Newcastle will be spreading some good old Aussie Christmas cheer throughout the month of December, with free family-friendly events popping up all over the city centre as part of A Very Newy Christmas.
Christmas festivities kick off officially on Friday 4 December with an a-maze-ing tree display to explore in Civic Park. Following this, the city will dial up the holiday spirit with not-so-traditional Santa photos.
Christmas Maze in Civic Park
Smell the fresh pine while getting lost in Civic Park’s maze, made using 120 fully sized Christmas trees. By day, kids will have a great time finding their way through the maze and by night, onlookers can enjoy the sparkling solar-powered tree lights, helping give the city a little extra Christmas spirit.
Bring a photo to post to Santa!
Civic Park’s Christmas Tree Maze runs from 7am to 7pm from Friday 4 December to Saturday 12 December.
UPDATE: Christmas Tree Sales. Starting at 7am on Sunday 13 December, the trees will be on sale to anyone who would like to make a suggested donation of $40 to the Salvos Christmas Appeal. The preferred method is EFTPOS. A representative from the Salvation Army will be onsite to collect the donation and there will be event staff member to assist with the trees. The price includes the tree, base and LED solar lights.
Free Christmas Photo Spots
Gather your friends, family and pets and shake it like a pole-oriod picture at one of the free Christmas photos spot at Darby Street or Hunter Street Mall from 10 December. Step into a classic Aussie Christmas scene, complete with a spectacular backdrop for the picture perfect moment that resonates good times.
Aussie beach-style Santa photos are available from 9am to 5pm weekdays and 9am to 1pm Saturday on 153 Darby Street, Cooks Hill from Thursday 10 December to Tuesday 15 December and at 145 Hunter Street in Newcastle from Thursday 17 December to Tuesday 22 December.
A dedicated hashtag (#newychristmas) has been created so visitors can quickly grab their polaroid snap and get on their merry way.
A Very Newy Christmas has been produced by Enigma and is funded by City of Newcastle’s Special Business Rate Program, in an effort to attract locals and visitors into the city centre. Newy Christmas activities will run from Thursday 3 December to Tuesday 22 December.
For more Christmas events, visit the Newy with Kids Christmas Events Guide.
Started in late 2012 by a local mum, Newy with Kids has grown into a thriving go-to family guide for the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & Hunter region. Parents visit the Newy with Kids website to find things to do with babies, kids and teens. Whether it’s local attractions, upcoming events, kids eat free, school holiday activities or birthday party ideas, Newy with Kids is the best website for local parents to find local kid-friendly activities and information 24/7.