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Christmas weekend – carols, lights and festive events

December 18, 2018

Twas the weekend before Christmas… Grab your festive garb and glow sticks and get set for a heap of carolling, frivolity and fun.

Surfing Santa

Santa’s hitting Soldier’s Beach this Christmas – on a long board. For the past six years local surfer John Gatt has ridden the Soldier’s Beach waves decked out in full Santa garb. Surfing Santa made his first appearance  in 2012 as a treat for his own kids, but he’s been encouraged to do it again and again…  and now it’s a bit of a tradition. On Christmas morning you can meet Santa and Mrs Claus at 9.30am at Soldiers Beach. Santa will arrive by fire truck, he’ll be available for photos and he’ll then take to the waves.

When: 9.30am Christmas morning.
Location: Soldier’s Beach.
More info: https://www.facebook.com/johngatt01/
Price: Free.


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: www.centralcoastcarols.com.au
Price: Adult $10; youth $5 (5-17 years). All proceeds donated to Cancer Council NSW Central Coast.


Carols in the Park, The Entrance

Carols by Candlelight 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 The 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

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 available here: www.mingara.com.au. Any remaining tickets will be available at the gate on the night.
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.


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 over the weekend.

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


The Christmas Lights Spectacular, Hunter Valley Gardens

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: 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.


“Santa Claus is coming to town…” in a FIRE TRUCK!

This weekend Saint Nick and the wonderful volunteers of the Coast’s rural fire brigades will be hitting the streets in their big red trucks to wish everyone a very merry Christmas. There will be sirens, there will be lights and there just might be a few lollies.

Click here to see if he’ll be doing a drive by your area.


Christmas lights on the Central Coast

Looking for Christmas lights? An evening drive 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 we hope to make it that much easier for you to plan your route.

Check out our Christmas Lights Map here.

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