Santa Takes Time Out on Tamborine for Christmas in July

There’s a rumour that Santa Claus has been spotted at Tamborine Mountain! While he’s six months early for Christmas, locals say he’s a regular at this time, celebrating Christmas in July around the Mountain. In fact, cafes, restaurants and accommodation providers have all launched their Santa Specials for July, with Dig IT, Australia’s first mini-excavator park even renaming their nine machines after Santa’s trusted reindeers!!

There’s cozy fireside dinners, local carollers, festive spirits, tastes and tipples and Winter wonder adventures.

Here’s how to celebrate Christmas in July on Tamborine Mountain, and possibly see Santa too!

And don’t forget to enter the Christmas in July Competition to win amazing prizes!!!

Cedar Creek Lodges: start your festive journey with sweet treats on arrival at the stunning Cedar Creek Lodges. There’s even Christmas-themed colouring activities for the kids. Stay in the luxe rooms, cabins, or glamp, sit beside a roaring fire, stargaze and listen to the sounds of the rainforest and Cedar Creek. Welcome to Tamborine Mountain time 🤩

Rainforest Restaurant at Cedar Creek Lodges: every Friday and Saturday night through July there’s a wonderful Christmas Menu available.

St Bernards Hotel: Settle in to a traditional three-course Christmas dinner every Saturday night through July, complete with all the trimmings, a cozy fireplace, and stunning mountain views (it’s one of Santa’s favourites 🤫).

The Mountain Manor: Christmas in July, just like in December, is all about feasting, and at The Mountain Manor there’s a flavour-filled three-course Christmas dinner with all the traditional fixings in an elegant setting all month.

Grand Chameleon: Time for some festive fun! At the Grand Chameleon on July 27th there’s a special event planned: Festive Fireplace Fun – A Warm Christmas Story, starring performances by local musicians and carollers.

Tamborine Mountain Distillery: Savor the season with a special Spiced Christmas Liqueur from the multi-award winning Tamborine Mountain Distillery. Yes, Santa is often seen popping in for a quick tipple.

The Aerie: There’s not many places in Queensland to sip on authentic warm Mulled Wine; The Aerie on Tamborine Mountain is definitely one. Enjoy!

Getaway Day Spa: Don’t forget some me-time on the Mountain in July! Getaway Day Spa has a Winter Warmer Sauna & Soak (Santa’s fave!), Spa Packages, Hot Stone Massages, Body Scrubs, and Waterlily Facials.

Mumma Ducks: It’s always time for great gelato, so please enjoy the Christmas Gelato at Mumma Ducks, a sweet and seasonal delight for the whole family.

The Christmas Shop: Every single day is Christmas here, and it’s Santa’s emergency provisions shop for when he needs, well, anything Christmas-related while on the Mountain 🎅🏽

Dig IT: Not only is this the home of the BEST DAY EVER, but now Australia’s first mini-excavator park has renamed their NINE awesome machines after Santa’s reindeers for all of July!! Yes there’s Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and the famous Rudolph. It’s quickly become one of Santa’s favourite places, as he’s left his reindeers at the North Pole but he still likes to call their names!

So this July, grab your winter woollies and head to Tamborine Mountain for Christmas themed goodness. HO, HO, HO!


Just an hour from Brisbane and the Gold Coast, Tamborine Mountain is a gorgeous village, home to wineries, artisans, distilleries, Farm Gates and full larders, gorgeous cafes and bars, and lots of accommodation experiences.

Fun Fact: The Witches Falls section of Tamborine National Park was Queensland’s first national park to be declared under the new State Forests and National Parks Act 1906. Declared in 1908, it is Queensland’s oldest national park. Over the years, additional reserves have been declared on the Tamborine plateau and surrounding foothills. The mountain’s basalt columns, cliffs, rocky outcrops and waterfalls are a lasting legacy of volcanic eruptions 23 million years ago. Tamborine is the most northerly remnant of the flows from a volcano centred on Mount Warning (Wollumbin).

Since being named by global travel authority Lonely Planet as one of the hottest destinations to visit in 2022, the SCENIC RIM in Queensland has continued to win accolades. Last year delicious. magazine named it in the top 10 places to visit in Australia and this year, Qantas Travel Insider has included it in the Hottest Places in the World to Visit (the only Queensland inclusion)!

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