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A ‘gem’ Of A Christmas Show

Story: Jodie Woodward | Photo: Ben McShea
Oct 25, 2019
A ‘GEM’ OF A Christmas Show
You can put gems on your Christmas shopping list this year, with the annual Redcliffe Christmas Gem Show just around the corner. One of the largest gem shows in south-east Queensland, the event saw around 3000 people attend last year.

Redcliffe Gem Club president, Graeme Dick, said the format of the event would be relatively unchanged; however, Hercules Road State School will be the new venue for this year.

“Last year it was very hot, and everyone melted, so this year those in the main hall will have air-conditioning and those outside can come in and cool down when they need to,” Graeme said.

The new venue also brings space for outdoor traders, quality food providers and eating spaces, as well as some “superb kids’ facilities”.

“There are two big areas of climbing frames and we do a lot of kids' activities, all set up in the general kids’ area,” Graeme said.

You can get your Christmas presents sorted, from a range of jewellery and displays inside the main hall, or from the outside trading, which will include uncut stones and second-hand lapidary equipment. Don’t forget to bring some change along for the major raffle, which offers five main prizes with a retail value in excess of $5000.

“We’re a not-for-profit and the cost of running these places is getting more and more expensive. These shows are our main fundraiser for the year,” Graeme said.

If you’re thinking of heading to the gem show for the first time, Graeme said there’s more to see than you think. It’s not uncommon to spend hours at the event, but be careful you don’t spend all of your money too quickly!

“Have a good look around, before you buy anything, but for those who don’t [have money], we'll have two ATMs on-site,” he said.

Find out more via or search for the Redcliffe Christmas Gem Show event listing on Facebook.

Redcliffe Christmas Gem Show
Saturday 9 November and Sunday 10 November, 9am-4pm
Hercules Road State School
Hercules Road, Kippa-Ring