See Santa on the Lake on Christmas Eve

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Santa at Western Lake Macquarie

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 30 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 2021, with COVID-19 still an issue, Santa, unfortunately, will not be stopping at the jetties and providing lollies.

The Rotary Club of Toronto Sunrise now coordinates this effort and usually puts together thousands of bags of lollies which are usually personally handed out by Santa.

UPDATE: As of December 18, this event has been confirmed by The Rotary Club of Toronto Sunrise as going ahead. Please check their Facebook page for the latest updates including event cancellation.

You can still see Santa on the Lake though even if you have to bring your own lollies to give to your kids.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Santa won’t be disembarking from the boat but will spread Christmas wishes via Christmas carols and happy cheers from the boat. So bring the family along and wave to Santa as he approaches.

He will travel from Bolton Point to Wangi, along the western lake foreshore as slow as possible along the way, so that he can wish as many as possible a very happy Christmas. Everyone is welcome to bring their family to one of Santa’s vantage points or join the flotilla of boats to accompany Santa on his journey.

Santa will be travelling slowly on the cruiser Seaflight and will pass as close as possible at the locations as per the following schedule:

2021 Schedule

  • 4:30pm – Bolton Point Foreshore
  • 5pm – Toronto Foreshore
  • 6:15pm – Kilaben Bay Park
  • 6:45pm – Rathmines Old Catalina Launching Ramp
  • 7:15pm – Wangi Wangi Workers Club Foreshore
Santa on the Lake

Photo credit: Rotary Club Toronto Sunrise NSW

For more information, check out the Facebook event.

Santa at Eastern Lake Macquarie

In normal times, Santa arrives each year by boat to Bennett Park, Valentine (coordinated by the Valentine Lions Club). Although he was unable in 2020 to arrive on shore but instead waved to families from the boat, at this stage Santa has indicated that he will return to Bennett Park foreshore on Christmas Eve 2021 at 5:30pm to see all of his little friends.

For more information, check out the Valentine Lions Club Facebook event.

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