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Christmas in the Gong

Feel the Christmas Spirit in Wollongong with these great events and activities!

Santa Photography

Come visit and have a photo with Santa in his enchanted Grotto!
Santa is set to arrive in the evening on November 8th, and after his grand entrance he will be heading straight to the grotto to meet the families of Wollongong.

We are offering Sensitive Santa sessions again this year, along with offering more opportunities to have a photo with your pet. To find out more about these sessions, see below.

As Santa is very popular, we suggest you make a booking to see him. Whilst it is not essential, it is recommended.Santa Photography

When: 8th November - 24th December 2018
Where: Santa's Grotto - Level 1, Crown Building (Near Prouds and Michael Hill)
Cost: Varies
Time: From 9am
Ph. 02 4254 8200

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The Gold Room

While you’re visiting Santa in his Grotto, or getting crafty in our Rumpus Room, make sure your stop in at The Gold Room.

The Gold Room is top to bottom gold, with interactive gold items hanging from the walls and ceiling, ready for you to grab the perfect insta worthy snap.
Go explore the space, pose for the perfect pic and share online using #wcgoldroom and tagging Wollongong Central so we can see how creative you have been!

When: 8th November 2018 - 31st January 2019Gold Room
Where: Near Santa's Grotto, Level 1, Crown Building
Cost: Free
Ph. 02 4254 8200

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The Rumpus Room

Our friends from Wild Rumpus have made themselves at home in our Rumpus Room next to Santa's grotto... Come for a visit and get crafty with free DIY gift wrapping and decoration making

Wild Rumpus will also be hosting a number of different workshops from the space to help you make your festive season playful, creative, sustainable and fun! A handmade present, card or decorations comes from the heart, saves money and helps the planet!Rumpus Room

When: 9th November - 24th December 2018
Where: The Rumpus Room, Near Santa's Grotto, Level 1 Crown Building
Cost: Varies
Time: From 9am
Ph: 02 4254 8200
Bookings Essential

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Salt Church Christmas Market

Salt Christmas Markets

The Christmas market is a free event hosted by Salt Church in their community space.

Showcasing a range of artisan stalls along with skill-sharing workshops, kids activities, a coffee cart and gourmet food, there will be something for everyone.

They're also thrilled to be supporting Forever Projects - a phenomenal local charity using what's in their hands to bring positive change to families in Tanzania.

When: Saturday 1st December
Where: 275 Keira Street, Wollongong
Cost: Free entry
Time: 4pm – 7pm
Ph. 0432 418 231

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Wollongong Makers Market

The Wollongong Makers Market: creators of artisan goods coming together to showcase their work at the UOW Innovation Campus in North Wollongong.  Makers Market

Jewellers , Potters , Blacksmiths , Fine Art, Sewing , Knitting, Fashion Design, Woodwork and more - its a market for the handmade, wonderful, unique items in time for Christmas.

When: Saturday 1st December
Where: Innovation Campus, North Wollongong
Cost: Free entry
Time: 8:30am – 4pm
Ph. 0411 297 963

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A Very Merry Christmas Piano Bar

Bring in the festive season with a very merry Piano Bar this Christmas! Let the talented Trevor Jones and Catherine Alcorn kick-start a fun night of piano and song.

The intimate venue with its private bar, The Music Lounge is the perfect place to enjoy a fabulous night of piano and song! If you haven’t been to a piano bar before this is your chance to join in on the fun, all you need to bring is your Christmas cheer and warm up your vocals for a fun night out. A Very Merry Christmas Piano Bar

The talented Trevor Jones fresh from a season at Adelaide Cabaret Festival, with a repertoire of over 600 songs in an incredible variety of styles will be your piano man! Trevor specialises in taking requests and creating an upbeat, interactive atmosphere delivered with his raucous piano man antics!

When: Saturday 1st December
Where: Wollongong Town Hall | The Music Lounge
Cost: Premium Seated: $42 / Seated: $37.50 / Standing: $27.50 (A transaction fee $6.95 for phone and online bookings.) Recommended for ages 14 years +
Time: 7:30pm – doors and bar open
Ph. 02 4224 5999

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Santa Fest - Twilight Markets

Join them at their Santa Fest Twilight Markets where they will be joined by the Salvation Army and the Disability Trust to celebrate the first of the family friendly events of the weekend. Santa Fest at Twilight Markets

Santa is joining them and will be checking his list for who's naughty and nice! Photos with Santa can be taken with donation of a gold coin.

This family friendly market, serves up a diverse selection of multicultural cuisine with lots of choices for the kids, and its dog friendly too! Bring a blanket or chair and kick back to enjoy the entertainment. Come for the food and stay for the fun, with live music, lawn games and children's activities.

When: Friday 7th December
Where: Flagstaff Hill, Wollongong
Cost: Free
Time: 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Ph. 0403 732 505

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Carols by Candlelight Lake Illawarra

Head on over to Reddall Reserve on Friday 7 December to sing along with local musicians and performers, grab a bite to eat from the food trucks and check out all the stalls and fun activities. Carols by Candlelight

  • 5:30pm to 6:15pm - McDonalds Children's Concert
  • 6:30pm - Carols
  • 8:30pm - Fireworks

When: Friday 7th December
Where: Reddall Reserve, Lake Illawarra
Cost: Free
Time: 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Ph. 02 4221 6111

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Saint Saens’ Christmas Oratorio

The Illawarra Choral Society and guests are pleased to present this beautiful but little performed romantic work at 2pm on Saturday December 8. 

Again they will be in the delightful atmosphere and acoustics of the Wesley Church on the Mall in Wollongong. Saint Sean's

The program will also include other Christmas works from various ages, some familiar, others perhaps not.

When: Saturday 8th December
Where: Wesley Church on the Mall
Cost: General $30 / Concession $25 / Group of 10+ $20 / Under 16 $10
Time: 2pm
Ph. 0420 243 404

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The Santa Claus Pub Crawl

Santa Claus Pub Crawl was originally started by a small group of friends as a means of raising some Christmas spirit – and having some fun at the same time. Now it’s the longest running Santa Claus Pub Crawl in the world!!! Santa Claus Pub Crawl

Make sure you dress in something Christmassy - even just a hat. In previous years costumes have included Santa's, Christmas trees, presents, reindeer, angels, elves and Santa Elvis. There is no limit to your creativity - just ensure you bring a sense of humor

All money raised, along with all other donations, will go directly to provide assistance to disadvantaged children in the Illawarra via programs managed by the Salvation Army in Wollongong.

When: Saturday 8th December
Where: Various venues, Wollongong
Cost: Standard Price - $35 - Available 1 Nov - 7 Dec | Gate Price - $40 - ONLY on day of event
Time: 12pm onward
Ph. 0439 028 748

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Santa Fest Wollongong

Helping to bring the Christmas spirit to Wollongong. The Disability Trust is very proud to partner with The Salvation Army Illawarra in presenting the Santa Fest Wollongong Carols at Lang Park. Santa Fest

Your support is appreciated in helping our local families from The Disability Trust and the Salvos. All proceeds are shared equally between The Disability Trust Kids Fund for support, aids and equipment for local children and the First Floor program at the Salvos which supports local families struggling with recovery from diverse issues.

When: Sunday 9th December
Where: Lang Park, Wollongong
Time: 4pm
Ph. 02 4255 8000

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The Spirit of Christmas

Music in the Morning audiences will once again be entertained with a delightful Christmas concert!

The cast of The Spirit of Christmas will be led by star Australian tenor and recording artist Roy Best and compere funny man Chris McKenna, along with a wonderful mix of Christmas Classics blended with some great contemporary Christmas Songs - and plenty of good humour along the way. Spirit of Christmas

The Music in the Morning concert springs open at 10am with a free morning tea, where the audience can meet and mingle in a relaxed setting before the live music begins at 11am.

When: Monday 10th December
Where: Wollongong Town Hall
Cost: $27 per adult, $24 per adult in groups of 8+
Time: 10am, live music begins 11am
Ph. 02 4224 5999

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Sunset Cinema Wollongong

Sink into a beanbag, sip on fine wine, laugh long and loud.

Sunset Cinema is back at the Botanic Gardens from December until February. Featuring foot-stomping blockbusters, family favourites and VHS classics and Christmas films under the stars.

With full bar facilities and more food than you can poke a fork at, Sunset Cinema is the ultimate way to soak up Summer in Wollongong this year.Love Actually

Get into the Christmas Spirit and laugh until you cry with the Classic ‘Love Actually’ playing on the 22nd of December.

Or experience a new and exciting Christmas film ‘The Nutcracker and the Four Realms’ playing on the 21st December.

Where: Botanic Gardens
When: 3 December 2018 - 23 February 2019
Ph. 02 5310 6657

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Big Bash Christmas Party

There’s no better way to celebrate the festive season and year of hard work than with City Beach’s Christmas Big Bash package!

If you are a small group or team who want to enjoy all the vibrancy of a big Christmas function – the Big Bash is for you! Big bash - City Beach

Big Bash - City Beach
It’s a shared Christmas party - It’s the perfect event for corporates or any sized small groups to come together for one huge night of festive fun!

Live entertainment from the The John Field Band - one of the greatest blends of musicality and personality. Playing an amazing mix of music covering 7 decades and an impressive variety of styles.

When: Saturday 15th December
Where: City Beach
Cost: $129 per person
Time: 7pm – 12am
Ph. 02 4228 3188

Bookings are essential, the event is an annual sell out so book now!
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Carols on the Lawn

Carols on the Lawn is a laid-back, outdoor Christmas Carols service at St Michael's Anglican Cathedral on Sunday 16 December, at 5pm. Carols on the Lawn

Enjoy a barbecue dinner (for a gold coin donation), coffee van, family photo booth and organised kids games. Carols will begin on the grassy hill between Marketview and St Michael's at 6pm; the service includes a Bible talk and puppets!

P.S. Why not wear your favourite Christmas outfit for the photo booth?

When: Sunday 16th December
Where: St Michael’s Cathedral
Cost: Free
Time: from 5pm, carols will begin at 6pm
Ph. 02 4228 9132

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Carols in the Cathedral

Join them for their classic Christmas carols service at St Michael's Anglican Cathedral.Carols at the cathedralThe services are led by their Christmas choir; enjoy the simplicity of favourite carols interspersed with traditional Christmas Bible readings. 

Select from two time slots: starting 5pm or starting 7pm. 

Please ensure you arrive early to get a seat!

When: Monday 24th December
Where: St Michael’s Cathedral
Cost: Free
Time: 5pm or 7pm (two time slots available)
Ph. 02 4228 9132

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Industry Christmas Eve Party

Looking for the perfect location to get a little festive: Pepe’s Industry Night meets Christmas Eve. Industry Christmas Party

Their House Collective will take on the decks from 6pm till late. Your favourite Monday specials will be available from 5pm - 9pm.

There will be Cocktail specials including Icy Snow Cone Cocktails; Santa’s workshop Popup Photo Booth and Ugly Xmas Sweater Competition with prizes!

When: Monday 24th December 
Where: Pepe’s on the Beach
Cost: Free entry
Time: from 5pm
Ph. 02 4224 3111

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Christmas Day Buffet Lunch

Get organised for Christmas Day 2018 and celebrate Christmas Lunch with Sage Hotel Wollongong. Their Christmas Day buffet lunches are highly sought after so book in early to avoid disappointment!

Make Christmas Day stress-free for everyone! The buffet will be full of Christmas delights, you and your family will love this feast. So sit back, relax and let them do all the work for you. Sage Christmas Lunch

All inclusive price includes full Christmas buffet with a delicious selection of hams, turkey and lamb plus the freshest seafoods, salads and vegetables. Plus the ever tempting desserts!

And of course the kids don't miss out! Visit from Santa, Christmas table theming, Games and activities room.

When: Tuesday 25th December 
Where: Sage Hotel
Cost: Adults: $129pp Children: 14-17yrs $89 / 10-13yrs $49 / 5-9 yrs $39 / 0-4yrs FREE
Time: 12pm - 3pm
Ph. 02 4201 2111

Bookings are essential! For more information, please click here.

Christmas Day Lunch at Lagoon Seafood Restaurant

Celebrate in leisure this year, with all the cheer and none of the work. 


The Lagoon Seafood Restaurant will look after the whole family, with a beautiful 4-course menu and all-inclusive drinks package from 11am-3pm. 

When: Tuesday 25th December
Where: The Lagoon Seafood Restaurant -Stuart Park, North Wollongong
Cost: $165 per adult and special prices for children
Time: 11am - 3pm
Ph. 02 4226 1677

Bookings are essential! For more information, please click here.

Christmas Lunch Extravaganza at the Novotel

Eat, drink and be merry with Novotel Wollongong Northbeach this Christmas with their lunch extravaganza! Deluxe Christmas buffet, beer, wine, soft drink, kids activity room and a visit from Santa. Novotel

When: Tuesday 25th December 
Where: Novotel Wollongong Northbeach
Cost: The Deck - $189 / Accor Plus $179, General seating - $179 / Accor Plus $169, Children: 14-17yrs $105 / 10-13yrs $50 / 5-9yrs $35 / 0-4yrs FREE
Time: 12pm - 3pm
Ph. 02 4224 3111

Bookings are essential; please click here for more information.

Christmas Lunch at Altitude1148

Dreading the thought of cooking this Christmas?  Altitude

Join them at Altitude1148 for a beautiful three course lunch instead and enjoy the magnificent views over the Illawarra!
Lunch will be served from 12 noon -3pm.

When: Tuesday 25th December
Where: Altitude 1148
Time: 12pm – 3pm
Ph. 02 4267 5443

Bookings are essential; please click here for more information.