Hoist the tinsel shipmates, set sail for Christmas
FORGET a winter wonderland, the Sunshine Coast's waterways will take pride of place when the Mooloolaba Christmas Boat Parade is held tomorrow night.
For the 12th time, a festive fleet covered in lights, giant baubles and tinsel will cruise the Mooloolah River and its surrounding canals.
More than 30 boats - from tiny tinnies to giant yachts - will leave The Wharf Mooloolaba at 6.30pm and travel down to La Balsa Park, then back to The Wharf via the canals of Mooloolaba, Minyama, Buddina and Kawana.
The route will be lined with thousands of Christmas revellers, keen to enjoy the two-hour spectacle, and the decorated homes along the parade route.
"It's all about bringing families together to enjoy the Christmas spirit," event manager Lyn Henderson said of the event, which the Mooloolaba Yacht Club has organised for the past four years.
She said after the club and RACQ CareFlight Rescue partnered in some training exercises this year they decided to donate 100% of the proceeds to the Sunshine Coast's local helicopter rescue service.
CareFlight relationship manager Angela Miles said she was "thrilled to bits" to be a part of the event and that every donation made a difference to someone's life.
"Especially at this time of year we have a lot of (visitors) to our region," she said.
"And everyone is out on the water and enjoying life, and sometimes with that comes incidents and accidents."
The main vantage points for the event will be Sir Charles Clarke Park, Penny Lane Park and La Balsa Park.
"We encourage families to bring a picnic and line the canals to watch the show," Ms Miles said.
"But please keep an eye out for our volunteers shaking their donation tins."