Gathay nyiirun ginyaang Wakulda (Let us all go happy together!)

Christmas lights & Summer delights! We've rounded up some of the must-do festive experiences around our region these holidays.

  • Port Macquarie Christmas Tree
  • The Port Macquarie Christmas Tree & Lights

    Where: Town Square, river end of Horton Street, Port Macquarie 

    When: Thursday 25 November 2021 - Monday 3 January 2022 from dusk till dawn daily 

    Pop down day or night to make a special wish on our giant Christmas Tree and take a selfie for Santa! 

    Pick up an ice cream and take a wander to enjoy the festive lights of Town Square, Commercial Wharf (river end of Short Street), Town Green West pine trees, Lady Nelson Wharf (river end of Horton Street) and the Glasshouse (corner of Clarence and Hay Streets).  

    The festive season street flags are flying and many local businesses are taking part in the ‘Lighting up the Hastings’ Christmas Competition run by the Port Macquarie Chamber of Commerce

    Our residents love to get into the spirit by decking out their homes with Christmas lights and decorations, so if you wanted to take a drive and check out the most dazzling displays, check the map here.

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Above pic from 'Connecting the Dots'

Nightly projections onto our Historic Courthouse

Over the holiday period we have three different, beautiful, immersive productions that will amaze and delight the whole family. And they're FREE, outdoors, and there's no need to book!

Where: All are screened onto the front of our Historic Courthouse, at corner of Clarence and Hay Streets.

Production 1- The Christmas Bell - A Moment For Us All 

When: screening nightly at 8.00pm from 25 November 2021 – 3 January 2022.

About: With the help of our region’s talented performing artists, passionate locals and some special guests, Port Macquarie-Hastings Council launched this special online production in 2020 as a way for our community to come together after a challenging year. Come and share in a special 15 minute ‘directors cut’ by local producers, Got Ya Back Productions, and share in the wonderful local talent celebrating and enjoying the places and stories which connect us all. Speaking of places, there are lots of lovely ones appearing in this film that you can check out in person, including: Queens Lake Nature ReserveMoripo Park EscapeLighthouse BeachJolly Nose Mountain Bike ParkChristmas Bell Plains and Lake Innes Nature Reserve.

Production 2- SPECIAL PREVIEW of 'Connecting the Dots'  - Mara Nyiirun.gay Barrayga Nyaagi Djuyal (Come With us on Country to See Story) 

When: screening nightly at 9.00pm from 6-19 December 2021.

About: An enthralling bespoke sound and light installation, this exclusive preview of Connecting the Dots is set to be a highlight at ArtWalk 2022 (our signature cultural event), and features the many creative souls who call Port Macquarie-Hastings region home- read more about them here. Made possible with funding support from the NSW Government via the Regional Events Acceleration Fund. This 'sneak peak' is for a limited time only, and is to celebrate our performing arts community who were hit hard during the pandemic. Support local and give the gift of local arts this Christmas by seeing a live show, attending a gig or a workshop.

Production 3- Wakulda - Weaving Our Stories As One 

When: Screening nightly at 8.30pm, 7 days a week (ongoing installation)

About: Wakulda is a 10-minute production envelops the audience, telling the important stories that make up the rich history of Port Macquarie from our traditional owners of the land, the Birpai people, right through to the current day of the Bicentenary of European settlement in April 2021.  

Wakulda is a Federally-funded legacy project, receiving funding by the Australian Government under the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program; Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery grants program, an Australian Government bushfire recovery initiative; Building Better Regions Fund; as well as Port Macquarie-Hastings Council. 

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LIGHTING UP OUR SURROUNDING TOWNS & VILLAGES 

Light up Laurieton with the Camden Haven Chamber of Commerce

Where: Laurieton Memorial Park, Laurieton 

When: From 1 – 31 December  

Grab some yummy takeaway and head to the park during the festive period and enjoy the festive lights on the enormous Christmas tree! 

PLUS, The Santa Express is coming to the Camden Haven!

Where: Various- Lakewood, Dunbogan, Laurieton, North Haven.

When: Dec 4th from 3.30pm

Christmas installation with Wauchope Chamber of Commerce 

Where: Bain Park, 8 Range Street, Wauchope 

When: From 1 – 31 December 

This festive season there is a large-scale Christmas installation planned for Bain Park Wauchope. The Town Christmas Tree and oversized decor are planned to be installed in the first week of December. The tree will be decorated with Christmas ornaments and solar lighting and will be a fabulous spot to stop by on the Christmas lights trail. 

And if you haven't already, you simply MUST check out the Hastings Coop Department Store Christmas window display in the middle of Wauchope! It's just delightful.

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CHRISTMAS FESTIVITIES

CAROLS 

The Westport Club’s Christmas Under the Stars

When: Sunday 12 December, 5.30-9.30pm 

Where: Westport Park precinct, Corner of Park and Buller Streets, Port Macquarie 

Cost: $5.00 entry fee per person. Children 5years and under are free.  

Join a fun family night of carols, food trucks and amusement rides hosted by the Westport Club

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SANTA SIGHTINGS

Santa’s Jolly Lolly Run - Sovereign Hills

When: Thursday 16 December, 4pm - 6pm

Where: Sovereign Hills Port Macquarie, 14 Sovereign Drive

A special visitor is coming to the streets of Sovereign Hills with a sweet surprise for the kids. Get ready to see Santa on Wednesday 16 December from 4pm, he'll be on board the Lake Innes Rural Fire Brigade truck. Check here to see the locations the truck will be stopping at, starting with the Sovereign Place Town Centre!

PLUS, The Santa Express is coming to the Camden Haven!

Where: Various- Lakewood, Dunbogan, Laurieton, North Haven.

When: Dec 4th from 3.30pm

COMMUNITY FESTIVE EVENTS 

Many of our villages in the region are holding smaller events to celebrate the festive season. There are a couple of places to check: December 'Happenings' here, or check out the Community Diary

Got a community event planned? Add your event to the Community Diary from here - making sure to tick ‘community’ to be listed on the calendar.  

  • Town Square Christmas Holiday Markets
  • CHRISTMAS MARKETS

    A number of special Christmas Holiday Markets will be held, including the popular Town Square Holiday Markets.

    Here are the Town Square Markets dates & times:

    • Thursday 16 10am-3pm
    • Sunday 19 Dec 10am-3pm
    • Thursday 23 10am-3pm
    • Saturday 1 Jan 10am-3pm
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  • CHRISTMAS SHOPPING

    Support local this year. Our region is home to unique boutiques, giftware, homewares and artisans, but you have to know where to look! Check out our guide to some of our faves here.

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  • HUMANKIND

    Guribiyngal, Duumulil (Humankind kind to each other)

    The silly season can get pretty busy, and our shops and eateries are having to deal with COVID regulations as well, so just a friendly reminder to always act with kindness :)

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  • NEW YEAR'S EVE

    This year, we have made the difficult decision to step away from holding New Year's Eve fireworks due to limited capacity for attendance and ability to facilitate social distancing. The decision wasn't made lightly but it is always our priority to keep community members safe and adhere to NSW Health orders. BUT there is lots of fun to be had with many of our local tourism and hospitality operators hosting smaller events (we'll provide an update here shortly). Or grab a picnic blanket and pull up a little bit of your own piece of beautiful Birpai country to see in what we hope will be a better 2022 for everyone!

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SPECIAL PREVIEW of 'Connecting the Dots' - Mara Nyiirun.gay Barrayga Nyaagi Djuyal (Come With us on Country to See Story) proudly funded by the NSW Government through the Regional Events Acceleration Fund.

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