Christmas by Starlight

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Redlands Coast’s biggest free family Christmas event returns to the Redland Showgrounds, Cleveland on Saturday 15 December with an expanded program that will be bigger and better than ever!

The line-up features more than 60 local and national acts including award winning artist Casey Donovan, outstanding Brazilian soprano Carmen, rising star Luke Antony, Emma Pask, Chukele Afro/Cuban Ensemble, Ellen Reed, Renae Suttie; and Skye Parker.

The event will once again be led by internationally renowned musical director, pianist and composer John Foreman OAM

Joining the star studded line-up will be Redlands Coast local stars including Alexa Curtis, Scott Muller, Craig Martin, Tiarna Shepherd, Leah Lever, Jacqueline Duckworth, ROCKIT Productions, Vocal Manoeuvres Academy, Yulu Burri Ba Dancers, Redland Dance and Redland City Bands.

Hosted by Redland City Council, Christmas by Starlight will kick off at 3pm, with all rides free until 8pm. The main event will beam across the showgrounds from 6pm, with a spectacular fireworks finale to light up the sky from about 8.15pm.

There will be plenty of food trucks, and merchandise stalls plus fun for families, including the return of the Starlight Express, a trackless train that will shuttle guests around the event, free face painting and plenty of the kids’ favourites to keep them busy. You will also get free access to Santa’s workshop at the Redland Museum.

Christmas by Starlight is an alcohol-free event. 


Christmas by Starlight is a free event. Tickets to enter the event are not required. 

How do I get to Christmas by Starlight?

Christmas by Starlight will be held from 3pm, Saturday 15 December 2018 at Norm Price Park – Redland Showgrounds, Cleveland.

By car
Free event parking will be available off Long Street, Cleveland or check out some other parking areas close by. Changed traffic conditions will be in place so please allow extra time.

By public transport
Travel by bus and train for FREE to Christmas by Starlight.

Translink, in conjunction with Transdev and Queensland Rail, will provide free bus and train travel on selected routes between the hours of 2pm – 11pm on Saturday 15 December 2018.

Park Road to Cleveland (a free shuttle bus will run on a loop from the Cleveland Train Station to Redland Showgrounds)

Route 250 (Redland Bay, Victoria Point, Thornlands, Cleveland, Alexandra Hills, Capalaba)
Route 252 (Capalaba, Alexandra Hills, Wellington Point, Ormiston, Cleveland)
Route 258 (Cleveland to Toondah Harbour)
Route 272 (Victoria Point, Thornlands, Cleveland)
Route 275 (Brisbane, Chandler, Capalaba inc Park n Ride, Alexandra Hills, Ormiston, Cleveland)
Route 282 (Mount Cotton - transfers to route 250 at Redland Bay)

REGISTER HERE to get your free public transport tickets. For further information or to plan your journey visit the Translink website.

Food, drink and merchandise available at Christmas by Starlight

There is plenty on offer at Christmas by won't go hungry we promise! 

What can I bring to Christmas by Starlight?

Bring yourselves and your families of course! Chairs, blankets, picnics, food and drinks can be brought in. However no glass, metal cutlery or alcohol is permitted. Please refer to the full list of allowed and prohibited items.

Permitted items:

  • Hat, sunscreen, glasses
  • Poncho
  • Water
  • Picnic rug
  • Small picnic and camping chair
  • Cabin-sized esky up to 30L

Prohibited items:

  • No Alcohol and illegal substances
  • No Large Umbrellas, tents or tables
  • No Glass/Sharp objects, metal cutlery or weapons
  • No Bean bags, Large deck chairs or reclining chairs
  • No Flammable or explosive items or liquids
  • No Lasers, Laser Pointers and torches
  • No Large Eskies (max size 30L)
  • No Drones or unmanned aircrafts  
  • No pets except for service animals e.g. guide dogs and assistant dogs
  • No unauthorised advertising materials 

Special assistance

A designated section will be allocated for the Christmas by Starlight concert for people requiring special assistance and hearing impaired audience members that require an interpreter. To register your interest in this area or for any other special assistance inquiries please contact the events team.

Further information

For more information please contact Council's events team via email at

Thank you to our valued sponsors for their generous support for Christmas by Starlight 2018.

Gold sponsor

Redland City Bulletin logo 2018


Silver sponsors


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Bronze sponsors

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Darwalla logo

Energex logo

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Thank you to our valued event supporters.

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Redland Museum