the lights during the festive season, these are a brilliant idea for work parties and social get-togethers.


While there's absolutely zero chance of snow in these parts (even a cool day is a hard ask at the Christmas time of year!) that doesn't stop the Mackay locals from attending the annual Carols by candlelight. With Sarina's twilight markets for all those last minute christmas gifts starting at 3pm and the Christmas carols kicking off at around 5.30pm, there's plenty to see and do with the family if you live in or are visiting the beautiful beach area for the festive season.