“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas”! To ensure your festive season is jolly and bright (and just that much easier) this December, we’ve compiled this Ultimate Guide to “Christmas on the Central Coast” 

Scroll down for links to our Christmas Lights Map | Top Christmas Carols and Events | Fire Truck Santa Runs | Santa Photographers | our Review of the Christmas Lights Spectacular | & Summer Holiday Activities Guide.       

Thank you for following Playing in Puddles in 2019. We promise to keep sharing the best of the Coast with you in 2020.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

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.

Plus, our friends at HIT101.3 are running a Christmas Lights comp giving you the chance to WIN $100 cash and $1000 worth of Christmas goodies.

christmas carols and festive events on the central coast

There are so many fantastic Christmas events to partake in this silly season – from Santa meets and carol evenings to festive markets and biblical re-enactments. 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 hemisphere! And this year they’ve completely upped the ante – hanging more than 3 million lights!

We 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 on the central coast

We’ve found the best-of-the-best Central Coast Santa photographers!

This year you’re spoilt for choice: you can visit Santa in his lounge room, at the beach or in the bush. Plus, we’ve found spaces where you can bring your furry babies along for a snap too.

Where to Buy a Real Christmas Tree on the Central Coast

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

Summer school holiday activities

It’s getting hot hot 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 water slides and kids shows to circus workshops and basketball camps.

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