Event Review – White Christmas (Movie World)

Ahh Christmas! That beautiful time of the year with the lights, and tinsel, and balls, decorations, gifts, family, friends and FUN! Now if you follow the website you will know that we LOVE theme parks, in particular Movie World on the Gold Coast is one of our favourite destinations. This year they turned up the decorative heat and delivered a dazzling light show with a heart stopping parade that captures the beauty of Christmas.

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Normally we go to theme parks for the rides and the thrills, White Christmas completely changes the atmosphere to an unforgettable experience. The vibe is family orientated and warm (no I am not referring to the blistering Queensland heat!) The rides you can jump on are Batwing, Superman Escape, Justice League : Alien Invasion and the Scooby Doo Spooky Coaster. All of these are unbelievably thrilling at night (particularly Superman Escape in complete darkness!)

If rides aren’t your thing, there is still plenty to do! Decorate your own gingerbread men. if you want to spend some extra money kids (sadly only kids!) can dress up as elves and be part of the parade. For the hardcore christmas people the North Pole Pass is definitely the way to go. It includes a christmas buffet dinner with Mrs.Claus before the event starts, gives you access to fast track for the rides for the whole evening so you avoid those pesky queues, a christmas goodie bag and exclusive VIP viewing area for the Christmas parade.

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The official opening and switching on of the lights is a grand event, the light show is worth the wait and the falling “snow” helps create an inviting and festive atmosphere. There is an “elfie” stand that is buzzing around social media #elfie (you know you want to do it!) as well as a fairy garden for family photos.

If you want something really out there, the awkward family photo booth next to the main stage is definitely worth checking out. With oversized christmas sweaters, scarves, candy canes, hats and a hilarious set, the opportunities are endless.

Awkward Family Photo...mainly because I just met the guy on my left...
Awkward Family Photo…mainly because I just met the guy on my left…

The Carol Lip Synching Battle was particularly interesting as I was roped in with the promise of a fast pass if I participated, 2 groups of 2 contestants battle it out on the main stage (see video evidence above!) As scary and daunting as this may seem, it was actually a lot of fun and is definitely worth the minute and a half of potential embarrassment. The more you get into it, the more the crowd loves it (according to the Movie World guy!)

Lip Synching Carol Battle.. P.S. WE WON!
Lip Synching Carol Battle.. P.S. WE WON!

All in all White Christmas is a spectacular event, with something for everyone, the only real let down was the run time. The park opens at 5:30 and closes at 8:30pm. While I understand that this is a family event, maybe a 9:30 or 10 pm close time would have allowed more time to experience everything at a leisurely pace. Definitely stick around for the big parade, it is meticulously detailed and majestic. Movie World have pulled out all the stops for Christmas this year creating a memorable experience for young and old. If you haven’t bought tickets yet, you better hurry! Head over to their website here

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