It’s nearly Christmas! Don your reindeer ears and pull out the festive shirts, it’s time to get your carol on! There are a heap of fabulous festive events happening in the week before Christmas to get you feeling merry and bright! Come check them out and plan your week.

Central Coast Carols, Gosford

Image supplied by Star 104.5

Former yellow Wiggle Sam Moran and six-time Aria award-winner Wendy Matthews head-lined last year’s carols, and this year’s Central Coast Carols evening is sure to be another stellar 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. Santa will be popping in to wish everyone a merry Christmas and The Jitterbugs and Nikki Webster will be there to entertain the kids.

UPDATE: Due to the fire ban and events occurring in our region there will be no fireworks this year.

When: Friday 20 December 2019, 5pm-9pm (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.

Christmas Under the Stars, Mingara

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2019 winner of “The Voice” Diana Rouvas, 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 regularly draws more than 15,000 people, and we have no doubt it’ll attract a merry crowd again. A “Sesame Street” show and a visit from Saint Nick will keep kids well amused. You’re welcome to BYO picnic or grab dinner from one of the many food trucks serving churros, gozleme, dumplings and crepes.

UPDATE: Due to the fire ban and events occurring in our region there will be no fireworks this year.

When: Sunday 22 December 2019, 5.30pm-9.30pm (gates open 4.30pm; fireworks 9.15pm).
Location: Mingara Regional Athletics Centre, Mingara Drive, Tumbi Umbi.
Tickets and more info: Tickets available here:  If there are tickets remaining they will be available at the gate on the night
Price: Adults $5, children 12 years and under are free (Child tickets are required and can be collected with adult purchase). Funds raised will go to the Salvation Army Oasis Youth Centre at Books In Homes.

Carols in the Park, The Entrance

Carols by Candlelight at The Entrance
Image supplied by Central Coast Council

Grab a rug and join family and friends for an evening of Christmas carols, entertainment, stalls and a fun Christmas-themed photo booth. There will be much carol singing plus a visit from Saint Nick and fireworks to close. 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).

Brought to you by the Central Coast Council.

When: Tuesday 24 December 2019, 6pm-9pm.
Location: Memorial Park, The Entrance.
More info: Click here.
Price: Free.

The Christmas Lights Spectacular, Hunter Valley Gardens

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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.

NEW this year is a white Christmas scene complete with snow cave and snowflake-topped trees, a heart tunnel and a “Lovers’ Corner” complete with mistletoe.

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 2019-2020 lights.

When: 8 November 2019 until 26 January 2020 (closed 25 December 2019). Gardens open daily 9am-4pm; lights open 5.30pm-9.45pm.
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 $22. There are discounts for groups and other pricing options. Click below for more details.

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.

Brought to you by the Central Coast Council.

When: A Luminous Christmas: Saturday 30 November 2019 until Monday 30 December 2019 (lights are on from 8pm-10pm each evening).
Location: Waterfront Plaza, The Entrance.
More info: Click here.
Price: Free.