It’s the most magical time of the year and to celebrate, here is our Ultimate Guide to Christmas. Read on to find the best Christmas events, Christmas lights, Santa photos, Santa runs, Christmas gift guides and much more in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Hunter region. From all of us at Newy with Kids, have a very Merry Christmas!
Christmas Advent Calendars
Here’s our pick of 2021 Christmas advent calendars in Australia. Choose from beauty advent calendars as well as LEGO, stationery, toys, wine, chocolate and more. We have a massive list to choose from.
Enjoy Christmas 2021 with your family. Even though COVID restrictions have reduced the number, there are still lots of fun and festive Christmas events to enjoy in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland and Hunter.
Find out where the best Christmas carols are being held around Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and the Hunter. Organise friends and family and celebrate the season with Christmas carols. Plan ahead with a list of local carols organised in date order. Choose from large events like Lake Mac Carols or smaller school and church carols.
Does your family love Christmas lights displays? We’ve put together the Newy with Kids Christmas Lights Trail which contains lights displays through the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens and Hunter regions. Go for a drive with your family and make some memories while you enjoy the festive season. If it inspires you to decorate your own home, add your Christmas Lights Display to our list.
The annual Santa photo is a tradition for many local families. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected Santa photos. A social distancing Santa is what you can expect this year as well as enforcement of COVID safe protocols. Here are details on where to find the Santa photos around Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and the Hunter for Christmas 2021. There’s also Sensitive Santa photo sessions for kids on the autism spectrum as well as Santa Pet photos.
Get in the spirit of Christmas and take your family and friends along to a Christmas show, concert or movie in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & the Hunter. There are a few to choose from including The Good King Wenceslas Musical at the Civic Theatre and a series of free Christmas movies showing at the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre.
Santa Fire Truck Runs
Spot Santa out and about as he travels through neighbourhoods on a fire truck spreading Christmas cheer in the lead up to Christmas Day. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, some Santa runs are still distributing lollies while others aren’t. Santa won’t be able to get up close like in previous years but will be happy to give you and your family a wave. Here is the Fire Brigade Santa Run list for Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & Hunter, organised in date order.
Santa on the Lake (Floating Santa)
If you’re around Lake Macquarie on Christmas Eve, keep an eye out for Floating Santa also known as Santa on the Lake. Each year, Santa sails around visiting different jetties. The Rotary Club of Toronto Sunrise coordinates Santa sailing around the west side of Lake Macquarie on Christmas Eve while the Valentine Lions Club coordinates the visit to Bennett Park in Valentine.
Enjoy the experience of shopping at local markets in the lead up to Christmas. There’s a variety of markets to enjoy in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and the Hunter. Find unique Christmas gifts and treats, local fruit and vegetables and enjoy live entertainment and food.
The silly season is here! There’s no better way to get into the Christmas spirit than to get crafty with the kids and make some thoughtful homemade Christmas gifts for teachers or family and friends. Here are some easy ideas that you can try with your little ones!
You can also enjoy local Christmas storytime and craft sessions offered by libraries and other places. Here are some sessions for your kids to enjoy.
Christmas Sensory Play
Christmas is just around the corner… and what better way to kick off the celebrations than with some fun Christmas play activities with your children. When it comes to Christmas activities, the possibilities are endless, making them suitable for children of all ages. This year why not try something new and explore your senses by checking out these ten unique Christmas sensory play activities.
Grab some popcorn and chill out with your family watching some classic Christmas movies. Here’s a list of family-friendly Christmas movies to watch with your kids.
Enjoy some tunes playing while you get into the Christmas spirit. Here’s a Spotify playlist filled with our favourite classics & contemporary Christmas music.
Elf on the Shelf
Need some help figuring out what to do with your elf each day? Here’s how to bring the fun of Elf on the Shelf to your family this Christmas.
Christmas Gift Guides
Shop local for Chrissy gifts! You can find the perfect gift AND support small business. Spending money locally on Christmas gifts and food helps supports local businesses and their families. This year has been a tough one for our local community so we’ve put together a special Local Christmas Gift Guide featuring presents you can purchase from Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Hunter businesses.
Wondering what gifts to get your baby, toddler or preschooler for Christmas? It can be hard to find the right Christmas gift for your child. Here are a few ideas for you to suit a range of interests and budgets.
Need ideas for Christmas presents for school-age kids? Here’s a selection of Christmas gifts that they will love including games, books and gift cards.
Get your kids learning science, technology, engineering & math with an educational toy or kit. Here’s our list of some of the best STEM toys in Australia.
Christmas Bucket List
Christmas is about creating special memories with your family. There are loads of fun things to do in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Hunter. Here are some ideas in a Christmas bucket list to enjoy the season with your kids.
How to Give Back at Christmas
This holiday season, teach your children the true gift of giving. Here are some ways that families can give back and help those less fortunate around Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & the Hunter this Christmas.
Christmas on a Budget
Trying to cut costs without ruining Christmas for your kids? Here are our top Christmas money-saving tips so you can enjoy the festive season.
Getting Organised for Christmas
Want to enjoy Christmas with less stress and more joy? They don’t call it the silly season for nothing. Here are some tips on how to get organised for Christmas.
What’s Open & Closed in the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & Hunter Region Over Christmas & New Year?
Wondering what’s open? Here’s a handy holiday services guide showing what’s open over Christmas and New Year in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie & the Hunter for 2021/22 break.
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.