Trees are erected, tinsel has been flit about and the baubles have been hung (and dropped). If you love the merriment and festivity of the silly season, Playing in Puddles has you covered. There are so many fantastic Christmas events to partake in, from Santa meets to carol evenings.

Grab your festive garb, picnic rug and mozzie spray and get set for a month of frivolity and fun. There are loads of Christmas events happening across the Coast – here, in no particular order, are our favourites.

Central Coast Carols, Gosford

With former yellow Wiggle Sam Moran and six-time Aria award-winner Wendy Matthews performing, this year’s Central Coast Carols evening is sure to be a night of fun. Hosted by Star 104.5 radio presenters Rabbit and Julie Goodwin, all proceeds from these carols are donated to Cancer Council NSW Central Coast. There will be a jumping castle, slide and swing ride on site as well as food trucks. Santa will be popping in to wish everyone a merry Christmas and fireworks will close the celebrations at 9pm.

When: 5pm-9pm 21 December (gates open at 4pm).
Location: Central Coast Stadium, Gosford.
More info and tickets:
Price: Adult $10; youth $5 (5-17 years). All proceeds donated to Cancer Council NSW Central Coast.

A Luminous Christmas, The Entrance

A visit to The Entrance is a must this December with Central Coast Council installing some very special Christmas lights. Animated Christmas tales are being projected onto large overhead panels that you can walk under as part of a 30-day LED light show. In addition to the lights, schools and bands from around the Coast will perform on various nights throughout December.

When: A Luminous Christmas 1 December 2018-30 December 2018, 8pm-10pm.
Location: Waterfront Plaza, The Entrance.
More info: Click here.
Price: Free.

Carols in the Park, The Entrance

Carols by Candlelight at The Entrance

Carols in the Park at The Entrance

Grab a rug and join family and friends for an evening of Christmas carols, entertainment, stalls and more. The evening will kick off at 6pm with children from Gosford Musical Society’s “Madagascar” performance taking to the stage. There will be much carol singing plus a visit from Saint Nick at 7pm. The night will conclude at 8pm to ensure Santa has plenty of time to make his deliveries. Don’t forget to drop by Waterfront Plaza to view A Luminous Christmas (the LED display switches on at 8pm – see our write-up above for more details).

When: Monday 24 December 2018, 6pm-8pm.
Location: Memorial Park, The Entrance.
More info: Click here 
Price: Free.

Christmas Under the Stars, Mingara

Christmas Under the Stars carols event

Damien Leith, former Hi-5 singer Nathan Foley and country singer Gina Jeffreys will be taking to the stage of the Coast’s most popular carols this year. Mingara’s Christmas Under the Stars event drew more than 15,000 people last year and we have no doubt it’ll attract a merry crowd again. Kids will be kept well amused with the many carnival rides, a visit from Saint Nick, a Bananas in Pyjamas performance and a fireworks display at the end of the evening. You’re welcome to BYO picnic or grab dinner from one of the many food trucks serving woodfired pizza, burgers and burrito bowls.

When: Sunday 23 December 2018, 5.30pm-10pm (ticket booth open from 3.30pm; gates open 4.30pm; fireworks 9.15pm).
Location: Mingara Recreation Club, Tumbi Umbi.
Tickets and more info: Tickets go on sale Saturday 1 December and any remaining tickets will be available at the gate on the night. Tickets available here:
Price: Adults $5, children 12 years and under are free (children must be accompanied by an adult). Proceeds go to The Salvation Army, Books in Homes Project for The Entrance Public School and other local charities.

The Christmas Lights Spectacular, Hunter Valley Gardens

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Okay, we know these lights aren’t on the Central Coast, but they’re close enough (and spectacular enough) to warrant inclusion in this list. The Hunter Valley Gardens’ Christmas Lights Spectacular is the BIGGEST Christmas lights display in the southern hemisphere – how lucky are we that it’s just a hop, skip from our doors!

There are Cinderella castles, Ice Age squirrels, giant teddy bears and scooter-riding penguins. Their Candyland is scattered with liquorice allsorts, jellybeans, gingerbread men and lollypops, while their Fairyland is home to Tinkerbell, My Little Ponies and a giant rocking horse. A pirate ship sails the lake and dinosaurs roam the hill. There’s a nativity scene that tells the story of Christmas and a “12 Days of Christmas” area that encourages you to get your carol on.

A visit to The Christmas Lights Spectacular is an annual tradition for our Playing in Puddles family. We absolutely love the beauty and magic of this event. Click here to read our 2018 review (and to see photos of this year’s display).

When: 2 November 2018 until 26 January 2019 (closed 25 December 2018). Gardens open daily 9am-4pm; lights open 5.30pm-10pm.
Location: The Hunter Valley Gardens, 2090 Broke Road, Pokolbin.
Tickets and more info: Tickets on sale now.Click here.
Price: Adult $30; Child (4-15 yrs) $25; Child Under 4 Free; Family Pass (2 Adults + 1 Child) $79; Family Pass (2 Adults + 2 Children) $99; Extra Child on Family Pass $21. There are discounts for groups and other pricing options. Click above for more details.

EV Community Carols, Erina

EV Community Carols.

Everyone is invited to attend the EV Community Carols and Carnival on Saturday 8 December. There will be jumping castles, face painting, plus challenges and games for the kids. Bring a picnic dinner or grab a sausage sanga from the BBQ. There will be two sessions of carols: the first at 4pm (perfect for little ones who tire early) and the second at 7.30pm. The carols will be held inside their tiered theatre, so they’ll be able to go ahead no matter the weather. There won’t be candles, but there will most certainly be glow sticks.

When: Saturday 8 December 2018. Carols start at 4pm and again at 7:30pm | Carnival from 5:30pm.
Location: EV Church, Erina, 331 Terrigal Drive, Erina.
More info: Click here. 
Price: Free.

The Christmas Fair, Mount Penang Gardens

With more than 175 high-quality stalls selling everything from hand-crafted wooden toys to raw local honey, the annual Christmas Fair is the place to be for serious shoppers.

There’s plenty for those simply looking for a day of outdoor fun too. The free kids area will excite with its face painting, slot car racing, Christmas craft and carnival rides. Let Santa, Mungo the roving magician and the Switcharoo Circus crew take over the entertaining for a while as you enjoy lunch (everything from shucked oysters to pulled brisket). And because it’s Christmas you can enjoy a drop from the locals too – Six String beer and Firescreek wine will be available from the licensed bar.

Want more? There will be more than 20 vintage cars on display and a “Read Me, Create Me, Play Me” space where children are invited to read books, play instruments, make gingerbread and create Christmas gifts. Plus, you can get your photo taken with Saint Nick for just $5 (which is donated to Catholic Care Foster Care).

When: Sunday 2 December 2018, 9am-2pm.
Location: Mount Penang Gardens, Kangoo Rd, Somersby.
More info: Click here
Price: Gold coin entry.

Lighting of the Christmas Tree, Gosford

Kick off the festive season with The Lighting of the Christmas Tree in Kibble Park, Gosford. Your kids will love getting arty crafty decorating baubles, gingerbread cookies and calico bags, and having their photo taken with Mr and Mrs Claus. You can get this Santa snap taken for free, plus you’ll be gifted with a free Santa-photo magnet to display on your fridge. BYO picnic or purchase dinner from one of the many food stalls. The lights will switch on at approximately 8.15pm.

When: 30 November 2018, 5pm-8.30pm.
Location: Kibble Park, Gosford.
More info: Click here.
Price: Free.

Impact Festival and Christmas Carols, Erina

Impact Christmas Carols and Festival

Impact Christmas Carols and Festival

This annual festival hosted by Impact boasts free rides and jumping castles, food and shopping stalls and a beautiful family-friendly carols event that everyone is sure to enjoy. Santa Claus will be making a special appearance for photos and to check over his naughty-or-nice list!

Kids also get free entry into KidsWorld – Impact’s on-site play centre (click here to read Playing in Puddles’ review).

When: Sunday 9 December 2018. Festival 4pm-6pm and carols 6pm-7:30pm.
Location: Impact Centre, 19 Chetwynd Road, Erina.
More info:
Price: Free.

♥ There are LOADS of Christmas events occurring across the Central Coast this Christmas. Check them all out on our event calendar here.

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