What’s On in December: Events in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & Hunter

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What’s on in Newcastle? Here’s the month’s top events in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & The Hunter specially selected for families.

(For Christmas events, visit the Newy with Kids Christmas Events guide)

Five Senses Twilight Markets

Sunday 10 November | Lambton Park, Lambton | 4pm – 8pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Chill out with your friends and family and catch up by Lambton Park rotunda. Enjoy delicious food, craft beer & fine wine, divine coffee, awesome music and a fabulous line up of market stalls under the stars.

Hello Summer at Stockton & Mayfield Pools

Sunday 1 December | Stockton & Mayfield Pools | 1pm – 4pm | Free but RSVP required | Details

Why you should go: Hello Summer Community Days will be held at each Newcastle Pool in December allowing water babies of all ages to take the plunge and trial their local aquatic facilities. Hello Summer events have a variety of entertainment and activities planned, including face painting, jumping castles, water games, races and prizes up for grabs for the kids. Swim instructors will also be on hand for parents to learn about Newcastle Pool’s unique learn-to-swim programs.

Submerged: Australia‘s Shipwreck Stories

Saturday 7 December – Sunday 26 January | SEEN@Swansea Exhibition | 10am – 3pm | Gold coin donation | Details

Why you should go: Australia has over 11,000 shipwrecks – that’s roughly one wreck for every three kilometres of coastline. Submerge yourself at SEEN these summer holidays to learn more about our fascinating under-water heritage. This exhibition combines content from the Australian National Maritime Museum and local history collections to highlight shipwrecks of national, regional and local importance. Watch out for a summer of pirate-themed fun at Swansea in-conjunction with Submerged: Australia’s shipwreck stories

Hello Summer at Lambton & Wallsend Pools with guest appearance by Ian Thorpe

Sunday 8 December | Lambton & Wallsend Pools | 1pm – 4pm | Free admission during that time | Details

Why you should go: Make a day of it by enjoying Newcastle Pools at Lambton Swimming Pool and Wallsend Swimming Pool’s Open Days on Sunday 8th December for your chance to meet with five-time Olympic gold medalist Ian Thorpe, don’t miss this opportunity to take a photo or grab an autograph with Australia’s most successful Olympian. (Lambton Pool – Ian Thorpe guest appearance at Lambton Pool from 2pm – 2:45pm and Wallsend Swimming Pool from 1pm – 1:45pm).

The Wiggles – Party Time! Big Show!

Sunday 12 December | Newcastle Entertainment Centre | 10am & 1pm | From $36.90| Details

Why you should go: Enjoy the traditional Wiggles pre-Christmas show. The Party Time! Big Show will feature your favourite songs such as ‘Do the Propeller!‘, ‘E-M-M-A‘, ‘Hot Potato‘ and ‘Rock-a- Bye Your Bear‘, & hits from the Party Time! Album. Emma, Lachy, Simon and Anthony will be joined by Dorothy the Dinosaur, Captain Feathersword, Henry the Octopus, Wags the Dog & Shirley Shawn the Unicorn!

Festival of Kites

Sunday 15 December | Caves Coastal| 10am to 5pm | Free | Details

Why you should go: Come down for a day full of colour and kites. The Festival of Kites will make you gaze into the sky and see the floating sea creatures, animals and bright whirls of colour. Come down and witness the magic of these grand creations. This event is presented by the Australian Kite Flyers Society. Bring the family down to Caves Coastal for lunch and see the magic.

Photo: Lambton Pool

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