Enjoy the magic of Christmas with your friends and family. Here’s information on major Christmas events in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and the Hunter for Christmas 2018 including Christmas carols, shows, fireworks and more.

Check out our other guides for Christmas including Christmas markets, Christmas storytimes and photos with Santa.

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November 2018

Santa’s Arrival at Stockland Glendale

November 17 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Stockland Glendale, 387 Lake Road
Glendale, NSW 2285 Australia
Join in for Santa's arrival at Stockland Glendale! Meet Santa and his friends who will be spreading Christmas cheer from 10am as they walk around the centre and meet all their fans. Santa will then be seated at 11am in his Workshop located near Coles for Santa Photos. There will be free festive activities for the little ones to enjoy from 11am - 2pm on the day near Coles. Plus the first 100 customers who get their photo with Santa and purchase the… Find out more »

December 2018

Stockland Glendale Santa Breakfast & Movie Event

December 1 @ 8:45 am - 12:00 pm
Event Cinemas Glendale, 387 Lake Rd
Glendale, NSW 2285 Australia
$8
Join Stockland Glendale for a magical morning of fun, food and a festive film at their Santa Breakfast & Movie event! Sit down with Santa and enjoy a delicious breakfast of hash browns, muffins, pastries, yoghurt, fruit, tea, hot chocolate, coffee and juices. Have a merry old time with elf entertainment and then put your feet up and relax as you enjoy The Grinch movie (rated G). 8:45am doors open, 9:00am breakfast and entertainment, approx. 10:10am movie start Tickets are $8… Find out more »

Variety Santa Fun Run

December 2 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Dixon Park, Ocean Street
Merewether, NSW 2291 Australia
Various entry fees
The Variety Santa Fun Run will be back in Newcastle on Sunday 2 December 2018. With a 5km and 10km route, the event is ideal for families and fun runners alike to get active and have some Christmas fun. The course will touch some of the city’s most iconic locations including Dixon Park and Bar Beaches, the Anzac Walk, King Edward Park, Newcastle Beach and Newcastle Foreshore. The route is fully inclusive and each participant will get a Santa suit… Find out more »

Bikers for Kids Newcastle Toy Run

December 2 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Wickham Park, Albert Street
Wickham, NSW 2293 Australia
Free
The Bikers for Kids Newcastle Toy Run is an annual community fundraising event. It raises funds for disadvantaged families and provide toys for kids that would otherwise go without this Christmas.  The Newcastle Toy Run begins with participating riders assembling at Ballast Park in Stockton and finishing at Wickham Park. COMMUNITY & SPECTATORS Come along to Wickham Park, Newcastle NSW Australia from 10am until 1:30pm. First bikes will arrive from approx 10:20am Find out more »

Lake Mac Carols by Candlelight

December 9 @ 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Speers Point Park, Park Road
Speers Point, NSW 2284 Australia
Free
Lake Mac Carols by Candlelight is back for 2018 on Sunday 9 December event with Damien Leith and Thirsty Merc headlining the event. The event, Lake Macquarie’s biggest Christmas event – will also feature an afternoon screening of family festive movie Christmas All Over Again, live entertainment, fireworks, and an appearance by Santa. Thirsty Merc have been an Aussie rock institution for more than a decade, nominated for multiple APRA and ARIA awards. The event kicks off at noon with… Find out more »

Miss Porter’s House Open Day – Christmas Edition

December 9 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Miss Porter’s House, 434 King Street
Newcastle West, NSW 2302 Australia
$6 – $20
Christmas with the Porter Family will be the theme of a display at Miss Porter's House's Open Day: Christmas decorations, Christmas recipes, Christmas foods and Christmas table settings owned and used by the Porters will be shown. Browse the stall which offers home-made cooking items, craft items and cards. Admission: $8 adults, $20 family, $6 pensioners and children five years and over. Free to National Trust Members and children under five. Find out more »

Carols on Dobell

December 9 @ 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Dobell Park, 148 Dobell Drive
Wangi Wangi, NSW 2267 Australia
Free
Wangi Lions have organised carols by candlelight for the community at Dobell Park in Wangi Wangi on Sunday 9 December, 2018. Find out more »

Carols By Candlelight at King Edward Park

December 14 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
King Edward Park, Reserve Road
Newcastle, NSW 2300
Free
The City of Newcastle Carols By Candlelight presented by Newcastle Herald and Newcastle Permanent will be held on December 14 in King Edward Park. The official opening begins at 7pm by Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes. The event features the the all-female vocal quartet Bella Voce and The Hunter Singers. There's fun for the whole family including a special guest appearance by Santa, free carnival rides from 5.30pm and food vans. All proceeds will go to supporting the Salvation Army Christmas Toy Appeal.… Find out more »

Christmas Pantomime at Wests New Lambton

December 16 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Wests New Lambton, 88 Hobart Road
New Lambton, NSW 2305 Australia
$12
Aladdin & His Magic Lamp This pantomime brings to life the story of Aladdin & the Magic Lamp with a few quirky characters promising lots of fun, laughs and entertainment for the whole family. Wests New Lambton Starlight Room Sunday 16th December Doors: 10:00am Start: 10:30am All tickets: $12pp* See the Wests help desk for more information and tickets or call (02) 4935 1200 *No further discounts apply. Each child 12 years & under receives a kids fun bag. Find out more »

Christmas Carols in Lambton Park

December 16 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Lambton Park, Elder St & Morehead Street
Lambton, NSW 2299 Australia
Free
Pack a picnic and come to celebrate Christmas with Hunter Bible Church at Lambton Park. This Christmas, come and have a great night out at Lambton Park. There’ll be a big fair atmosphere from 5pm onwards, and all your favourite carols (and even some great new ones) will kick off at 7pm. From 5pm there'll be stalls and activities… everything from jumping castles to balloon animals and all types of food. Some of these are free, and others carry a… Find out more »

Northlakes Salvos Community Carols at Macquarie College

December 16 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Macquarie College, 182 - 222 Lake Road
Wallsend, NSW 2285 Australia
Free
The Northlakes Salvos Community Carols are back for 2018. Join them on Sunday 16th December for FREE rides, amusements & family fun. Bring your family, picnic rugs & your best singing voices. For 16 years now Northlakes Salvos Community Carols has grown to become a significant event, with 2017 seeing an attendance of over 3000 people. Find out more »
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