Mince pies are in the supermarket, Christmas decorations are adorning shop fronts and Saint Nick is hanging in shopping centres across the Central Coast.

If you love the merriment of the silly season, Playing in Puddles has you covered with all the festivities.

Augmented Reality Christmas Photos, Roving Performers and Carol Singers

Image provided by Central Coast Council

Head to one of the Coast’s Christmas villages this December to get in the holiday spirit. Giant Christmas trees will light up Toukley Village Green, Kibble Park in Gosford and Memorial Park at The Entrance throughout December, plus Christmas carollers and roving performers will be there to entertain on specific days.

Families, too, can get set to take some snowy festive snaps with a unique augmented reality experience brought to you by Central Coast Council. Head to one of the Coast’s village hubs in Toukley, Gosford, Woy Woy or The Entrance, scan the ‘Christmas on the Coast’ QR codes on display, say “cheese!” and share your Christmas photos with friends!

+ Augmented photos – Saturday 5 December to Sunday 27 December | Village Green, Toukley | Kibble Park, Gosford | Woy Woy Oval Forecourt, Woy Woy | Memorial Park, The Entrance.

+ Roving performers – Saturday 5 December 10am – 2pm at Memorial Park, The Entrance | Saturday 12 December 10am – 2pm at Kibble Park, Gosford | Saturday 19 December 10am – 2pm at Memorial Park, The Entrance.

+ Christmas Carollers – Monday 21 December 10am – 1pm at Kibble Park, Gosford | Tuesday 22 December 10am – 1pm at Woy Woy Oval Forecourt, Woy Woy | Wednesday 23 December 10am – 1pm at Memorial Park, The Entrance.

Brought to you by Central Coast Council.

The Christmas Lights Spectacular, Hunter Valley Gardens

Image supplied by Hunter Valley Gardens

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 is a number of walk-through sculptural lights, such as Snowy the giant snowman, an enormous gold and red Christmas bauble and a magic castle! 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. 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. Plus Santa’s workshop is in full swing!

NEW to Santa’s workshop this year is an entire city of animated and illuminated Christmas villages. Within the village, you’ll see mini-figures riding horse-led sleighs, skating across frozen ice rinks, and enjoying spins aboard ferris wheels. It’s magical, and the more you look the more whimsy you’ll find!

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. We visited on opening weekend; click here to read our review of their 2020-2021 lights.

When: 5 November 2020 until 26 January 2021 (closed 25 December 2020). Gardens open daily 9am-5pm; lights open 6.30pm-10.30pm.
Location: The Hunter Valley Gardens, 2090 Broke Road, Pokolbin.
Tickets and more info: 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 (4-15 yrs) $22. The unlimited rides wristband is $15/person or rides can be purchased singly for $6/person. Ride passes are available at the ticket booth at the rides area in the Hunter Valley Gardens.

Central Coast Carols – Home Delivered!

Image supplied by Star 104.5

This year marks the seventh anniversary of Star 104.5’s Central Coast Carols – the popular and festive community event, usually held at the Central Coast Stadium. With current restrictions in place around large crowd gatherings. the team at STAR 104.5 didn’t want the residents of our beautiful coast to miss out on what is usually a joyous and hopeful event, and so they’ve re-invented Central Coast Carols to be ‘Ho Ho Home Delivered’ to you!

To receive your very own personal carol singer, all you need to do is make a booking and donation to Cancer Council NSW and a local artist will come to the end of your driveway to sing Christmas carols to your family!

PLUS, keep an eye out for the Road Star elves, Rabbit and Sarah from STAR 104.5 and other special guest appearances!

When: Launching Monday 23 November in the Breakfast show with Rabbit & Sarah and running each day in the lead up to Christmas.
Location: Your house!
Price: Donation: $50. Proceeds will be donated to Cancer Council NSW – Central Coast.

An acknowledgment of thanks goes to event partners Central Coast Stadium, Fairplay Entertainment, A Dash of Christmas, Fixx Events and JC Entertainment for their ongoing support!

The Christmas Fair, Mount Penang Parklands

Image supplied by Hart Events

The Coast’s BIGGEST Christmas event is back again this December and promises all the usual festivities, excitement and merriment, symbolic of the countdown to Christmas!

Families heading to the popular event at Mount Penang can expect to enjoy a fun-filled day of Christmas shopping with the opportunity to peruse over 150 high-quality market stalls selling everything from Christmas wreaths, herbs and spices to handmade jewellery and baby clothes.

There’s plenty for those simply looking for a day of outdoor fun too, with a free kids entertainment area and a whole heap of eating options, from gozleme, dumplings and Vietnamese cuisine to fresh lemonade and gelato! And because it’s Christmas you can enjoy a drop from the locals too – Six String beer and wine will be available from the licensed bar.

When: Sunday 6 December 2020, 9am-2pm.
Location: Mount Penang Parklands, Kangoo Rd, Kariong.
More info: Click here or stay up to date by visiting the Facebook page.
Price: Gold coin entry.

Choose Your Own Christmas Tree

There’s something very special and ceremonious about bringing home a real Christmas tree. The smell of the fresh pine needles, the excitement of decorating it, and the anticipation of what Santa might leave beneath it are guaranteed to spark joy among all members of the family. Yet decorating the tree with tinsel and baubles is only half the fun; the first and most thrilling task for little kids – and big ones too – is choosing the tree!

Central Coast families can now visit a number of awesome locations where they’ll be able to walk the rows of pines and tag their favourite, or even hop aboard a festively decorated buggy on a tour of the Christmas tree farm!

For locations across the Central Coast of where to buy a real Christmas tree, check out our feature.

Central Coast Christmas Lights

In the weeks leading up to Christmas, spending an evening slowly driving around the neighbourhood to spot the most colourful and quirky Christmas lights display is a ritual for many Central Coast families. To make it that much easier for you to plan your route, we’ve written a feature that includes a map of all the best-decorated homes up and down the Central Coast!

Want to know where the MUST-VISIT homes are? Click the link below to check out our map.

Christmas Lights in Sydney

Martin Place Christmas Tree and Fairy Lights

Visit the tallest Christmas tree in NSW during a festive trip to Sydney!

When: Saturday 28 November to Thursday 31 December.
Martin Place, Sydney.

Australiana Christmas at Westfield, Sydney

See an elaborate display of Christmas decorations and lights spanning six levels of Westfield Tower.

When: Thursday 5 November to Thursday 31 December.
Pitt Street Mall, Sydney.

Festivities at the Queen Victoria Building

Expect magical Santa experiences, exclusive shopping, and the iconic Swarovski Tree!

When: Saturday 7 November to Sunday 10 January 2021.
QVB, George Street, Sydney.

Gigantic Christmas Presents at Darling Harbour

Get your snaps taken next to these 6-foot tall Christmas presents that have taken over the Harbourside Forecourt!

When: Monday 9 November to Friday 25 December.
Darling Harbour, Sydney.

The Strand Arcade Christmas Decorations

Visit an illuminated installation of Christmas decorations inspired by native flowers.

When: Monday 2 November to Sunday 10 January 2021.
The Strand Arcade, George Street, Sydney.

Interactive Swinging Bells at Darling Square

Kids and adults will have a lot of fun on these three enormous interactive Christmas bells with inbuilt swings.

When: Monday 9 November to Friday 25 December.
Haymarket, Sydney.

Events that won’t go ahead this year due to COVID

+ The Road to Bethlehem at Erina.
+ EV Carols at Erina.
+ Christmas under the Stars – carols at Mingara

Add a Christmas Event

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