What's on in Cairns: December 2018 - Down Under Tours

What’s on in Cairns: December 2018

December 4, 2018

December is the official start of Summer (we would probably say it started early this year though!) and also the beginning of the Wet Season. Keep an eye on the forecast though, as the rain can sometimes hold off until early next year. The days will get to 30-35 degrees Celsius, so the rain is a welcome relief in the humid Summer temperature. A great time to visit the Great Barrier Reef, however make sure to pack your sunscreen and use a stinger suit in this season. Our partners have some amazing reef trips if you haven’t picked one yet – click here to see them.

December means Christmas so there’s LOTS of fun and festive events happening all over town this month. Check out some below!


Cairns Esplanade Markets: Every Saturday 8am-4pm – by the Lagoon, Cairns Esplanade
Palm Cove Markets: Sunday 2nd December 8am-2pm – Williams Esplanade, Palm Cove
Port Douglas Markets: Every Sunday 8am-1:30pm – Market Park, Port Douglas
Rusty’s Markets: Every Friday & Saturday 5am-6pm & Sunday 5am-3pm – 57-89 Grafton St

Cairns Taipans: Home Games @ Cairns Convention Centre

VS Illawarra Hawks – Fri 7th
VS New Zealand Breakers – Sun 16th
VS Sydney Kings – Thurs 20th
VS Perth Wildcats – Mon 31st
Find tickets on their websites – click here


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by CQUniversity Cairns Taipans (@cairnstaipans) on

Shield Street Community Christmas concert @ Shield St (near Woolshed)

1st, 3rd, 8th & 9th – 3-5pm
Hosted by Cairns Regional Council, there are four free community Christmas concerts with performances from local groups and musicians with something for everyone to enjoy.

Cairns Carols by Candlelight: Sun 6th December 2018

Fogarty Park 5:30-8:30pm Fireworks @ 8:30pm
In the heart of Cairns, head down and join together with locals and tourists for the annual Cairns Carols by Candlelight. With a range of entertainment and over 350 performers involved, this year’s Carols is definitely one not to miss! More info here

Carols at Yorkey’s Knob: Sun 9th December 2018

Old School Park on Wattle St, Yorkeys Knob- 5pm-8pm
If you’re in the Northern Beaches, head to the Carols at Yorkeys Knob! Take a picnic blanket or chair and join in on the fun with carols and entertainment. More info here

Cairns Local Christmas Market: Sun 9th December

@ Fred Moule Pavillion 9am – 2pm
Over 150 stalls will be at the Christmas Market so head down and have a browse for some special and unique gifts! There will be food and beverage stalls as well, just make sure to bring cash to buy anything from stalls. Find out more here!

The Rubens- Lo La Ru Tour: Thurs 13th & Fri 14th

@ The Tanks
Out on a huge national tour, The Rubens are celebrating their new album, Lo La Ru, alongside classic favourites like Hoops, My Gun and more. With two shows in Cairns due to popular demands, Friday is SOLD OUT but still limited tickets left for the Thursday night show (as of 30/11/18). Find out more here!

Barr St On A Fork: Fri 14th December

@ Lions Park Cairns 4pm – 9pm
Head down for the last Cairns on a Fork for 2018 – in conjunction with Barr Street Markets, grab some delicious food from the food trucks and relax for the afternoon! Find out more here!

Opening of CPAC: Sat 15th December 2018

Jazz under the Vines @ Munro Martin Parklands
Meet Eat Repeat on Florence St
Symphony for Tomorrow (CPAC)
Celebrate the opening of the new Cairns Performing Arts Centre! Join the fun and excitement for this new precinct with free music in Munro Martin Park and foodie-heaven with pop-up Meet Eat Repeat on Florence St. Find out more here!

Crystalbrook Collection New Year’s Eve at the Esplanade: Mon 31st December 2018

Fogarty Park 5:30pm-12:05am
5:30-9pm Childrens Entertainment
9pm & 12am Fireworks
7:30pm NYE Resolution Fun Run
Celebrate 2018 and bring in the New Year on the Esplanade with loads of entertainment and fun for all! Fireworks shows are at 9pm and midnight so stop by and enjoy the festivities!

Palm Cove NYE Fireworks: 31st December 2018

Esplanade, 8pm to midnight
If you’re in the Northern Beaches for New Years Eve, you can head to Palm Cove with a picnic or book a table at a restaurant to enjoy the fireworks! Fireworks are on at both 8pm and midnight so no one has to miss out. Find out more here!