Planning a visit to the Central Coast this Christmas? Here’s the low-down on the silly season festivities happening the week of Christmas in 2019!

Central Coast Carols, Gosford

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, The Jitterbugs and Nikki Webster will be there to entertain the kids, and fireworks will close the celebrations at 9pm. When: 5pm-9pm 20 December 2019 (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.

Christmas Under the Stars, Mingara

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, a visit from Saint Nick, and a fireworks display at the end of the evening 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.. When: 5.30pm-9.30pm Sunday 22 December 2019 (gates open 4.30pm; fireworks 9.15pm). Location: Mingara Regional Athletics Centre, Mingara Drive, Tumbi Umbi. Tickets and more info: Tickets go on sale Monday 2 December. Tickets available here: www.mingara.com.au.  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.

The Christmas Lights Spectacular, Hunter Valley Gardens

Okay, 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. Click here to read our review of their 2018 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.

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.