Located along the coast at the mouth of the Hunter River, 160km north of Sydney is the beautiful city of Newcastle. As the second most popular area in the state of New South Wales, it is no surprise that Newcastle plays host to a myriad of exciting Christmas events.



Christmas Lights – Hunter Valley Gardens
There is a magical Christmas lights display at the Hunter Valley Gardens which has been touted as the largest light display in the southern hemisphere. This event runs from November to early January and features over 1.5million lights with accompanying festive music.


Christmas Carols – Newcastle Carols in the Park
Held in early December at Braddeley Park, come sing with an array of local entertainers and special guests or shop at the market stalls before finishing off the evening with an impressive fireworks display.


Christmas Carols – Newcastle Herald Carols by Candlelight
A popular annual tradition at the stunning King Edward Park, and a favourite with many Newcastle dwellers. With guest entertainers, local artists, carnival rides, and of course a visit from Santa himself!


Run with Santa!
Come join all of the other Santas and participate in the annual Newcastle Variety Santa Fun Run. (You could also go as a Reindeer, elf or Mrs Claus!) Starting at the foreshore and finishing at Harbour Square, Honeysuckle. This run supports Variety, The Children's Charity. Gear up for a 3km or 5km run of your choosing and run for a good cause this festive season!


Ride with Santa!
If running isn't your thing, why not ride instead? (Motorcycles that is!) The Newcastle Toy Run boasts over 3500 motorcycle riders who will be cruising the 25km route from Stockton to the Newcastle Foreshore, carrying presents for families and children in need. If you don't ride yourself you can support them from the roadside with masses showing up to view the spectacle each year.