2020 Christmas Events in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & the Hunter

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It’s coming up to Christmas time again but with the COVID-19 restrictions still in place, Christmas will be different. This guide is usually packed with lots of local Christmas carols, and events to enjoy in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and the Hunter. However, this year, events have been switched up (no carols yet) but there are still plenty of fun Christmas events to enjoy with more being added each day. Keep checking back for all the Christmas 2020 fun!

Waratah Village’s Famous Christmas Lights

Lights on from Friday 6 November 2020 | Waratah Village | 8pm start | Free | Details

Watch the Christmas rooftop lights come on during Waratah Village’s Famous Christmas Lights Switch On. The lights switch-on at 8pm. Due to Covid restrictions on crowds and public events, Waratah Centre is not able to host an event as they have done in previous years. The lights will be switched on Friday 6th November and they encourage people to view the lights over the two months they will be on.

Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Lights Spectacular

Thursday 5 November – 26 January 2021 | Hunter Valley Gardens Pokolbin | $99 for Family Pass (2A+2C), Adult $30, Children $25. Children 3 & under are free | Details

Explore the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest and most breathtaking display of over three million lights. If your family loves Christmas lights, then the Christmas Lights Spectacular is the place to be. It’s a stunning Christmas attraction in the Hunter Valley. In addition to the lights, there are plenty of other family-friendly activities for the family to enjoy including amusement rides, Santa photos and food stalls. Due to COVID-19, Hunter Valley Gardens is capped at 500 visitors at any one time. Due to the fluid nature of the current COVID-19 conditions, Christmas Lights Spectacular tickets will be offered in staged releases with 5th – 30th November tickets on sale from 15th October, December and January tickets will be available from mid-November.

Christmas Maze in Civic Park

Friday 4 December to Saturday 12 December  | Civic Park, Newcastle | 7am – 7pm | Free | Details

Head to Civic Park for a Christmas Tree Maze starting on Thursday 3 December. Get lost in the maze which will be made of 120 fully sized fresh Christmas pine 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. Civic Park’s Christmas Tree Maze runs from 7am to 7pm from Friday 4 December to Saturday 12 December. It’s free to enter. This event is one of the events for A Very Newy Christmas produced by Enigma and funded by City of Newcastle’s Special Business Rate Program.

12 Days of Christmas in Hamilton

Wednesday 9 December to Tuesday 22 December  | Up from the Clocktower, Beaumont Street, Hamilton | 9am to 5pm weekdays and 9am to 1pm Saturday | Free | Details

Beaumont Street Hamilton will come alive for Christmas from Wednesday 9th December for the 12 Days of Christmas.  Visit Santa in his cave and have your photo taken for FREE (using your own camera or smartphone).  Post your letter to Santa at the Greater bank Post Office. Have your gifts wrapped by our elves for a gold coin donation – all proceeds going to the Newcastle Men’s Shed. See the Little Scallywags with their Rockin’ Elfy’s Show on Thursday 17 December in James Street Plaza from 4pm. Hunter Heroes will be walking Beaumont Street daily, so have your photo taken with your fave super hero! 

A Very Newy Christmas Photos at Darby Street

Thursday 10 December to Tuesday 15 December  | 153 Darby Street, Cooks Hill | 9am to 5pm weekdays and 9am to 1pm Saturday | Free | Details

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. Step into a classic Aussie Christmas scene, complete with a spectacular backdrop for the picture-perfect moment that resonates good times. A dedicated hashtag (#newychristmas) has been created so visitors can quickly grab their polaroid snap and get on their merry way.

Kiwanis Charity Christmas Tree Sale

Saturday 12 December  | 7am until sold out | Trees $60. All proceeds to child-related charities and projects | Details

Kiwanis is selling Christmas Trees at three locations: Macquarie Road in Cardiff, Eleebana Boat Ramp and Pacific Highway at Adamstown Heights. There will be a variety of tree sizes available. However, they are all at the same price $60. All proceeds to child-related charities and projects

Christmas at The Station

Saturday 12 December & Sunday 13 December  | The Station Newcastle corner of Scott and Watt Streets | 9am – 2pm | Free entry | Details

Santa is stopping at The Station for a magical weekend filled with tons of family fun. Bring the kids (and fur-babies) along for a free COVID safe Photo with Santa. BYO phone or camera. Browse for Christmas pressies all weekend at Homegrown Market on Saturday and Make Space’s Makers Market on Sunday – the perfect way to finish off that that Christmas shopping.

Homegrown Christmas Market at The Station

Saturday 12 December  | The Station Newcastle corner of Scott and Watt Streets | 9am – 2pm | Free entry | Details

Homegrown markets return to at The Station, Newcastle with unique stalls for Christmas shopping. The market includes 100+ handmade and eco focused shopping, local foodies & coffee, live music, and fun for the whole family. Parking – closest option is Foreshore Park (paid) or park free all day at Throsby Car Park (42 Honeysuckle Drive) and make your way via light rail or stroll along the foreshore. 

Homegrown Hunter Valley Christmas Market at Bimbadgen

Sunday 13 December  | 10am to 2pm | Bimbadgen | Details

Homegrown Markets are heading to Bimbadgen in the Hunter Valley with unique stalls for Christmas shopping. The market includes handmade and eco focused shopping, delicious food, Bimbadgen outdoor bar, live music, and fun for the whole family.

Christmas Central Drive-Thru Lights Experience

Sunday 13 December to Sunday 20 December  | Central Church, 290 Hillsborough Road in Warners Bay | 7:30pm – 9:30pm | Free but to skip the queue, register beforehand | Details

Central Newcastle presents Christmas Central: A FREE Drive-Thru Lights Experience! Hop in the car and take a trip through Polar Express, WhoVille, Santa’s Workshop and more. Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves will be there so your family can take a COVID safe Santa Photo from the comfort of your own car! Skip the queue by registering for your Elf Fast-Pass and download the Central Newcastle app to experience the sounds of Christmas on your ride!

Christmas with the Porters

Sunday 13 December  | Miss Porter’s House Museum, 434 King Street, Newcastle West | 1pm – 4pm | Adults $10 Concession $8 Families $25 Children under 5 free | Details

Go back one hundred years and what would children want for Christmas?  A doll, a tin toy, a tiny tea set or that once-a-year publication, a Christmas Annual.  All of these are on display at Miss Porter’s House Museum together with an extensive collection of Edwardian Christmas postcards. See this historical house decorated for Christmas with the Porters.  Experience how they celebrated with cards, recipes, decorations and toys during the early years of the twentieth century. 

Christmas in Brass 2020

Sunday 13 December  | Warners Bay Theatre,  39 Lake Street, Warners Bay | 2pm – 4pm | Tickets available at the door  $20 full  $15 concession, under 14 years free  | Enquiries / bookings  Geoff 0409 990 962 | Details

Cardiff Northlakes Brass Band Concert “Christmas in Brass 2020” will be presented in the Warners Bay Theatre.  A full programme including well-known carols has been prepared by the band with something for everyone and will include the well known Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus.  A colour programme has been prepared and will be available for attendees at no extra charge.

Christmas Movies at Civic Theatre

Monday 14 December to Wednesday 23 December  | Civic Theatre Newcastle | Various times | Adults $15, Children $8 | Details

Enjoy a Christmas flick at Civic Theatre. Settle into the regal seats for screenings that will appeal to all ages and tastes. Between December 14 and 23, the Civic Theatre screens a number of Christmas family favourites including It’s a Wonderful Life, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs, The Polar Express, Elliot the Littlest Reindeer, Elf and The Polar Express.

Homegrown Christmas Twilight Market at Speers Point Park

Wednesday 16 December  | Speers Point Park | 4pm to 8pm | Free entry | Details

The Homegrown markets in Speers Point markets are a celebration of all things handmade, eco focused or designed by their wonderful stall holders. It’s held every second and fourth Sunday by the lake at Speers Point Park. Join them for a family friendly event which includes kids activities, unique shopping, delicious food, coffee, live music and awesome park facilities.

A Very Newy Christmas Photos in Hunter Street

Thursday 17 December to Tuesday 22 December  | 145 Hunter Street, Newcastle | 9am to 5pm weekdays and 9am to 1pm Saturday | Free | Details

Gather your friends, family and pets and shake it like a pole-oriod picture at one of the free Christmas photos spot in Hunter Street. Step into a classic Aussie Christmas scene, complete with a spectacular backdrop for the picture-perfect moment that resonates good times. A dedicated hashtag (#newychristmas) has been created so visitors can quickly grab their polaroid snap and get on their merry way.

Christmas at the Common – RESCHEDULED

Friday 18 December  | Morpeth Common | From 6pm | $5 | Details

Christmas at the Common is coming back to Morpeth Common on Friday 18 December 2020. Tickets are $5 and included in the price is popcorn, a sausage sizzle and music entertainment from 6.00pm, and two Christmas classic movies, Elf and The Santa Clause, getting started at 8.00pm. A comprehensive COVID-19 Safety Plan will be in place for this event. EVENT RESCHEDULED DUE TO FORECASTED BAD WEATHER. THIS EVENT WILL NOW BE ON MONDAY 25 JANUARY.

Christmas Avenue of Trees in Belmont North

Sunday 20 December to Tuesday 22 December  | 360 Pacific Highway, Belmont North | 6pm – 8:30pm | Entry each evening will be by donation of non-perishable food | Details

Eastlakes Salvos at Belmont North will host their Christmas Avenue of Trees. Enjoy free refreshments as you wander through a beautiful display of 50 Christmas trees from local businesses and nativity scenes. The Newcastle Salvos will be collecting donations to help those in the community who are doing it tough this Christmas.

Christmas Story Live at Swansea Baptist Church

Sunday 20 December  | 15 Strathmore Road, Caves Beach | 3pm – 8:30pm | 25 minute live adventure | Free but bookings required | Details

Come and experience the Christmas Story. Take a walk, hear the story, hear the music and enjoy the fun. All sessions are free and there will be a BBQ available afterwards. Fun activities for the kids and each session will be finished in less than half an hour.

Floating Santa

Thursday 24 December  | Lake Macquarie | 4:30pm leaving Bolton Point | Details

If you’re around the west side of Lake Macquarie on Christmas Eve, keep an eye out for Floating Santa also known as Santa on the Lake. Each year on Christmas Eve for the past 40 years, Santa sails around the western side lake visiting different jetties and handing out lollies to kids. Well, in a usual year, Santa does this. However in 2020, with COVID-19, Santa, unfortunately, will not be stopping at the jetties and providing lollies. Santa’s route is yet to be determined on Christmas Eve (Thursday 24 December 2020) but it’s expected that he’ll leave Bolton Point at approximately 4:30pm.


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