HO HO: Something to do in Warwick every day before Christmas
THE calendar is out, the countdown to Christmas is on and you won't have a dull day if you stick to this list.
Keep the whole family busy with a full schedule of fun activities for every day before the moment when Santa finally comes to town!
SET your intentions for the month and get off to a good start with the Essence of My Heart 21-day Yoga Challenge. For $99 per person, commit yourself to 21 classes in 21 days and feel the benefits when Christmas Eve hits. If there's anything more radiant than the star on the tree, it will be you!
SNAP your way into the festivities with a Christmas family portrait by Rachel Spies Photography. Talented photographer Ms Spies is holding Outdoor-Christmas Mini Sessions today, but bookings are essential. Contact Rachel on 0427 140 032.
CHRISTMAS wouldn't be complete without a little creativity, so get out the pens, paper, glitter and glue. Let imaginations roam free as your children draw their best portraits of Santa Clause, Rudolf and the helpful elves. Decorate the house with the final masterpiece or send them as a Christmas card!
DANCE off that excited energy with Clubbercise at the Warwick Senior Citizens Hall, 13A Albert Street at 6pm tonight. Casual tickets are $16 per person and the event is suitable for anyone 16 or older.
CARERS put in the hard yards the whole year round and today is all about them. Carers and their families are invited to a combined Warwick and Stanthorpe Christmas Lunch hosted by Carers Queensland Darling Downs. The free lunch is at 15 Hilton St, Stanthorpe from 12.30pm until 2pm. RSVP by calling 07 4646 2899 or email@example.com.
6 December, Thursday
ONE man's trash is another man's treasure so why not try for a re-purposed gift from the Stanthorpe Waste Facreuse shility's Reuse Shop open on Thursday's from 12 - 4pm and Saturday's from 8.30 - 4pm. The shop on Rifle Range Rd is a great place to grab a bargain while supporting the Endeavour Foundation.
7 - 9 December
DIG out your line dancing boots and get down to the 'Dust n D
irt Country Drought Relief Concert' at the Darling Downs Hotel (aka the Sandy Creek Pub). The event boasts three days of entertainment with over 15 country singers to raise money for drought relief organisation 'Buy A Bale'.
CALM your spirit and ground yourself with Monday meditation nights in Stanthorpe. Hosted by Charmaine Wilson at the Stanthorpe Little Theatre Co, 20 Connor St, these sessions will help you stay sane, despite Christmas craziness. From 7pm until 8:30pm, the sessions cost $20 per person. Contact 0403 788 894 for more information.
HOP in the car with your favourite Christmas CD and take a tour of the Christmas light displays around town. A must do on the Christmas bucket list. Turn up the volume, wind down the windows and spread the festive cheer.
ADD a bit of spook to your festive season and check out the Criterion Hotel's popular Ghost Tour tonight. Hear about eerie encounters that guests and paranormal investigators have had as you adventure though this historic building. The tour costs $20, including dinner which starts at 6pm.
GRAB your neighbours and throw a seafood dinner in honour of the hot weather and festive time. Pair with delicious salads and tasteful tunes for a good time.
GET out of the house and treat your family to a night at the flicks this Friday. Check out the range of movies on offer at the Warwick Twin Cinema.
HEAD on down to the Christmas Festival at Granite Belt Christmas Farm and warm your soul with one of their amazing Belgian hot chocolates. From 3.30pm, embrace the festive spirit with a visit from Santa, barbecue, markets and much more. Entry is free.
MAKE sure your Christmas cards get there in time by dedicating this day to writing to loved ones. Whip out the colourful pens, get the kids involved and you'll have everything signed, sealed and delivered in no time!
IT PAYS to get in early and avoid the last-minute dash of present shopping. Set yourself a time limit, make a beeline for the shops and think twice before straying from your list. When you're done, treat yourself with a hot coffee or a nice glass of wine.
TIME is running out to make it onto Santa's "nice” list so you'd better get in quick and do a good deed. Take a plate of home-baked bickies to a neighbour or offer to mow a friend's lawn. Random acts of kindness will put you in the good books and soothe your own soul too.
IF RUDOLF hasn't made an appearance yet, your dog might be up to the job. Get some fluffy antlers, some tinsel and dress up the pup. Have you camera handy and watch your Facebook and Instagram friends croon.
RELATIVES will be on your doorstep at any moment, so we've set aside time for a last-minute clean. Make an occasion out of it by putting on your favourite Christmas carols and sipping on some brandy as you sweep!
ARE you an architect with a piece of gingerbread or will your chimney crumble under Santa's weight? Combine your craft and cooking skills to participate in the Gingerbread House Competition at the Warwick Seventh-Day Adventist Christmas Social. Competition kits cost $15 and the houses will be assembled on the night. All profits from the event go toward the ADRA Christmas Appeal.
TAKE your family on a flavourful adventure in the game of 'Secret Fanta'. Simply place a blindfold on the children and have them guess different flavours of soft drink. The winner gets to keep a drink of his or her selection, but bear in mind this is a game best played well before bedtime.
GRAB your family, light a candle and head to midnight mass to celebrate the special day in a traditional way. Ask your church for mass times and don't forget to put out a glass of milk for Santa when you get home!