Townsville takes Christmas pretty seriously. The town celebrations are a big deal, and have become famous across Queensland. For five days leading up to Christmas, The Strand is transformed into the biblical town of Bethlehem, in a remarkable interactive celebration, part installation, part performance, part funfair. Roman soldiers, traditional crafts people and shepherds roam the scene, centred around a traditional nativity. There are also live performances on the beach, kids activities and entertainment, and food and drinks stalls. All in all, a brilliant, enjoyable and unusual way to celebrate Christmas, and engage with the traditional Nativity story in an exciting way!

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