At the light show in Bisley Street.
At the light show in Bisley Street. Candyce Braithwaite

10 things to do this Christmas

Marvel at lights

THIS weekend more than ever is the best time to get into the festive spirit and appreciate the hours of work many Warwick residents have gone in to make their homes as festive as possible.

Pile into the car when the sun goes down and feast your eyes on the array of Christmas lights around town.

Bestbrook buffet

BESTBROOK Mountain Resort is offering a sumtuous buffet from noon. Dine on the old favourites of roast pork with crackle to die for, turkey and baked ham. Enjoy prawns, oysters, smoked salmon, freshly made salads and an array of vegetables to tantalise your taste buds. Savour the selection of delicious desserts. Licensed bar.

Where: Bestbrook Mountain Resort, Cunningham Hwy.

When: Christmas Day from noon.

Cost: Adults $80, children $45, under 5s free. Bookings essential limited places. Phone 4666 1282.

Festive feast

LET the team at Rupert's do the work for you, while you sit back and enjoy your Christmas Day.

Festive mulled wine on arrival and the menu includes a main of honey mustard glazed baked ham and traditional rolled turkey breast with a crasiin and almond stuffing served with freshly steamed broccolini, carrots and snow peas tossed through butter and roasted potatoes.

Where: Rupert's Bar and Grill, Wood St, Warwick.

When: Christmas Day.

Cost: $79 per person, bookings essential on 4660 2199.

Christmas movies

SUMMON your Christmas spirit from the comfort of your couch and sit back and enjoy a good old Christmas flick.

Family classics that never grow old include Home Alone (1&2), the Santa Clause and Miricle on 34th Street.

If you are in the mood for something a little more contemporary, try for the Polar Express, Elf, or How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Once the kids are in bed, mum and dad can turn on the TV and enjoy Love Actually or Bad Santa.

Cinema treat

TAKE the family down to the cinemas to see Happy Feet 2, out on Boxing day.

If you liked the first one, chances are you will love the second one.

And the best part is - it's not just for the kids!

Where: Warwick Twin Cinema

When: Boxing Day

Cost: From $7.50 to $10.50

Family time

GRAB your family, wrap them in your arms and feel the love of Christmas. Be sure to help out with any Christmas festivities planned this weekend, put your hand up to help with anything from licking the bowl clean of pudding crumbs or the washing up.

Remember, many hands make light work.

When: This weekend but it doesn't hurt to always show your appreciation.

Where: Wherever you find yourself.

Cost: Free to show someone you love them.

Game board wars

BATTLE it out for game board supremacy against the whole family over the weekend.

Dig out the board games from underneath the bed and gather the family around for a little bit of friendly competition.

Taboo, Pictionary, Scattegories, Monopoly and Guess Who are always popular choices and a fun way to prove which family member really is #1.

Share the love

MAKE sure you check on your neighbours this weekend so no one feels left out. Why not invite them over for a cheeky rumball?

All you need is a packet of sweet biscuits, one cup of coconut, one tin of condensed milk, two tablespoons of cocoa powder, four tablespoons of rum (or any mini bottle of spirited alcohol you fancy).

Combine it all together, spoon a bit of mixture into your hand and roll balls to create a delicious social experience.

When: During the festive season.

Where: Your place.

Cost: About $25.

Check conditions

WHETHER you're interested in meteorology or are planning a holiday get away, make sure you check out the latest traffic and weather conditions before you head out.

Check out http://www.bom.gov.au/qld/ to keep abreast of Queensland weather and flood warnings.

Drivers wanting to check for recent Main Roads information can subscribe for SMS updates - visit www.cunninghamhighwaysms.com.au and follow the prompts or alternatively, call 131940 or go to www.131940.qld.gov.au.

Play in the rain

IF the pesky wet weather, does in fact greet us this festive weekend, don the raincoat and gumboots and jump from puddle to puddle in your backyard.

For kids who like it a little messier, arm yourself with a bucket and spade and make mud pies, mud sandcastles and any other mud creation you can think of.

Why not create your very own slip and slide, jump and slide on the wet trampoline, or just sit back on the veranda with a drink and watch the grass grow before your eyes.


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