Tis the season! To ensure your festive season is jolly and bright (and just that much easier) this year, we’ve compiled this Ultimate Guide to “Christmas on the Central Coast” in 2023!

Merry Christmas, everyone!

2023 Central Coast Christmas Lights Map!

An evening drive in the weeks before Christmas is a ritual many Central Coast families love, and with our Central Coast Christmas Lights Map and feature outlining the best-decorated homes it’s easy for you to plan your route.

Christmas events on the central coast, Sydney and Hunter

There are some fantastic Christmas events to partake in this silly season – from Christmas Carols and festive markets to fabulous Christmas lights. We’ve found the best of the Christmas events near you.

Christmas Lights Spectacular at the Hunter Valley Gardens

The Hunter Valley Gardens’ Christmas Lights Spectacular is the BIGGEST Christmas lights display in the southern hemisphereWe absolutely love the beauty and magic of this event, and we were blown away again this year to see that they’ve (somehow) gone bigger and better, with a huge number of new lights on display.

fire truck santa runs!

Santa has ditched the sleigh for a fire truck this Christmas. Saint Nick (and the wonderful volunteers of the Coast’s rural fire brigades) will be hitting the streets in their big red trucks to throw lollies from the windows and to wish everyone a very merry Christmas.

Check out our feature to see when Santa’s fire truck will be in your area.

Santa photos & Festive photos on the central coast

We’ve found the best-of-the-best Central Coast Santa and festive photographers! Plus, we’ve found lots of gorgeous festive settings where you can have Santa-free (and tear-free) photos of you and your babes. These make stunning snaps that you can display all year long.

Where to Buy a Real Christmas Tree on the Central Coast

There’s nothing quite like having a real pine tree in your living room, and we’ve found a local Christmas Tree farm where you can pick your very own – straight from the soil. Plus we’ve mapped out where Rotary will be selling pine trees throughout December – with all money going to charity.

Support Local Children in Need by Donating a Christmas Gift to We Care Connect

Looking for ways you can spread some festive love AND support the local community this Christmas? We’re calling on the generosity of Central Coast locals to come together in supporting We Care Connect so that each struggling family can wake up on Christmas Day with a gift from Santa. Find out how you can help below.


It’s getting hot! Summer is here and kids across the Central Coast are gearing up for the school holidays. We know this holiday’s a big one, so we’ve found a heap of awesome things to entertain your kids – from events and kids shows to muddy obstacle courses you can do with your kids.

Follow Playing in Puddles to discover the best of the Central Coast for Kids

We keep you updated on the popular hotspots and reveal new businesses that are sure to become your local favourites.

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