15 December 2017
While it’s true that a white Christmas is out of the question for most of NSW, there’s still lots of ways to get into the Christmas spirit this festive season! From viewing twinkling Christmas lights to singing traditional carols, check out some festive ways to spend Christmas Eve in regional NSW this year below.
Experience the magical Christmas Lights Spectacular at the stunning Hunter Valley Gardens. Now in its 10th year, the festival is back with more lights than ever before in a sparkling display that is sure to wow friends and family – and get you into the festive mood! Great for families, the event will also host a wide range of entertainment including exciting rides, a ferris wheel and carousel, food and drink stalls, nightly performances and Santa’s Workshop.
Enjoy Christmas celebrations in Country NSW at the Wentworth Christmas Eve Street Party. Catch up with friends over a classic sausage sizzle and a few Christmas tipples as Darling Street is closed off for the one-day Christmas extravaganza. The event will host a range of children’s games, activities and entertainment for all ages, as well as special visit from Santa at 8pm. Don’t miss out as the party will culminate in a dazzling fireworks display at 9:15pm.
Spend Christmas Eve poolside this year at the Thredbo Alpine Hotel. Join the locals and travellers for a carol concert from 6pm and help spread the Christmas cheer! Expect a visit from Santa Claus, delicious barbecue food, drinks from the poolside bar and lively entertainment – all from the comfort of the hotel’s outdoor pool and heated spa.
Doesn’t everyone love a festive moviethon at Christmastime? Lay out a picnic rug and enjoy a low-key Christmas Eve on the Fairway Lawn at the Chateau Elan. Enjoy the 2004 hit movie starring Tom Hanks under the Hunter Valley night sky and snack on christmas treats, ice creams, popcorn and more from the Candy Bar and sip bubbles from the licensed bar.
Get into the festive spirit at the annual Candles By Candlelight celebrations. The popular Central Coast community event begins at 6pm with a Christmas Carols montage from local artists including The House Band, before rolling out a packed programme of entertaining events throughout the evening. See the Gosford Musical Society’s performance of the Hans Christian Andersen classic The Ugly Duckling, meet Santa and spot Elmo and the Cookie Monster in the park before the show finishes with a brilliant fireworks display at 9pm.
Explore the spiritual side of Christmas with ceremonial carols at St. Michael’s Anglican Cathedral. Join fellow churchgoers and local community members for a classic carol service with performances from the church’s own Christmas choir and traditional Bible readings. There will be two services to choose from at 5pm and 7pm, as well as two morning church services on Christmas Eve at 8:30am and 10:30am.