With the festive season just around the corner, it’s time to start planning for your end of year holiday. This year, the island’s Summer Festival will be jam-packed full of fun for the entire family. If you’re ready for the most memorable festive season in the Whitsundays, you’ve come to the right place. The WAHI team has put together a full guide to celebrating Christmas and New Year’s Eve on the island. With celebrations, events, and special festive menus, you’re guaranteed to go home with a suitcase full of life-long memories.


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Christmas Eve

1. Beach Picnic at the Beach Pavilion

Make this year’s Christmas Eve your most memorable yet by coming down to the Beach Pavilion for a picnic with the family! The Big Man in Red will be paying a visit to all the kids, while parents can soak up the ocean views, enjoy live music and choose from a selection of takeaway options.

Christmas Day

1. Christmas Day visits from Santa

Santa loves the Whitsundays so much that he stops by the island just to meet the children and families spending their festive season there. Make sure you head to the Hamilton Island Festive Season website to check when Santa will be visiting each area of the island.

2. Beach Pavillion (Christmas Lunch)

Who could say no to dining by the beach on Christmas Day? At the Beach Pavillion, you get to eat great food while overlooking Catseye Beach - it’s the best of both worlds! Plus, the exclusive festive menu is just what you need to soak into holiday mode. The Beach Pavilion’s fully licensed bar is also a hit with locals and tourists, making it one of the most popular destinations on the island.

3. Pool Terrace (Christmas Lunch)

Experience a Christmas lunch like never before at the beautiful Pool Terrace. Serving different varieties of mouth-watering food throughout the day, Pool Terrace diners can take their pick from the special festive menu for lunch or á la carte for dinner. With tasty food and a relaxed environment, it’s a place everyone can enjoy!

4. Sails (Christmas Lunch)

Devour delicious modern Australian food with a hint of Southeast Asian flavour, only at Sails. This family-friendly restaurant offers customers a new specialized menu for their Christmas lunch event, which is not to be missed! Imagine enjoying delicious food while having the Sails pool and Catseye Beach as the view… Now that’s paradise! 

5. Romano’s (Christmas Dinner)

Spend one of the best nights of the year at one of the best Italian restaurants in town. With food ranging from Rigatoni Con Agnello to chargrilled swordfish, Romano’s have the perfect meal for you and your loved ones this Christmas.



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New Years Eve

1. Beach Pavillion

Celebrate New Year’s Eve by heading down to the Beach Pavilion with your family! With so many activities to choose from, visitors can enjoy takeaway options and refreshments, evening live music, or the family-friendly fireworks show from 8:30 PM onwards.

2. Marina Village Celebrations

Marina Village is set to stage the biggest outdoor party on the island for New Year’s Eve with pop-up bars, live entertainment, and fireworks. Visitors are also welcome to ease into 2022 by treating themselves to a casual takeaway fare from the Pizzeria and Gelato bar, Popeye’s, and more.

3. Romano’s

Romano’s is the perfect place to celebrate New Year’s. With a front-row seat to the marina and its infinite twinkling sky when the fireworks start, there could not be a more romantic and dreamy way to head into the new year. Not to mention the food—diners will be able to enjoy a delicious Italian menu that has been specially curated for the night from 5.30PM.


With spring warming up, it’s time to plan a Christmas and New Year’s getaway with your loved ones. If you’re looking for a rockin’ festive celebration, contact our team to start planning your dream getaway at WAHI. You can also book with us directly on our website, or call our reservations team today on +61 7 4969 9905.