Enjoying a Christmas Lights Cruise at Mooloolaba

The Wonderful Mooloolaba Christmas Lights Cruise.

Adults $39.00 & children up to 14yrs of age just $29.00!.


Our Sunshine Coast Christmas Lights Cruise is the perfect to really get into the Christmas spirit!

Why not get a group of friends, family or work colleagues together and make an evening of this inspiring and fun Christmas Lights cruise!

Let us take the hard work out of viewing Christmas lights because with this Mooloolaba Cruise you don’t have to do the driving around streets hoping for a glimpse (while the kids get restless in the back seat!).  Taking in the lights while cruising aboard our large comfortable vessel ensures absolutely everyone has an awesome time!

From the moment you arrive you are looked after like VIP guests.  Just sign in and take a seat in the outdoor areas here at Bridge seafoods, taking in the stunning views.  A few minutes later we will have you boarding the boat and then we set off.

A wonderful Christmas Lights Display as seen on a Sunshine Coast Christmas Lights CruiseEnjoy a drink from the onboard bar and maybe even some food while you take in the sunset and then see the Christmas lights switch on all around us.

Both adults and children alike will marvel at the displays.  And of course you can enjoy the comfort and still have the ability to move around the boat to get the best views.

 

Everyone at Sunshine Coast Afloat prides themself on being extremely dedicated and  responsible to our guests. Not only will we always provide you with an extremely safe, clean and well appointed vessel, we will, on all trips, try to limit vessel capacity to to the best suited numbers to ensure that you have a safe, comfortable and memorable experience.

Our highly qualified and trained crew are on board to assist in making sure every aspect of your cruise is executed with your enjoyment and safety the absolute focus at all times. From the moment you step aboard they will ensure you have nothing more to do than to sit back enjoy yourself.

No doubt this is why we have, for the last 9 years won the top Tripadvisor awards each year!

Some key points you can expect with Sunshine Coast Afloat on this tour;

  • We will have a wide range of drinks aboard for you to choose from at prices at or below those of the average tavern! (NO BYO)
  • 2 on deck, modern marine toilets for your use.
  • Our modern marine (2000W) sound system will be adding to the festive feel by turning our Christmas songs from all eras.
  • Plenty of comfortable seating ranging from bean bags to lounges and more.
  • A large centre table which is easily accessible by all your guests, and surrounded by large soft covered seating pods is ideal for those wanting to bring food on this cruise.
Sunset on the bow of a Christmas Lights cruise
Sunset on the bow of Crusader 1 as she departs for a Christmas Lights cruise

This now famous Christmas Lights Cruise is absolutely the most popular Christmas time cruise we run. And even though it runs each and every evening in December, each cruise always books out well in advance. We therefore strongly recommend booking early to avoid missing out on this fantastic tour!

We look forward to seeing you aboard for this cruise!
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COVID Safe cruising – for detailed information on how we’ve adjusted our tour to be COVID Safe as well as for our fully updated terms click here.

Wondering what the weather might be like? A great place to get an idea up to 7 days out is Seabreeze! or BOM or Willy Weather. Of course please remember that these sites are generalised and focused on the Beach conditions, and as such may not accurately reflect what is happening in the protected waters in the river and canals.

If you have questions relating to this or any of our other tour offerings, our FAQ’S PAGE might be able to assist as well. Of course you can always contact us by phone, email or text. 

Please note that other impacts such as phone and agent bookings, weather and other unforeseen things could impact on the availability at the same time as you are requesting the charter online. Our Terms and conditions are available on this webpage ( Click here to view them now ) and will also be emailed to you as part of the booking confirmation.

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Key Details:

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION The Pontoon at Bridge Seafoods, 209 Brisbane Road (Service Road), Mooloolaba( Sunshine Coast), Queensland. Australia
DEPARTURE AND RETURN TIMES The departure time is 6:30 PM sharp each evening in December (excluding the 25th, 26th and 31st).

Return time is approximately 8PM

DEPARTURE NOTE Please arrive 30 minutes prior for a prompt departure.Please ensure you have checked in via the Covid Safe link sent with your confirmation or with the QR code at the departure location. We cannot depart until EVERYONE has properly checked in.
WHAT TO WEAR & BRING Comfortable clothing, enclosed shoes (NO BLACK SOLES & NO STILETTO HEELS PLEASE!). Bring a rain jacket just in case of a light unexpected sprinkle (Not totally uncommon in December in Qld).

Alcohol can be purchased aboard. NO BYO DRINKS! We reserve the right to check bags and other items to ensure alcohol is not brought aboard.

You are welcome to bring your own food with you or have it catered as we do not supply food!

Please note that Crusader 1 is a NON-SMOKING vessel.

NO HEELS NO BLACK SOLES NO SMOKING
FOR YOUR SAFETY AND FOR THE PROTECTION OF OUR VESSEL PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING RESTRICTIONS ON ALL VOYAGES WITH SUNSHINE COAST AFLOAT.

INCLUDED
Professional and experienced crew. Self serve Iced water on arrival.
Self Serve Iced Water aboard.

Bar available for purchases.

Christmas Songs will be playing during the cruise

Crusader 1 will be draped in Christmas lights as well to add to the festive atmosphere.

BYO FOOD

NOT INCLUDED
FOOD
BYO DRINKS

What to expect;

Christmas Lights on Crusader 1Every year, during the month of  December only, a large number of the people living in the the waterfront properties of Mooloolaba, Minyama, and Buddina create a wonderful Christmas lights spectacle.  And it is designed to be viewable only from the water. 

All properties actually compete for the prize of best presented display.  And to win the award, each year they clearly pull out all stops to have a shot at first prize! The atmosphere it creates truly brings Christmas to the Sunshine Coast!

You can enjoy this very special lights exhibition aboard Crusader 1.  Come relax and wind down on this fun, gentle cruise, which takes you through the river and main canals of Mooloolaba, Minyama and Buddina.  You will experience firsthand the wonderful Christmas Lights on offer by many of the waterfront properties, and fully relax in a fun and comfortable atmosphere aboard one of the largest river cruise vessels on the Sunshine Coast.

Fun on a Christmas Lights Cruise

With no more than 40 passengers at any time, you will always enjoy total visibility of the lights. This trip last approximately 1 1/2 hours! and sets off just before sunset so that you can experience that wonderful vista of the sun setting over the Glasshouse Mountains before we head off to enjoy the lights spectacle.

This cruise really does offer a very special and personal experience on the protected, and always calm, inland waters. With perfect views of the absolutely amazing efforts made by the property owners, we guarantee you will enjoy a delightful and fun time.  This cruise is also ideal for families with young children!

Food platter exampleFood can be brought on a BYO basis, or ordered from the Bridge restaurant in advance. And drinks available from our onboard fully licenced bar.

These cruises grow in popularity each year so please book early to avoid missing out!  Come and join us for a wonderful evening of Christmas fun and cheer!

Once we have finished the tour, we will make our way back to our departure point. When we do arrive back at the dock it’s time to disembark and make your way back home (or to another party!?). Luckily our home dock is on the outskirts of Mooloolaba so if you are needing an Uber or taxi, it’s usually not a long wait for one!

Why we think you should join us;

Enjoying a Christmas Lights CruiseWell frankly speaking, we can honestly think of no better way to get into the festive spirit and enjoy having a look at these amazing Christmas Lights displays than aboard Crusader 1 with us! Add in that you are looked after like VIPs the entire trip and have without the best viewing platform of any vessel and you can start to see why we are so confident of this.  Believe us when we say that this tour really does get you into the the “Christmas Mood” because we see it year after year!

Christmas Lights Cruise

In fact, even though we have been doing this for almost a decade now, we ourselves still thoroughly enjoy each and every trip ourselves! So that should give you some insight as to how much fun these trips really are!

And if you are looking for a corporate or other larger group outing at this time of year, then this is seriously an option you should strongly consider also. It’s extremely cost efficient, high quality, and a lot of fun! And for those larger boat booking groups, we can always work with you to add in those extra parts you have in mind as well. Our goal to to give all our customers the best possible experience!

Mooloolaba Christmas Lights Cruise Lights Display 034With awesome music playing, plenty of beer, wine and bubbles (even cocktails!) and of course softdrinks for the little ones or those driving afterward, it is hard to imagine this cruise would do anything other than perfectly suit your needs.

So avoid driving the streets trying to find christmas light displays and join us to take in the sights of the beautiful Mooloolaba Harbour during Christmas aboard our spacious vessel Crusader 1. We look forward to having you onboard and celebrating the festive season in style. The Sunshine Coast way! It’s simply the perfect way to celebrate all things Christmas!

Everyone at Sunshine Coast Afloat prides themself on being extremely dedicated and  responsible to our guests. Not only will we always provide you with an extremely safe, clean and well appointed vessel, we will, on all trips, try to limit vessel capacity to to the best suited numbers to ensure that you have a safe, comfortable and memorable experience.

Our highly qualified and trained crew are on board to assist in making sure every aspect of your cruise is executed with your enjoyment and safety the absolute focus at all times. From the moment you step aboard they will ensure you have nothing more to do than to sit back enjoy yourself.

No doubt this is why we have, for the last 9 years won the top Tripadvisor awards each year!

Some key points you can expect with Sunshine Coast Afloat on this tour;

  • We will have a wide range of drinks aboard for you to choose from at prices at or below those of the average tavern! (NO BYO)
  • 2 on deck modern marine toilets for your use.
  • Our modern marine (2000W) sound system will be gently playing Christmas Carols music to make sure the mood is perfect.
  • Plenty of comfortable seating ranging from bean bags to lounges and more.
  • A large centre table, surrounded by large soft covered seating pods, for those that want to bring some food with them to enjoy as well.
  • The cruise starts as a twilight cruise to ensure that we enjoy the full effect of the Christmas Lights as we get to the main canal.

Christmas Lights Cruises in DecemberAdditional Key Details to note:

This tour operates during the month of December only! Some dates in December are not available.

This cruise DOES NOT cover the Christmas Eve Cruise, the 8.30PM Fireworks New Years Eve Cruise, The Midnight Fireworks New Years Eve Cruise, nor the Mooloolaba Boat Parade Evening.

Discounted rates shown for this cruise are for Children UNDER the age of 14. 

NO BYO of DRINKS is permitted on these cruises (food is ok).

COVID Safe Cruising – for detailed information on how we’ve adjusted our tour to be COVID Safe and for updated terms click here.

The “BRIDGE SEAFOOD ” Pontoon (located at the rear of the restaurant),
209 Brisbane Road Mooloolaba Qld.

For a GPS use “Bridge Seafoods” or “209 Brisbane Road Mooloolaba Qld”.    In iPhone Maps “Bridge Seafoods” is far more accurate.

Please DO NOT park your car here on the service Road, but rather in the FREE public car-park next to the BP service station across the road. 

The location is the corner of Incana Court and Brisbane Road. This parking is free and unlimited in time, and only a 2 minute stroll (100m) from the departure point.

Once parked please wait near the top of the ramp until instructed by the skipper that it is safe to come down the ramp and board the vessel.

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Rear Deck of Crusader 1
Centre table laid out nicely on Crusader 1
2 hour river and canal cruise enyed on the rear deck of Crusader 1
Crusader 1 main deck from bar to rear
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Enjoying the Christmas Lights
Merry Christmas
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Christmas Lights Cruise on the rear deck
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Enjoying a Christmas Lights Cruise
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Fun on a Christmas Lights Cruise

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 3 reviews
December 24, 2018

We were lucky enough to do the Christmas lights tour on the Sunshine Coast Afloat jet boat. It was fantastic. 5 adults, 5 kids, ages 8 to 12 (that’s the kids by the way) and everybody loved it – ‘This was the best night ever!’
Jerry was the perfect driver, amusing both young and old with his enthusiasm for the Mooloolaba lights, people, and architecture. Definitely recommend this experience.

December 22, 2019

I booked myself and a group of friends for the Xmas light tour last night and congrats to the wonderful crew who made the process easy and provided a fun joyful night had by all. Thanks Paddy for your patience in making this happen. Recommend to all.
Feedback: Ice buckets lined up along middle of table

September 23, 2020

Great way to see the Christmas lights – As posted on Tripadvisor January 2020

We had a family outing to see Christmas lights on the canals. Everything was as expected. Great welcome, great team and a great evening. The kids loved it!

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