Molly Stoddart, 11, Joe Stoddart, 9, and Hugh Rylance, 9, of Brisbane get stuck into some beach cricket on Main Beach, Noosa Heads.
Molly Stoddart, 11, Joe Stoddart, 9, and Hugh Rylance, 9, of Brisbane get stuck into some beach cricket on Main Beach, Noosa Heads. John McCutcheon

The ultimate guide to Boxing Day on the Coast

1. Boxing Day sales

WHAT: The ultimate day-after Christmas tradition - shopping.

WHERE: Shopping centres across the Coast

FOR some, Christmas is just a formality.

It's all about getting through the day of family and goodwill and getting straight to the shops for the biggest bargains of the year.

Not for the faint-hearted get your elbows ready and get in on the action.

2. Boxing Day movies

WHAT: Head to the movies

WHERE: Maroochydore, Caloundra or Noosa cinemas

WHEN: Check out movie times online

THERE will be something for everyone at the cinemas on Boxing Day.

After a mad morning of bargain hunting, or relaxing if the post-Christmas sales aren't your scene, an afternoon or evening at the cinema is a tried and true tradition for many of us.

After the mid-December drought when many distributors save their big guns for the bumper holiday period, it's a flood of new offerings competing for your eyes and wallet.

Visit www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au for our guide to the best movies to check out this Boxing Day.

3. Seafood markets

WHAT: Stock up on more prawns, oysters and fish

WHERE: Mooloolaba Spit

WHEN: Fisheries on the Spit and Mooloolaba Fish Market open from 9am to 8 or 8.30pm

LET'S face it, you simply can't get enough fresh seafood at this time of year. After your Christmas feast your supplies are likely dwindling, so get yourself back to the Spit to stock back up. Or if you're over cooking, fish and chips are likely to hit the spot.

4. Boxing Day Test

WHAT: Cricket

WHERE: Enjoy at home with friends and family

WHEN: Starts at 9.30am

FIVE days of pure uninterrupted cricket joy. It would just be unAustralian not to.

5. Sydney Hobart

WHAT: Yacht race

WHERE: Unless you're planning a trip south, it'll be in front of the TV for you

WHEN: 1pm

TAKE well-earned break from the cricket and turn your viewing schedule to the glitz and glamour of the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

6. Head to Mooloolaba Surf Club

WHAT: Live music on the deck

WHERE: Mooloolaba Surf Club

WHEN: 3-7pm, 9pm-midnight

KICK back and enjoy some live music at the surf club. Andrew Mutz will be playing in the afternoon, with Whiskey Highway at night.

7. Mason Hope performs live

WHAT: Live music

WHERE: Solbar, Lounge Bar

WHEN: 5pm

Winner of the Gympie Music Muster Talent Search 2016, Mason Hope will be playing tonight. Entry is free.

8. Get your bags packed for Woodford

WHAT: Woodford Folk Festival

WHERE: Woodfordia

WHEN: Tomorrow until January 1

PACK your harem pants, incense and tent and make sure you've had a good look at the massive 2016-17 program. The most difficult part about going to Woodford is choosing what to go and see.

9. Eat, drink and be merry

WHAT: Finish up those leftovers

WHERE: Preferably at a relative's

WHEN: All day of course

TURN that turkey into turkey curry or recycle the veg into bubble and squeak. You're bound to have over catered this Christmas and don't let it go to waste. In good news, there's no need to scoff the ham too quickly. If you look after it properly, a decent ham should last you a couple of weeks. So keep it moist in a ham bag with a little water and vinegar, replace it every three to four days.

10. Ultimate family fun time

SWITCH off the TV, forget the shopping and spend some time bonding as a family. Whether it's playing with new Christmas toys together, having a game of backyard cricket or heading to the beach, it's not often you get to enjoy quality time together so make the most of it.



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